Category Archives: Classics

Optimo Top 10

Off to Optimo tonight for the first time in nearly 10 years. We won’t leave it so long next time, chaps. In celebration – a quick and dirty top 10 of Optimo classics I’m hankering to hear later this evening… … Continue reading

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Heatwave, Boogie Nights

One of the very best things about BBC FOUR is Friday night music night, where alongside a generally excellent selection of music documentaries and live footage they feature Top Of The Pops* and Old Grey Whistle Test episodes from the … Continue reading

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Fairey Band, What Time Is Love

I’ve already raved on these pages about the wondrous Fairey Band and their Acid Brass. Londoners are in for a treat tomorrow as the Fairey Band and Jeremy Deller bring Acid Brass to the old Olympic Park for the Open … Continue reading

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Records I love: Jumpin’, Original Full Length Classics From The Disco Underground

Every vinyl collector has a trusty stash of ‘solid gold’ records. NB: I refer to those records that are so loved as to be rarely far from the turntable, as opposed to the Solid Gold Hits compilations of the 70s … Continue reading

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All hail Nicky Siano

I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as hyped about a gig as I am for tomorrow night. If there’s a disco heaven, then the RBMA v Lovebox special is definitely spinning a tune or 10 inside those pearly gates. … Continue reading

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Grace Jones, Warm Leatherette

The Normal’s Warm Leatherette is an(other) All-Time Favourite™ which quite frankly I never thought could be made ‘funky’, but Grace proves me wrong. As usual.

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Paul Simon, I Know What I Know

This Sunday we’re off to see Paul Simon at Hyde Park, reprising Graceland in all its glory 25 years on. I can’t even begin to put into words the impact Graceland had on me. Almost every family car trip from age 11 onwards was made to the accompani… Continue reading

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Talking Heads, Psycho Killer (Greg Wilson edit)

Never my favourite Talking Heads song, but hearing the Greg Wilson edit played by the man himself the other night (poor sound notwithstanding) made me stop, reconsider – and dance, damn it. Enhanced crowd noises are us. Continue reading

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Harry Thumann, Underwater

I paid a fortune for this 12″ in a small West End record shop in Glasgow back in 2004. Worth every penny though – it’s an EPIC tune, although it’s definitely not something you could bust out at every party… It is something Optimo could bust out … Continue reading

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Liquid Liquid, Optimo

BEST. TRACK. EVER. Continue reading

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