Tim Burgess is our ‘Love Record Stores’ Day Ambassador #LRSD

Tim Burgess has been announced as ‘Love Record Stores’ Day Ambassador. The Charaltans’ frontman is playing a key role in curating activities around the event which takes place on Saturday 20th June 2020.

Tim Burgess LRS

Tim, who has been extremely active during the C-19 lockdown and whose Tim’s Twitter Listening Party has attracted a huge social media following, is a passionate advocate of independent record stores and the author of the acclaimed Tim Book Two – Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco, an ode to record shopping.

Tim says, “The idea of what we would do without physical record shops has been a question we’ve asked in the past, but now it’s looking more possible than ever and we need to do whatever we can to help. Record shops are like drop in therapy centres for me – there’s a calmness, a familiarity and a sense of belonging that I don’t feel in many other places. A chance to talk with like-minded people – and maybe be reminded that you didn’t know as much about music as you thought you did. Like an animal threatened with extinction – we need to organise ourselves to try and stop it happening. Record shops have been good to me since I first ever spent time on my own – they’ve been good to us, let’s do what we can to help.

An incredible 24 hour online party is being curated for #LRSD together with the aforementioned exclusive record releases. #loverecordstores is also in partnership with the Music Venue Trust to support their #saveourvenues campaign.

We will be in touch of course with further details about #loverecordstores but, until then, please help promote the event whenever you get the opportunity by visiting and promoting the Love Record Stores Day blog or Instagram @LoveRecordStores, Twitter @LoveRecsStores or Facebook @LoveRecordStores.

There are also the hashtags #loverecordstores and #LRSD to be used as appropriate when posting on social media channels.

Thank pop fans!


Last chance saloon . . . a 24 hour £13 vinyl offer (for those who missed out!)

Hi Pop fans, one of our distibutors has managed to release a final set of reduced price titles. There are limited quanitites available. Get them whilst they’re hot!! Free delivery in the Stok-on-Trent area. Postage for up to 3 albums is £3.00. Payment via Paypal.

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Amyl & the sniffers – Amyl and the sniffers

Bauhaus – The sky’s gone out

Belle and Sebastian – Days of the Bagnold Summer

Bon Iver – For Emma forever ago

Daughter – Not to Disappear

Everything is Recorded – Everything is Recorded

Gene Clark – No other

Interpol – Turn on the bright lights

Interpol – Antics

Kim Gordon – No home record

Libertines – Libertines

Pixies – Surfer Rosa

Sampha – Process

Snail mail – Lush

Strokes – This is it

Strokes – Room on fire

The Amps – Pacer

The Breeders – Pod

The XX – I see you

U.S. Girls – In a poem unlimited



Library Music … a very exclusive blend

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As a kid, teen and young man, I used to enjoy some of the groovy, poppy music you’d hear on TV shows. Sometimes it would be the theme tune, sometimes it would be music in the background. The first time I remember feeling this way was when watching an ITV Schools Television programme called Stop, look, listen in the late 1970s. I thought the theme was such a happy tune but, at such a tender age, I clearly didn’t really think about who had made the music or whether you could buy it. It wasn’t until many, many, many years later that I found out that this particular version of the Stop, look, listen theme was entitled Cock of the roost by the Pandora Orchestra. This track is a piece of Library Music.

Thinking back, there were several pieces of music used as TV show themes that seemed quite cool to me as a young person; Grange Hill, Superstars, Dave Allan at large, BBC Rugby special, etc. There was also the incredible array of incidental music used on The Sweeney cop show. All of these are Library Music tracks. This is a good example; Fruity flute – Reg Wale Quintet which was used on a TV cooking show called Farmhouse kitchen. The track was recorded for the De wolfe music library. Other music libraries dedicated to providing incidental music included; KPM, Amphonic, Bruton, Conroy, Chappell and Bosworth.

In 2019, Jonny Trunk said of library music, “it is non-commercial music made for economic use in film, TV and broadcasting.” Despite kinda enjoying this type of music from the late 1970s courtesy of various TV shows, the only tracks I got to own were on a cassette of sporting themes which I purchased in c.1988. Even then, I didn’t really understand that the tracks on the tape constituted Library Music.

All that was to change in the mid-1990s when there was an easy listening revival in Britain. As part of this movement, a lot of Library music was commercially released on easy/lounge compilations such as 1995’s The Sound Gallery. In 1996, the first Blow Up – exclusive blend compilation was released which focussed on the KPM music library and tracks recorded from 1968-70 by artists such as Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield, David Lindup, etc. Killer tunes on this album included; Exclusive blend by Keith Mansfield and Rocky Mountain Runabout by Alan Hawkshaw

Library Music montage

Since library music was intended for use in contemporary films and television programmes, it was notable how the musical styles evolved to keep ‘in tune’ with the times. (Very) generally, library music in the mid-1960s tends to be rather big and brassy or very cocktail jazz, but by the late 1960’s it’s all hammond organ and vibes often with a beat group rhythm track. In the early – mid 1970s, library music got seriously funky, and by the mid-late 1970s it was getting more synth-drenched and other-worldly and disco was featuring too. There are many exceptions to this general pattern of course because library music albums tended to focus on required themes/moods. For instance, Ron Geesin’s “Syncopot” was released in 1972 which seems pretty early to me for this particular kind of electronic soundscape.

Whilst there was a glut of Library music compilations issued in the mid-late 1990s, it is important to note that there is still considerable interest in the genre and several KPM albums have been reissued on CD and vinyl from 2007 onwards. Strut’s KPM collection was released in 2013 and Soul Jazz records released the Inner city beat Library compliation in 2014.

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Some of my favourite Library Music was used as incidental music in The Sweeney television programme (1975 – 1978). A compilation of some of the funkiest tracks used across the four series of the show was released in 2001 by Cinephile. A few of my favourite library tracks featured in the show include; Condition Red by Barry StollerUndergroove by Alan HawkshawMighty Atom by Stephen Gray and Holy Mackerel by Brian Bennett (which was also used as the theme tune to BBC Rugby Special.

Shut it sweeney cd

In October 2018, I was lucky enough to attend the KPM All Stars gig in London at The British Library. Some of the real big hitters performed including John Cameron, Duncan Lamont and two of my Library music heroes who I managed to get lo-fi photos with; Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw.

KPM all stars

This blogpost has focussed on British library music but there is a wealth of library music from other countries particularly Italy and France. Those are separate blogs to be written of course! Library music has been a fully fledged part of my life for 25 years now. I still uncover new tracks every week. In fact, a very recent discovery for me is 1972’s Mr Milkman by Mike Vickers

Long may this voyage of discovery continue.

For further reading, if you are interested, why not take a look at The strange world of library music

The Final 24 hour flash sale (14/05/20)

Hi pop fans!  . . . it’s another chance to fill those gaps in your record collections with these bargains.  £13 with free local delivery or £3 postage for up to 3 albums . . . get your orders in ASAP . . . limited stock at this price.

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Aldous Harding – Designer

Bauhaus – Press the eject and give me the tape

Black Midi – Schlagenheim

Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

The Fall – 458489 A-sides

FKA Twigs – Magdalene

Gruff Rhys – Pang!

Interpol – Marauder

Jungle – For ever

Kurt vile – Smoke rings for my halo

The Libertines – The Libertines

The Libertines – Time for heroes

The National – Boxer

Parquet Courts – Wide awake!

Pixies – Come on pilgrim

Savages – Adore life


Stereolab – The groop played space age bachelor

The Strokes – Comedown machine

The XX – I see you

Vampire weekend. Modern vampires of the city



It’s 24 hour flash sale time! . . . £13 vinyl

Hi pop fans!  . . . it’s another chance to fill those gaps in your record collections with these bargains. £13 with free local delivery or £3 postage for up to 3 albums . . . get your orders in ASAP . . . limited stock.

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Anthony & the Johnsons I am a bird now

Bon Iver Bon Iver

Camera Obscura Desire lines

Cat Power The Greatest

Cocteau Twins The pink opaque

Cocteau Twins Head over heels

Gruff Rhys Babelsberg

Interpol Antics

Jungle Jungle

Peaches The teaches of peaches

Pixies Trompe Le Monde

Sampha Process

Sleaford Mods English Tapas

Snail mail Lush

The Breeders All nerve

The Fall The wonderful and frightening world of.

The Strokes Angles

The Strokes First impressions of earth

The XX Coexist

Vampire weekend Contra

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