Wednesday, December 31, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 dec 26

1 Fallover 24 : Pessimistic Man
2 Danny Boys : Days Of The Week
3 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Everything With You
4 Ninotchka : I've Got Wings
5 Elephant Noise : Halloween Day
6 Sema 4 : Capital City
7 Now : Development Corporations
8 Ember Days : Plaza
9 Groove Farm : Baby Blue Marine
10 Whips : Walking In Circles
11 White Heat : Nervous Breakdown
12 Milky Wimpshake : Dialling Tone
13 One Happy Island : Earth's Circumference
14 Northern Portrait : Crazy
15 Deirdres : Milk Is Politics
16 Friends Ahoi : Grandstand Girls
17 Family Way : Sugar Baby Love
18 World Of Pooh : Stones Of Judgement
19 Sea Urchins : Clingfilm
20 Pocketbooks : Cross The Line

Green numbers indicate new entries.

WHAT I WON ON EBAY

I had made several insignificant attempts to win the Beyond The River compilation in the past mainly because it featured the Shrinking Men who released one striking low-fi single. The comp showcased several other bands from around the Reading area circa 1980 and the majority contributed solid efforts. I was particularly fond of the Stills meander through a Cure-like landscape. Superior though were the A.1.Vegetables and Dig Dig Dig, both atrocious names which belied their talents. And I secured this item for an extremely reasonable price considering it had always managed to scramble over the £30 mark in the past.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=330291188893

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 dec 19

1 Milky Wimpshake : Dialling Tone
2 Danny Boys : Days Of The Week
3 Elephant Noise : Halloween Day
4 Fallover 24 : Pessimistic Man
5 Deirdres : Milk Is Politics
6 Family Way : Sugar Baby Love
7 Northern Portrait : Crazy
8 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Everything With You
9 Pocketbooks : Cross The Line
10 Groove Farm : Baby Blue Marine
11 Glo-Worm : Travelogue
12 Urge : Bobby
13 Milky Wimpshake : (Show Me The Way To) Anarchy
14 Sea Urchins : Clingfilm
15 White Heat : Nervous Breakdown
16 That Uncertain Feeling : Sunriser
17 Kamikaze Sex Pilots : The Red Indian Song
18 Tartans : Cats Of Camerford
19 Northern Portrait : The Fallen Aristocracy
20 Liechtenstein : Stalking Skills

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 dec 12

1 Milky Wimpshake : Dialling Tone
2 Elephant Noise : Halloween Day
3 Deirdres : Milk Is Politics
4 Pocketbooks : Cross The Line
5 Family Way : Sugar Baby Love
6 Northern Portrait : Crazy
7 Milky Wimpshake : (Show Me The Way To) Anarchy
8 Danny Boys: Days Of The Week
9 Glo-Worm : Travelogue
10 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Everything With You
11 Urge : Bobby
12 Tartans : Cats Of Camerford
13 Kamikaze Sex Pilots : The Red Indian Song
14 That Uncertain Feeling : Sunriser
15 Liechtenstein : Stalking Skills
16 Sea Urchins : Clingfilm
17 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Orchard Of My Eye
18 Groove Farm : Baby Blue Marine
19 Starlets : Viva Cabaret
20 Fallover 24 : Pessimistic Man

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Evening Outs : Channel/Stammer

Having now owned this evasive gremlin for a week or so I feel suitably balanced to reflect. There's a vacuity to fill. Try as I may to transfer an ineffable desire to another of my wants a rapacious zeal is yet to develop for say Candy Ranch's Section 58 7" or Keen's Feline Groovy 12". It's time that stretches desire and I've only wanted those singles for a few years. Would they generate equal excitement on ebay as the Evening Outs? As they have both sold for under £100 the answer seems to be no. But then if you pay a visit to Popsike you'll see that the Evening Outs sold for a sixth of what I paid when it was on ebay some years back.

The C86/private indie releases that I collect have not yet inspired numerous collectors and for that I am grateful. Only certain records such as singles by the English McCoy and Hardy Boys stoke up an unchecked fervour. The latter single sold for a massive £352 when it appeared on ebay. Search for these records in the Rare Record Price Guide and you'll find them absent. As is the Evening Outs single. So if some green dealer serendipitously unearthed it he would perhaps mark it at £10, the default setting it seems for obscure independent releases, at least in MVE. So now I wait patiently for my new top wants to appear and anticipate battles with my usual ebay foes, Picheux 89, Atichon (both French) and some unexpected upstart from Japan.

In the meantime here's the what you've been waiting for......

channel.mp3 - evening outs

Monday, December 22, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 dec 5

1 Elephant Noise : Halloween Day
2 Family Way : Sugar Baby Love
3 Deirdres : Milk Is Politics
4 Milky Wimpshake : Dialling Tone
5 Glo-Worm : Travelogue
6 Northern Portrait : Crazy
7 Liechtenstein : Stalking Skills
8 Milky Wimpshake : (Show Me The Way To) Anarchy
9 Urge : Bobby
10 Tartans : Cats Of Camerford
11 Pocketbooks : Cross the Line
12 Kamikaze Sex Pilots : The Red Indian Song
13 That Uncertain Feeling : Sunriser
14 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Orchard Of My Eye
15 Starlets : Viva Cabaret
16 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Everything With You
17 Maria : Friends Forever
18 Danny Boys : Days Of The Week
19 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Doing All The Things That Wouldn't Make Your Parents Proud
20 Pride : What's Love

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

Go into space with the Astronauts. Ebayer Yotasos certainly did launching a £103 bid to plant his flag on this rare satelite. The Peter Pan Hits The Suburbs LP has been orbiting around my wants planet for a while now and there it shall remain; for that sellling price I'd expect it to come with a chunk of the moon.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=250340962923

Monday, December 15, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 nov 28

1 Elephant Noise : Halloween Day
2 Northern Portrait : Crazy
3 Milky Wimpshake : Dialling Tone
4 Liechtenstein : Stalking Skills
5 That Uncertain Feeling : Sunriser
6 Glo-Worm : Travelogue
7 Starlets : Viva Cabaret
8 Family Way : Sugar Baby Love
9 Milky Wimpshake : (Show Me The Way To) Anarchy
10 Tartans : Cats Of Camerford
11 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Orchard Of My Eye
12 Deirdres : Milk Is Politics
13 Milky Wimpshake : One Good Use For My Heart
14 Maria : Friends Forever
15 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : This Love Is Fucking Right
16 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Doing All The Things That Wouldn't Make Your Parents Proud
17 Some Loves : It's My Time
18 Elephant Noise : This Song Is Our Friend
19 Urge : Bobby
20 Kamikaze Sex Pilots : The Red Indian Song

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Friday, December 12, 2008

WHAT I WON ON EBAY

I DID, I DID, I DID.
I did suppress my common sense and outbid all opposition to finally acquire the Evening Outs single. As the final minutes approached the girlfriend retired to bed wishing me luck as she went, knowing that there are some moments in life when a man must be alone. I was left to fend for myself like a baby crocodile among a pool of hippos. The omens had been good. In the afternoon I had beat my parents at scrabble and I'd resisted playing my Desperate Bicycles collection for fear of an attack of light-headedness. Friend Harvey had emailed and told me he would bid no higher than £121. That, my friend, I thought, is amateur financial fencing, my riposte shall smite you. As the final seconds fled by I did not falter. I flexed my fingers, they were nimble and deadly after an afternoon of sparring with neighbourhood cats, and punched in a reckless sum of £544. Take that you downbeats, you don't mess with the Scavenger. But they tried and they failed and they had their passports stamped as they returned back to Loserland. Dizzy with triumph I ventured into the bedroom where the girlfriend was pricing up objects for the boot sale. " £377", I said. She looked at me despairingly and added another zero onto the bed's price tag.

http://offer.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&item=160302762161

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

The Nine Steps To Ugly flexi sales past the £100 mark. Last time it sold for considerably less. Now I'm familiar with the fabulous Eddie Lopez Lives In Slough (what's with these crazy monikers?) as it features on two compilations I own. But Bobby Charlton's Haircut remains an unknown delight. As far as I know it's never been comped so maybe it's an unremarkable instrumental.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=220322782439

EYE ON EBAY

Legendary single by Episode Four who later evolved into East Village once again secures the seller a hefty financial return. I once bid on this whilst on holiday in Dorset. I located an internet cafe above an art shop in a seaside town and threw a few paltry pennies into the auction ring. Of course I got short shrift so I consoled myself by gorging on expensive homemade chocolates from a local shop. Does plugging your arteries with unhealthy food eradicate the misery of defeat? I don't know but since I discovered ebay I've put on weight.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=270312034746

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Milky Wimpshake : Dialling Tone

Dialling Tone (Album Version) - Milky Wimpshake

Northern Portrait

Crazy - Northern Portrait

Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Doing All the Things That Wouldnt Make Your Parents Proud - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 nov 21

1 Northern Portrait : Crazy
2 Milky Wimpshake : Dialling Tone
3 That Uncertain Feeling : Sunriser
4 Starlets : Viva Cabaret
5 Elephant Noise : Halloween Day
6 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Doing All The Things That Wouldn't Make Your Parents Proud
7 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : This Love Is Fucking Right
8 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Orchard Of My Eye
9 Milky Wimpshake : One Good Use For My Heart
10 Liechtenstein : Stalking Skills
11 Milky Wimpshake : (Show Me The Way To) Anarchy
12 Tartans : Cats Of Camerford
13 Elephant Noise : This Song Is Our Friend
14 Some Loves : It's My Time
15 Glo-Worm : Travelogue
16 Henry Essence : 14 Year Old Lover
17 Maria : Friends Forever
18 Twig : Ciao Ciao Bomb
19 Family Way : Sugar Baby Love
20 Northern Portrait : The Fallen Aristocracy

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Friday, December 5, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

I bid on this rare indiepop single by Commotion Upstairs just to see if I could win it for a low price. In the past it has tentatively tip-toed over the £100 mark. I dropped out once it hit £20.
Smugly I picked it up in a local charity shop for 50p. Apparently it's also available on 12" but I've yet to see it.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEDWX:IT&item=150312087637

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

WHAT I LOST ON EBAY

This is now officially getting tiresome. I have been after the Das Schnitz single for a few years now and thought it was within my reach last weekend. It had the doctored sleeve, the one where Chaka Khan plays an unwilling participant in their shot at fame, and despite the high postage cost some US dealers feel the need to charge I was poised in the final seconds to apprehend the elusive rascal. The girlfriend was kindly subbing me and she'd told me to go up to 150. The auction being in dollars I took her to mean dollars and bid $154. That bid did not secure me the item and when I told her the bad news she told me she meant £150. I have reached the age where tantrums are unseemly but I did feel like gathering up some toys, squeezing into a pram and throwing them violently around the room.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=270296679662

EYE ON EBAY

Representing the steel city of Sheffield we have the Deaf Aids first release which never fails to fire up strong passions among ebay's punk collectors. Though I have a roomful of piggy banks (one is actually a pig, three are hippos and one is a yellow Malta bus) they had been eviscerated to pay for my annual spending spree at the Olympia record fair. So I merely sat and gawped as this perky little item zoomed past the £200 mark. Isn't someone going to comp this?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=270296691018

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Less Jungle, More Jangle, Elephant Noise Trunk It Up


Go north of the border and you'll find the tradition of indie pop jangle still thriving. Maybe it's the deep fried Mars bars or the cold winds that glide mercilessly through the crofts that inspires the Scots to don their guitars and celebrate Byrdsian pop in a fruitless search for a hint of US West Coast sunshine. Is there a finest British powerpop band than Teenage Fanclub? Wasn't indiepop started by those imperious scamps Orange Juice?

Elephant Noise's horrendously rare 12" contains four songs. Of these my favourite is Halloween Day. A darkness pervades this plea to a friend to leave his old love behind, find a new one, exorcise old ghosts, gather up memories and stove them away and dance with new demons; deny the rumbling echoes of the past and ruthlessly grasp the future. Not far behind in my affections is Remember The Big Time which bristles with energy, a sort of ferocious REM-like sound. The contemplative Cactus Talk is as ruminative as the Triffids at their maudlin best. And This Song Is Our Friend whispers warm thoughts and threads a web of hope around mundane hearts.

Four men were responsible for this overlooked masterpiece, Tom Heaney (drums and keyboards), Neil Barber (rhythm guitar, violin and vocals), Stuart Allardyce (lead guitars) and Neil Tayler (bass). Pour praise on to them, they warrant it. The ep came out in 1991 on Rub Records, which I suspect was their own label, and I urge you to seek it out.


Halloween Day - Elephant Noise

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

The Beez buzzed around ebay and stung a punter for £266. Now I love my original 7" singles but I thought getting the Beez LP compilation a good deal for a tenner. Funky Gibbon was selling both their singles and I imagine there will be an extra large Christmas tree in his house this year.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=170275900221

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=170275900221

EYE ON EBAY

I have absolutely no idea who What The Curtains were. Those in the know seemed quite satisfied to part with £80. I suspect some bidders may have got over excited. I suspect a rather flat keyboard dominated tune may have been their input into the 80's music scene. Annoyingly I may never find out but my curiosity would run no further than a tenner.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=220308100765

WHAT I LOST ON EBAY

I went no further than a few yards for this obscure slab of eighties indie by Miracle Mile. I fear I may have lost a gem but I saw it pass the £50 mark and I felt reason tugging at my rampant urge to consume all indie obscurities at any cost. Reason wrestled manfully with temptation and vinyl lust and overcame those twin idiots.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEDWX:IT&item=330287368806

WHAT I LOST ON EBAY

Beyond The Fence Begins The Sky.It was inevitable that someone would bite hard on this compilation. It had the attraction of the Jeremiahs and Home And Abroad among many other lesser lights. Has anyone ever heard of Enamel Animals or Too Sweet To Suck? That last name could be a Disney porn film. More likely an over-sugared lollipop, this being indie world. I pushed old rival Picheux to a vertiginous price but he simply admired the view.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEDWX:IT&item=220314010486

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 nov 14

1 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : This Love Is Fucking Right
2 Milky Wimpshake : Dialling Tone
3 Elephant Noise : This Song Is Our Friend
4 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Doing All The Things That Wouldn't Make Your Parents Proud
5 Some Loves : It's My Time
6 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Orchard Of My Eye
7 Northern Portrait : Crazy
8 Starlets : Viva Cabaret
9 Henry Essence : 14 Year Old Lover
10 That Uncertain Feeling : Sunriser
11 Milky Wimpshake : One Good Use For My Heart
12 Twig : Ciao Ciao Bomb
13 Tartans : Cats Of Camerford
14 Glo-Worm : Travelogue
15 Milky Wimpshake : ( Show Me The Way To ) Anarchy
16 Ruby Blue : Bloomsbury Blue
17 Northern Portrait : The Fallen Aristocracy
18 Liechtenstein : Stalking Skills
19 One On The Clapometer : Long Term Investment
20 Maria : Friends Forever

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 nov 7

1 Northern Portrait : Crazy
2 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : This Love Is Fucking Right
3 Marble Orchard : Our Love Is Up To You
4 Northern Portrait : The Fallen Aristocracy
5 Gobblinz : London
6 Elephant Noise : This Song Is Our Friend
7 Ruby Blue : Bloomsbury Blue
8 One On The Clapometer : Long Term Investment
9 Jam Today : Stereotyping
10 School : Let It Slip
11 Some Loves : It's My Time
12 Cindy And The Barbi Dolls : In Silence
13 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart :Doing All The Things That Wouldn't Make Your Parents Proud
14 Henry Essence Margarita
15 Friends Of The Bride : So....You Think You Can Dance?
16 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Orchard Of My Eye
17 Bridal Shop : Violation
18 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
19 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
20 Ladyhawke : Paris Is Burning

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 oct 31

1 Northern Portrait : Crazy
2 Northern Portrait : The Fallen Aristocracy
3 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : This Love Is Fucking Right
4 Marble Orchard : Our Love Is Up To You
5 School : Let It Slip
6 Gobblinz : London
7 Cindy And The Barbi Dolls : In Silence
8 Ruby Blue : Bloomsbury Blue
9 Jam Today : Stereotyping
10 Henry Essence : Margarita
11 Friends Of The Bride : So....You Think You Can Dance?
12 Elephant Noise : This Song Is Our Friend
13 Bridal Shop : Violation
14 Friends Of The Bride : You Can't Take Him Anywhere
15 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
16 Ladyhawke : Paris Is Burning
17 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
18 Some Loves : It's My Time
19 Stricken City : Tak O Tak
20 One On The Clapometer : Long Term Investment

Green numbers indicate new entries.

EYE ON EBAY

GREEK INDIE RECORD STRIPS PAINT OFF BANK WALLS

A big night out at the local Athenian taverna for earthspan1@yahoo.gr as he ropes in £227 for a legendary vinyl adventure by the Jaywalkers. Allegedly only a hundred pressed the indie community went into a frenzy for this grecian antiquity from 1989. Seems like it features two Beatles covers and nobody can have enough versions of Tomorrow Never Knows. But are the Jaywalkers as good as Fantastic Something?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/JAYWALKERS-HAPPY-ALL-THE-TIME-12-GREEK-C86-INDIE-POP_W0QQitemZ300270697212QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item300270697212&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A13%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

Thursday, November 6, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 oct 24

1 Northern Portrait : Crazy
2 Northern Portrait : The Fallen Aristocracy
3 School : Let It Slip
4 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : This Love Is Fucking Right
5 Cindy And The Barbi Dolls : In Silence
6 Friends Of The Bride : So....You Think You Can Dance?
7 Friends Of The Bride : You Can't Take Him Anywhere
8 Gobblinz : London
9 Marble Orchard : Our Love Is Up To You
10 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
11 Henry Essence : Margarita
12 Stricken City : Tak O Tak
13 Jam Today : Stereotyping
14 Ladyhawke : Paris Is Burning
15 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
16 Ruby Blue : Bloomsbury Blue
17 Friends Of The Bride : Buckle Up! Sunshine
18 Los Campesinos : My Year In Lists
19 Bridal Shop : Violation
20 Vivian Girls : Tell The World

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WHAT I LOST ON EBAY

Congratulations Picheux 89 for trouncing all opposition in the hectic fight for Fallover 24. Here is a competitor who will throw obstinate heaps of money at records no matter their true worth. No need to point that gun at me, I'll admit that if I'd had the financial resources I'd have valiantly waded into fiscal deep waters. In cyber space there is no recession, the consumer tumor has not spread to ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=200259634685

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 oct17

1 School : Let It Slip
2 Friends Of The Bride : So....You Think You Can Dance?
3 Northern Portrait : The Fallen Aristocracy
4 Friends Of The Bride : You Can't Take Him Anywhere
5 Stricken City : Tak O Tak
6 Northern Portrait : Crazy
7 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
8 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : This Love Is Fucking Right
9 Cindy And The Barbi Dolls : In Silence
10 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
11 Vivian Girls : Tell The World
12 Gobblinz : London
13 Henry Essence : Margarita
14 Friends Of The Bride : Buckle Up! Sunshine
15 Ladyhawke : Paris Is Burning
16 Los Campesinos : My Year In Lists
17 Jam Today : Stereotyping
18 Alphabeat : Boyfriend
19 Marble Orchard : Our Love Is Up To You
20 Shapiros : Gone By Fall

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Friday, October 31, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 oct10

1 Friends Of The Bride : You Can't Take Him Anywhere
2 Friends Of The Bride : So....You Think You Can Dance?
3 School : Let It Slip
4 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
5 Stricken City : Tak O Tak
6 Vivian Girls : Tell The World
7 Friends Of The Bride : Buckle Up! Sunshine
8 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
9 Discount Chiefs : Trumpets Will Blow
10 Shapiros : Gone By Fall
11 Northern Portrait : The Fallen Aristocracy
12 Alphabeat : Boyfriend
13 Los Campesinos : My Year In Lists
14 Tiberius' Minnows : Time Flies
15 Ladyhawke : Paris Is Burning
16 Clientele : What Goes Up
17 Gobblinz : London
18 Able : Regressing To Sixteen
19 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
20 Cindy And The Barbi Dolls : In Silence

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Monday, October 27, 2008



Just because I'm old it doesn't mean I know all the answers. The Scavenger is confused by a cryptic clue about some obscure jazz artist in the Record Collector crossword. The first day of our fortnight of record scavenging in Brighton, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Here we are in Snooper's Paradise in Brighton. Noticing the odd stray grey hair the girlfriend thinks it's time I took to the golf course, a more suitable middle aged pursuit than rifling through old records. Unfortunately this is not a follow up to Tina Charles' show stopper Dr.Love.
Trying to create a little mystery I hide behind a cool record sleeve. It's cool because it's got the fabulous sixties girl band the Orchids on it and Louise Cordet. Please ignore the Bachelors.

Posing outside Anarchy before the girlfriend departs for tea and muffin at the nearby cafe. I'm still stupidly happy at finding one of the records ( Razorblade Smile ) I released on my label fifteen years ago but I refused to buy it as I still have 20 unsold copies at home. Instead I buy records by Mecca Normal and Eva Luna.

The Scavenger's arthritic knees are testament to his passion for plastic. Here I am thrilled at finding a Milky Wimpshake LP which I already own on vile CD. There is so much vintage dust in Anarchy that old miners visit it for nostalgic purposes.

Hit the north. I had the girlfriend working hard to get this shot. After four failed attempts I slowed down to a reckless 20 miles an hour.


This picture is dedicated to my old scarf which I lost in Oxford a week later. Of minor interest is the Eva Luna record I found in the Broomhill Oxfam, Sheffield.

Our spoils from Nottingham and Sheffield. This will either illustrate our diverse taste or complete lack of it. Disclaimer: the Mrs insisted we purchase Rodney Allen Rippy, nothing to do with me.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 oct 3

1 Friends Of The Bride : You Can't Take Him Anywhere
2 Friends Of The Bride : So....You Think You Can Dance?
3 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
4 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
5 Vivian Girls : Tell The World
6 Discount Chiefs : Trumpets Will Blow
7 Shapiros : Gone By Fall
8 Friends Of The Bride : Buckle Up! Sunshine
9 Alphabeat : Boyfriend
10 Tiberius' Minnows : Time Flies
11 Able : Regressing To Sixteen
12 Clientele : What Goes Up
13 Los Campesinos : My Year In Lists
14 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
15 Stricken City : Tak O Tak
16 Uncool Danceband : Jacqueline
17 Ladyhawke : Paris Is Burning
18 Tearjerkers : Love Affair
19 Northern Picture Library : Paris
20 Sea Urchins : Summershine

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

WHAT I WON ON EBAY

A Welsh nugget that I missed several months back finally came into my possession. Very much in the spirit of the experimental storm that swept through independent releases after the exertions of punk became wearisome for some, One On The Clapometer would have ensured 89 on the clapometer once my hands got busy. This had sold for over £30 in the past so I was pleased to snare it for under half that. What household doesn't need a sociopathic version of As Time Goes By? A dull one.

WHAT I LOST ON EBAY

I was never really in the running for the Beyond The Implode single as its sale price
exceeded £160. I've seen it stumble over the £100 mark which is about its worth.
The seller decided on a crazy shipping price of £16 due to insurance, declaring
to customs and other such rigmarole. I can't decide whether he's a pristine
example of a law abiding citizen or a rip off merchant. This single is not the
Holy Grail for me, that's still the Evening Outs, but it's the equivalent of
one of the legs off of Arthur's round table.


http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=270279387022

EYE ON EBAY

In the last month those architects of the jejune Joy Division have been exercising their cultdom
all over ebay. A big fuss was caused over this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=110299705537.

A nice little earner for the seller though not the equal to this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=150293332813

34 bids and not one of them was mine. I'm sure it'll break into four figures one day. But until I can perfect my design for a fold up car I'm out of any future bidding frenzy on these essential
JD ephemera.

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 sept 26

1 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
2 Friends Of The Bride : You Can't Take Him Anywhere
3 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
4 Friends Of The Bride : So.....You Think You Can Dance?
5 Tiberius' Minnows : Time Flies
6 Shapiros : Gone By Fall
7 Alphabeat : Boyfriend
8 Clientele : What Goes Up
9 Discount Chiefs : Trumpets Will Blow
10 Able : Regressing To Sixteen
11 Tearjerkers : Love Affair
12 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
13 Vivian Girls : Tell The World
14 Uncool Danceband : Jacqueline
15 Los Campesinos : My Year In Lists
16 Northern Picture Library : Paris
17 Ladyhawke : Paris Is Burning
18 BTP Folders : All Of A Sudden
19 Sea Urchins : Summershine
20 Friends Of The Bride : Buckle Up! Sunshine

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rupert

Rupert is busy at the moment, but will be back.

The Deirdres - Milk Is Politics

Thursday, October 2, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 sept19

1 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
2 Alphabeat : Boyfriend
3 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
4 Tiberius' Minnows : Time Flies
5 Clientele : What Goes Up
6 Northern Picture Library : Paris
7 Shapiros : Gone By Fall
8 Uncool Danceband : Jacqueline
9 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
10 Friends Of The Bride : You Can't Take Him Anywhere
11 Able : Regressing To Sixteen
12 Tearjerkers : Love Affair
13 Vivian Girls : Tell The World
14 BTP Folders : All Of A Sudden
15 Friends Of The Bride : So....You Think You Can Dance?
16 Reacta : SUS
17 Sea Urchins : Summershine
18 Fauves : Tortured Soul
19 Pylon : Crazy
20 Discount Chiefs : Trumpets Will Blow

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

Atgreatfm also sold the Bracknell ep by Infra Red Helicopters. It went for a respectable £49.88.
I'd say that was slightly too high a price but winner Tecnostation obviously disagrees. The single attracted my attention at the last November record fair at Olympia but I passed on it. It was half the ebay price so I have instructed my right foot what to do to my left ankle.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=110287426822

EYE ON EBAY

Will ebay be flooded with the Clive Culbertson single Time To Kill after it sold for an astonishing £152? This is the Rip Off release, not the later Logo version. Both failed to ensnare that fickle beast fame and poor Clive remained on the fringes of the music scene for many years. The seller was atgreatfm, a formidable Greek collector who I've tussled with in the past; specifically over the Bullseye single and I lost. Warning: in an auction atgreatfm never gives up.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=110287681703

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 sept12

1 Milky Wimpshake : Itchy Feet On A Tuesday Night
2 Alphabeat : Boyfriend
3 Northern Picture Library : Paris
4 Uncool Danceband : Jacqueline
5 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
6 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
7 Clientele : What Goes Up
8 BTP Folders : All Of A Sudden
9 Tiberius' Minnows : Time Flies
10 Pylon : Crazy
11 Fauves : Tortured Soul
12 Tearjerkers : Love Affair
13 Sea Urchins : Summershine
14 Vivian Girls : Tell The World
15 Tagmemics : Chimneys
16 Shapiros : Gone By Fall
17 Summer Cats : Lonely Planet
18 Thieves : Soul Thief
19 Able : Regressing To Sixteen
20 Indelicates : America

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 september 5

1 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
2 Northern Picture Library : Paris
3 Uncool Danceband : Jacqueline
4 BTP Folders : All Of A Sudden
5 Alphabeat : Boyfriend
6 Tagmemics : Chimneys
7 Fauves : Tortured Soul
8 Pylon : Crazy
9 Sea Urchins : Summershine
10 Summer Cats : Lonely Planet
11 Desperate Bicycles : Skill
12 Thieves : Soul Thief
13 Astronauts : Back Soon
14 Tearjerkers : Love Affair
15 Ting Tings : Shut Up And Let Me Go
16 Indelicates : America
17 Clientele : What Goes Up
18 Vivian Girls : Tell The World
19 Exhibit A : Distance
20 Gobblinz : Communique

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Monday, September 15, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/A-FACTORY-SAMPLE-1978-Joy-Division-Cabaret-Voltaire_W0QQitemZ320297061455QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item320297061455&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A13%7C240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

I have half of this double pack, unfortunately not the half with Joy Division's contribution. If only I'd bought it at the time, I can't think why I didn't. Anyway there seems to be a bootleg (at least it appears to be) floating around which is available on ebay for under £20. Or £165 will get you the original with all the inserts.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 august 29

1 BTP Folders : All Of A Sudden
2 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
3 Fauves : Tortured Soul
4 Tagmemics : Chimneys
5 Summer Cats : Lonely Planet
6 Sea Urchins : Summershine
7 Northern Picture Library : Paris
8 Thieves : Soul Thief
9 Uncool Danceband : Jacqueline
10 Astronauts : Back Soon
11 Pylon : Crazy
12 Alphabeat : Boyfriend
13 Ting Tings : Shut Up And Let Me Go
14 Indelicates : America
15 Gobblinz : Communique
16 Pathetix : Love In Decay
17 Exhibit A : Distance
18 Newpolitans : Duck Town
19 Vivian Girls : Wild Eyes
20 Penny Candles : Memory Box

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Turntable Revolution Record Collection 16

EYE ON EBAY

My old ebay sparring partner Atichon bites on a Meltations single for a staggering £85. It's one of those rarities championed by Tweenet. I just sat and watched this one go,barely an itch in my trigger finger.

EYE ON EBAY

A tidy £52.50 ensured someone snapped up Chloroform by the Bleach Boys. Not as fierce as their later release, Stocking-Clad Nazi Death Squad Bitches.

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION T0P 20 august22

1 Fauves : Tortured Soul
2 BTP Folders : All Of A Sudden
3 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
4 Sea Urchins : Summershine
5 Tagmemics : Chimneys
6 Astronauts : Back Soon
7 Ting Tings : Shut Up And Let Me Go
8 Summer Cats : Lonely Planet
9 Gobblinz : Communique
10 Indelicates : America
11 Exhibit A : Distance
12 Pylon : Crazy
13 Pathetix : Love In Decay
14 Thieves : Soul Thief
15 Newpolitans : Duck Town
16 Penny Candles : Memory Box
17 Vivian Girls : Wild Eyes
18 Lucky Soul : Add Your Light To Mine Baby
19 Wave Pictures : Strange Fruit For David
20 Tuxedo Moon : Pinheads On The Move

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

Street People's Personal Values EP sells for £103.25. They came from Scotland and the single rarely crops up. 45 Revolutions declares it to be an impressive effort. I'll have to take their word for it as I failed to win it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

ON THE SCAVENGE IN EAST SHEEN & STREATHAM


The Cancer Research, Streatham. What splendid objects of desire lurked within....................

"Howard's Way, it's bloody Howard's Way." Useful for obscuring the ugly things in life.
We find a gem in the Streatham Oxfam. Elliott Smith's XO on vinyl. It gave me the three chin smile.

Who will save us from this giant green bird?


We're back in East Sheen again. This harmless chazzer houses an inferno of a record as you are about to see.......................


This is the kind of insurrectionary filth the middle class kids of East Sheen were listening to back in the eighties.
Come on then if you think you're hard enough. "Who had the no.1 version of the Star Wars theme?" That must be in the US because it only got to no.7 here. 30 pence, the bargain of the day.


After being turfed out of the Cancer Research we wander the streets until we spy this unexpected island of tat outside the cinema. Note the wariness of the woman about to cross the road, she's seen our camera and she fears she's about to become another victim of the surveillance society.


Here we are at the Cats Rescue stall. I was not allowed to buy a miniature model of a Route Master bus despite my plea of "Think of the cats, think of the cats", so I consoled myself by caressing some terrible records.


Streatham's murderous roads will not deter the Scavenger.

Galway and Mancini, flutes and strings. We just didn't have the courage to buy it.
Formed from the ashes of the Room this is a great Benny Profane 12". Discovered snugly cosying up to some Mission 12" 's. Bauhaus, Family Cat and some goth compilation featuring Every New Dead Ghost to be played only after dark were also unearthed in the new arrivals section.

A 12" on Peasant's Revolt Records. Unfortunately it features a Chumbawamba track. That'll get a dousing with a jug of water when I get home. Also discover Dragon's Revenge by Anhrefn. Love the dragon which reminds me, isn't the Welsh flag the best?

We sign a petition to save the Missing Persons' shop in East Sheen. If it shuts who will find the missing? Inside we find nothing but an America LP from the late 70's. We send it packing on a horse with no name.


What glorious baubles await inside................................

Get me the number of that window cleaner.
What a haul. Barnados has a rich selection of LP's I already own. Except the Steeleye Span which I rejected.
Discovered in Barnados, East Sheen, Stomu Yamashta's East Wind. That reflection effect
is down to my camera operative. She's on half pay from now on.

Friday, August 22, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 august 15

1 Fauves : Tortured Soul
2 Sea Urchins : Summershine
3 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
4 Astronauts : Back Soon
5 BTP Folders : All Of A Sudden
6 Gobblinz : Communique
7 Indelicates : America
8 Ting Tings : Shut Up And Let Me Go
9 Exhibit A : Distance
10 Vivian Girls : Wild Eyes
11 Newpolitans : Duck Town
12 Tagmemics : Chimneys
13 Penny Candles : Memory Box
14 Pathetix : Love In Decay
15 Lucky Soul : Add Your Light To Mine Baby
16 Tuxedo Moon : Pinheads On The Move
17 Summer Cats : Lonely Planet
18 Wave Pictures : Strange Fruit For David
19 Manhattan Love Suicides : Clusterfuck
20 Alphabeat : 10,000 Nights

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Only A Northern Love Song

1. Many years ago, 1980, in a rainy city named Manchester a record label called Object existed. Grow-Up was responsible for one of the label's greatest pop moments. It was their second release on Object, the first featured six tracks of tentative and twisty half-formed songs. An LP called The Best Thing was an extension of ideas that had been toyed with on the debut single. Then suddenly out of nowhere came Joanne.
2.
A stop-start paean to young love among the rocks kissed by the North Sea surf, the jittery nervousness of that first crush, the awe in which the loved one is observed while doing the most mundane things, these are touchingly conveyed. "From Scarborough Harbour to Whitley Bay, I'm gonna love you for just one day", they sing and then declare, in glorious contradiction, the genius line "Will you marry me before I go gay?" If they had been a hundred miles further north they would have been Orange Juice. The b side has two tunes called "The Affirmation of Existence" and "Gggdadgadadad" so they were probably art students who eventually merged into one and became Tracey Emin, but for the sake of Joanne we can forgive them that.
3.
Another LP was released, Without Wings on the Up label, shortly before they grew up too much to devote time to an unsuccessful band. Much of the LP was more in the spirit of Joanne with occasional daring adventures into jazzy pop; their tuneful tinkering deserved more than the oblivion that embraced it.
4.
Listen to it on imeem.

joanne.mp3 - grow-up

Saturday, August 16, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

Here's a first on T.Rev. I'm commenting on an auction that is due to finish later today. Up for grabs is Ten Feet Tall by the Flowershop. It's not a cover of the XTC song. It is though a cracking C86ish pop tune and one I stumbled across in a charity shop last year along with a batch of Cherry Orchard flexis. No bids as yet but it's available as a buy it now at a very reasonable price. Any lovers of pop left alive? That Noah And The Whale single can wait until next week, sand down your bidding fingers and prepare to pounce. Trust me, I'm a blogger.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Turntable Revolution Mixtape 2 Revolving


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1. The Cybermen - Cybernetic Surgery
2. Scrotum Poles - Pick The Cats Eyes Out
3. Reacta - Sus
4. The Desperate Bicycles - The Medium was Tedium
5. Martin & the Brownshirts - Boring
6. Bleach Boys - Chloroform
7. Sema 4 - up down around
8. Art Attacks - Neutron Bomb
9. Pseudo Existors - Now
10. The Wasps - Teenage Treats
11. Sods - No Pictures
12. Satan's Rats - In My Love For You
13. Negatives (Bradford UK) - Love Is Not Real

Turntable Revolution Record Collection 14

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nostalgia is not a modern obsession


Nostalgia is not a modern obsession. The fifties American family was celebrated on the cover of this 1988 flexi release by the Peach Thieves. Prosperous and fun-loving, the uniform of happiness for the girls is pleated skirts which implies a rigid adherence to structure and formality. Are the men wearing bespoke trousers? The little girl is goggle-eyed as if she's never entertained the notion of a spherical object propelling itself forward without continuous aid from a human limb. One feels this is not an instant or an ecstatic seizure, rather that this family was permanently in thrall to joy. The elder girl is already accepting her future role to some stifling husband as she brings forth the crass nectar of 1950's corporate America, Coca Cola. And where better place to offload all that youthful energy your kids are harnessing than the bowling alley? The adamantine ideals, such as truth, justice and the attaining of the American dream, parents are eager to instill in their offspring can be forged in the healthy competitiveness sport encourages.

The sleeve is misleading as the two tracks the Peach Thieves offer us are in a C86 style. They came from Lindal-in-Furness, Cumbria and they were Philip on vocals and guitar, Johnny on guitar, Shaun on bass and Chris on drums. Johnny is modelling himself on Johnny Marr on the reverse sleeve. The record is dedicated to Vic Godard. I'd hazard a guess he never heard it. Both tracks are accomplished. Morecambe Bay is a slow wistful paean to the summer of 1987 when the boys were apparently being bullied by surfers on the beach.

What became of the Peach Thieves? Who were they? Did they ever release anything else?

Hear Out Of The Nowhere on imeem.
out of the nowhere.mp3 - peach thieves

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 august 8

1 Indelicates : America
2 Astronauts : Back Soon
3 Sea Urchins : Summershine
4 Fauves : Tortured Soul
5 Exhibit A : Distance
6 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
7 Gobblinz : Communique
8 Vivian Girls : Wild Eyes
9 Newpolitans : Duck Town
10 Penny Candles : Memory Box
11 Alphabeat : 10,000 Nights
12 Manhattan Love Suicides : Clusterfuck
13 Lucky Soul : Add Your Light To Mine Baby
14 Wave Pictures : Strange Fruit For David
15 Ting Tings : Shut Up And Let Me Go
16 Squad : Red Alert
17 Pathetix : Love In Decay
18 Tuxedo Moon : Pinheads On The Move
19 Tagmemics : Chimneys
20 Reacta : Stop The World

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

The Machines aggressive muddily-produced True Life ep accrues £83.25. If you want a taste of the Machines I suggest you buy the compilation Bored Teenagers 4 on Bin Liner records which also contains the amusing Public Pisstake and a powerpop classic by the Elevators.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 august 1

1 Indelicates : America
2 Sea Urchins : Summershine
3 Astronauts : Back Soon
4 Alphabeat : 10,000 Nights
5 Penny Candles : Memory Box
6 Newpolitans : Duck Town
7 Manhattan Love Suicides : Clusterfuck
8 Exhibit A : Distance
9 Gobblinz : Communique
10 Vivian Girls : Wild Eyes
11 Wave Pictures : Strange Fruit For David
12 Squad : Red Alert
13 Lucky Soul : Add Your Light To Mine Baby
14 Reacta : Stop The World
15 Mob : Give It To Me
16 Pains Of Being Pure At Heart : Come Saturday
17 Peach Thieves : Out Of The Nowhere
18 Scabs : Amory Building
19 False Idols : Ego Wino
20 Fauves : Tortured Soul

Green numbers indicate new entries.

EYE ON EBAY

Das Schnitz was a band formed at Torquay Boys Grammar School. They crossed the sexual divide and played a fifteen minute gig at the girls grammar school. In early 1979 Ellie Jay helped them attain immortality by pressing 533 of their only single. About 100 of the singles had sleeves "designed" by the band, they couldn't afford proper sleeves so they bought a large quantity of unused ones and scribbled their name on them. Blondie, Funkadelic and Chaka Khan were a few of the artists that had their sleeves doctored. Despite the "support" of those famous pop stars their notoriety remained rooted in the Torquay area.
Appearing sleeveless on ebay the single sold for a paltry £63.90. Those with sleeves usually sell nearer the £100 mark.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

WHAT I LOST ON EBAY

Sarah 13 and 14 surface and I venture a conservative bid. They are eventually scooped up for £35.10. I have virtually every Sarah release but the flexi and fanzine evade me. I'm confident they'll reappear as I've lost them on several occasions. Patience is prudent sometimes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP20 july 25

1 Indelicates : America
2 Sea Urchins : Summershine
3 Penny Candles : Memory Box
4 Newpolitans : Duck Town
5 Astronauts : Back Soon
6 Scabs : Amory Building
7 Wave Pictures : Strange Fruit For David
8 Manhattan Love Suicides : Clusterfuck
9 Alphabeat : 10,000 Nights
10 Mob : Give It To Me
11 Exhibit A : Distance
12 Reacta : Stop The World
13 Gobblinz : Communique
14 Ebony Bones : Don't Fart On My Heart
15 Kissamatic Lovebubble : Only Lust
16 Squad : Red Alert
17 Vivian Girls : Wild Eyes
18 Apple Creation : One In A Mirror
19 Lucky Soul : Add Your Light To Mine Baby
20 Peach Thieves : Out Of The Nowhere

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

I sometimes think I'm doing Popsike's job here, venerable site though it is there are glaring omissions. Latest news for those who like their punk Welsh is that the Screen Gemz single made another appearance. Despite having its picture cover it barely peeked over the three figure parapet selling for £113. On the previous two occasions their single appeared on ebay it sold for well over £200.

A demo by C86 stalwarts the Siddeleys achieved a respectable £88. I did bid on this but exercised self control. I'm surprised it didn't make three figures. Back in the early 90's I bought their exceptional 12" from a seller advertising in Record Collector for a meagre £7. A bargain.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Turntable Revolution Mixtape 1 Revolving


Mixwit


Tracklisting For Mixtape 1 (To Listen - Press The Play Button)

1. Heavenly - C Is the Heavenly Option
2. The Wave Pictures - Strange Fruit For David
3. The Sea Urchins - Summershine
4. Daniel Johnston - Fish
5. The Indelicates - America
6. O Level - Pseudo Punk
7. A Classic Education - Lovers Barricade
8. Desperate Bicycles - I Am Nine
9. Vivian Girls - Tell The World
10. The Field Mice - Sensitive
11. Joanna Newsome - Sprout And The Bean
12. Razorcuts - I'll Still Be There
13. Shop Assistants - Safety Net
14. My Bloody Valentine - Lovelee Sweet Darlene
15. Wolfhounds - The Anti-Midas Touch
16. Astronauts - Back Soon
17. Potting Sheds - Happy Again
18. Amy And The Angels - I Hate Being In Love
19. Grown Up Strange - A Wing And A Prayer
20. No Entry Band - Cold And Lonely Life

Thursday, July 24, 2008

TURNTABLE REVOLUTION TOP 20 july18

1 Scabs : Amory Building
2 Newpolitans : Duck Town
3 Sea Urchins : Summershine
4 Mob : Give It To Me
5 Penny Candles : Memory Box
6 Wave Pictures : Strange Fruit For David
7 Ebony Bones : Don't Fart On My Heart
8 Astronauts : Back Soon
9 Manhattan Love Suicides : Clusterfuck
10 Kissamatic Lovebubble : Only Lust
11 Exhibit A : Distance
12 Some Loves : Know You Now
13 Reacta : Stop The World
14 Apple Creation : One In A Mirror
15 Kitchen Cinq : Determination
16 Ting Tings : That's Not My Name
17 Nautical William : Love House
18 Daniel Johnston : Fish
19 Gobblinz : Communique
20 Squad : Red Alert

Green numbers indicate new entries.

Turntable Revolution Record Collection 12

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Caught in the maelstrom




glad.mp3 - spaghetti head

It's 1992 and Spaghetti Head is caught in the maelstrom of the indie dance. Do you miss those times? If you do here's a band that sound like the Happy Mondays, Farm and the Soup Dragons. Steeped in the mood of the moment they weren't because the indie dance had been murdered in the mosh pits as Nirvana and their head-shaking hordes swept through the venues of Britain. Grunge was a big sponge that soaked up those who were all Bezzed out.

It was the girlfriend who directed me towards this lot and as she has a well trained ear I had no hesitation in rescuing this from a charity shop in Ruislip Manor. It's an unpleasant cover and Spaghetti Head is an atrocious name so even before this hits the decks you're consciously disliking it. Once it gets its groove though you feel compelled to rotate wildly. There's no info on the band and the B side is an instrumental version of Glad! Did they release anything else? It's doubtful considering they couldn't even supply an original B side. This really is the behaviour of a bunch of session musicians.

Worst band names league:

1 Toad The Wet Sprocket

2 Regular Fries

3 Spaghetti Head

Food and band names, not a good idea (I'm sure they eat toads somewhere).


Monday, July 21, 2008

EYE ON EBAY

Some may accuse the Ting Tings of being as insubstantial as a bouquet of feathers but there was substantial interest in their Fruit Machine 7", apparently a gig only item. It sold for an eye-opening £135. I wonder if it'll generate that much interest in a few years time.

Another notable money maker was a Jam acetate, Strange Town, which collected the seller a formidable prize of £768.

Surprisingly the Buzzcocks first release Spiral Scratch amassed a healthy £56.79. I remember paying £10 for mine, that's the one without Devoto's name on the front of the sleeve, to a boy at school back in 1977. When it was reissued I was mildly annoyed especially as it was nearly identical to the original. The New Hormones original was pressed and pressed again due to demand so there are in the region of 15,000 out there hence my bewilderment at its high sale price. Looks like I made a reasonable investment.

Friday, July 18, 2008

They came from Coventry



They came from Coventry, or at least the label was based there. Boys And Girls Records had released an earlier record, a 7" compilation EP called Boys And Girls Come Out To Play which is incredibly rare, if you know of its whereabouts let me know, which featured one track by the Human Cabbages. There were five cabbages, Rosa on vocals, Steve Teers on organ, synth and trombone, Johnny Fagsnbooze (I want that surname) on guitar and vocals, Stan on bass and Steve W. on drums. This vinyl delight was released in 1981 to unimaginable disinterest.

The lead track "The Witch" is a jaunty ditty about a visit to said witch, whether a white or black witch is not clear. But one imagines witches of both persuasions abound in the midlands. Judging by the organ sound the band had been to a funfair just before recording this gem. "Air Raid Shelter" is a messy clash of post punk leaning towards groggy prog with a dash of smog-ingested rock to confuse.

After this the Human Cabbages disappeared, perhaps they were savaged by greenfly.

Final track I will be offering on Imeem to let you enjoy for yourselves.


one more fool.mp3 - human cabbages