All The Pretty Horses…

Randy & Earl’s Old Record Club
February 24, 2007, 6:03 pm
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The friend I run PROD with – Jared / Ouchmonkee – and I have spent the last couple of festival seasons playing early morning slots in the grand ole Pussy Parlure – playing quiet jazz, soul, country, gospel etc to the comedown kids. It’s a lovely way to start the day and some of my favourite DJing.

 Anyway, having called it Lovely Mornings amongst other things, we’re kinda rebranding ourselves as Randy & Earl’s Old Record Club.

And I’ve got to thinking about whether it would actually work as a club proper. The basic idea would be to cover a wide spread of music you either don’t get to hear played out or is played at specialist clubs with a fairly narrow remit.

If we ran the club somewhere like Brixton (definitely South London anyway) maybe quarterly – not too often, definitely – and played this sort of thing:

  • Motown and Stax Soul
  • swing / R&B (both in the old sense – Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Big Joe Turner, that sort of thing)
  • rock’n’roll
  • Ska, rocksteady and early reggae
  • gospel
  • country / country soul
  • and a smattering of 60s groovy mod / beat / jazz / psych / garage stuff

and artists like
Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Cab Calloway, The Skatalites, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Charlie Feathers, The Staple Singers, The Three Louis’ – Armstrong, Prima & Jordan, Johnny Cash, Dr John, Lee Perry, Dean and Frank, Marsha Hunt, Sugar Pie Desanto, Sam Cooke, Alton Ellis, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Hot Club of Cowtown, George Jones,  Royal Crown Revue, James Carr, Bobby Gentry, Georgie Fame, Allen Toussaint, Prince Buster


I wonder if it would work? I mean, if a club was offering this kind of thing i’d definitely go along. There’s a few places – Coast To Coast  (ska and soul) and some of the country clubs springs to mind – where you’ll get some of the same stuff, but never all of it. And I think it would be great.

It would have to be the right venue on the right night. Doesn’t have to be a big place with lots of people dancing, but a nice atmosphere and the potential for dancing as the night picked up (I can’t think of anything better than dancing to Arte Bella, Ode To Billie Joe, Jump Jive & Wail and Soul Finger all in a row. )

So I’m kind of canvassing opinion. Use the comments box, or email me (it’s dubversion and it’s a gmail address… ) and let me know your thoughts and suggestions, and if you know of somewhere you think it might work, even better. We’d also do one offs if you’re getting married or having a party or something!!


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if you build it Lee they will come. I think it sounds ace. how about some Creadance though, I reckon that could work. some paul simon maybe..

Comment by Annie

Hello Annie! Why don’t you start a blog about your Adventures in Towns Without Cars? Will they have computers where you’re going? Actually are you there yet….?

I’d go to your club, Lee – you wouldn’t give me a choice. Still think it would work better somewhere where it’s more about drinking than dancing. Only cowpeople can dance to country without irony.

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