Thelonious Monk – ‘Hankensack’ b/w ‘Bye-Ya’ (AAG 172) (1963)

SAM_0758Monk revisits a pair of classics adding a more pronounced R&B flavour to this relatively late single, uncoupled from the Monk’s Dream Lp, purchased from Age Concern in Folkestone for a quid.

Published in: on September 18, 2015 at 11:58 am  Leave a Comment  

The Attractions – Mad About the Wrong Boy (XXLP8)/Steve Nieve – Theme Music From the Film ‘Outline of a Hairdo’ (COMB1) (1980)


SAM_0751Graphic designer Barney Bubbles runs amok on this ‘solo’ Lp by Elvis Costello’s Attractions. Would that such an exceptionally weak ‘new wave’ record merited our Colin’s over-the-top efforts. Simply put, it’s as poorly sung and written an album as anyone with as much talent as the Attraction possess that you’re likely to hear–truly, the band’s abilities lie elsewhere. SAM_0750An overload of visual japes and absurdity abound.SAM_0752Kookiness and kitsch in ample portions.SAM_0754Steve Nieve assembles a phalanx of keyboards, enough to gag Rick Wakeman, for this instrumental faux soundtrack ep included with the (already generously packed 16 track) album. Fans of EC’s ‘Shot With His Own Gun’ et al. will recognise Nieve’s opulent Romantic style; he never met a glissando he didn’t like. Note that Bubbles appropriates the pianist’s image from the near-contemporary Get Happy!!!SAM_0755
SAM_0753Without vocals to distract, the ep is the slightly better bet.

But for fans of both Bubbles’ work and of paying £1 for their records in Folkestone, this package will do nicely.

Published in: on September 13, 2015 at 2:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Haynes Boys – ‘Maryhaven Family’ b/w ‘Out of This World’ (WR002) (1994)

SAM_0700Ultra-rare piece of 90s 7″ vinyl Americana. Not thrifted, but part of my collection. In fact, I was responsible for this single’s bass playing and sleeve. I post this, not merely to blow my own trumpet (or, indeed, pluck my own bass), but to announce a short hiatus from Thrifty V while I go over to the States to play a few shows in celebration of (and to shift a few units of) the vinyl re-issue of the Haynes Boys’ debut Lp, previously only available on cd. The physical album is released on 23rd June and will also be there for the taking on iTunes (not that Thrifty Vinyl readers care about that sort of thing).SAM_0701

Any Thrifty readers in Columbus, Ohio next week are encouraged to check us out. International types are encouraged to like ‘n’ share details on the Facebooks: https://www.facebook.com/HaynesBoys?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Liner notes for the Lp are here: http://www.re-vinylrecords.com/haynes-boys.html

End of commercial.

Published in: on June 17, 2015 at 8:16 am  Leave a Comment  

“It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” b/w “Through The Lonely Nights” (RS 19114) (1974)

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While I love the Stones’ famous apologia on the a-side, it was the non-Lp flip that caught my attention here and a fine county-style ballad it is too. Given it’s overall sound (esp. Mick T’s prominent ‘wah-wah’ guitar) and the fact that it was co-produced by Jimmy Miller, I wonder if “Lonely Nights” is from an earlier session, possibly those for Goat’s Head Soup; it made a much later appearance on the exceptionally feeble Rarities 1971-2003 compilation.  Many thanks to “Sue” for donating this to charity.

Published in: on January 16, 2015 at 10:18 am  Comments (1)  

Rolling Stones – “C***ksucker Blues” b/w “Brown Sugar (alt. version)” (SPE 4504)

SAM_0465AREA HIPSTER UNSURE WHETHER OR NOT TO LIKE ROLLING STONES

(Columbus, Ohio) — Faced with the band’s varied and contradictory cultural signifiers, Clintonville hipster Cyril Hogben is not sure whether or not he should like the Rolling Stones.

“Well, for a start, they’re really popular,” explained the part-time OSU journalism master’s student. “Normally, this would mean the kiss of death for the hipster, but we’re a contrary breed and so, I could actually like the Rolling Stones precisely because they’re popular.”

“There are also some desperately mediocre lowlights in the band’s canon,” he continued. “I’m thinking of things like, “Where The Boys Go”, “She Was Hot”, Dirty Work, that sort of thing; which I could easily like because they’re so bad. Unfortunately, there are also many, many assuredly great songs and albums, which I could only appreciate with fulsome genuineness, an emotion anathema to the moral relativist.”

Further complications arise from the Stones changing sartorial style: “They dressed so fantastically trendily during their first flush of success in the mid-1960s that it’s impossible not to love (or dismiss as calculated) their look,” Hogben stated. “Likewise, they looked so ridiculously tragic during most of the 80s that it’s similarly hard not to love (or dismiss as calculated) that look.”

When it comes to the band’s behavior, hipster judgement is also vexed, alternating between revulsion, admiration and moral detachment. The average hipster just doesn’t know what to think regarding the Rolling Stones’ drug use, authority flouting, establishment embracing, misogyny, professionalism, lack of professionalism, blues championing, money grubbing and staying power.

“If only the Stones were really unpopular and bad, like, say, Mick Jagger’s solo albums,” smiled Hogben. “Ironically, those are some records I can get behind ironically.”

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Editor’s note: I was given this charming contractual obligation piece about life in the big city a couple years. It is, of course, nonsense. I thought the b-side featured Eric ” ‘God’ ” Clapton on lead gi-tar, but other sources say it’s Ry Cooder.

Published in: on July 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm  Comments (2)  

Billy Bremner Singles

SAM_0452NOW AND ALWAYS – The World News Roundup Geared Towards Fans of Rockpile

  • The World Cup is coming to a climax with the semi-final between Brazil and Germany set for tomorrow. There is, of course, something of a pall cast over the clash due to Brazilian striker Neymar’s absence due to injury. Interestingly, while Rockpile, nor any of its members, had chart hits in Brazil, the band had a huge cult following in West Germany, appearing at Hamburg’s Markthalle convention centre on 12th January, 1980. Go Jerries, we say!
  • NOW AND ALWAYS has the unfortunate task of reporting the death of American Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester. Winchester’s songs, according to Nick Lowe protégé Elvis Costello, were “as enduring as resonant as any produced by his early 70s contemporaries.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick at this difficult time. Keep your pecker up, Basher!
  • Following the recent buildup in tension between Israel and Palestine, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas promised that Israel will “pay a tremendous price” after eight militants were killed overnight in Gaza. We are nonetheless pleased to report that Nick, Dave, Billy and Terry are nowhere near the West Bank at the moment and, fingers crosses, will remain safely out of harm’s way. Stay safe, boys!
  • Former Afghan finance minister Ashraf Ghani is leading the race to replace Hamid Karzai as president of the embattled country, according to preliminary results. The Afghan election commission has stated that Mr Ghani won 56.44% of votes cast in the 14 June second round, while his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, had 43.56%. Oddly, both have remained tight-lipped about who’s made better solo albums, Nick Lowe or Dave Edmunds. So NOW AND ALWAYS will have to sit on the fence for this one!

SAM_0453Apologies to Viz.

Published in: on July 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm  Comments (2)  

Nick Lowe – “Halfway To Paradise” b/w “I Don’t Want the Night To End” (BUY 21) (1977)

SAM_0434FACEBOOK, TWITTER IN MELTDOWN AS MILLIONS POST TRIBUTES TO SONGWRITER THEY’D NEVER PREVIOUSLY HEARD OF OR WERE ONLY DIMLY AWARE

(Columbus, Ohio) – Facebook reported temporary shutdowns today as hundreds of millions of ill- or partially-informed members posted mawkish tributes to Gerry Goffin, a lyricist of whom 99.97% had no or, at best, passing knowledge, who has died age 75.

“So sad about Jerry [sic] Goffin,” wrote Evagirl92 of the songwriter who hadn’t had a hit since 1989. “Ull b mist bae.”

Local Columbus songwriter and folk musician Tom Fox Tweeted enthusiastic praise, writing that wordsmith “Goffing [sic] was a legend in our business” who “had a sweet way with melody.” This brought to a total of one the number of times in his life Fox had made mention of Carole King’s former songwriting partner.

Coincidentally, Eric Weiss updated his Facebook status with a YouTube link to Nick Lowe’s endearing cover of Goffin/King’s “Halfway To Paradise” to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of a Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit show he saw at the Cleveland Agora.

Published in: on June 20, 2014 at 8:59 am  Comments (2)  

Patti Smith – “Because the Night” b/w “God’s Peed” (ARIST 181) (1978)

SAM_0432YOU ARSK, YOU ANSWER                                                           Thrifty Vinyl’s Interactive Trivia and Advice Page — Today it’s Patti v Patty and Smith v Smyth

Last week, an anonymous reader wrote to Thrifty Vinyl complaining that she couldn’t remember the difference between ’70s artistic New York singer-songwriter and poet Patti Smith and ’80s videogenic New York singer-songwriter and actress Patty Smyth. We asked readers if they could tell the difference and, if so, how. We were literally deluged with e-mails, so, with apologies to those whose letters we didn’t print, we present a small sampling of the scores of responses we received.  

  • …the obvious distinction of the ‘i’ and the ‘y’ denoting the ‘i’ phoneme in the respective ladies’ surnames always reminds me that ‘Y’ is the first letter of ‘you’, as if ‘You cannot be serious!’ which, as we all know, is the petulant catchphrase of tennis star John McEnroe, who is, wait for it…Patty Smyth’s husband. — Mary Smoked-Trout, Glyndebourne
  • …clearly, Patti Smith is an anagram of ‘Tim, pat this’ while Patty Smyth reveals ‘Ty, tap myths’ when jumbled. Easy as you like. — Peter Manorhousegrey, Edinburgh
  • …the iconic photograph of Robert Mapplethorpe on the cover of the Lp Horses is of one or the other of the two women, I think. —Karen Catspaw, Truro
  • …back in my day, we had a school yard chant to tell them apart. It went: ‘Patti with an ‘i’ wrote a song with The Boss/But Patty with the ‘y’ couldn’t give a toss/Alas her solo career couldn’t hold a candle/To her MTV band that she called Scandal’. — Candy Matchstick, Crewe. 
  • …like all women, I tell them apart by which one I’d shag. — Bob Ammonite, Teddington.

We hope that clears things up. Next week’s challenge comes from Anna Mole’s-Breath of Exeter. She asks, “What’s the difference between blues guitarists Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King? By the way, I’m not a racist, I can tell some black people apart.” Good luck with that one readers. 

SAM_0433Editor’s Note: this is Thrifty Vinyl’s 750th post.

Published in: on June 19, 2014 at 8:57 am  Comments (3)  

Bobby Darin – “Reason To Believe” b/w “The Girl That Stood Beside Me”

SAM_0424Darin was a swinging cat in the 50s, and yet his transformation to 60s hipster still made sense; witness, his cover of Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe” on the A of this single. The folky flipside must be one of the weirdest things to come out of that weird time. What is that Velvet Underground racket in the background? Hear here.

I’m a sucker for Atlantic stuff, ‘specially if it’s only 50p.

Published in: on June 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Rolling Stones – “Start Me Up” b/w “No Use In Crying” (RS 21003) (1981)


SAM_0402One of the last great pieces of sexist Stones iconography, though I’m having difficulty putting my finger on exactly what constitutes “sexist” here. It just seems wrong somehow. Anyhow, the image originally appeared on the inner sleeve of what is generally regarded as their last great (or acceptable, depending on your level of worship) album, Tattoo YouSAM_0403Tattoo You was a big deal at the time. After the success of Some Girls, 1980’s Emotional Rescue had been something of a disappointment (though I still rate at least half of it), despite being their first UK #1 Lp since 1973. The band chose not to tour behind ER, unlike Some Girls, so, despite nearly two decades as the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band®, it kinda felt like make or break time career-wise. Fortunately for them, Tattoo You delivered and with “Start Me Up”, they had their last great signature song. I picked this up last weekend for 50p–still sounds boss, as does the bluesier B.SAM_0404Apart from Mick ‘n’ Keith, none of the other Stones appear on the cover of Tattoo You; they’d tried a similar stratagem with Goat’s Head Soup, though on that one at least Bill, Charlie and Mick T. featured in the inner gatefold. Interesting for an act whose demeanor is so tied up with the notion of being a band, or better, a gang, that they promoted themselves as a two-man show.SAM_0405I got the Tatto You patch around 1981; however, it wasn’t sewn onto the obligatory Levis Jean Jacket until years later when Mrs Asbo did the honours. My youngest son rocks it these days.

Published in: on June 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm  Comments (1)