Youths Boogie

This fantastic compilation came out back in June- fifteen songs from when Jamaican dancehalls rocked to the sounds of US influenced r’n’b, just about to turn ska. On some of the songs the guitars are just beginning to get that ska-ska-ska in place. The rhythms clearly have that Jamaican skank but with the unmistakeable sound of Black American music coming through the radio, spreading to the sound systems and then getting shoved around a bit. Horns all over the show. Well worth a tenner of your hard earned (or a fiver if you d/l it at emusic or somewhere similar). This one is by Owen Gray.

Please Let Me Go

The Torch

This documentary was on BBC2 the other night, a very good look at the Northern Soul scene, plenty of people young and old flying the flag and, yes, keeping the faith.

Saturday Night Live

New Order live in Barcelona from 1984, audio only but what a great performance and superb sound quality straight from the mixing desk. It’s also an almost perfect circa 84 setlist, including Your Silent Face, Lonesome Tonight, Ceremony, a rare appearance for Skullcrusher, Age Of Consent, Blue Monday and Everything’s Gone Green. Here are the young men (and woman).

Audrey Two Hundred

Two people (Drew and my Nuremburg based brother) have pointed me towards this recently which I had seen but hadn’t posted- and it turns out this is my two hundredth Andrew Weatherall related post (which accounts for about 10% of my output, ridiculous really). So sit back for eighteen minutes and watch a revealing interview with the man with the beard in his bunker, chatting, smoking and producing a linocut.

In two days Boxnet will be back and I can start putting some mp3s back up. I can”t be arsed faffing about with Mediafire this morning so it’s video only.

Car Song

I’m foregoing the rockabilly tonight. I just got in a while back having spent an hour and a half standing on the hard shoulder of the M60 with a VW Polo that went kaput while joining it from the M61. I was towed home eventually and now have the hassle and cost of trying to get it diagnosed or fixed tomorrow. Bollocks to it.

This song is from 1995 by thieving magpies and indie heart throbs Elastica, in which they make cars sound a whole lot sexier than watching them from behind the barrier on the M60 is. As for the video, I have no idea.


A while back this caused a brief spike in internet traffic and Twitter buzz- Dolly Parton’s Jolene slowed down from 45rpm to 33. It is really rather good.

Mediafire continues to cause problems- they don’t send a message or anything, just slap a big letter C for Copyright Protected on the file at my end so it can’t be downloaded. The Prisonaires last Friday and Wendy and Lisa got hit straight away but the Orb didn’t. I don’t know how they do it or what qualifies. I’m hoping this one might get through but can’t guarantee it- Irma Thomas’s Breakaway at 33, all bluesy and gravelly.

Breakaway (33rpm)

Audio Ammunition

I don’t know if you’re getting bored of all the Clashery round here and elsewhere (and you really shouldn’t be, it’s The Clash) but this has gone up on Youtube recently in five parts, one part for each album. Mick, Paul and Topper interviewed recently together and Joe from Don Lett’s Westway To The World documentary back in the early 00s. Brought to you in association with Google Play I’m afraid (‘give me Honda, give me Sony, so cheap and real phoney’). But that’s the way of the world now isn’t it.


Intrepid explorer Ernest Shackleton would possibly listen to this piece of sun-drenched, meaty, uplifting dance music from Simon Shackleton and think ‘What the bloody blazes is this nonsense?’ But after a few listens, sitting back on the deck of the Endevour with his crew, his pipe in hand and his docking station pumped right up, he’d be converted.

You can get an edit of it here for free.

William It Was Really Early Electrobeat

There isn’t much information to go on with William Onyeabor. In the early 80s he recorded several albums of electro-Afrobeat which have recently been compiled and re-released (on Luaka Bop). It is the sunniest, funkiest, most groundbreaking Nigerian music I’m going to be posting this week. William doesn’t talk about his music making past, presumably due to his conversion to Christianity. He also has been crowned a high chief in Enugu and lives as a successful businessman working on government contracts and running a flour mill. It says here.

Monday Mix

A lovely podcast mix thingy from, yup- no surprises here- Mr Weatherall. It’s in a similar vein to the one from the Green Man last month- starts with The Pastels and Julian Cope and a lot of low key tomfoolery, has that remix of Moby and Wayne Coyne (song of the autumn round these parts), The Fall, some rock ‘n’ roll, some kosmische and some Afrobeat. Getting Monday off to an eclectic, left-of-centre, generally forward thinking start.