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“Another year over, a new one just begun”

Halcyon Days - Cover

Here’s my summary of my own personal 2014.

PERSONAL HIGHS

Some of my favourite moments weren’t about me but my daughter. Seeing her achieve great things (not “great” in the grand scheme of things but great on a smaller scale) made up for a year dominated by a lack of work and a lack of money. I may have missed out some things but I’ll add them as they come to me.

Working as Project Manager with John Reed of Cherry Red Records on the One Thousand Violins compilation CD “Halcyon Days: The Complete Recordings 1985-1987”
Appearing on Fifteen to One (three shows)
Contributing to the Fife Free Press’s FP 100 guide to Fife’s all-time Top 100 bands
The Popguns returning to the studio and a new Popguns t-shirt and badges
Interviewing the wonderful Earl Okin and seeing him perform at a house concert in Leith
Going to Yorkshire with the girls for the opening stage of the Tour de France
Being TeenCanteen’s road manager for their GoNorth Festival appearance
Daughter making an appearance on stage during a Fringe show.
Daughter passing her Level 1 piano exam
Daughter being a winner in a local art competition and having her painting (of East End Park) on show in the local Wetherspoon’s hotel and appearing in the local press
Getting a job, albeit on a temporary contract
Joining the Dunfermline FC Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme to try to lose weight and improve my general fitness
Seeing Felicity score her first goal for Bayside.
Meeting Simon Napier-Bell

PERSONAL LOWS

Work and health, or a lack of them, dominated 2014. No job, or sign of one, and no unemployment benefit of any kind to ease the pain made for a long year. I genuinely believed that my working days were over and I was on the employment scrap heap. I am, however, finishing the year in gainful employment and I hope that having survived two culls of temporary staff I can do enough to extend the uncertainty into 2015. As much as I’m perfectly happy in my own company I have enjoyed the week day badinage of my new work colleagues, both temporary and permanent. My dream of a paid job in radio has gone and I have accepted that.

Badly spraining my ankle again in January (second time in 3 months)
Not getting on Pointless, The Chase or an audition for Tipping Point
More back problems (March/April)
Weight gain
No job or benefits (for 15 months)
The demise of Jacques Caramac and the Sweet Generation before I got a chance to see them live
Scotland not gaining independence
Leaving K107FM – sadly left with no choice.
Having gained employment it was heartbreaking when so many of my new work colleagues were let go.

READING

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Due to the amount of time I spent preparing radio shows I didn’t have much time to read, this is despite being out of work for most of the year. With no home for my radio show on the horizon for 2015 I hope to remedy this situation. The books on this list were all bought or given to me at some point this year or last Christmas. I have read some of them but the others sit piled high beside the bed. I WILL get round to them. I promise.

“Creation Stories” by Alan McGee (thanks Andrea)
“Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star” by Tracey Thorn
“Autobiography” by Morrissey
“How Music Works” by David Byrne
“Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop” by Bob Stanley
“There’s Only One Sauzee: When Le God Grace Easter Road” by Ted Brack
“Simply Thrilled Honey: The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records” by Simon Goddard
“Songs In The Key of Fife” by Vic Goddard (thanks Gaz, Catriona and Chowk)
“Stone Free” by Andrew Loog-Oldham
“Ta-ra-ra-Boom-de-ay: The Beginning of the Music Business” by Simon Napier-Bell

FILMS ENJOYED

I tend not to visit the cinema much these days. The price of tickets and the feral behaviour of people put me off a long time ago. People can’t seem to sit for two hours without stuffing their faces with overpriced crap or check their electronic device of choice every ten minutes or indeed both. Having a young daughter also means that much of the fare I’m expected to watch features talking animals, animation or both. I’ve never been one for catching the latest blockbuster – I’m usually ten years behind – so the few films I have enjoyed are usually on TV, particularly documentaries.

Frozen (cinema)
The Muppets Most Wanted (cinema)
Alpha Papa (TV)
Those Glory Glory Days (TV) – daughter loved this
The Thin Blue Line (Netflix)
Oliver (TV)
Indie Game (Netflix)

MUSIC ENJOYED – COMPILATIONS

Much of the music I’ve been buying or adding to wish lists has been to furnish my radio show, hence the large number of compilations. I particularly enjoyed the Keep Lookin’/Looking Good sets, which were the follow-up to the original Looking Back box set.

Looking Good – 75 Femme Mod Soul Nuggets (RPM)
Tres Chic! More French Girl Singers of the 1960s (Ace)
Book a Trip 2: More Pop Psych Sounds of Capitol Records (Now Sounds)
Round The Gum Tree: The British Bubblegum Explosion (?)
Bouffants, Beehives and Backcombing (Rock History)
The Beatles – On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2 (Apple)
One Thousand Violins – Halcyon Days: The Complete Recordings 1985-1987 (Cherry Red)
Piccadilly Sunshine Volume 17 (Past and Present)
Mojo – Small Faces and Friends (Mojo)
Crispian St Peters – The Pied Piper: The Complete Recordings 1965-1974 (RPM)
The Cookies – Chains: The Dimension Links 1962-1964 (RPM)
The Scorpions – Hello Josephine (RPM)
Kiki Dee – I’m Kiki Dee: The Fontana Years (RPM)
Hello Everyone: Popsike Sparks from Denmark Street 1968-1970 (RPM)
Scared To Get Happy: A Story of Indie Pop 1980-1989 (Cherry Red)
The Association – The Association [Expanded version] (RPM)
Keep Lookin’ – 80 More Mod, Soul & Freakbeat Nuggets (RPM)
Daniel Wylie – The High Cost of Happiness

MUSIC ENJOYED – SINGLES/DOWNLOADS

TeenCanteen - You're Still Mine single
I much prefer a physical format in my grubby hands but there were a number of great download-only tunes I bought this year. Having said that, Honey by TeenCanteen was my favourite tune of the year and that came out on a cassette, albeit a beautifully packaged one.

TeenCanteen – Honey (SWALK)
Tuff Love – Junk EP (Lost Map)
Attic Lights – Orbison (Elefant)
Lenzie Moss – Let’s Take The Day Off (Newtown)
TeenCanteen – You’re So Mine/Vagabond (Neu! Reekie!)
Be Like Pablo – Julianne/The Post-It Song (Stray Cat)
BMX Bandits – My Girl Midge (Elefant)
Emma Kullander – Unveiled EP (Barne Society)

NEW MUSIC ENJOYED – ALBUMS

 

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Some old favourites – Roddy Frame, The Orchids, The Popguns – returned with wonderful new albums this year which was most gratifying. I’m looking forward to TeenCanteen’s album due for release in 2015.

Jacques Caramac and the Sweet Generation – The Highs and Lows of Jacques Caramac and the Sweet Generation (Everyday Life Recordings)
Randolph’s Leap – Clumsy Knot (Lost Map)
Withered Hand – New Gods (Fortuna Pop)
Roy Moller – One Domino (Stereogram)
mylittlebrother – If We Never Came Down (Self-released)
Roddy Frame – Forty Days of Rain (AED)
Morrissey – World Peace is None of Your Business (Harvest)
The Orchids – Beatitude#9 (Acuarela)
The Popguns – Pop Fiction (Matinee)

GIGS/EVENTS

TeenCanteen - Single Launch
Last year’s record-breaking* gig frenzy it was always going to be difficult to top it and so it proved. A need to tighten my financial belt, particularly in light of my inability to bring in any money meant I had to be very selective about who I saw live. (*According to my Gigs spreadsheet)

Kid Canaveral/Malcolm Middleton/Randolph’s Leap (Stereo, Glasgow)
Earl Okin (House Concert, Leith)
A Band Called Quinn – “Making Time (remix)”
The Wedding Present – The Greenside Hotel, Leslie
TeenCanteen (Hootananny, Inverness during goNORTH festival)
TeenCanteen/The Just Joans (Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh – single launch)
Be Like Pablo/Wonder Villains (Electric Circus, Edinburgh)
“Tubespotting” with Geoff Thomson (Electric Circus, Edinburgh)
“Always Be Rolling” with James Cook (Bar 50, Edinburgh)
“Adventures on Air” with James Cook (The Counting House, Edinburgh)
The Silver Birches/Clipper (The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh)
The Orchids/Bodyheat (The Glad Café, Glasgow)

BEST MUSIC RADIO SHOW

Despite the diet of dross served up by most commercial stations and some uninspiring programming in parts of the BBC, there are still some great radio shows out there and here are my favourites, which I tune into regularly.

Sound of the Sixties (Radio 2)
Art School Dancing (K107FM)
Alan’s Midweek Madhouse (Radio Saltire)
45 Forever (K107FM)
John Cavanagh’s Soundwave (Radio Six International)
Fraser Thomson (YOUR Radio/XFM Scotland)
Jim Gellatly (XFM Scotland)
Steve Stanley’s The Now Sound (LuxuriaMusic.com)
Andrew Sandoval’s Come To The Sunshine (LuxuriaMusic.com)
Forgotten 80s (Absolute 80s)

TV ENJOYED

I’ve split the shows I’ve enjoyed this year into sub-genres. Anyone who knows me will vouch for my love of all things trivial and quiz-related. Here are the shows, off the top of my head, that I recall enjoying in 2014. Some may have been watched on catch-up from the end of 2013. I’ll add any others that grab my attention during the festive season.

Quiz/Game Shows: Pointless (BBC1), University Challenge (BBC2), Only Connect (BBC4), Who Dares Wins (BBC1), Tipping Point (ITV), Mastermind (BBC2), The Chase (ITV), Two Tribes (BBC2).

Children: Katie Morag (CBBC), Hacker Time (CBBC), Our School (CBBC).

Drama: Ripper Street (BBC1), Mad Men (Sky Atlantic), Boardwalk Empire (Sky Atlantic), The Newsroom (Sky), House of Cards (US, Netflix), Columbo (repeats on various channels), Top of the Lake (BBC2), Peaky Blinders (BBC2), Death Comes to Pemberley (BBC1), The Booth at the End (Netflix), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Breaking Bad (Netflix), Line of Duty (BBC2), Fargo (Channel 4), Suits (Netflix), The Bridge (Netflix)

Reality: The Great British Bake-Off (BBC2), Gogglebox (Channel 4), Fried Chicken Shop (Channel 4).

Factual: Speed with Guy Martin (Channel 4).

Comedy: Lilyhammer (Netflix), Yonderland (Sky 1), VEEP (Sky Atlantic), Psychobitches (Sky Arts), Big Bang Theory (E4), Mike and Molly (Comedy Central), Silicon Valley (Sky Atlantic).

Sport: Tour de France (Eurosport), Mosconi Cup (Sky Sports).

Critic: Andrew Collins: Telly Addict (Weekly TV review on Guardian website)

FAMOUS ENCOUNTERS

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Simon Napier-Bell (Edinburgh Book Festival)
Ian Rankin (Record Store Day)
Simon Goddard (Record Store Day and Simply Thrilled book launch)
Malcolm Ross (Simply Thrilled book launch)
Johnny Nelson (Harrogate Fan Park during Tour de France)
Dynamo and Andrew Collins (Edinburgh Filmhouse)
Susan Calman and Ramon Rangamathan (Flick at Edinburgh Fringe)
Arthur Smith (Edinburgh)

HEROES OF THE YEAR

Ally’s lust for life in the face of a terminal illness has been an inspiration. Fraser and Andrea continue to do great things in radio and, in Andrea’s case, TV too. The Orchids and The Popguns proved on record, on stage and in person why I still love them so much.

Ally Gourlay
Andrea MacKinnon
Fraser Thomson
The Orchids
The Popguns

TV/RADIO APPEARANCES

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My only successful game show application turned into three appearances, albeit not as successfully as I’d’ve liked. I’m not sure what we have to do to get on Pointless having had two had two unsuccessful auditions.

Fifteen to One x 3 (Remedy Productions, Channel 4)
Also applied for The Chase, Pointless (with Kirsty), The Link (with Mark) and Perfection

COMPETITION WINS

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Not the most fruitful of years when it came to competition wins but again this was down to the amount of time spent preparing radio shows. Starting with the Advent comps I’m slowing getting back into it, with three wins under my belt in December already. Long may it continue in the new year. My daughter has chipped in with a few wins too.

12 Penfold Blackheart golf balls
£20 (took a few months but I got it!)
Horrible Histories “Scary Special” DVD (Flick)
Josef K – “The Only Fun in Town” badge
The Beatles – On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2 CD
You Me at Six “Cavalier Youth” CD
Soxtrot Funky Socks (K)
Hue and Cry – Remote: Major to Minor (3-CD, DVD and book)
Josef K badge
The Beatles Home Furnishings (stool, 2 prints, mouse mat, 2 mugs, key ring)
Family Pass for Chessington World of Adventures (F)
Beach Boys Promo CD
Match Attax Starter Pack
Elliot Minor 7” Picture Disc (Radio West Fife)
Horrible Histories – Series 1 DVD
Cobra BioCell Stand Bag (Golf)
Two badges (Tom Morton’s quiz)
Dog Friendship Collar with a matching bracelet and lead

MOANS OF THE YEAR

I’m not going to bother with any moans this year because, quite frankly, there are too many. Most probably involve drivers, Tesco and employment agencies but I’ll let it go.

I’ve no idea what 2015 will bring (who does?) I’d settle for some sort of contentment, a regular wage and a happy family. I don’t think it’s too much to ask, is it?

Paul

Halcyon Days - Cover

In February this year I’d heard that Cherry Red Records was planning a retrospective on one of my favourite bands, Sheffield’s One Thousand Violins. The band existed from 1985 to 1989 and was split into two distinct halves, each with a different frontman and each lasting two years. The new compilation was going to concentrate on the first two years, when the band were on Dan Treacy’s Dreamworld label, and briefly Report, in the UK and Philip Boa’s Constrictor in Germany.

I hadn’t originally planned to get involved but it became apparent that Cherry Red were missing some songs from their preferred tracklist and it just sort of “happened”. Guitarist and main songwriter Colin Gregory, while in discussion with Cherry Red, pointed them in my direction as a possible source of rarities. Fortunately, I have almost everything the band put out, including many live bootlegs, rare flexis and demo compilations sent to me by Colin back in the day.

Below are my original sleeve notes, which were tweaked slightly by joint project manager John Reed of Cherry Red. In the same way that the final CD has “alternative” versions of the band’s output I though I’d share my own original mix of my sleeve notes as an alternative to the ones published in the excellent booklet with the CD.

My own pedantic obsession saw me check with lead singer Colin as to whether this song had a “the” or that song had parentheses. I figured if I was to be involved I wanted everything to be ‘just so’.  This was an underappreciated band and, after much discussion between John and I, three songs – Halcyon Days, You Ungrateful Bastard and Candleman – are repeated on the final CD in different version due to a desire to include “everything” and that’s as it should be.

There had been the briefest of discussions about it being a double but due to “difficulties” it was felt more appropriate (and less complicated) to stick with an all-killer no filler single disc.

If I Had a Sleeve Note

There’s no rhyme or reason why some bands escape the shark-filled pool of pop to the safety of the shore of success while others drown, kicking and screaming for anyone who’ll listen. One Thousand Violins never made it back to dry land. Like so many bands before and since they have their hard luck stories and tragic tales of what might’ve been. But these psychpop-soaked guys coulda, shoulda been champions.

Colin Gregory and Dave Walmsley met through mutual friends at an ice skating disco in the early 80s and became inseparable. “David and I became instant best friends…His mum used to have a cheap organ thingy at home and we would mess about on it. As soon as I managed to play “Are Friends Electric” on it with one finger I knew I had to start a band and live music…so we did”, remembers Colin.

Their first adventures in sound, while they were living in Dave’s home town of Halifax, saw them join up with Dan Treacy’s London-based Whaam! label and in September 1983 the double whaamy 7” of You’re My Kind of Girl and In Love With You, with Colin on vocals, was unleashed (another track Honey would appear on the label’s All for Art and Art for All compilation). The demise of Whaam! in 1984 – did Wham!, the band, really pay them off for £15,000? – saw Colin and Dave follow the Television Personalities very own pied piper to his new venture with Dreamworld Records.

Their common love of all things 60s took them to a year of “hanging around Carnaby Street dressed as mod psyche-out freak brothers” before they moved back up North to Sheffield. Not being from Sheffield they never really fitted in: “We weren’t part of their scene. We started our own little thing and were quite insular. The other bands just ignored and blanked us”.

Meanwhile they continued to play Anarchists’ balls in derelict steel work and squats as “The Landlords” before hooking up with Sounds journalist Roger Holland, who helped co-manage the band along with Dave and Dan while Colin concentrated on music. “He decided to write a full page review for Sounds of a gig we never actually played and called us ‘The Surf Pistols’”, laughs Colin. They also made a flexi (1000 copies) but hid them under a bed and forgot all about them. This rarer than rocking horse poo release was “Failed Bankrupt Businessman”. Stuart Cant, the pearly king of Edinburgh’s indie scene in the 1980s and owner of a copy, remembers the flexi as “not a great record but very funny”.

John Wood was soon recruited as vox humana after Colin and Dave heard, and liked, his Scott Walker-esque timbre on a cassette. Initially the multi-tasking Colin played/programmed bass and drums – a Roland TR808 drum machine fact fans – but Sean O’Neill (“he looked like he should have been in Dollar”) was enlisted to play drums on the band’s first John Peel session. However, Sean departed and a new rhythm section of Darren Swindells (bass), who had answered an ad posted on the wall of Sheffield’s Leadmill, and Peter Day (drums) were added to give the band a fuller, more potent sound.

The band’s name came by way of the opening line of Orange Juice’s Consolation Prize – “a thousand violins will play it for you” – and Colin liked it so much he penned Like One Thousand Violins, which appeared on the b-side of Dreamworld debut 12” Halcyon Days. It would end the year nestling rather cosily between The Woodentops’ Well Well Well (48) and The Shop Assistants’ shambling anthem All Day Long (50) at the lower end of John Peel’s Festive Fifty. No mean feat for a b-side. This was also where I came in.

I’d always been a sucker for 60s music and modern pop that was influenced by it and this new cosmic beat group were the perfect combination. However, it wasn’t until September 1986 I first caught them live. Aforementioned Violins uber-fan Stuart Cant – he’d seen them supporting his favourite band the Television Personalities and fell in love with them – had been making fanzines and running club nights and gigs for years and his Speed 3 club, in association with Jeff Duffy, had brought One Thousand Violins to Scotland’s capital on a number of occasions, as well as Glasgow, Stirling and Perth. During a drunken penniless walk home from Edinburgh to my sleepy suburban home – some 8 miles away – I spotted a poster for one of their promotions, a One Thousand Violins gig (supported by The Fizzbombs) at the Onion Cellar, a club run at The Mission on the capital’s Victoria Street. It was to the start of an obsessive relationship during which I would see the band over 20 times, more than any other. I’d never slept in so many bus and train stations for one band – Perth, Newcastle and Manchester being some of my more salubrious dusk hangouts.

John Peel was a big fan and following their well-received first session in September 1985 they returned to Radio One in November the following year for another four-song set. It wasn’t until the run up to this session and their recently-released second single, the non-stop guitar-driven, keyboard-soaked shuddering express ride of Please Don’t Sandblast My House, that I first saw them live (22 September 1986 to be exact) as they played wherever and whenever in support of it.

“Oh how I need the world, but do you really need me at all?”

The hipsters of Sheffield and London may not have taken to them but Scotland and Germany did, where they would play many times in their all too brief existence. Indeed I only saw eight gigs during the whole of 1987 and they were all Violins’ shows and all, bar a trip to Manchester’s Boardwalk, were north of the border.

Extensive tours up and down the UK and Europe with nothing to promote were becoming frustrating. Dreamworld’s cottage industry was not to be rushed and it would be almost another year before Locked Out of the Love-In would arrive to positive reviews. The band had become as renowned for their song titles as they were for their music. Had this been a conscious decision? “Yes it was, probably the best bit!” While Dan Treacy had shown the band the Halcyon Days cover as a fait accompli, they took a trip to the derelict steelworks at Attercliffe with some flowers and designed Locked Out of the Love-In themselves and it serves as the inspiration for the cover of this collection.

Following an audition at the YMCA on Sheffield’s Eccleshall Road, Ian Addey replaced Peter Day in the spring of 1987 as the band tried to build on their (indie) chart success, Please Don’t Sandblast My House peaking at number 11. While Dreamworld’s marketing machine was grindingly slow, Philip Boa’s German Constrictor label offered a greater sense of urgency and managed to release an album, a mini-LP – bringing together some singles tracks – and the aforementioned chart-middling You Ungrateful Bastard single during their tenure.

The band’s final release for Dreamworld, the psychedelic pop-fest Locked Out of the Love-In, also troubled the chart scorers (number 13) and the band seemed set to build on this steady progress. Their first single with pseudo-major hucksters Report Records, If I Were a Bullet (Then For Sure I’d Find a Way To Your Heart), also proved to be the last with them and also the last to feature John. A difference of opinion over his desire to contribute to the songwriting, which Colin, and to a lesser extent Dave, had dominated, saw a parting of the ways and the end to the first chapter of the band.

John departed with a heavy heart. “As much as I loved the excitement of singing on stage with them, I had to grow up a bit and get a life, as they say. I don’t think I would have been very convincing singing much of the songs that came after me anyway, I wasn’t ‘far out’ enough, and I was far too earnest. It was going to take more than my fare of pots of tea and a plate of fancies to reach the required altered mind state to pull off the likes of ‘Hey Man, Your Granny’s Digging My Love Bus, But My Trip Is Fully Booked’.”

The new chapter would bring in another German tour, this time with a new singer, Vince Keenan, although this wasn’t a unanimous decision. “I wanted Colin to take over the vocals…I always thought his vocal sounded soulful” – Darren.

Darren remembers his time with the band with much fondness, “As a group we weren’t always on the same page, yet despite our differences we did on occasion create magic, which is what making music is all about, and I’m proud of us for doing that.” Ian put it in simpler terms, describing his Violins adventure as “cool and groovy”.

In anticipation of joining the band on one of their wild German tours, I got my first adult passport only to find out that the band had split. This was in the autumn of 1989. Many people have great memories of One Thousand Violins. I’ll never forget Stuart and I, with the band, being chased out of an Oxford University “Spring Fling” by a man with a cleaver having earlier that night been on stage singing harmonies, which was a wonderfully typical evening in the company of One Thousand Violins. Gone (but not forgotten) is the sound of happiness.

“I won’t keep you any longer”

Paul Johnston (aka Misery Guts)

Halcyon Days: Complete Recordings 1985-1987 brings together all of the band’s released tracks with Dreamworld, Constrictor and Report as well as rare tracks from compilations and a flexi.

Colin Gregory now runs a chain of coffee/sandwich shops in Sheffield.
Dave Walmsley died of cancer in 1992.
John Wood went on to form The Chrysalids and a retrospective called Neither Love Nor Money was released in 2012.
Darren Swindells runs Sing and Play The Easy Way in Galway, Ireland offering music lessons and instruction and still plays regularly.
Ian Addey works for an NHS Trust in Abertawe, plays guitar, brews beer and keeps bees.”

I’m pleased that the CD has been so well received. As well as helping to put the CD together I was made an admin for the band’s Facebook page set up by John. I want to thank everyone who has ‘liked’ the page and made a contribution, however small. I especially want to thank Colin, Darren, Ian and John from the original for agreeing to be interviewed by me by email. It was great to catch up and share our collective memories. Ian was also a great help in providing information like dates for gigs so I could update my gigography. He also provided many photos, as did the aforementioned Stuart Cant who toured many times with the band, including trips to Germany. (I was also about to go to Germany with them and had ordered my passport when I found out they had split – a sad day).

As well as helping John with the Facebook page, I updated the band’s page on http://www.45cat.com, which an excellent musical research site for information on singles (I used it a lot for my radio shows). The One Thousand Violins’ page is HERE and I also contributed to their Wikipedia page.

I hope everyone gets as much enjoyment out of the CD as I did. The band were a big part of my life in the mid to late 1980s and I still, to this day, hold them dear to my heart.

I’ve put together three one-hour specials of modern Christmas tracks. These shows were originally to be broadcast over the festive period on K107FM but as I am longer a member of the station I have posted them up online on Mixcloud for you to enjoy at your leisure. These tracks come from the late 1970s up to the modern day. I’ll be posting up three separate three-hour selections of 60s Christmas offerings in due course.

A Very Modern Christmas #1

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1. Fountains of Wayne – I Want An Alien For Christmas (Atlantic 1997)
2. Guille Milky Way & The Jelly Jamm Sound Orchestra  – Holding Hands Around The World (Elefant 2012)
3. The Kinks – Father Christmas (Arista 1977)
4. Chris Squire and Alan White – Run With The Fox (Atlantic 1981)
5. Low – Just Like Christmas (Kranky 1999)
6. Manic Street Preachers – The Ghosts of Christmas (Download 2007)
7. Tracey Thorn – Joy (Strange Feelings 2012)
8. Eels – Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas (Dreamworks 1998)
9. The Primitives – You Trashed My Christmas (Elefant 2012)
10. Badly Drawn Boy – Donna and blitzen (Twisted Nerve/XL 2011)
11. April MArch & Los Cincos – Last Train to Christmas (Sympathy For The Record Industry 1998)
12. Saint Etienne/Tim Burgess – I Was Born On Christmas Day (Heavenly 1993)
13. Modular – El Viaje Magico De Santa Claus (Elefant 2012)
14. The Wedding Present – Holly Jolly Hollywood (Vibrant 2008)
15. BMX Bandits – Let’s Make Christmas Love (Elefant 2012)

 

A Very Modern Christmas #2

Where The Action Is #71 - A Very Modern Christmas #2 by Jocknroll on Mixcloud

1. Attic Lights/Cerys Matthews – Santa’s Girlfriend (Island 2008)
2. Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today (Rough Trade 2009)
3. A Band Called Quinn- Snowblind (Download 2011)
4. Cocteau Twins – Winter Wonderland (Fontana 1993)
5. The Webb Brothers – Everyday is Christmas (Unissued 2000)
6. Dropkick – Scampi for Christmas (Sound Asleep 2007)
7. Farrah – Christmas in Cancelled (This Year) (Download 2005)
8. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping (Ze 1981)
9. Half Man Half Biscuit – All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit (Probe Plus 1987)
10. Holly Golightly – Christmas Tree On Fire (Damaged Goods 2006)
11. KT Tunstall – Mele Kalikimaka (Christmas in Hawaii) (EMI 2007)
12. Three Wise Men (aka XTC) – Thanks for Christmas (Virgin 1983)
13. Fountains of Wayne – The Man in the Santa Suit (Atlantic 1997)
14. Hannah Peel & Tunng – Hey Santa! (Static Caravan 2010)
15. Allo Darlin’ – Only Dust Behind (Where It’s At Is Where You Are 2012)

 

A Very Modern Christmas #3

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1. Teenage Fanclub – Jesus Christ (Creation 1997)
2. Allo Darlin’ – SPACE Christmas (Self-released 2009)
3. Shonen Knife – Space Christmas (Seminal Twang 1991)
4. Saint Etienne – Come On Christmas (Heavenly 2003)
5. The Magic Theatre – Christmas Lights (Elefant 2012)
6. Sufjan Stevens – Put The Lights On The Tree (Asthmatic Kitty 2002)
7. The Long Ryders – Christmas in New Zealand (Island 1985)
8. Davitt Sigerson – It’s a Big Country (Ze 1981)
9. Mitchell Musuem – Stop The Cavalry (Unknown 2009)
10. Squeeze – Chrsitmas Day (A&M 1979)
11. Rufus Wainwright – Spotlight on Christmas (Nettwerk 2002)
12. Cocteau Twins – Frosty The Snowman (Fontana 1993)
13. Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas (Nettwerk 2002)
14. Randolph’s Leap – One More Sleep Til Christmas (Olive Grove 2013)
15. Dan Lyth – Maybe This Baby Could Save Us All (Moojuice 2009)
16. Jo Mango – As A Child I Awoke (Olive Grove 2012)

Feel free to let me know what you think of the shows and tracks, either here on on the Facebook page at Where The Action Is (Radio Show).

 

Welcome to episode 65 of Where The Action Is and our usual mix of the weird and the wonderful from the late 50s through to the early 70s, including mod, soul (northern and southern), beat groups, psych pop and girl sounds, as well as our regular features.

We had three games of Connect 3 (did you get the link between the three tracks?), two Birthday tracks (for stars born on the day of broadcast), a Foreign Language track from Spain and Two of a Kind from The Knickerbockers. We did The Peanut Butter in the Land of 1000 Dances and Muck and the Mires was in the Under The Influence slot. We also had two Wordless Wonders, we inducted Johnny and the Copycats in to the Jocknroll Hall of Fame and we heard two more songs from the wonderful back catalogue of singer-songwriter-producer John Carter in our Get Carter feature.

Where The Action Is #65 - Thu 20 Nov 2014 - K107FM by Jocknroll on Mixcloud

1. Mama Cass – Welcome To The World (Dunhill 1969)
2. The Beatstalkers – Base Line (Decca 1966) (Show Theme)
3. The Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law (Mustang 1965)
4. Pussyfoot – Good Times (Pye 1968)
5. Wizzard – Ball Park Incident (Harvest 1972)
6. The Who – Let’s See Action (Nothing is Everything) (Track 1971)
7. Adam Faith/John Barry – The Beat Girl Song (Columbia 1962) (Connect 3)
8. Cilla Black – On a Street Called Hope (Unissued 1969) (Connect 3)
9. Fanny – Charity Ball (First version) (Reprise 1971) (Connect 3)
10. Emitt Rhodes – With My Face On The Floor (Dunhill 1971)
11. Suzi Jane Hokom and Lee Hazlewood – Califia (Stone Rider) (LHI 1970)
12. Dr West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band – The Eggplant That Ate Chicago (Go-Go 1966) (Birthday: Norman Greenbaum 20/11/42)
13. James Gang – Walk Away (ABC 1971) (Birthday: Joe Walsh 20/11/47)
14. Herman’s Hermits – You Won’t Be Leaving (Columbia 1966)
15. Nancy Sinatra – The City Never Sleeps (Reprise 1965)
16. Orange Seaweed – Stay a While (Pye 1968) (Double Rubble)
17. New Formula – Stay Indoors (Pye 1969) (Double Rubble)
18. The Kinks – This Man He Weeps Tonight (Pye 1969)
19. The Exports – Car Hop (King 1964) (Wordless Wonder 1)
20. Marmalade – There Ain’t No Use Hangin’ On (CBS 1967)
21. The Marathons – The Peanut Butter (Arvee 1961) (Land of 1000 Dances)
22. The Four Tops – If I Were a Carpenter (Motown 1968)
23. Marisa Medina – No Te Acuerdas De Mi (Belter 1970) (Foreign Language)
24. The Cyrkle – The Visit (She Was Here) (Columbia 1966)
25. Little John and the Monks – Black Winds (Jerden 1965) (Death Disco)
26. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – I Second That Emotion (Tamla 1967)
27. The Caravelles – I Like a Man (Fontana 1964)
28. Muck and the Mires – King of the Beat (Dirty Water 2011) (Under The Influence)
29. Fever Tree – I Can Beat Your Drum (Mainstream 1967) (Connect 3)
30. The Common Cold – Come Down (Atco 1967) (Connect 3)
31. The Easybeats – Come In You’ll Get Pneumonia (United Artists 1967) (Connect 3)
32. Boyce and Hart – It’s All Happenening On The Inside (A&M 1969)
33. The Knickerbockers – Lies (Are Breaking My Heart) (Challenge 1965) (Two of a Kind)
34. The Knickerbockers – One Track Mind (Challenge 1966) (Two of a Kind)
35. The Lancastrians – The World Keeps Going Around (Pye 1966)
36. The Dave Clark Five – Don’t Be Taken In (Epic 1965)
37. Favourite Sons – That Driving Beat (Mercury 1966)
38. The Mohawks – Senor Thump (Pama 1968) (Wordless Wonder 2)
39. The Bootles – I’ll Let You Hold My Hand (GNP Crescendo 1964)
40. Johnny and the Copycats – I’m a Hog For You Baby (Norco 1964) (Jocknroll Hall of Fame)
41. Johnny and the Copycats – The Pain of Love (Cornet International 1968) (Jocknroll Hall of Fame)
42. Buffalo Springfield – Mr Soul (Atco 1967)
43. The Casuals – Daddy’s Song (Decca 1969)
44. Haystack – A Letter to Josephine (United Artists 1969) (Get Carter)
45. Stamford Bridge – Arizona Lost and Gone (Penny Farthing 1971) (Get Carter)
46. The Chapters – Can’t Stop Thinking About Her (Pye 1965)
47. The Box Tops – (The) Happy Song (Mala 1969)
48. The Mighty Avengers – (Walkin’ Thru The) Sleepy City (Decca 1965) (Connect 3)
49. The Kinks – Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy (Pye 1965) (Connect 3)
50. The Groovers – I’m a Bashful Guy (Minit 1966) (Connect 3)
51. The Byrds – Lady Friend (Columbia 1967)
52. The Jades – I’m Where It’s At (REE 1966) (Soul O’Clock)
53. Roscoe Shelton – I’m Ready To Love You Now (Sound Stage 7 1968) (Soul O’Clock)
54. The Cryan’ Shames – Sweet Girl of Mine (Columbia 1968)
55. David McWilliams – The Days of Pearly Spencer (Major Minor 1967)
56. Del Shannon – Silently (Liberty 1967)
57. The Beatstalkers – Base Line (Decca 1966) (show theme)

Thanks to everybody who tuned in to the show live on K107FM. For those who missed it you can click on the link above – between the introduction and the playlist – and that will take you to the show on Mixcloud. as well as online and locally on 107FM the station is also now available on the TuneIn radio app. More details here: http://tunein.com/radio/K107-s222700/

A big thanks for all your support and kind comments on the show’s Facebook page. I really do appreciate them. Feel free to spread the word about the show by sharing on Facebook or retweeting on Twitter (@jocknroll).

Don’t forget, if there’s anything you’d like to hear, then by all means get in touch via jocknroll [at] gmail [dot] com or studio [at] k107 [do] co [dot] uk (use the header “Where The Action Is”). If you have any suggestions for any of the features, particularly the Connect 3 competitions, then don’t hesitate to private message me through the show’s Facebook page.

Well done to Ally Gourlay and Laz who picked up a point ecah. The first one wasn’t won. The answers were: (1) The Three Virtues, (2) Illness and (3) The Seven Dwarfs. The overall standings are now as follows:

1st Lawrence “Laz” McCluskey 54.5 points
2nd John Murray 17.5 points
3rd Ally Gourlay 8.5 points
4th= Jeff Duffy 2 points
4th= Evan Davies 2 points
6th Kirsty Johnston 1.5 point
7th Martyn Rollo 1 point
8th= Sheila Godfrey 0.5 point
8th= Sharon Melville 0.5 points

You can tune in LIVE every Thursday between 8pm and 11pm (UK time) on K107FM via http://www.k107.co.uk. You can also join in the chat during the show on the “Where The Action Is (Radio Show)” Facebook page. If you’re listening in the USA the show starts at approximately 1200 (PST), 1300 (MST), 1400 (CST) and 1500 (EST). The show starts at 0900 in New Zealand (Hi Lynn!). Requests are always welcome for the show, including the features, and I’ll try and accommodate them all, although it may take a couple of weeks to slot them all in.

That’s it for this week, see you next time.

Welcome to episode 64 of Where The Action Is and our usual mix of the weird and the wonderful from the late 50s through to the early 70s, including mod, soul (northern and southern), beat groups, psych pop and girl sounds, as well as our regular features.

We had three games of Connect 3 (did you get the link between the three tracks?), two Birthday tracks (for stars born on the day of broadcast), a Foreign Language track from Italy and Two of a Kind from France Gall. We did The Wobble in the Land of 1000 Dances and Bruce Foxtonwas in the Under The Influence slot. We also had two Wordless Wonders, we inducted Miller Anderson in to the Jocknroll Hall of Fame and we heard two more songs from the wonderful back catalogue of singer-songwriter-producer John Carter in our Get Carter feature.

Where The Action Is #64 - Thu 13 Nov 2014 - K107FM by Jocknroll on Mixcloud

1. The Fun and Games – The Grooviest Girl in the World (Uni 1968)
2. The Beatstalkers – Base Line (Decca 1966) (Show Theme)
3. The Olympics – Mine Exclusively (Mirwood 1966)
4. Mama Cass – Sour Grapes (Dunhill 1969)
5. Acker Bilk – Travelling Blues (Pye Jazz 1959)
6. Brenda Lee Jones – You’re The Love Of My Life (Rust 1966)
7. Denise and Company – Boy, What’ll You Do Then (Wee 1966) (Connect 3)
8. Denise Scott and the Soundsmen – Your Love Keeps Me Going (Unissued 65/66) (Connect 3)
9. Randy and the Rainbows – Denise (Rust 1963) (Connect 3)
10. The Left Banke – I Haven’t Got The Nerve (Smash 1967)
11. Mouse and the Traps – Sometimes You Just Can’t Win (Fraternity 1968)
12. Baby Washington – A Handful of Memories (Sue 1962) (Birthday: Baby Washington 13/11/40)
13. Carol Connors – My Baby Looks But He Don’t Touch (Mira 1966) (Birthday: Carol Connors 13/11/40)
14. Neil Landon – I’m Your Puppet (Decca 1966)
15. Jackie DeShannon – When You Walk In The Room (Liberty 1963)
16. Our Plastic Dream – Encapsulated Marigold (Go 1967) (Double Rubble)
17. The Pretty Things – Walking Through My Dreams (Columbia 1968) (Double Rubble)
18. The Supremes – Run Run Run (Motown 1964)
19. The American Four – Soul Food (Selma 1964) (Wordless Wonder 1)
20. Little John and the Monks – Black Winds (Jerden 1965)
21. Dyke and the Blazers – The Wobble (Original Sound 1971) (Land of 1000 Dances)
22. The Termites – Tell Me (Oriole 1965)
23. The Sorrows – Verde, Rosso, Giallo, Blu (Pye 1966) (Foreign Language)
24. Wall of Sound – Hang On (Big Bird 1967)
25. Johnny Cymbal – The Water Was Red (MGM 1961) (Death Disco)
26. Lisa Miller – White Rabbit (Canterbury 1968)
27. The Lady Bugs – Fraternity, USA (Legrand 1964)
28. Bruce Foxton – Number Six (Absolute 2012) (Under The Influence)
29. Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders – Stop, Look and Listen (Fontana 1964) (Connect 3)
30. Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross – Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) (Tamla 1974) (Connect 3)
31. The Chiffons – Stop, Look and Listen (Laurie 1966) (Connect 3)
32. The Nazz – Open My Eyes (SGC 1969)
33. France Gall – Baby Pop (Philips 1965) (Two of a Kind)
34. France Gall – Jazz a Go Go (Philips 1964) (Two of a Kind)
35. Murry Kellum – I Dreamed I Was a Beatle (MOC 1964)
36. 5am Event – I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water (Pye 1966)
37. Billy Preston – Billy’s Bag (Vee Jay 1965) (Wordless Wonder 2)
38. Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto – Do I Make Myself Clear (Argo 1965)
39. Miller Anderson Band – Bright City (Deram 1971) (Jocknroll Hall of Fame)
40. Keef Hartley Band – Roundabout (Deram 1971) (Jocknroll Hall of Fame)
41. Duffy Power – Little Boy Blue (Spark 1969)
42. The Zombies – The Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914) (Date 1968)
43. The Ivy League – That’s Why I’m Crying (Piccadilly 1965) (Get Carter)
44. The First Class – Dreams Are Ten a Penny (UK 1974) (Get Carter)
45. Him and the Others – Shes Got Eyes That Tell Lies (Parlophone 1966)
46. The Del-Rons – Your Big Mistake (Laurie 1964)
47. Slade – My Life is Natural (Polydor 1971)
48. The Action – Land of One Thousand Dances (Parlophone 1965) (Connect 3)
49. Roy Budd – Get Carter (Pye 1971) (Connect 3)
50. The Beatles – Birthday (Apple 1968) (Connect 3)
51. Eddie Holman – I’ll Surrender (ABC 1968) (Soul O’Clock)
52. Irma Thomas – Long After Tonight Is All Over (Unissued 1964) (Soul O’Clock)

Thanks to everybody who tuned in to the show live on K107FM. For those who missed it you can click on the link above – between the introduction and the playlist – and that will take you to the show on Mixcloud. as well as online and locally on 107FM the station is also now available on the TuneIn radio app. More details here: http://tunein.com/radio/K107-s222700/

A big thanks for all your support and kind comments on the show’s Facebook page. I really do appreciate them. Feel free to spread the word about the show by sharing on Facebook or retweeting on Twitter (@jocknroll).

Don’t forget, if there’s anything you’d like to hear, then by all means get in touch via jocknroll [at] gmail [dot] com or studio [at] k107 [do] co [dot] uk (use the header “Where The Action Is”). If you have any suggestions for any of the features, particularly the Connect 3 competitions, then don’t hesitate to private message me through the show’s Facebook page.

Well done to Laz, John Murray and Ally Gourlay who shared the points. The answers were: (1) Denise, (2) Stop, Look and Listen and (3) Where The Action Is features. The overall standings are now as follows:

1st Lawrence McCluskey 53.5 points
2nd John Murray 17.5 points
3rd Ally Gourlay 7.5 points
4th= Jeff Duffy 2 points
4th= Evan Davies 2 points
6th Kirsty Johnston 1.5 point
7th Martyn Rollo 1 point
8th= Sheila Godfrey 0.5 point
8th= Sharon Melville 0.5 points

You can tune in LIVE every Thursday between 8pm and 11pm (UK time) on K107FM via http://www.k107.co.uk. You can also join in the chat during the show on the “Where The Action Is (Radio Show)” Facebook page. If you’re listening in the USA the show starts at approximately 1200 (PST), 1300 (MST), 1400 (CST) and 1500 (EST). The show starts at 0900 in New Zealand (Hi Lynn!). Requests are always welcome for the show, including the features, and I’ll try and accommodate them all, although it may take a couple of weeks to slot them all in.

That’s it for this week, see you next time.

Second of two consecutive weeks sitting in Ally Gourlay’s hotseat on Art School Dancing on K107FM.

Three hours of randomness from the 60s up to the modern day of what Ally lovingly calls “unlistenable rubbish”. The obligatory Roy Wood track will feature as well as my “Five For The Hundred”, at least one of which is from this year.

Art School Dancing - Mon 10 Nov 2014 - K107FM by Jocknroll on Mixcloud

1. George Martin – Theme One (United Artists 1967) (Show Theme)
2. The Move – Walk Upon The Water (Regal Zonophone 1968)
3. Big Star – Daisy Glaze (Ardent 1974)
4. PAUL #1: Japan – Quiet Life 12″ (Hansa 1979)
5. Man or Astroman – Taxidermist Surf (Estrus 1993)
6. Ella Washington – Stop Giving Your Man Away (Sound Stage 7 1969)
7. The Bodines – Clear (Creation 1986)
8. The Wedding Present – Go-Go Dancer (RCA 1992)
9. The Blake Babies – Take Me (Mammoth 1991)
10. The Muffs – I’m a Dick (Sympathy For The Record Industry 1996)
11. Django Django – Life’s a Beach (Because 2012)
12. Klark Kent – Don’t Care (Kryptone 1978)
13. The New Pornographers – The Laws Have Changed (Matador/Mint 2003)
14. PAUL #2: Jacques Caramac and the Sweet Generation – Snowballs (Everyday Life Recordings 2014)
15. Middleton Hall – First Bus Out of Town (Self-Released 2012)
16. Fifth Avenue – The Bells of Rhymney (Immediate 1965) (Connect 3)
17. OMD – Electricity (Dindisc 1979) (Connect 3)
18. Orange Juice – Blue Boy (Postcard 1980) (Connect 3)
19. World Domination Enterprises – Asbestos Lead Asbestos (Karbon 1985)
20. Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me (Polyvinyl 2014)
21. PAUL #3: Withered Hand – King of Hollywood (Fortuna Pop 2014)
22. One Thousand Violins – Please Don’t Sandblast My House (Dreamworld 1986)
23. The Jam – Something’s Gone (Sire 1968)
24. The Orchids – Hey! Sometimes! (Acuerla 2014)
25. Nick Lowe – So It Goes (Stiff 1976)
26. Ride – Twisterella (Creation 1992)
27. PAUL #4: Field Mice – Sensitive (Sarah 1989)
28. Lenzie Moss – Let’s Take The Day Off (Newtown 2014)
29. Todd Rundgren – Couldn’t I Just Tell You (Bearsville 1972)
30. The Sweetest Ache – Climbing (Sarah 1992)
31. Public Service Broadcasting – Nightmail (Test Card Recordings 2013)
32. Gang of Four – Damaged Goods (Fast 1978)
33. I Am Kloot – Untitled#1 (Echo 2003)
34. Half Man Half Biscuit – Bob Wilson Anchorman (Probe Plus 2001)
35. Ultra Vivid Scene – The Special One (4AD 1990)
36. The Breeders – Cannonball (4AD 1993)
37. PAUL#5: TeenCanteen – Honey (SWALK 2014)
38. The Dukes of Stratosphear – The Vanishing Girl (Virgin 1987)
39. The Long Ryders – Looking For Lewis and Clark (Island 1985)
39b. Fanny – Reprise Records Promo One
40. Fanny – Changing Horses (Reprise 1970)
41. Beverly – Happy New Year (Deram 1966)
42. The Room – Naive (Red Flame 1984)
43. The Smiths – London (Peel session) (BBC 1986)
44. Babybird – Goodnight (Echo 1996)

Thanks to everybody who tuned in to Art School Dancing live on K107FM. For those who missed it you can click on the link above – between the introduction and the playlist – and that will take you to the show on Mixcloud. As well as online and locally on 107FM the station is also now available on the TuneIn radio app. More details here: http://tunein.com/radio/K107-s222700/

I’ll be back on Thursday night for my usual “Where The Action Is” show between 8 and 11pm (UK time) on K107FM and Ally will be back presenting Art School Dancing on Monday 17 November with Becky Harrington selecting her “Five for The Hundred”.

Welcome to episode 63 of Where The Action Is and our usual mix of the weird and the wonderful from the late 50s through to the early 70s, including mod, soul (northern and southern), beat groups, psych pop and girl sounds, as well as our regular features.

We had three games of Connect 3 (did you get the link between the three tracks?), two Birthday tracks (for stars born on the day of broadcast), a Foreign Language track from Italy and Two of a Kind from Jan and Dean. We met Chris Montez in the Land of 1000 Dances and Dunfermline’s very own Modern Faces appeared in our Under The Influence slot. We also had two Wordless Wonders, we inducted a Scottish-born American singer in to the Jocknroll Hall of Fame and we heard two more songs from the wonderful back catalogue of singer-songwriter-producer John Carter in our Get Carter feature.

Where The Action Is #63 - Thu 6 Nov 2014 - K107FM by Jocknroll on Mixcloud

1. Truth and Beauty – Tuff Little Surfer (RAK 1974)
2. The Beatstalkers – Base Line (Decca 1966) (Show Theme)
3. Ray and Bob – Air Travel (Ledo 1961)
4. The Left Banke – I’ve Got Something On My Mind (Smash 1967)
5. Shane Fenton and the Fentones – I’m a Moody Guy (Parlophone 1961)
6. The Who – 5:15 (Track 1973)
7. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – Our House (Atlantic 1970) (Connect 3)
8. The Dorrs – Love Street (Elektra 1968) (Connect 3)
9. The Mamas and the Papas – Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) (Dunhill 1967) (Connect 3)
10. Jackie DeShannon – Laurel Canyon (Imperial 1968)
11. The Idle Race – Hurry Up John (Liberty 1969)
12. P. J. Proby – I Can’t Make it Alone (Liberty 1966) (Birthday: PJ Proby 6/11/38)
13. The Tams – Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy (ABC 1968) (Birthday: Jospeh Pope 6/11/33)
14. Randy Newman – Last Night I Had a Dream (Reprise 1968)
15. Ramases and Selket – Crazy One (CBS 1968) (Double Rubble)
16. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Devil’s Grip (Track 1967) (Double Rubble)
17. Gordon Lightfoot – I’m Not Saying (Warner Bros 1965)
18. The Shadows – Man of Mystery (Columbia 1960) (Wordless Wonder 1)
19. The Voice – Train to Disaster (Mercury 1965)
20. Chris Montez – Let’s Dance (Monogram 1962) (Land of 1000 Dances)
21. The Action – Follow Me (Unissued 1967)
22. The Primitives – Yeeeeeeh! (I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out Your Heart Anymore) (Arc 1967) (Foreign Language)
23. The Sapphires – Slow Fizz (ABC-Paramount 1966)
24. Reparata – Your Life is Gone (Laurie 1972) (Death Disco)
25. The Attack – Too Old (Unissued 1967)
26. Honey Love and the Love Notes – Mary Ann (Cameo 1965)
27. Modern Faces – Matter of Time (Self-released 2014) (Under The Influence)
28. Vashti Bunyan – Rose Hip November (Philips 1970) (Connect 3)
29. Peter Fonda – November Night (Chisa 1967) (Connect 3)
30. Julie London – November Twilight (Liberty 1956) (Connect 3)
31. Helen Shapiro – Shop Around (Columbia 1964)
32. Jan and Dean – The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) (Liberty 1964) (Two of a Kind)
33. Jan and Dean – A Surfer’s Dream (Liberty 1966) (Two of a Kind)
34. The Moquettes – Right String Baby, But The Wrong Yo-Yo (Columbia 1964)
35. Marty Manning and His Orchestra – The Twilight Zone (Columbia 1961) (Wordless Wonder 2)
36. David Bowie – I Dig Everything (Pye 1966)
37. Johnny Cymbal – Mr Bass Man (Kapp 1963) (Jocknroll Hall of Fame)
38. Johnny Cymbal – The Marriage of Charlotte Brown (Musicor 1972) (Jocknroll Hall of Fame)
39. Elvis Presley – Burning Love (RCA 1972)
40. Golden Apples of the Sun – The Monkey Time (Immediate 1965)
41. Dave Berry and the Sponge – Huma Lama (Decca 1969) (Get Carter)
42. Alvin Stardust – Rock ‘n’ Roll Unitied (CMC 1996) (Get Carter)
43. The Small Faces – Here Comes The Nice (Immediate 1967)
44. The Ethiopians – Train to Skaville (Rio 1967)
45. Rupert’s People – The Reflections of Charlie Brown (Columbia 1967)
46. Majority One – Rainbow Rocking Chair (Pink Elephant 1972) (Connect 3)
47. The Rainbow People – The Walk Will Do You Good (Pye 1968) (Connect 3)
48. Danny Hutton – Roses and Rainbows (HBR 1965) (Connect 3)
49. Val McKenna – Don’t Hesitate (Piccadilly 1965)
50. Dana Valery – You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies (Columbia 1967)
51. Billy Mills – Sad Memories (Sound Plus 1972)
52. The Beatstalkers – Base Line (Decca 1966) (show theme)

Thanks to everybody who tuned in to the show live on K107FM and apologies for the sound via the internet. We’re looking into that issue. For those who missed it you can click on the link above – between the introduction and the playlist – and that will take you to the show on Mixcloud. as well as online and locally on 107FM the station is also now available on the TuneIn radio app. More details here: http://tunein.com/radio/K107-s222700/

A big thanks for all your support and kind comments on the show’s Facebook page. I really do appreciate them. Feel free to spread the word about the show by sharing on Facebook or retweeting on Twitter (@jocknroll).

Don’t forget, if there’s anything you’d like to hear, then by all means get in touch via jocknroll [at] gmail [dot] com or studio [at] k107 [do] co [dot] uk (use the header “Where The Action Is”). If you have any suggestions for any of the features, particularly the Connect 3 competitions, then don’t hesitate to private message me through the show’s Facebook page.

Well done to John Murray who managed to outscore a normally rampant Laz by 2 points to 1. The answers were: (1) Laurel Canyon, (2) November and (3) Rainbows. The overall standings are now as follows:

1st Lawrence McCluskey 52.5 points
2nd John Murray 16.5 points
3rd Ally Gourlay6.5 points
4th= Jeff Duffy 2 points
4th= Evan Davies 2 points
6th Kirsty Johnston 1.5 point
7th Martyn Rollo 1 point
8th= Sheila Godfrey 0.5 point
8th= Sharon Melville 0.5 points

You can tune in LIVE every Thursday between 8pm and 11pm (UK time) on K107FM via http://www.k107.co.uk. You can also join in the chat during the show on the “Where The Action Is (Radio Show)” Facebook page. If you’re listening in the USA the show starts at approximately 1200 (PST), 1300 (MST), 1400 (CST) and 1500 (EST). The show starts at 0900 in New Zealand (Hi Lynn!). Requests are always welcome for the show, including the features, and I’ll try and accommodate them all, although it may take a couple of weeks to slot them all in.

That’s it for this week, I’ll be sitting in for Ally Gourlay on Art School Dancing again on Monday (10th) and then it’s back to Where The Action Is on Thursday 13th November. See you next time.

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