Get back into Vinyl – With this Collection

Get back into Vinyl – With this Collection

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Everyone’s getting back into vinyl so I’ve had a look through the boxes to come up with a small pile of inexpensive “essentials” for collectors. These albums feature quite a range of music talents and at £30 for the collection of ten aren’t going to break the bank. As usual, with all my albums, the ten that form this collection are in lovely condition and I’ve got two full sets to go on the stall this Thursday.

Let’s take a closer look at the albums…

Beatles, Help was the fab fours 5th album released in 1965. It reached number 1 position were it stayed for 9 weeks and spent 37 weeks in the charts. It has 14 tracks including the singles “Help”, “You’ve got to hide your love away”, “You’re going to lose that girl”, “Ticket to Ride” and “Yesterday” and was of course the soundtrack to the film of the same name.

Wings, Red Rose Speedway. This was Paul McCartneys 4th and Wings 2nd album since he left the Beatles and includes amongst other tracks the single “My Love” which was a US number 1 hit. The album stayed in the UK album charts for 16 weeks in 1973 and reached number 5.

John Lennon & Yoko, Double Fantasy was Johns 8th album since leaving the Beatles and gave him a number one album in the UK album charts for 2 weeks in 1980. The album contains 14 classic tracks including hits “Starting Over”, I’m losing you”, “Beautiful Boy” and “Woman”

Despite only making the number 2 spot in the UK, Madness, One Step Beyond was in the album charts for well over a year (longer than the 3 albums above combined) a total of 78 weeks. This was there first album (1979) and arguably their best featuring the title track, “My Girl”, “Night boat to Cairo” and “The Prince”. It started a two tone phenomena that heralded the “Nutty Boys” as kings of the charts  in the 80s (no other act stayed in the charts longer during the decade)

If you didn’t know it already, “Sheer Heart Attack” is evidence indeed that Queen were once a progressive rock band.  This album oozes talent – it’s simply stunning. Play the opening track “Brighton Rock” loud and repeat often ! It was Queen third album and reached number 2 in the UK, staying in the charts for 46 weeks boosted by singles, Killer Queen and Now I’m Here.

Not nearly as successful as his first album, Mike Oldfields “Incantations” only reached number 14 in the charts in 1978 but it did have the added bonus that it’s a double LP so you got considerably more tunes for your money. It spent 260 weeks less on the charts than Tubular Bells but it’s still a very interesting album which  gets better and better the more you play it.

Kate Bush, Lionheart spent a whopping 36 weeks on the charts reaching number 6 in 1978. It was her second album and contains the hit single Wow.

Ultravox (23 weeks highest position number 4 ), Tears for Fears (82 weeks highest position number 2 ) and Billy Joel (95 weeks highest position number 2 ) complete the collection .

When you add up all the weeks these albums have spent in the charts it comes to a lot of weeks, as Kate Bush would say – Wow!

Like I said earlier, I have two identical collections of these and they will be available to purchase on the market stall, South Molton Pannier Market this Thursday. As usual with collections, sorry I won’t split them up. If there are a couple you already have, maybe you can buy the collection and swap the duplicates with friends or give them as birthday gifts or the whole collection would make a great birthday gift.

 

12 Old Songs that need New Titles

When looking back through the titles of old songs isn’t it surprising just how many songs are still relevant today? That’s not helpful when searching for examples of songs for this blog post of course but it’s one of the reasons why finding old songs that need new titles is quite challenging. The reason why old songs are still so relevant today is because their lyrics are about emotions and when we talk about emotions, the main emotion a lyricist is concerned with is love and sex.

I did wonder what percentage of songs were about love and sex and was surprised to see Cosmopolitan magazine had done a survey and it’s a whopping 92%

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The Everly Brothers – writing songs of love and sex in the 50s

So when looking for songs from the past that need new titles, its the 8% of songs that aren’t about love and sex that we need to be concerned with . Lyrics based on subjects such as politics, world events, news stories, geography, technology or fashion are the sort of thing we need to be looking for.

So I had a look through singles and albums books and asked some friends for help on Reddit and these are the best so far,  (if you have any more please add your comment with the old title, band and alternative title and I’ll add it when I do an update) (new title shown in bold) …

  • Marvin Gaye, “heard it through the grape vine” renamed to “heard it through social media”
  • Beatles, “Back in the USSR” – “Back in the Russian Federation”
  • Glen Miller, “Pennsylvania 65000” –   (is now a considerably longer telephone number) “Pennsylvania 275 65000”

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  • Elvis Pressley, “Blue Suede Shoes” – “Black Nike Flyknit Trainers”
  • Drifters, ” You’re more than a number in my little red book” – “You’re more than a number in my Iphone contacts list”
  • TRex, “Telegram Sam” – “Email Sam”

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  • David Bowie, ” All the young dudes” – “All the young hipsters”
  • Pretenders, “Talk of the Town” – “Trending on Facebook” 
  • Michael Jackson, “Bad” – “Sick”
  • Who, “Pinball Wizard” – “Minecraft Wizard”
  • Madness, “Baggy Trousers” – “Skinny Jeans”
  • Beatles, “When I’m 64” – “When I’m 74”
Portrait Of Ronald Reagan...WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 14: U.S. President Ronald Reagan poses in the White House December 14, 1981 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Arnold Newman/Getty Images)
Portrait Of Ronald Reagan…WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 14: U.S. President Ronald Reagan poses in the White House December 14, 1981 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Arnold Newman/Getty Images)

Above – former US president Ronald Regan proves 64 is no age at all – becoming  president at the tender age of 69 years, 349 days  (although he may have been stretching it a little when he was replaced aged 77 years, 349 days)

 

 

The Beatles – the first Punk Band ?

The Beatles – the first Punk Band ?

When thinking about the founders of punk, The Beatles isn’t the first name to come to mind. The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, The Iggy Pop, The Clash, these are the names more usually associated with the Punk genre. But what about The Beatles? Let’s take a look through the “Fab Fours” early beginnings and see how evidence “undoubtedly” proves they were not only the biggest punk band in the world, but also the first.

Ground breaking and ahead of their time, the “Mop Top”, Brit pop legends took the world by storm in an instant in 1963 when their chart busting, “Please, Please Me” album and hit single, “Love Me Do” went straight to the top of the charts . John, Paul, Ringo and George enjoyed success after success with their popular tunes and the boys made £millions and $millions rocking and rolling around the world through the early sixties.

But behind the fake smiles and loads of money, rumour has it all was not well with these four ordinary lads, originally from the scruffy and dirty terraces (a common breeding ground for punk rockers) of Liverpool, England.  By 1968 they were tired of their riches, complying with all the rules, carrying a handkerchief and being nice to everyone and started work on a new album of music in a new style. This was to be their most controversial to date, an album of anarchy and an album that would stick 4 fingers to the world, the British monarchy and the authorities and inspire millions of punks around the world. It was the birth of punk rock !

The album name was originally planned as “A Dolls House” but after deciding it would sound too much like the future release by Siouxsie and the Banshees “Happy House”, they renamed it “White Album” to avoid a costly law suit, so I’ve been told. Ask almost anyone who was a teen in the 70s and they’ll tell you the White Album was a punk rock “must have” as it features many punk rock classics including this little Punk Rock gem…

Well if “Helter Skelter” doesn’t convince you The Beatles were the first ever punk band, then lets take a look at the “overwhelming”  evidence…

  1. Just like every punk rock band, The Beatles were controversial. When John Lennon said “we are greater than Jesus”, what he really meant to say was “screw the world, I’m a punk and we’re a punk band and I don’t care if you burn our records (because you’ll buy them all again anyway, either on vinyl or CD)”
  2. The Beatles, like all punk bands, start with the word “The”
  3. Many of The Beatles songs were only 2 minutes long which is the average length of a punk rock tune
  4. The Beatles were a 4 piece band (which is officially the exact number of punks needed in a band to be classed as a punk band)
  5. Lennon and Yoko admitted to being the original punks in Playboy interview
  6. Search “Punk Rock” in Wikipedia and there is no mention of The Beatles ever being a punk band. (now there’s proof if ever you needed it)
  7. The art work on their 7th album, “Pistols” was deemed too controversial for the 60s and was withdrawn and renamed “Revolver” but in 1975 it became the inspiration to a new and equally large punk band, “The Sex Pistols”

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…of course, it’s just a theory, but there must be some truth in this right?