Good Thing

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.

Good Thing

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.

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Why Why Why

Back to it this morning- early start, work clothes, motorway etc etc. It’s all a bit of a shock after two weeks off.

This Leo Mas and Fabrice version of The Woodentops’ Why Why Why is one way to ease the pain and lessen the blow. Eight minutes of sun dappled groove.

Why Why Why (Balearic Militant Dub)

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Adrian Sherwood did a superb remix of Why Why Why by The Woodentops, dancefloor and dub friendly. It was on The Woodentops Imaginary Compilation Album series over at The Vinyl Villain at the start of April. Rolo McGinty’s group usually get referred to as indie-dance pioneers and that seems to be true enough, although their indie-dance sound doesn’t really sound anything like what the phrase ‘indie dance’ summons up. They crossed over to the Balearic scene in the mid-to-late 80s, the fast acoustic guitars and experimental nature of Why Why Why moving feet and minds. This Tony Johns and Dave Boreham version sounds really fresh.

Why Why Why (Balearic re-edit)

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Why Why Why by The Woodentops took frenetic, acoustic guitar led indie rock into the acid house scene in the mid-to-late 80s, epitomising the anything goes attitude coming out of the clubs. This was generally a good thing, although as Mr Weatherall pointed out in the Primal Scream documentary a couple of weeks ago ‘ I went from dancing to Throbbing Gristle to dancing to Chris Rea’. This is a live version taken from the Balearic Beats compilation and is well worth several minutes of your time.