Daniele Patucchi “Susan theme” (1970)

We simply had to write a brief post about this truly beautiful Italian soundtrack single from the Turin tunesmith, Daniele Patucchi, released in 1970.


Despite scoring over 50 soundtracks, there is scant information available on the 75 year old Daniele Patucchi. This beautiful single is taken from the soundtrack to the film, Così Così…Più Forte, which was released in 1970.

The film is about two young women, Lisa and Susan, who fall in love in Rome. A man named Fred enters the fray and Susan cheats on Lisa with Fred. Jealousy, whisky, arguments and police intervention ultimately results in collective suicide in a car crash.

The single was released in 1970 on the CAM label with a catalogue number; AMP 80.

Susan theme – the A-side, a very erotic scat, bossa theme with vocals by Edda dell’Orso.

Fred Love theme is the B-side. Wonderful summery bossa with sultry, breathy female la la las.


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Aldous Harding. Party

Bauhaus. The sky’s gone out

Cat Power. Covers record

Cocteau Twins. Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a shallow bay

Cocteau Twins. Treasure

Dead can Dance. Dead can Dance

Dead can Dance. Spleen and ideal

Dizzie Rascal. Boy in da corner

Jungle. For ever

Kim Gordon. No home record

Parquet Courts. Sunbathing animal

Pixies. Bossa nova

Pixies. Doolittle

Stereolab. Peng!

The Strokes. Is this it?

The Birthday Party. Junkyard

The Breeders. Last splash

The Fall. This nations saving grace.

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80s Hip Hop – a top 10

Back in the 1980s, American Hip Hop really captured the imagination of Strand Records‘ Dave. In fact, as the photo below shows, he fancied himself as a bit of a B-Boy with his Kangol hat, Darryl ‘Run DMC‘ Mc Daniels’ glasses, Campri ski jacket, adidas trackie and sneakers.


For folks of Dave’s pedigree, there had been some limited exposure to American rap music very early in the 1980s, via records such as Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight (1979), Kurtis Blow – The Breaks (1980), Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (1982) , Afrika Bambaataa – Planet rock (1982), Melle Mel – White lines (1983), etc. Famously, there had also been Debbie Harry’s rap in Blondie’s Rapture from 1980.

But, it was from c.1986 that rap really started to hit home with many more music listeners in Britain. Dave’s top ten reflects this particular era of rap. The sound seemed to get a bit edgier and urgent somehow. Of course, any Hip Hop top 10 of that era could be made up of Public Enemy records alone but in the interest of variety . . .

  1. South Bronx – Boogie Down Productions (1987)
  2. Saturday night – Schoolly D (1986)
  3. Public Enemy no.1 – Public Enemy (1987)
  4. Follow the leader – Eric B. & Rakim (1988)
  5. My philosophy – KRS1 & Boogie Down Productions (1988)
  6. Jack the Ripper – LL Cool J (1988)
  7. Express yourself – N.W.A. (1989)
  8. Peter Piper – Run DMC (1986)
  9. Paul Revere – Beastie Boys (1986)
  10. Kool Keith housing things – Ultramagnetic MCs (1988)

So there we have it, all tracks from 1986-1989. By c.1990 onwards, American rap seemed to increasingly move into a rather formulaic ‘gangsta’ direction and some of the inventiveness of the mid-late 80s seemed to get lost, although artists such as Ice Cube continued to offer challenging beats for a while and clearly Dr Dre/Snoop caused quite a stir. For Dave, the glory days had past and he hung his Kangol hat up for good. It should be mentioned though that 1980s respect is also due to various tracks by Stetsasonic, Ice T, Spoonie Gee, The Jungle Brothers, EPMD, De la Soul, Mantronix, Big Daddy Kane, Original Concept, etc. Manchester’s Ruthless Rap Assassins also deserve a mention for hip hop this side of ‘the pond’.

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Interpol – Turn on the bright lights

Libertines – Up the bracket

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Working in a Stoke record shop (early 90s)

Hot on the heels of our Growing up in Stoke’s record shops post, friend of Strand Records, Jayne Taylor, talks about hearing vinyl for the first time, buying records in Stoke-on-Trent and working for Replay Records . . .

Replay 2

My first encounter with vinyl was terrifying! I must have been around five or six years of age. I was idly flicking through my dad’s record collection when I encountered a Leo Sayer vinyl . . . I remember being absolutely traumatised by the cover . . . it would appear that poor little Leo had sat on a drawing pin judging by the pained expression on his face and as a result he’d been catapulted 50 feet in the air. (Endless Flight . . . Google it . . . I dare you).  Editor’s note: no need Jayne, here it is for you to enjoy all over again!

Leo Sayer

I put it on the turntable of our Alba radiogram, which was basically  the size of an Hillman Imp, and dropped the needle on the record. To my utter joy and delight, I discovered that Leo sounded just like my then heroes, The Smurfs . . . my joy however was extremely short-lived as my dad thundered into the room and told me I was playing his musical hero, Leo on the wrong speed and with the flick of a switch my blue and white heroes had been transformed into something which I told my dad, “sounded a bit rubbish” . . . with utter indignation he snatched the record off the turntable and told me never to listen to Leo again . . . not that there was much danger of that!

The months rolled by and, aged 7, I decided The Smurfs were for kids and fuelled by my older brother’s love of all things Punk and New Wave, I embarked upon my lifelong irrevocable musical obsession. Age ten, I bought my first ever single “The Model” by the peerless Kraftwerk . . . I dashed home to play it, not before staking my claim on it by writing my name on the back in biro like we all did way back when . . . why did we do that? It still hurts when I look at it!

Anyway, hundreds of trips to Woolies to peruse and obsess over the Top 75 singles racks followed and fast forward to the Autumn of 1990 when I landed myself the absolute dream job of Sales Assistant at Replay Records. On my first day my then boss probably wondered what the hell she’d landed herself with when she found me nose deep in a box of fresh vinyls inhaling deeply like some kind of plastic pervert but the stuff is pure magic right? Don’t look at me like that!

Replay 1

Anyway, moving swiftly on . . . head honcho Bryan, Replay’s founder, CEO and all round smashing fella had four shops when I began working there. Longton, Hanley, Macclesfield and finally the nerve centre of the operation, Tunstall, which stood proud on the High Street for many years. I worked at three of the four shops spending most of my time at the small but perfectly formed Hanley branch. Hanley at that period in time was awash with record shops, there was Mike Lloyd Music, Lotus, Our Price, Discs and of course the chain stores such as Woolies and WH Smith that had huge record departments (was it just me or were all the CDs and vinyls from Woolies in really poor nick like they’d been stored in sandpaper sleeves or something?). What we lacked in size we made up for with our boundless enthusiasm, passion and dedication to providing a first rate personal customer service and we did a stunning trade with the, “If I hum it/sing it to you, can you tell me what it is and sell it to me?” peeps, which was always great fun.

We sold mainly chart stuff but had a good selection of most genres . . . O.K, maybe we fell a bit short with the Pirate Metal,Wizard Rock and German Reggae but we could have ordered it in for you. We stocked the legendary Top 75 hit parade back when the charts were a big deal and you could still own a beautiful piece of plastic for mere pocket money but the humble vinyl 45 was by now facing stiff competition from both the CD single and the cassette single. This was way before the internet so we did a huge trade in ordering stuff in for people . . . we had a huge red book, a rather impressive tome which closely resembled the one grasped by Eamonn Andrews on This Is Your Life. It was the absolute bible of all things music and contained the catalogue number of every single UK music release since the charts began in 1952. This is where you’d have to source your catalogue numbers for the customer orders . . . it all seems so dated now. The tome was so heavy you’d pretty much risk some sort of wrist injury each time you lugged it up onto the counter and of course you’d have to have smaller add on versions every few months containing all the latest releases.

Jason, my then boss, loved his techno and rave choons and we did a steady trade selling 12 inches to the young ravers who’d park up their VW Golf GTIs and XR3is outside the shop wanting their vinyl fix . . . happy, happy days.

It’s hard to believe but by Autumn 1991 vinyl sales of albums had been completely eclipsed by CDs and cassettes and we actually stopped selling vinyl albums altogether. A sad day indeed but fear not vinyl, you will rise again like a phoenix from the ashes . . . and you did!

Always a sucker for a gimmick me, and we sold them by the bucket load. Who remembers the 10 inch single? 3 inch mini CD single? CD singles in tins? Vinyl of all colours of the rainbow, limited editions, numbered editions, novelty packaging of every description, singles in plastic sleeves full of glitter and the one that sticks in my mind was the Divinyls, “I Touch Myself“. A CD single containing X-rated photos apparently . . . sold like hot cakes that one!

Central to everything we did was our core of wonderful, loyal customers. People from all walks of life who would often take you into their confidence and treat you like a friend. My favourite memory was a lady that came in to buy a single because it reminded her of her dear mum who had sadly recently passed away. She asked me to play the record and as we listened she shared some of her memories with me and showed me some photos of her lovely mum. Replay was more than a record shop, it  gave a sense of community and it was a joy to be part of something so special. I moved on to the dizzy heights of the record department at WH Smiths but I will always look back at my time at Replay with fondness. Replay may be long departed but hopefully there’s a few of you out there that remember us as fondly as we remember you x

Jayne’s Top Ten Albums of 1991

  1. My Bloody Valentine-Loveless
  2. Teenage Fanclub-Bandwagonesque
  3. Electronic- Electronic
  4. Nirvana-Nevermind
  5. Julian Cope-Peggy Suicide
  6. P.M Dawn -Of the Heart,of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience
  7. Primal Scream-Screamadelica
  8. The Orb-Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
  9. Dinosaur Jr.-Green Mind
  10. Talk Talk-Laughing Stock

Record Store Day 18.04.20

Saturday 18th April 2020 would have been Record Store Day 2020 @RSDUK!


Fo independent record shops like Strand Records, RSDUK has been a great day to highlight the love of vinyl and music generally. It’s also been a good day to sell records too of course. The immense support we have received since being part of RSDUK is evidenced by these photos and the commitment, dedication and endeavour of our army of crate diggers is both appreciated and applauded.


To be honest, we can never quite get over the level of support we receive on RSDUK in our shop on The Strand in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. A queue starts forming around c.04:00am (maybe even earlier?) and the shop is effectively mobbed from opening time until mid-afternoon. For the last couple of years we have had live DJs in the afternoon too. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!


We can’t celebrate in our favourite shops today but we can still support them online. Please get in touch with us if there is anything you require. What gaps need filling in your vinyl collection? Let us know and we’ll track them down!

We generally post items second class but we can also offer 1st class postage and next day delivery options as well as click and collect. There is also free local (Stoke-on-Trent) delivery on orders over £30. If you require any of these options, please just contact us.

Thank you for being you . . .


TOP TRACK: Lord Creator – “Such is life” (1978)

Lord Creator

A reggae track that the Strand Records’ boys have really got into recently is the re-recorded version of Such is life by Lord Creator, released in the UK on Seven Leaves Records in 1978.

Creator – “Such is life” (1978)

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry produced this version at the Black Ark and it has a fabulous roots-dub, laid back feel. Such a mellow throb with magical mixing skills on display from the Upsetter. The track is sung by Lord Creator AKA Creator AKA Prodigal Creator.

Lord Creator was born Kentrick Patrick in Trinidad and Tobago and, despite the blissed out feel of the 1978 version of Such is life, Creator is a calypso, ska, R&B and rocksteady artist. He recorded his first hits in 1958 and Creator’s Independant Jamaica Calypso was the very first single on Chris Blackwell’s Island records in 1962. Creator had a big hit with Kingston Town in 1970 (later covered by UB40). 

Lord Creator’s original rocksteady version of Such is life was released in 1968 on Randy’s Records. Creator is backed on the recording by Tommy McCook and the Supersonics.

Lord Creator – “Such is life” (1968)

Lord Creator; “In my days of sufferation when I had nothing, when I could not pay rent, when I could not find food for me and my children to eat, while sleeping up in a plum tree with a pregnant woman, I put together a melody, and that is how I recorded the song called Such Is Life“.

The 1978 track is, for us, an undoubted highlight of the ’70s Black Ark era.

The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)


The Velvet Underground formed in 1964 in N.Y.C. and released their debut album, with German-born singer and model Nico, in 1967.  The Velvet Underground were managed for a while by pop artist Andy Warhol and their debut album is a unique mix of rock, pop and avant-garde noise experiments, all developed in the setting of pop art. This was the genuine ‘sound of the underground’.

The album has sometimes been referred to as the alternative Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (released in the same year). It is an incredibly creative, imaginative, eerie, nihilistic and experimental album, which proved very influential in the later development of punk rock and new wave. The album covers a wide spectrum and does not feature a duff track although one or two could possibly be called ‘challenging’.

Nico’s breathy vocals grace the warm, tender, twinkly ‘pop’ songs; Sunday morning, Femme Fatale and I’ll be your mirror. There’s also classic rock songwriting evident in; I’m waiting for the man, Run Run Run and There she goes again. And then, there are ‘those’ other five, erm ‘experimental’, tracks. Boy oh boy oh boy! Venus in Furs is S&M set to scary drone rock and All tomorrow’s parties has Nico singing over a relentless sitar-like beat. Heroin was written in 1964 and it is as manic as the subject matter would suggest. It builds from a fuzzy, blissed out meander to a chaotic, noisenik crescendo. The Black Angel’s Death Song is like the darkest waltz Bob Dylan could ever imagine and European Son is seven and a half minutes of compelling, experimental noise.

The Velvet Underground & Nico should be in every record collection. Get it here!

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The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) – reissued vinyl album

Legendary debut LP from the Velvet Underground. This is a brand new reissue copy of their 1967 album. Please note that the price includes second class postage and packing.







The Beatles top 10?

Compiling lists of top 10 albums, songs, films, books, etc. is notoriously difficult as we are all (hopefully) evolving, which means that our tastes develop. With a top 10, it is not easy to be true to yourself. How do you balance, for example, songs that meant a terrific amount to you as a young person with those tracks that increasingly resonate with you as a, erm, not so young person?

Anyway, these difficulties are greatly accentuated when dealing with a band like The Beatles who were not only one of the most important popular music artists of all time, but who recorded in excess of 200 songs. Well, I (Strand Records’ Dave) am going to try anyway because The Beatles are the first band I collected records by and they remain my favourite ever band. As an attempt to prove my long-standing love of the fab four, here is a snap of me in 1981 with one of my Beatles’ posters (I had lots) and the photos from the White album, (oh, and a Bad Manners’ poster too!).

Dave Beatles

  1. In my lifeflawlessly made, right down to the harpsichord solo from George Martin
  2. We can work it outharmonium-propelled perfect pop
  3. Let it bejust so powerful, and also poignant given the timing of this recording
  4. No replywhat an album opener – so downbeat for a band on ‘top of the world’
  5. Here there and everywhereExquisite
  6. Strawberry fields forever – still sounds other worldly and futuristic to me
  7. The Long and winding road – the ballad of the band
  8. Don’t bother mehigh-octane beat track from George Harrison
  9. I’ll be backone of many beautifully crafted ’64 tracks, it has no chorus BTW!
  10. Don’t let me downit’s the rooftop concert, it’s a big sound

Whilst compiling this top 10, a lot of anxiety was generated. I mean, where on earth is; Penny Lane, Ticket to ride, Blackbird, Nowhere man, I am the Walrus, Rain, Hello Goodbye, Glass onion, Tomorrow never knows, Yes it is, For no one, Here comes the sun, I will, Mother Nature’s son, I’m only sleeping, Hey Bulldog, A Day in the life, What you’re doing, Sexy Sadie, There’s a place, etc. etc. etc.

Maybe I would have been better off assembling a Fab Forty instead!

CD Apple

Stereolab – “Emperor tomato ketchup”


Stereolab are a long-time favourite of Strand Records. The pop groop were formed in 1990 by Tim Gane (ex-McCarthy) and Lætitia Sadier. The band have always seemed very imaginative and exotic to us with their sound, sleeves and song titles. They feel very European and their music has incorporated a myriad of influences from lounge, 50s/60s space pop, funk, krautrock, jazz, easy listening, bossa, samba, etc. Underpinning much of the band’s sound is the relentless 4/4 beat of motorik (‘motor skill’).

Their early albums did occasionally incorporate lighter pop songs but generally the sound consisted of droning guitar and organ-based garage rock songs, albeit with a European rather than American feel. By the time of their third album, , Mars Audiac Quintet (1994) the band had introduced more of a lounge, pop feel to their sound and they scored minor chart hits with the singles, Ping Pong and Wow and flutter.

For many, Stereolab’s fourth album, Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996) is the highlight of their entire back catalogue. The album was a very polished mix of easy pop, funk, krautrock and even elements of dub. The album retains experimental songs alongside lushly produced electronic melodies. Part of the album’s sheen comes from the sumptuous string arrangements by Sean O’Hagan (High Llamas, Microdisney). Why not check out the sheer beauty of Cybele’s reverie or the urgent, cosmic bop of Les Yper-sound

We are currently stocking the reissue album of this space-age pop meets Krautrock classic.

Please note that, in addition to the purchasing option below, we can also offer 1st class postage and next day delivery options as well as click and collect. There is also free local (Stoke-on-Trent) delivery on orders over £30. If you require any of these options, please just contact us.

Stereolab “Emperor Tomato Ketchup” (brand new vinyl reissue)

Stereolab's fourth album from 1996. Arguably the high-water mark of their entire back catalogue (they have an amazing back catalogue by the way). Please note that the price includes second class postage and packing. This is a brand new, reissue vinyl copy.