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Every Record I Own

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As a punishment to myself for not knowing what is in my record collection, I am going through them and listening to each and every one. From ABBA to Zappa with some crap and some gems in the middle. I’m writing a little about each one, not with any pretence to musical knowledge but from my own perspective. I tend to gorge on an album and listen to it on a loop for a while before moving onto the next so most of them have got some personal history attached.

Every Record I Own – I is for INXS – X

INXS ‎– X This reminds me of crazy white Thai beaches and drinking vast quantities of Mekhong whisky, which from memory was totally vile but very effective. Thailand in the 80's was a pretty surreal place, contact with home was limited to poste restante addresses or really expensive phone calls so I found out what was going on back home every month or so. I spent a lot of time on long white beaches getting very drunk and moping about my crap boyfriend. I was thin and blonde and brown and…

Every Record I Own – J is for Bert Jansch – Sampler

Bert Jansch ‎– The Bert Jansch Sampler I think this is one record I liberated from my parents. I love this album. Occasionally I'll actually pick up my guitar and wrestle with some tab. I can usually play bits of a song, never all of one, and never while singing at the same time. Much respect Bert. There are many versions of Black Waterside, Sandy Denny, Led Zep, Dread Zep (who's version is rather better than Led) ... Bert's version is the one I hold dearest and the one I love…

Every Record I Own – J is for Grace Jones – Living My Life

Grace Jones ‎– Living My Life When I was 16 or so this was the record that held me together when I did mushrooms. Everything else, I mean everything else, freaked me out. Leaves, the pavement, buildings, the sea, people, especially people. The only thing I could cope with was a locked dark room and this album. I knew how to have fun. Label: Island Records ‎– ILPS 9722 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album Country: UK Released: 1982 Genre: Electronic Style: Dub, Disco A1 My…

Every Record I Own – J is for Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson ‎– Look Sharp! Discogs says that "A hole was die-cut into the gatefold cover to accommodate a 1" button with the words "LOOK SHARP!"" My £1 version of this has the button missing but that's fine. "Is she really going out with him" brings back very vague memories of being in the 3rd year at a particuarly nasty convent school. I still feel guilty every time I see a nun. A girl in my year was sexually assaulted by the music teacher but we were told to keep quiet about it…

Every Record I Own – J is for Jethro Tull – Orginal Masters

Jethro Tull ‎– Original Masters I really have to stop buying compilations. This has bits of the most brilliant Aqualung on it without the whole story of the other tracks which is frustrating.  Actually I have the cover to Aqualung, but not the record. I think my uncle John reclaimed it with a lot of the others. I'm pretty sure it was his anyway. There are some stonking tracks on Original Masters though, Witches Promise is a favorite too.   Label: Chrysalis ‎– JTTV…

Every Record I Own – F is for Fairport Convention – The History of..

Fairport Convention ‎– The History Of Fairport Convention Predictably fol de lol good, consistently gallant in execution, Fairport Convention hold it all together in the History Of. This was a few quid and is missing its ribbon but I really don't care. It's what it is, and it's fine. Island Records ‎– ICD 4 Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation Country: UK Released: 1972 Genre: Rock Style: Folk Rock A1 Meet On The Ledge A2 Fotheringay A3 Mr. Lacey A4 Book…

Every Record I Own – I is for The Incredible String Band – Liquid Acrobat

Incredible String Band, The ‎– Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air ISB played a lot at home when I was young, but not this album as much as the others which I don't yet own. My favorite is Changing Horses and it's on my list to get. I would have liberated it from my parents but my little sister got there before me. Curses! This album came a few years after the story of a magical childhood that is Changing Horses, it's got influences from all over the world, with sitar, guitar, rock, folk…

Every Record I Own – J is for Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits

Janis Joplin ‎– Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits I've had this since I was 14 or so. I used to be able to do a pretty good impersonation of Janis then, thankfully I didn't keep doing it because it ripped my throat out every time. What can I say? Great album, great voice, nice screetching scratchy guitars, a rockin' brass section and it reminds me of hot sunny days hanging around Plymouth Hoe, and bawling out 'Cryyyyyyy' in subways that made it a whole lot louder. Those subways are no longer…

Every Record I Own – K is for Carole King – Tapestry

Carole King ‎– Tapestry I think I have a couple of copies of this, one I had and one my sister gave me because she thought I should have it. Nothing to say, classic album, couldn't not have it. Label: Ode Records (2) ‎– SP-77009 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Country: US Released: Mar 1971 Genre: Rock, Pop Style: Folk Rock, Soft Rock A1 I Feel The Earth Move 2:57 A2 So Far Away 3:55 A3 It's Too Late 3:51 A4 Home Again 2:27 A5 Beautiful 3:05 A6…

Every Record I Own – D is for Ron Davies – Silent Song Through the Land

Ron Davies ‎– Silent Song Through The Land This was the best 33p I ever spent! Bought as 3 for £1 with no idea what I was buying. It was in great condition and recorded in 1970 so it was worth a go. This was one of the goodies (the others were a safe bet Woodie Guthrie and a record by Meal Ticket I haven't listened to yet) Track one, side one starts off with some very lovely bluesy slide guitar then goes into It Aint Easy, which it turns out was written by Ron Davies! That was a…

Every Record I Own – F is for Free – Fire and Water

Free ‎– Fire And Water All Right Now was on a mix tape I borrowed from Rosy. my best friends sister. I must have been about 14. I remember it clearly because I spent a really vile night discovering what magic mushrooms can do to a mind and listening to it, again and again and again because this one one of the tracks that held me together. I love his voice, really like this album, every one a winner but most especially the title track. Almost Famous spoiled Free for me a little because…

Every Record I Own – F is for Faith No More – The Real Thing

Faith No More ‎– The Real Thing I was 22 when this came out and I was travelling round Asia with a total turd. I like to bear a grudge. I bought this on bootleg tape from a market stall in Bangkok, or maybe the turd bought it and I stole it from him. Anyway, now I have it on lovely vinyl. It reminds me of being hot, the smell of local Thai cigarettes (not lovely), really vile local whisky and being very hungover. White sands, long journeys on uncomfortable trains and more…

Every Record I Own – G is for Marvin Gaye – Let’s get it on

Marvin Gaye ‎– Let's Get It On It's Marvin Gaye with extra sex and grunting. What else is there to say?   Label: Tamla ‎– T 329V1, Tamla ‎– T329V1 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Country: US Released: 1973 Genre: Funk / Soul Style: Soul A1 Let's Get It On 4:44 A2 Please Don't Stay (Once You Go Away) 3:32 A3 If I Should Die Tonight 3:57 A4 Keep Gettin' It On 3:12 B1 Come Get To This 2:40 B2 Distant Lover 4:15 B3 You Sure Love To Ball…

Every Record I Own – F is for Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Greatest Hits

Aretha Franklin ‎– Aretha's Greatest Hits I've no idea where I first heard Aretha Franklin. I do know that Yves bought me Respect on 7inch (Say a little prayer on the B side) and I've still got it. That would have been when I was 14 and really wanted to be Edie Sedgwick, without the drug dependency or death. I was also just discovering Motown. I don't often play 7 inches though I do play this compilation regularly. Label: Atlantic ‎– ATL 40 279, Atlantic ‎–…

Every Record I Own – F is for Fairport Convention – Full House

Fairport Convention ‎– Full House Dim recollection of this being played a lot when we lived in Ebrington St in Plymouth. Even dimmer recollection of the whole family, including Grandparents, Uncle, Uncles girlfriend, Mother, Dad to be, living in a couple of rooms then the whole floor, then eventually the whole house. I remember patchworking with my mum and grandmother. I remember leaning against the speakers listening to this in a room full of plants and 70's nic nacs. And I…

Every Record I Own – D is for Dr Hook – Sylvia’s Mother

Doctor Hook And The Medicine Show* ‎– Sylvia's Mother There is a chance that this record isn't mine but I have a vague thought that I might have spent a couple of quid on it in a charity shop last year. I should go through and red dot all the ones I know are mine while I still have some memory of getting them. I love bits of it, the Bee Gees vibrato gets to me after a bit but it's got some good rockin' tunes. Including this one where they look like total dudes! Label: Embassy…

Every Record I Own – F is for The Faust Tapes

Faust ‎– The Faust Tapes Stolen from my folks a couple of decades ago. What is not to like! Totally random noises interspersed with sweet little tunes, no track listings to speak of just vague words in tiny type on the back cover that hint at the content. Seriously one of my favorite albums. Label: Virgin ‎– VC 501 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album Country: UK Released: 19 May 1973 Genre: Electronic, Rock Style: Krautrock,…

Every Record I Own – C is for Caravan – Caravan

Caravan ‎– Caravan This was a bit of a risk to buy because it was knackered. Really scratched, ingrained matter in every groove..... it was, however, very cheap. I coated it in lethal chemicals and now it's fine. It took me a couple of goes to get into it. At first it sounded like a Prog Rock Spinal Tap, a total parody of every Prog Rock trick and turn. The 3rd time I played it I realised it was going to be on the turntable for a week at least. I binged and binged on it, hoping to purge…

Every Record I Own – B is for Blondie – Parallel Lines

Blondie ‎– Parallel Lines It's been raining forever in Bristol so on a whim we went to Chippenham. "We'll always have Chippenham". I had no idea what to expect so coming across a fine selection of charity shops was really exciting. It's indicative of the dull ness of my life that I was literally jumping up and down with joy to find a coolie hat for 99p. I finally bought this album. I hadn't before because I always though that I had it already. Favorite track at the…

Every Record I Own – D is for Sandy Denny – The North Star Grassman And The Ravens

Sandy Denny ‎– The North Star Grassman And The Ravens Sandy Denny has a voice that makes my spine feel coated in treacle. I had the Optimist as a terrible unshifting ear-worm for weeks after I bought this which was recently for a tenner from a Bristol record shop. I can't really hear different versions of Blackwaterside since I know the Bert Jansch one so well so lets just discount that as a viable option on here. Lovely album but a bit weird that all the tracks just tail off in the…

Every Record I Own – E is for Brian Eno – The Jezebel Spirit

Brian Eno - David Byrne ‎– The Jezebel Spirit This has got the David Byrne stamp of funk all over it, you can just smell those Talking Heads. I like side B best, it's a bit Smiths and a bit Grace Jones but all over Eno and Byrne. Brian Eno is the new messiah. What would Brian Eno say? Label: EG ‎– EGOX 1 Format: Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM Country: UK Released: 1981 Genre: Electronic, Rock Style: Experimental, New Wave A The Jezebel Spirit 3:34 B1 Regiment…

Every Record I Own – D is for Donovan – Cosmic Wheels

Donovan ‎– Cosmic Wheels I was never one for coloring in when I was a child and now I prefer to Photoshop than get ink on my fingers. I've always loved the cover and inside of Cosmic Wheels and I think when I was little I might have thought that was how it was, the sky was solid, stars were permanent light fixtures and outside of the ether was order in monochrome. The album itself stays in my collection despite its god bothering misogynistic lyrics purely for the title track because it…

Every Record I Own – D is for Deep Purple – Made in Japan

Deep Purple ‎– Made In Japan I only noticed Deep Purple because they mentioned Frank Zappa and the Mothers in Smoke on the Water. Wikipedia say "The lyrics of the song tell a true story: on 4 December 1971 Deep Purple had set up camp in Montreux, Switzerland to record an album. On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino's theatre. In the middle of Don Preston's synthesizer solo on "King Kong", the place suddenly caught…

Every Record I Own – D is for Duran Duran – Rio

Duran Duran ‎– Rio (Part 2) Duran Duran equals Smash Hits for me, waiting weekly for the next issue so I could translate the lyrics. If you need a reminder of Smash Hits then check out Like Punk Never Happened - Brian McCloskey's Smash Hits archive - he has a complete collection from November 1978 until July 1985. I would have been reading it in about 1982 when Rio came out. There were girls at school who looked like the girls Duran Duran would hang out with. I wasn't one of them, I…

Every Record I Own – D is for The Doors – LA Woman

Doors* ‎– L.A. Woman I'm 15 and my boyfriend is a drug dealer, I am as cool as fuck, and I don't bother with school. Actually I'm not at all cool, I just don't notice when people say hello and I fail to recognise people I've met before so I come across as aloof. Basically I'm just plain stupid and I can't handle hotknives. This was my soundtrack. I had it on a tape and played it to death. It's a deliciously sinister album, even the more upbeat tracks like Hyacinth House hold mysteries -…

Every Record I Own – C is for Cream – The Story of

Cream (2) ‎– The Story Of Cream Mothers Lament was sung frequently at home when I was little, I've only just realised it was from Cream. Dur. This is on here alongside Strange Brew, both fantastic. A1 Traintime 6:52 A2 Toad 15:53 B1 White Room 4:56 B2 Sittin` On Top Of The World 4:56 B3 Strange Brew 2:47 B4 Tales Of Brave Ulysses 2:47 B5 Sunshine Of Your Love 4:11 B6 Take It Back 3:03 C1 I´m So Glad 9:11 C2 Politician 6:19 C3 Spoonful 6:31 D1 Born Under A Bad…

Every Record I Own – C is for Cream – Wheels of Fire

Cream (2) ‎– Wheels Of Fire - In The Studio This album is usually a double gatefold, with one record being In the Studio and the other Live at Filmore. I just have one and it's In the Studio. I have no idea when I heard this first, it came out just after I was born so it could have been around when I was little.  It's making me realise that for someone who doesn't like Eric Clapton he is lurking in my record collection quite successfully. Wheels of Fire is everything you expect from…

Every Record I Own – C is for The Creatures – Right Now

Creatures, The ‎– Right Now By the time Siouxsie Sioux got to the Creatures she could sing a bit better. I love the Banshees but her voice just annoys me after a while. The booming vocals have been swapped for something a whole lot better, it's quite gentle and her voice is rather sweet. I bought this because on 7 inch I have Wild Things which I loved last time I listened to it about 30 years ago. Hmm, maybe that is due a re-evaluation too. Label: Wonderland (3) ‎– SHEX…

Every Record I Own – C is for J J Cale – Troubadour

J.J. Cale ‎– Troubadour This is my second copy of this, the first one was eaten by mice. It's one I remember from when I was around 10 as it was played to a happy death at my folks. I never knew what J J Cale looked like until I googled him for a live YouTube to put in this post - I was expecting someone rather greyer to have that amazing voice. He most certainly looked like a dude and a half. Apart from Cocaine which I've just heard so much I never need to hear it again, the album is…

Every Record I Own – C is for Cocteau Twins – Head over Heels

Cocteau Twins ‎– Head Over Heels Lovely voice but I have no idea what the fuck she is singing about. I had a badly taped copy of this when I was around 16 so the lyrics I know I would have made up from what I heard then. Mine are probably worse than the originals; they include 'he's hopeless in bed' (In the Gold Dust Rush) I didn't listen to this for about 20 years so I've recently rediscovered it and it plays well decades later. It's got an 80's twang to it but you can't hear the…

Every Record I Own – C is for Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion Of Conformity ‎– Animosity I like the later C of C stuff - Albatross in particular so it was a bit of a surprise to find out their more thrashy roots, I'm more of a doom girl myself. My copy is bright yellow and there are only another 999 in existence. This just pisses me off after the third track because its all a bit samey with some chugga chugga wah wah guitar and some screaming lyrics. What are you shouting about? Shut the fuck up. I much prefer the slower, ploddy stuff…

Every Record I Own – C is for Crosby Stills and Nash

Crosby, Stills & Nash ‎– Crosby, Stills & Nash I didn't even know this was a gatefold til I looked it up on Discogs - someone had taped the sides together. I've always shunned CS&N for the lack of Young so this doesn't get played much. It's like a weight lifting off my shoulders when I do, it's exactly what I expect and need from them; sweet harmony and plenty of jangly guitars. Label: Atlantic ‎– 588189 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Country: UK…

Every Record I Own – B is for Black Sabbath – Paranoid

Black Sabbath ‎– Paranoid Charity shop bargain with a tiny scratch that makes no difference to play. Bought in 2013. It's got the original of War Pigs on it but I always expect to hear the slight differences on the Faith No More version. Label: Castle Music ‎– NEL 6003 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue Country: UK Released: 1976 Genre: Rock Style: Hard Rock, Prog Rock, Heavy Metal A1 War Pigs 8:49 A2 Paranoid 2:45 A3 Planet Caravan 4:26 A4 Iron Man…

Every Record I Own – B is for The Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It

Beat, The (2) ‎– I Just Can't Stop It The Beat still gig and I bet they are still good, they are one of the few bands who I'd go and see 30 years after they made it. In the 80's they never pretended to be anything they were not, they just played great music and seemed to have a whole lot of fun doing it. Even though the content is sheer 80's - 'Stand down Margaret' isn't relevant any more, the music is timeless. Label: Go-Feet Records ‎– BEAT 1, Go-Feet Records ‎– BEAT…

Every Record I Own – B is for Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath ‎– Black Sabbath I stalked this record for ages on Ebay until eventually my friend Alex found this one for me, it's not Vertigo swirl but it's one of the early issues and its in great condition. I do love Vertigo swirls though. I've never opened the gatefold before so I've just noticed it's got a nice little upside down cross on one side of it, tasteful! It's a faultless album, love it to bits. Label: Vertigo ‎– 847 903 VTY, Vertigo ‎– VO 6 Format: Vinyl,…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bowie – Tonight

David Bowie ‎– Tonight I've never heard this all the way through, it was given to me by my sister in a big bundle and it got lost on the shelf. Loving the Alien was around at about the time I gave up on new Bowie stuff and the album doesn't really do it for me. I would have been 17 when this came out, and busy breaking into empty power stations and trying to produce a big enough portfolio to get back into art college - they head of department changed to someone who really didn't like…

Every Record I Own – B is for The Bonzo Dog Band – Urban Spaceman

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band ‎– I'm The Urban Spaceman "Igor, have you watered the brains tonight?" A £1.50 charity shop find this compilation has loads of the better known Bonzo Dogs on it. Label: Sunset Records ‎– SLS 50350 Format: Vinyl, Compilation, LP Country: Italy Released: 1976 Genre: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Non-Music, Pop, Folk, World, & Country Style: Parody, Psychedelic Rock A1 Hunting Tigers Out In India A2 Shirt A3 Tubas In The Moonlight A4 Dr.…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bon Jovi – Slippery

Bon Jovi ‎– Slippery When Wet OK, we all know I'm a terrible excuse for a human being, I outed that little secret when I admitted to owning an ABBA album. This one is to play when pissed and silly. It reminds me of a cover band in Plymouth that would do Bon Jovi with a local accent "Shot to the heart and your to blem, you give love a bad nem" Label: Vertigo ‎– VERHC 38 Format: Cassette, Album Country: UK Released: 1986 Genre: Rock A1 Let It Rock A2 You Give…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bowie – Diamond Dogs

Bowie* ‎– Diamond Dogs Totally stolen from my parents when I was around 14, a perfect age for reading Orwell and worrying about a post nuclear dystopian future and the perfect soundtrack for that angst. This album has never left my playlist. I know the lyrics better than I know myself. Label: RCA Victor ‎– APL1-0576 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Country: UK Released: 1974 Genre: Rock Style: Rock & Roll, Classic Rock, Glam A1 Future Legend…

Every Record I Own – B is for Boards of Canada – Beautiful Place..

Boards Of Canada ‎– In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country Bought from a tiny little record shop in Bristol that is now a pub full of people who look like they got stuck in the 80's. I got it when I had my last proper job, in a hideous office where you got to smell peoples farts recycled in the air conditioning. I lasted a couple of years there and made life more bearable by drinking my bodyweight in cocktails at the weekend and making people grow sunflowers for a competition. I was…

Every Record I Own – B is for The Bonzo Dog Band – Gorilla

Bonzo Dog Band* ‎– Gorilla I remember this clearly from when I was pretty small though this album is not stolen from my parents. I found it in a charity shop. It's got many gems, Jollity Farm and Mickeys Son and Daughter seemed just for me when I was a few years old. It links in my memory with a small gorilla with a big hole for it's bum. It wasn't my toy, I think it suffered a few anal tortures at the hands of my uncle who named it Jackson after someone his girlfriend had run off…

Every Record I Own – B is for Kate Bush – The Kick Inside

Kate Bush ‎– The Kick Inside I've got the limited edition picture disc, I don't remember it like this when I first bought it and it was probably the first album I bought so I possibly bought this again later, after ditching it. Though I don't know why I'd get rid of it ever. Maybe it went when my crimpers did. It's a great album, I don't care what anyone says. I still don't like her voice, she's squeaky and too girly but the actual songs are great. She wrote the The Man With The Child…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bowie – Station to Station

David Bowie ‎– Station To Station I know the live Stage version of Station to Station so much better than the album version that this is just pale and limp in comparison. The live version is a big wall of sound attacking until you submit. There are scratches on the first track of my copy of Station to Station which don't help either. Once you get to Golden Years I'm on home ground, territory that sounds right, but it's not my favorite Bowie. It's all a bit lift music, background and…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bowie – Hunky Dory

David Bowie ‎– Hunky Dory I don't have a cover for this because I found it for 20p in a pile of charity shop records. It's only the re-issue but its a great album. It makes me feel happy when I am sad and reminds me that I can stay happy when I'm happy. Issued originally in 1971 I probably heard this at my parents first but I don't remember. Favorite track..........don't you know you're driving your mamas and papas insane...... Label: RCA International ‎– INTS 5064, RCA…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bowie – Scary Monsters

David Bowie ‎– Scary Monsters Last birthday my sister got me a whole batch of records, including loads of Bowie. I didn't have this and wouldn't have thought to bought it.  I remember Ashes to Ashes and Fashion from when I was a young teenager and though I'd self consciously dance to them they weren't really my thing. Too Steve Strange, too St Martins. The front cover looks like an art college fashion drawing, with textures torn out mood sheet style. Re-listening to the tracks I…

Every Record I Own – B is for Black Sabbath – Greatest Hits

Black Sabbath ‎– Greatest Hits I didn't appreciate Black Sabbath the first time round, I was too busy learning how to be a punk and by the time I noticed them they had lost the first flush of greatness and were just another metal band. Looking at the earliest recordings of Ozzy you can see a real showman, someone who commanded awe with power and flexibility in his vocals. Now he's just another drink and drugs casualty, nice guy probably but not really all…

Every Record I Own – B is for Blondie

Blondie ‎– The Best Of Blondie I really should have Parallel Lines but I don't I have this, which has Rip Her to Shreds on. Sick up! Label: Chrysalis ‎– CDL TV1 Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation Country: UK Released: 1981 Genre: Rock Style: Synth-pop, New Wave A1 Heart Of Glass 4:33 A2 Denis 2:18 A3 The Tide Is High 4:41 A4 In The Flesh 2:29 A5 Sunday Girl 3:03 A6 Dreaming 3:06 A7 Hanging On The Telephone 2:21 B1 Rapture 5:36 B2 Picture This…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bowie – Ziggy

David Bowie ‎– The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars My copy of Ziggy has lost the inner sleeve with the lyrics, I have the 80's re issue too and that doesn't have them either. That's ok though because I know all the words so fuck you lost lyrics. Moonage Daydream reminds me of living in a tiny flat on the Isle of Dogs with hostile neighbours who threw spanners to their kids from the 4th floor 'Ma, throw me a fackin spanner'. We were on the ground floor and had…

Every Record I Own – B is for Kate Bush

Kate Bush ‎– Lionheart I would have bought this when it came out, so I would have been 11 or 12. It reminds me of long long summers stuck in the middle of fucking nowhere, surrounded by large houses behind big gates and tall walls. We moved into town a couple of years later and life was much more fun. I still know a lot of the lyrics, I'm singing it to the cat now, not very well but she wants dinner so she will put up with almost anything. I don't know if the lyrics themselves are…

Every Record I Own – B is for The Bonzo Dog Band – Doughnut

Bonzo Dog Band* ‎– The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse I was unreliably told by my uncle, that the doughnut is in fact a poo, he has a great collection of poo related phrases, including 'turtle head' and the now very un PC 'throttle a darkie' so I should probably believe him. Fantastic album, nothing bad to say about it. Label: Liberty ‎– LBL 83158E, Liberty ‎– LBL 83158 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono Country: UK Released: 1969 Genre: Rock Style: Pop Rock,…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bowie – Stage

David Bowie ‎– Stage I knew this from a tape my parents had and bought the album a couple of years ago. The original tape was a copy and bright purple and I probably still have it somewhere - going through every tape I own will be a different story though. The first record is live versions of Ziggy Stardust and Station to Station but the second record is the one I really like best. There is a bit of it in Christiane F which I wasn't expecting when I saw the film for the first time but…

Every Record I Own – B is for Boards of Canada – Music has the Right

Boards Of Canada ‎– Music Has The Right To Children Double gatefold of drifty mogadon hangover music. Perfect for a lazy Sunday, perfect for when you are feeling very low or very high. Bought directly from Warp when I had a horrible office job and I was trying to function in the real world. This translated to drinking bucketfuls of cocktails at the weekend and spending every Sunday dreading Monday. I don't play the sides in order usually, and I don't think they need to be played in…

Every Record I Own – B is for Blur

Blur ‎– Coffee + TV Another record bought for one track, which is one big poppy dance along song of joy. The rest of the 12 inch is fucking awful though, its easy to get too much Britpop remix. Label: Food ‎– 12 FOOD 122 Format: Vinyl, 12" Country: UK Released: 1999 Genre: Electronic, Rock Style: Leftfield, Indie Rock A1 Coffee + TV A2 Trade Stylee (Alex's Bugman Remix) A3 Metal Hip Slop (Graham's Bugman Remix) B1 X-Offender (Damon / Control Freak's…

Every Record I Own – B is for Blind Faith

Blind Faith (2) ‎– Blind Faith Stolen from my parents who must have really loved it because they had 2 copies, both as knackered as each other. Side one is great, really good listening, bluesy folk rock with great vocals. Side 2 is marred by a long and dull drum solo but it's worth riding it out for the track after that. Genre: Rock, Blues Style: Year: 1969 Tracklist Had To Cry Today 8:49 Can't Find My Way Home 3:17 Well All Right 4:28 Presence Of The Lord…

Every Record I Own – B is for Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Black Sabbath ‎– Sabbath Bloody Sabbath   There is nothing much I can say about this, it is what it is, and I like it. I've got the first issue which is satisfying, although it's not worth much. The inside of the gatefold looks like a larger version of my front room, with books in the same place and 4 transparent people in the middle. I don't have a 4 poster bed in my front room though. Label: WWA Records ‎– WWA 005 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Country: …

Every Record I Own – B is for BRMC – Spectre at the Feast

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ‎– Specter At The Feast Bought new, this double album came with a cd and a little book that annoyingly gets stuck in the bend of the gatefold. Show me that gifthorse and I'll look him in the face. It’s another one of those albums with tiny dark lettering on dark backgrounds. Peering myopically at it I think the idea is that each side is a book and each track a chapter. Maybe it’s something to do with the book inside the cover… Dunno, don’t care. I…

Every Record I Own – B is for Beefheart – Strictly Personal

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band ‎– Strictly Personal The last 2 tracks on this album got me into Beefheart; Gimme Dat Harp Boy gets into my brain and won't shift and Kandy Korn has the most glorious come down ending. I'm sure I saw these on YouTube, live and the audience are stunned at the end of one of the songs - if anyone knows what I'm talking about please put me out of my misery. Label: Sunset Records ‎– SLS 50208 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue Country: UK…

Every Record I Own – B is for Beefheart – Unconditionally

Captain Beefheart And Magic Band, The ‎– Unconditionally Guaranteed I'm new to Captain Beefheart. I was a Lego kid and I was brought up listening to Zappa. Beefheart was always the Meccano to Zappa's Lego and he did my head in. I didn't know how it worked and there were too many bits to lose. Recently I decided there must be something in Beefheart, other people seem to get it so I bounced into a record shop and asked for a good Beefheart starter record. I've got a few by him now and I…

Every Record I Own – B is for The Beat

Beat, The (2) ‎– Wha'ppen? When I saw the Beat on the TV in the early 80's it was still a little shocking to see black and white people in the same band. In Plymouth especially, where most everyone was white. What I remember most clearly about that time was the real fear of nuclear war, the proper white knuckle nightmares I had and the belief that the people in power were totally insane lunatics who should be sedated and kept in dark safe rooms where they couldn't harm themselves or…

Every Record I Own – B is for The Beach Boys

Beach Boys, The ‎– Best Of The Beach Boys When I was little we lived in Malta and my uncle John had a beach buggy. We would tear around the sticky pot holed roads with him screaming at me 'who's this Lisa, who's this band'. I usually got it wrong, I was only just big enough to stand up and hold onto the roll bar, so I guess I was 4 or 5 but I have clear memories of him berating me for thinking that the Beach Boys were the Rolling Stones. Fair enough, he should have left me out on the…

Every Record I Own – B is for Bauhaus

Bauhaus ‎– 1979-1983 This has a few tracks on it I like, from when Goths were Goths and didn't smile. I still like Dark Entries and the Passion of Lovers but some of it just makes me want to bite people. The first track on the first side I just want to take a fucking pair of nail scissors to, it's total crap. Some of it is sheer comedy hammer horror parody, with a bit of Iggy and Ziggy on bad days thrown in for good measure. Some if it has hypnotic guitar riffs and a raised blood pressure…

Every Record I Own – B is for Baroness

Baroness ‎– Red Album I bought this purely because I liked the cover. To be fair it wasn't a totally blind purchase, I'd read a review of their more recent Yellow and Green album in the Guardian and again in a friends Terrorizer, which I enjoy looking at for the endless miserable looking long haired men who don't even perk up if you put a naked woman in front of them for a photoshoot. Boys, come on, what more could you want? The cover is a gorgeous mish mash of seductive warrior…

Every Record I Own – A is for The Allman Brothers Band

Allman Brothers Band, The ‎– The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East This was given to me by a friend who said he would buy it for everyone if he could. If I say anything nasty about it I'll probably lose a friend. Luckily, I really have to dig deep to find anything bad about it. Apart from the music I really appreciate the bright pink labels on the records themselves and if I really had to criticize I'd say that the way the sides are laid out is peculiar - side D is on the back of side…

Every Record I Own – A is for Adam and the Ants

Adam And The Ants ‎– Dirk Wears White Sox Label: Do It Records ‎– RIDE 3 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album Country: UK Released: 30 Nov 1979 Genre: Rock Style: New Wave, Post-Punk Tracklist A1 Cartrouble (Parts 1 & 2) A2 Digital Tenderness A3 Nine Plan Failed A4 Day I Met God A5 Tabletalk B1 Cleopatra B2 Catholic Day B3 Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face) B4 Animals And Men B5 Family Of Noise B6 The Idea I would have bought this new, from…