Saturday 2 March 2013
If It Hasn't Been Played In Years, There Is A Reason
The other week there SA over at the Bagging Area averted a near disaster after finding damp behind where he stored his records. After his mentioning the new Expedit shelving unit which now housed his records, I had a look at the old tatty, bookcase thing that held my albums in the dining room and decided next pay day that I would invest in some new storage.
I happened to be at the Beatson in Glasgow for work on Wednesday which is not a stone's throw away from IKEA and so decided that after work I would go and get the unit. Being the impulsive person I am when I got there I decided that I would get a second unit to replace the shelves upstairs where the dance 12" singles are stored.
That night I built up the one for the dance 12" singles but decided to leave the one for the dining room until Friday night as it would mean a lot of moving stuff around, like the cd towers and unplugging the various bits of hi-fi.
So last night I had the best fun I've had in ages building the unit, moving the cd racks and the rest then the really fun bit re-filing all the albums.
Once I had completed the task, the kids were in bed and so was L, so I rifled through the albums, pulling out and putting things on the turntable that I haven't played for a very long time. First up was Supper's Ready from Seconds Out, Genesis' live double album, I played about 5 minutes of the twenty odd minutes, it takes up the whole of the third side. I then selected Misplaced Childhood by Marillion which I could only stand for a couple of minutes, "I'm losing on the swings, I'm losing on the roundabouts", I fucking ask you are these lyrics that should be taken seriously!
I came to the very rapid conclusion that the reason that these records haven't been played for over twenty years is that the are utter pish. I am not sure what was going on in my head when I bought these albums, I would have been in my early teens, surely there were better records for me to spend my money on?
I also came across the first or second album that I ever purchased myself, Tubeway Army's Replicas from WH Smith in Airdrie using a record token I had been given for my birthday. The other one which could have been my first album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was swapped many moons ago, I think for Days In Europe by the Skids with a guy along the street.
I also pulled out an album that I had no recollection of buying and after looking at the title, Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception of Jazz, I decided that I must have been on some mind bending chemicals at the time of purchase. So I dropped the needle on the vinyl and listened to various bits of each track, not bad, not brilliant but certainly not like the shite that I had been listening to earlier. I then turned my attention to the free 12" that came along with it. This is more like it I thought rather jazzy house, similar in the vein to Ludovic Navarre's St Germain project.
So here is the first track from the 12" single, I suspect that this will be right up Mr H's Cul-de-Sac. If you think that this is rubbish just thank your lucky stars I didn't post Supper's Ready or some Marillion.
Bugge Wesseltoft's New Conception Of Jazz - G.U.B.N.U.F.