Wednesday, 21 March 2018
I was playing some records at the weekend, some newly acquired ones and pulling out some older ones. I discovered that my 12" copy of Come Together by Primal Scream, the one with the Andrew Weatherall and Terry Farley mixes, is pretty knackered. The sleeve is worn but the disc is worse- the condition is such that if you found it in a charity shop for a couple of quid you'd think twice about whether it was worth it. I'll have to replace it. I suppose it is 28 years old and has been played a lot, often at parties and similar, when maybe I'm not best minded to be as careful as I should be.
On the other hand I pulled out a pair of 7" singles by The Woodentops from 1986 that looked like they were made and bought yesterday. The first was the 7" Good Thing single, backed with Travelling Man, a perfect pair of songs, in beautiful and pristine condition.
The other was the double 7" pack, two discs in a gatefold sleeve, with different sides playing at either 33 rpm or 45, just to confuse me. Disc 1 is Everyday Living and Why and Disc 2 Move Me and Well Well Well. Here are Rolo and co playing Everyday Living at Roskilde in 1987, demonstrating well why they struck a chord with both indie and dance. They had something a little different and flirted with success. I don't know if they deserved to be huge, they were probably a bit to idiosyncratic to be massive but they were a cracking band.
And until last night I hadn't ever seen this video, a promo for Give It Time, off 1986's Giant album.