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AT HOME WITH RAY AND DAVE

An early sight of the projected Kinks reunion album? OK, maybe not.

I REALLY SHOULD...

like some artists, they but I just struggle with most of their recordings - cf. Procol Harum (lyrics just a bit too clever for me), Frank Zappa (I always suspected he was taking the piss, even when he wasn't), Rush (Jon Anderson on helium); i wonder if other people have similar mental blocks?

16th DREAM ON VINYL?

Too early to be included under the 'FdM News' section, but fingers and other appendages are firmly crossed that the recordings of all three nights of the 16th Dream festival will prove to be good enough to spawn an album sometime next year - early signs are really encouraging, starting with a spellbinding cover of 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes', by Elfin Bow that just shimmers in mid-air

THE SEVERAL AGES OF MAN

I read somewhere recently that people over the age of 30 stop listening to/appreciating new music. I must admit that it's been a while since a whole new genre has grabbed me, and I don't think I'll be starting a 'Grime' shelf in the FdM Towers man-cave, but I was well into my 30s when I 'discovered' electronica/chill-out/D'n'B/ambient/trip-hop/dub techno/the FAX and Apollo labels/etc, etc and I was over 50 before Andy Bracken and I embarked on the Fruits de Mer adventure. What next? I keep trying to get into modern jazz, without a huge amount of success, although the phrase 'pastoral jazz' and early/mid sixties soundtracks by UK jazz groups feel like areas worth further investigation.

GRIPE OF THE MONTH

Record shops that get in touch to ask about the possibility of stocking the label and then never bother to reply to my wonderfully positive, generous and accomodating reply. I can handle rejection, but it would be nice to get a 'Dear John' letter

Q. WHEN IS A FESTIVAL NOT A FESTIVAL?

A. When bands who are invited to play the 17th Dream Festival (or more precisely, when their managers are approached) double their usual fee - presumably thinking they are going to be playing in front of thousands of mud-splattered revellers (never typed that word before!), rather than 150 or so of bitter-downing music fans.
Look out for the 18th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus Soiree...

cannabis heroin

THOSE WERE THE DAYS...

Happened on a couple of images of 19th century miracle cures...they'd certainly take your mind off a tickly cough (not sure about the asthma cigarettes I also found an ad for).
I assumed that we had the USA to thank for both products but I'm reliably informed that the industrial production & commercial exploitation of heroin was originally down to Germany, and the name 'Heroin' was invented by Bayer.
The research lab of Bayer actually developed the process to synthesize two quite similar substances; heroin was seen as the one with big potential, as a cure for almost everything...there was even 'Heroin Wine' for sale; the other substance they found wasn't thought to have any particular use - it was later called Aspirin...

BOXING CLEVER

Enjoyed reading a very, and rightfully, positive review of a 7x7" psych box set, which had the one caveat - the reviewer's box was number 1,277 while the box proudly proclaimed "limited to 1,000 sets"; I guess it didn't say they were sequentially numbered (thinking about it, I had an issue with the 'White EP' set a few years ago, where the printers produced too many sleeves and didn't use up the low numbers first!)

stojkovic

HORSEFEATHERS

I can't appreciate the album myself, but there's something encouraging about the local Sainsbury's stocking Patti Smith's LP


stojkovic

GIVE IT A REST

My apologies to anyone who suffered from this on the Friday evening at the 16th Dream festival - we'll try to name and shame next year, but why anyone would want to spend good money to see bands play live and then try to talk over the top of them is beyond me - especially when there's loads of space upstairs from the Cellar Bar to shout to your heart's content

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RECORD FAIR

There seem to be fewer around every time I look - with London particularly bereft (with the notable exception of Spitalfields' Friday markets) - so I'm going to make the effort to go along to our nearest regular fair this weekend. It's in Guildford, which also has a couple of decent second hand shops and a proper street market.
...I can report back on a very pleasant hour or so at the fair - came away with a really nice copy of Big Jim Sullivan's 'Sitar Beat' on Mercury and 'Prince Heathen' by Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick on Fontana (and stared long and hard at a couple of not-cheap Czech psych LPs from the 60s - wish i knew more about them, didn't take the risk). But why do dealers insist on cramming so many albums in a box that it's impossible to look through them?

stojkovic

A BIG HELLO TO BIG VLADIMIR STOJKOVIC

...who is the last Panini 2018 World Cup sticker that I needed to fill the album one of the kids bought me for my birthday and has been another source of obsessive focus and irritation over the last 5 weeks as I attempted to collect all 670-odd bloody stickers.
Thank god it's four years to the next one

everything you need to know about fruits de mer

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FRUITS DE MER

Festivalgoers in Cardigan who overspent on the FdM stall got more than they bargained for - but not a lot more

pen bottle opener

FREE...AND YOU WERE STILL RIPPED OFF

10-colour pens and fish bone bottle-openers - just a couple of the giveaways on the FdM stall at the 16th Dream festival for people who dug deep for their FdM vinyl.
we're all heart

mad fish plate

MAD FISH

Thanks to Jonathan White for a surprise gift - he saw a bizarre and unhappy-looking fish in a shop window in Cardigan and thought of me - it's the thought that counts


funky moped

YOU KNOW YOU'RE GETTING OLD WHEN...

...a couple of days after the NHS write to offer you a free bowel cancer test, a brochure for mobility scooters turns up in the post - I had to laugh, but not a lot.

SF Sorrow box set

SF SORROW BOX-SET

The new set had just arrived at FdM Towers - and it's all kinds of wonderful - and bloody essential, even at £75

Small Faces

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE

There's still a copy of the Small Faces' first LP on Immediate sitting on the shelf in the local Sainsburys - it's just very odd to see an album like that in a supermarket (there's a copy of The Zombies' 'Odyessey' there too).
I've already bought one copy, but there's something so wrong with it not being snapped up I'm half-tempted to buy another! (when I bought my copy, a guy in a Who t-shirt gave me a thumbs-up and a nice little chat ensued - you don't get that in the ready-meals aisle...well, I don't anyway)

norton Canes rules

NORTON CANES - FAME AT LAST!

Norton Canes Services have been voted England’s best motorway service station.
Now this might not mean much to you but I grew up in Norton and it’s the first time I’ve heard the village mentioned on the radio in 60+ years.
There’ll be much celebrating going on tonight in....er....I don’t think there was anywhere there to celebrate in when I was a kid

Sainsburys basic lager

THE ULTIMATE SESSION...LAGER

I have seen the future and it's...Sainsbury's Basics lager!
OK, before you completely disown me, give me a moment...it's bloody hot, we're all very thirsty, best bitter gets too warm too quickly, all cheap lager tastes pretty much the same and 5 or 6 pints in and you're knackered.
I recently discovered Sainsbury's basics lager - 2% proof! OK, so it's not a proper pint and for god's sake don't tell Mantle Brewery about this blog, but...it doesn't taste of lemonade, it tastes a bit like lager (maybe lager and soda - I'm not doing a great sales job here, am I?), but it tastes more like lager than 0% efforts and it's...
£1.10 for 4 440ml cans!!!
Next time you're near a Sainsbury's, why not give it a try - it's an acquired lack-of-taste, the main flavour is the tin it comes in, but you've got very little to lose...at £1.10, it's cheaper than cheap pop!

Ninkasi

NINKASI

...and while I'm blowing any pretentions of being a real beer drinker, I've found a craft beer that's cloudy, too strong, flavoured with fruit...but actually tastes ok!
The Wild Beer Co's 'Ninkasi' is 9% proof, has apple juice in it, is in a silly bottle, only seems to be available from Waitrose and is overpriced - but other than that, it's worth a try

the pretty things

PRETTY THINGS - ON BBC 6MUSIC - TONIGHT!

The Pretty Things are on Mark Riley's BBC 6Music show tonight (July 17)
you should be able to hear them after the event HERE

three steins

THREE STEINS...
THE FdM WORLD CUP COMPETITION IS OVER!

total number of goals scored - 195.
And the winner is... ...Peter Green, who wins a set of Fuchsia double LP test pressings.
Congratulations, Peter, and for the rest of us, there's always 2022.

DON'T PANIC!

Pretty Things at the Half Moon tonight - and yesterday evening I thought it was about time I printed out the e-tickets that I ordered months ago.
No sign of them...anywhere.
Am I sure I booked? Yes. Do I remember getting confirmation? Maybe.
Old-age doubts creep in...various emailed cries for help follow and despair sets in, then a mate emails me back to say he's got them as he ordered them for me!
I really shouldn't be allowed out on my own (and soon won't be)

the past tense past tense singe

PAST IT

Great to catch up with The Past Tense's resident crate-diggers Ken and Andy last night, for the handover of 150 copies of the band's 'Remember The Days' 7", which will be dished out free and completely gratis to everyone at the 16th Dream festival; thanks chaps!

have a panini

STICK IT

one of the kids bought me a Panini World Cup sticker book for my birthday - a serious error of judgement as I am now completely hooked on filling the bloody thing as their inheritance goes out of the window...681 sodding stickers!!!
What a total rip-off, only a fool would fall for this marketing scam, etc, etc...meanwhile, if you have any swaps, please let me know

giant hogweed

THE RETURN OF THE GIANT HOGWEED

best wishes to Sendelica's Pete Bingham, who has been attacked by Giant Hogweeds in his back garden and is in a right old state as a result - get well soon, Pete

World Cup willie rides again

NEARING THE END IN THE WORLD CUP
TIME TO ROLL AROUND IN AGONY

Fruits de Mer Records' World Cup competition has reached the last four games (and by strange coincidence, so has the World Cup).
183 goals scored so far, which might suggest a final total of around 190-210, depending on penalty shoot-outs goals - remember that goals scored in extra time and in penalty shoot-outs will all count towards the final total.
And if all this means nothing to you, well i guess you've not entered the competition in the first place.

ORGANISING A PISS-UP AT TWO BEER FESTIVALS

Two beer festivals within two miles of each other on the same weekend - good planning for starters.
One has been taken over by craft IPA fans, so it's when you CAN see through a pint there's something wrong with it, the other felt a bit like a PTA fund-raiser (with apologies to all PTA members), with the beer tent set up more like a tombola stall.
The world's going to hell in a basket, I tell you.


LIFE ON MARS...

...was the name of the evening entertainment at the hotel we were staying at recently with a few of the kids/grandkids. I was intrigued but not overly hopeful as it was scheduled to follow the kiddies' disco. 'Life On Mars' turned out to be the songs of Bruno Mars, sung by a group led by James Corden with a charisma bypass and Miranda Hart on speed, backed by a Norwegian death metal band, with Robert Plant guesting on rhythm guitar. Now I've been known to have some pretty weird dreams after an evening eating too much cheese, but this was definitely up there and it it was no dream.

HAVE YOU NOTICED...

...a distinct lack of references to Aston Villa in this blog lately? I wonder why...

Rambo Whippy Rambo Whippy close-up

RAMBO WHIPPY?

for some bizarre reason, that's the name given to the ice-cream van we saw the other day.
In some parallel universe, I guess it makes some sort of sense

an FdM sing-song

AN EVENING AT HOME AT FdM TOWERS

Just in case you wondered what Liz and I do to relax between packing and posting records and annual trips to Cardigan...

OssieWorld Cup Willie

FRUITS DE MER'S WORLD CUP COMPETITION

Every four years, we run a World Cup competition (well, we ran one four years ago and now seems as good a time as any to run another one - at least it diverts attention from the England games).
This time, the prize to the winner is a set of two test pressings of the absolutely-essential Fuchsia debut album reissue that we're releasing at the end of July. There are only 10 sets in existence!
The competition is open to everybody - not only FdM club members - but I want to make sure the TPs go to a good home so you must get the first question right to get into the competition proper...
Question 1 - what UK label did Fuchsia's debut album first appear on? (if you're really stuck, you'll be able to find the answer here http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/fuchsia.html )
Question 2 - exactly how many goals will be scored in all this year's World Cup games in total, including extra time goals and penalty shoot-outs (latest betting seems to suggest it will be around 150, but who knows?)
Tie-break Question (if more than one person gets questions 1 and 2 correct) - what will the score be in the Final, at the end of the game after any extra time and penalty shoot-out
Answers to ALL THREE QUESTIONS must be emailed to me by 7pm on Friday - when the Spain v Portugal game kicks off. (If you don't have my email address, it's fruitsdemer7@hotmail.com)
go on, have a go!

chopper bike bike

I'VE GOT A BIKE...

Liz recently said she was thinking of trading in her old car for a pushbike; this seemed like a rather silly idea at the time, but I'm having second thoughts...

if FdM built planes....

IF FdM BUILT PLANES...

...and it would probably arrive in kit form, with a bunch of stickers to apply yourself

OssieFreddie parrot face Davies

NEVER SEEN TOGETHER IN THE SAME ROOM...

...Ossie Ardiles and Freddie parrot face Davies. Draw your own conclusions.

RC winner

THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK

Thanks to Craig Palmer for sending me the link to this mad ebay listing of a savaged Siouxsie And The Banshees LP - the ebayer says the dog really did eat it - you can see for yourself HERE

SF AT SAINSBURYS

First it's SF Sorrow, now Sainsburys have released exclusive coloured vinyl reissues of the first Small Faces LP on Immediate, and Ogdens Nut Gone Flake!
Other than the coloured vinyl, the two releases look extremely dull - single card sleeves, no extras - but you've got to admire the supermarket chain for at least one of their buyers having impeccable taste!
(They've also got The Zombies' classic 'Odessey And Oracle' on colour vinyl, but it's a poor relation to the recent Newbury comics splatter vinyl release)


RC winner

START 'EM YOUNG

One happy winner of a Record Collector magazine LP in RC's lucky draw our 10th birthday gig in Glastonbury. Thanks again to everyone at Record Collector for continuing to support FdM

THE SUN NEVER SETS ON ASTON VILLA....

...but it got pretty gloomy yesterday evening in Wembley. Felt like our team didn't turn up until the second half began and even then we just couldn't keep the momentum going.
Looking on the bright side, if we played like that in the Premiership, we'd get bloody slaughtered every week.

ROXY MUSIC BOX-SET

I had a moan a while back about a 'deluxe' box-set of the first Roxy Music album being released for an outrageous £120+, and not even a sign of vinyl in there; well, I'm pleased to say Amazon now have it on sale for a rather more reasonable £55 (thanks to Craig for spotting this). Not exactly a bargain, but at least it's now worth a look - and you can look at it HERE
NB actually, you can't - looks like the offer's over

me and my shadow

NIL-NIL TO THE VILLA...

...nil-nil to the Villa...etc, etc
after a thrilling 0-0 end-to-end (ok, side-to-side) draw at Villa Park, we're on our way to Wembley for the Championship play-off final against the mighty Fulham (you don't know how long it's been since Villa fans have had anything to get excited about).
I'll be there with my lads Chris and Nick, so be prepared for FdM being offline this weekend while we celebrate/drown our sorrows.
Big weekend for Coventry too (obviously not AS big) but good luck as well to Andy Bracken's team.

marks and sparks

WHO'S FOR SOME LAZY JOURNALISM?

Depressingly shoddy journalism and silly people to been seen on BBC TV this morning (and the odds are the Beeb are the least-worst broadcasters on the subject)...'shoppers' interviewed outside stores that are due to close bemoaning their demise (could it have something to do with you not going inside and spending your money?), other 'shoppers' interviewed ridiculing the stores for having clothes that no-one they know would ever buy (M&S is still the UK's biggest clothing retailer) and the chain's Chief Exec stating they urgently need to up their game online to compete (Primark don't sell online and they seem to be doing ok) - and the BBC interviewer didn't take him to task.
There was a time when journalists would attempt to get under the skin of a story, and TV wouldn't be padded out with pointless voxpops.

now we are 10 now we are 4

NOW WE ARE 10

with thanks to the very silly Steve Hallam, who made a card and a cake for the Glastonbury gig, and to Steve, Kev, Lizzie and Craig for all their help on the day

GLASTONBURY, HERE WE WENT...

Away from the gig, we had a few interesting encounters - with an unbelievably rude pub manager in the George & Pilgrims, a seaside resort where someone had drained the sea away and with a severed hand and DIY vampire-killing kit in our B&B (sadly we missed the lesbian nuns meeting there on Sunday evening). Somehow, being back in Surrey seems a bit tame in comparison.

GLASTONBURY, HERE WE COME...

Sea, sun, sand...who needs them when we've got Tir na nOg, The Honey Pot, Magic Bus and much more to look forward to?

PACKING IT UP

300+ parcels packed and posted in two days, FdM Towers now looks slightly less like the storeroom of a totally-disorganised record shop and a bit more like the home Liz thought we wer esupposed to be living in.
Mind you, as fast as the boxes of Goldfish/Permanent Clear Light vinyl were disappearing from the hall, I was replacing them with more boxes of vinyl and t-shirts for our May 12 gig.
I've promised Liz a brief respite before the July vinyl and 16th Dream goodies arrive


Moloko+ cassette

MOLOKO+ CASSETTES

Just got my copies of the Eggs In Aspic cassette version of the Moloko+ 'Bit The Hand' 7" that we released at the start of the year (it's a long story)
very nice they are, too...hang on, I'm turning into Yoda

WORLD'S WORST...

I'm sure I've volunteered this before but 'The Durrells' has to be the worst primetime 'drama' of the 21st century - ham-acting, dreadful writing - everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves; while I'm on a roll, BBC Radio 5's Dotun Adebayo has to be up for a similar award - I don't think I've ever heard anyone quite so in love with the sound of their own voice on the BBC; I also just sat through most of a dire 90s film called 'The Shadow' - never has a knighted thespian (Ian McKellen) been given less acting to do, when almost anything could have helped drag the film out of the mire.
Moan over, I'd probably kick the cat, if we had one.

Electric Light Orchestra

ELO ELO

I don't really like ELO post-Eldorado - all a bit too safe and radio-friendly - but this double pic disc was only £20 in Sainsburys and I couldn't say no, although I really did try

IF IT AIN'T STIFF...

...while I was in Sainsburys, I noticed they're now selling Viagra as a non-prescription, over-the-counter drug.
Blimey, and I thought they were pushing things by stocking vinyl

THE LORD TAKETH AWAY...AND GIVETH

My new/latest PC blew up yesterday. What is it with me and technology? I reckon it's something to do with me being highly-charged, although Liz says it's because I'm static most of the time.
A bit of a disaster as I don't have a load of stuff backed-up, following a BT Internet disaster (don't ask), so it was a huge relief when some eagerly-awaited print jobs for Glastonbury (ie long-overdue print jobs) turned up later in the day - as I can't get to the artwork to get them printed elsewhere, in any case.

rsd 2018

FLIPPING RSD

If you joined a queue, I hope you got everything you wanted...if you avoid RSD like the plague, I hope you're feeling suitably self-righteous and wealthy this morning...and if you wait for your wants list to appear on ebay or discogs, give it a few days and the prices will tumble(...except for the one you really, really want)

PARANOID AD

One day, The Damned get used for a commercial, next it's Ozzy! Admittedly it's for a Nissan Scrabble Error ...

dont panic

OH NO...DEADLINES

late-April vinyl due to arrive in 10 days time (maybe 12-14!) and then our Glastonbury gig on May 12 - time to get my act together, I suppose (thanks to Fran for the image!)

JET SET

Schizo Fun Addict have a new album coming out on Sugarbush Records later this year - more news on that asap - meanwhile the band's Jet Wintzer is currently working on his version of 'Desert Island Fish', using it as (in his words) "a forum to talk about the first record I ever bought which took me on a journey as a boy into rock and roll mystery and I have never come back from it and never will" - looking forward to it!

FRUITS DE MER ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE RSD 2018 RELEASES

...only joking

Nick Drake more Nick Drake

CURTAINS FOR NICK DRAKE

Well, maybe that'll be next, meanwhile I spotted these being advertised...
The T-shirts? well OK, but Nick Drake hoodies?
Look, I know he was a shy, retiring bloke but hoodies??

tripe

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS

I don't think is a Photoshop job, but even if it is...

NEAT NEAT NEAT AD

Just saw a Heineken commercial that uses the Damned song as its soundtrack - boring ad but a great song, so any excuse to post a link to the band playing it on 'Supersonic' back in the day...

THE LAST POST

Just read a complaint on Facebook about the high charges from one of the UK's leading mail order shops for posting an album and was reminded of the £7+ charge from Rise Above Records for posting a single album. Within the UK, it costs £2.95 via the Royal Mail to post a parcel weighing up to 2kg (that's 4 or more albums); add around £1 for packaging and the rest is a handling charge and/or profit, depending how you look at it (of course, sending a parcel by recorded delivery costs more). But how Amazon Marketplace manages to get the cost of sending an album from the USA to the UK down to £1.26 is one of life's mysteries.

VINYL TO THE PEOPLE?

Interesting little article in the latest issue of Record Collector about a guy called Larry X who has a van with the logo 'The Record People' and apparently drives around setting up a stall flogging rare records, in odd places. Now this sounds like a great idea to me - taking vinyl to the masses - not relying on record fairs, where the clientele tends to be a bit..er...repetitive, or on a 'proper shop' where the running costs are so high.
But I can't find anything about Larry, or The Record People, on the web - can anyone help?

BOX SET PRICING GONE MAD?

I can't make heard or tail of some of the reissue box-set pricing going on at the moment:

Love - Forever Changes 50th anniversary release - 4CD/DVD/LP, plus a 12" x 12" hardbound book - £43.73
Roxy Music - 1st album - 3CD/DVD, plus a 12" x 12" book - £110.25
Yachts - Suffice To Say - 3CD set in a slipcase - £19.99
Spirit - It Shall Be - 5CD set in a clam box - £34.99

- the Love set looks sensibly-priced, the Roxy set outrageously so.
Meanwhile, yesterday HMV in Kingston had the Stones 'Satanic Majesties' 2LP/2CD set on sale in-store for £49.99, compared to £120+ via Amazon.

TWO FLEW OVER...

Thank god there weren't any FdM releases or gigs in the last week or so - Liz has had flu for the last couple of weeks and I've had the man-flu version, which only lasted a week, wasn't half as bad but was still enough to put me right off my beer.
Thank god we haven't got proper jobs

Self Preservation Society

LUSH

Just read that this 3LP set of covers is the responsibility of the boss of LUSH bubble bath stuff - he's a big psych/vinyl fan and it's a bit of a personal obsession/folly...good on yer, mate!
Worth checking out here


RSD2018 RSD2018 RSD2018

RSD OR NOT RSD 2018?

Not, in my case.
Not because of my unswerving, grumpy old git attitude to RSD, (I went along to Resident last year and quite enjoyed it, despite the frostbite) but because we'll not be near a record store.
As usual, there are a handful of releases that are 'must-haves' for me, along with hundreds by artists I've never heard of, or have heard and never want to hear again. But as the novelty of vinyl wears off for a new generation, and the realisation of fake collectibility kicks in, the whole thing will gradually implode like black tulips, classic cars, hedge funds, Jose Mourihno.
But the shame of it isn't that the big record labels are going to kill the goose that laid, etc - that's their problem - but that they're doing such a poor job of appealing to vinyl junkies who'd love to support, or at least forgive RSD its sins, if only they'd do a proper job of issuing/reissuing some great music on vinyl on the day - some of the music that has been jammed onto the end of countless CD reissues, decently packaged, maybe?

MUSIC TO LISTEN TO

I'm beginning to realise that my taste in music is edging even further towards the enjoyable, with only rare trips into the challenging or impressive-for-the-sake-of-it. So it was a very pleasant surprise to find the Tones, Drones and Arpeggios two-part series on BBC 4 and discover a piece I'd heard on Radio 3 the best part of 50 years ago and was amazed by, was 'Piano Phase' by Steve Reich. A link to the BBC progammes is here

PSYCHEDELIC CLASSICS?

Two interesting programmes from the BBC in a week?
Well, any show that begins, "Are these the most psychedelic pieces of classical music?" has to be worth checking out.... here

Hobson's Mild

I'M NOT BITTER

Our local has just put Hobson's Mild on the pump. Only 3.2%, so it makes a session beer seem like barley wine, but the first four pints went down alarmingly quickly and I found myself reminiscing with anyone who'd listen about under-age drinking in the early 70s, when mild was basically the slops - and dirt-cheap too - happy days!

SENDELICA and the SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS

A new album from Sendelica and an old one from the Soft Hearted Scientists (but its first time on vinyl) - just to prove FdM doesn't have a monopoly on vinyl releases....
check them out here and here

Jo and Olivia

"do you think Fruits de Mer will still be going in 10 years time?"

"you must be joking"

(Jo and Olivia show their appreciation and respect for FdM's early efforts)

Self Preservation Society

SELF PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Am I wrong but has this 3LP set sort of escaped rather than being released, rather like an FdM record? And does it has some great covers of tracks from the 60s and 70s? Yes it does.
Worth checking out here

up the Villa

UP YOUR BRUM

Just back from a weekend in Birmingham. Why, you ask? Good question - we went to see the mighty Villa play, but the game was called off about 6 hours before it due due to kick-off, by which time we'd already spent an evening in the throbbing metropolis - Liz took this photo of Broad Street (party central for locals) at 8pm on Friday night


QUORN TO SECRECY

I've just eaten a cold quorn frankfurter; dear god, what mad bastard came up with those, and why didn't someone tell me how disgusting they are, surely there should a warning on the packet?

JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE HEARD EVERYTHING...

...and you're starting to get a bit bored with searching youtube/facebook, you find this...Blue Peter's Valerie Singleton with a song written by Peter Starstedt!
Only marginally more strange than Solomon 'She Wears My Ring' King covering a song by Ramases, backed by 10cc...
...or this Japanese cover of 'Kites' that Todd Dillingham has just sent me!

STICKER THERAPY

I've spent most of the last couple of days printing cover and record labels for the new Moonweevil LP.
There's something quite relaxing and vaguely therapeutic about putting labels on records - or there is for the first 50 discs (there were 150 in total...).
I keep telling myself the arts & crafts movement isn't dead (then I remind myself they're only stickers)

DOC COX

Just remembered a record fair in Guildford many years ago - Doc Cox (aka Ivor Biggun) from 'That's Life' had a stall - nice bloke, I bought a couple of 1960s US acetates by unnamed psych bands from him - I wonder what happened to them (and him, for that matter).

GETTING INTO GARAGE

The new vinyl racks are in place, but I've now got my eye on the garage as I reckon I've bought myself 12 months extra space at best - but least because Liz has told me to get my boxes out of cassettes out of the loft - and they're not going in the dustbin, that's for sure.
Who puts their car in a garage these days, anyway?

SPITALFIELDS FRIDAY MARKETS...

...seem to be the only record fairs in the London area of any size over the next few months. They run on the first and third Friday of the month and are definitely worth the occasional visit (even though whoever owns the market have cut back on the number of pitches available to make space for more bloody fast food stalls

A WEIGHTY ISSUE

140gm vs 180gm pressings (or even 200) - does it make any difference to sound quality? Although I've tended to follow the trend towards 180, the pressing plant I usually use tell me there's no sound difference (except perhaps slightly less risk of warping); they do say there's less risk of background noise by sticking to black vinyl - but I ignore that advice too

MOAN ON THE MONTH...PART 2

...record dealers who cram the boxes of vinyl so tightly, it's impossible to browse through them.
Next month, old men who complain about the most trivial of things...

THE TRAPPINGS OF FAME

What is the fascination we have with the lives of our heroes? Years ago, walking round Bob Marley's old home in Kingston I could hardly contain my derision when the guide said proudly, "...and this was Bob's food mixer"; I read in Mojo the other day that Neil Young had auctioned off a load of stuff, including a bunch of spare fuses, which sold for $50; and yet...a few weeks ago, Liz and I stood outside the wholly unexceptional terraced houses John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up in, as part of a bus tour, and found it all strangely moving

alshire

I SAID, SHE SAID, AH CID: THE EXPLOITO PSYCH WORLD OF ALSHIRE RECORDS

a new 3CD set from Cherry Red/Graprefruit, documenting the Alshire label's warped/bargain basement version of psychedelia. I was going to recommend it as the first CD is excellent - featuring The Animated Egg and 101 Strings; but it doesn't so much go downhill as drop off a cliff from there, and comes to a less-then-earth-shattering conclusion on CD3 with a young lady having an asthma attack while listening to the theme to 'The Love Boat' while a cricket rubs its legs together half-heartedly in the background; don't believe me?
...good booklet, mind

MOAN ON THE MONTH...

...grown-ups who ride their bicycles on the pavement - they're a menace and it shouldn't be allowed (unless they still need stabilizers). Next month, grown men on push-along scooters...


BRUTAL KUK, ANYONE?

When I went down to pick up the test pressings for Ilona V's four track EP yesterday, I was in for a big surprise...Ilona had turned into Brutal Kuk, a Norwegian death metal band (the translation of their name is pretty literal).
The real Ilona TPs will arrive next week, meanwhile, are there any fans of Brutal Kuk out there....?

FREE FOR A FIVER

Just picked up a 3CD 'best of Free' set for £5 in Sainsburys. I was never a big fan - too heavy on the vocals for me at the time - but at that price, i'm prepared to give them another chance

THERE COMES A TIME IN EVERY VINYL-OBSESSIVE'S LIFE...

...when their shelves simply can't cope with any more vinyl; there is, of course, only one answer - stop buying records until you've been through what you have, clearing out all those albums and singles you never play, don't know why you bought them, simply never play...
...only joking, the new shelves arrive in a couple of weeks' time

carapace

CURSES, FOILED AGAIN

once again, FdM's original thinking proves to be far from it...Jeff Newman recently picked up a copy of the White EP and noticed our incredibly witty use of beetles on the inside cover - only he'd done the same thing about six years earlier with a mix CD he'd put together!

R2

MORE SELF-PUBLICITY

the new issue of R2 includes a monthly feature called 'Read The Label', and this month the label is...
Yes, I've been the chance to tell the world (R2 readers, anyway) how wonderful FdM is - and I've never been one to turn down the opportunity

the greatest

..AND THEN TO SOUTHPORT

...to share in FdM club mate Pete Banahan's 70th birthday bash - thanks Pete!
A quick namecheck for Southport's vinyl emporium Quicksilver - well worth a visit.
It would have been a great weekend had Pete not included in his guided tour of Southport a visit to the strip of beach where Red Rum used to be trained. I could explain how Red Rum robbed the finest horse ever to grace Aintree of the adulation he deserved in the 1973, but I'd end up weeping into my pc, so I won't

not the beatles

GOING UP THE 'POOL

OK, wrong 'pool but we had a great couple of days in Liverpool - Beatles museum, Magical Mystery Tour bus, Beatles tribute band in the Cavern - all oddly moving for an old cynic like me, has any band anywhere created a legacy like this?

OPEN 24/7...BUT NOT EVERY DAY

Our latest jaunt - up North - started with the great sight of the 24/7 greasy-spoon outside Waterloo shuttered up (open again today, though)

16th dream festival

WE'VE MADE IT BIG IN RC

The latest issue of Record Collector includes a great big colour ad promoting our summer festival - part of the magazine's annual sponsorship of the event (thank you, RC).
I hope you've booked your tickets by now!

HAPPY MAHOGANY TO ALL DYSLEXICS

(sorry about that)
We're back from seeing in the New Year in Edinburgh - as holiday resorts go, it was cold, wet, windy and the tide went out a long way - but it did have lots of real pubs and real beer. Visited a couple of the record shops but came away empty-handed - they're worth checking out and I was tempted to return to one of them to part with some cash on our final morning but I thought better of it as the guy running it couldn't even be bothered to manage a, "morning" when I entered an empty shop and tried to start a conversation (we're all in this together, you know).

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