Vinyl ‘Lockdown’ Reductions

Hi pop fans!  . . . we’re not exactly sure where the nation is regarding the concept of ‘lockdown’ but we are able to offer another opportunity to virtually fill some of those gaps in your record collections with these bargains.  £16 with free local delivery or £3 postage for up to 3 albums . . . get your orders by Monday 22nd June please . . . limited stock availability at this price.

Flash sale June

Babyshambles – Down in Albion

Badly Drawn Boy – Hour of the Bewilderbeast

Basement Jaxx – The Singles

Bauhaus – The Crackle (Best of)

Biffy Clyro – Vertigo of bliss

Belle and Sebastian – Dear catastrophe waitress

Belle and Sebastian – The Life Pursuit

Dead can Dance – Garden of arcane delights & peel sessions

Gary Numan – Premier Hits

Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m going down

Kurt Vile – Walking on a pretty daze

Lush – Ciao! Best of

Parquet courts – Human performance

Pixies – Wave of mutilation (best of)

Prodigy – Music for the gifted generation

Prodigy – The Fat of the land

Prodigy – Their Law (The singles)

The Avalanches – Since I left you

The Avalanches – Wildflower

The Charlatans – Melting pot

The Charlatans – Tellin’ Stories

The Cult – Electric Peace

The Cult – Pure cult (the singles)

The Cult – Sonic Temple (3Oth Anniversary)

The Moldy Peaches – The Moldy Peaches

Yo la Tengo – There’s a riot going down




Love Record Stores Day (20th June)

LRSD 20th June

As you may know, the #loverecordstores campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the challenges faced by record stores during the current pandemic, and to encourage music fans to continue shopping online with their favourite stores. The 24 hour event ,including the world’s biggest online instore, takes place on Saturday 20th June.

The event will see dozens of new and re-issued vinyl releases being made available to music fans. The full list of releases and record stores participating is now available to view at and stores will make the releases available to buy online from 9:00am on the 20th of June and will be shipping on various dates soon after the event.

In addition to the vinyl sales, the world’s biggest online instore event is also planned with 24-hours of live performances, DJ sets, interviews, readings and more from a wide range of artists and influential music industry figures. Full details of the programme will be made available at

Viewing will be free of charge via but donations can be made during the performances and all monies raised will go to the #saveourvenues campaign as will profits from the sales of a range of specially commissioned Record Label T-shirts, which will be available through a merch area of There will also be donation buttons for the Black Lives Matter campaign and the Covid-19 relief fund.

Instagram @LoveRecordStores

Twitter @LoveRecsStores

Facebook @LoveRecordStores


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

library music

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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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.


Another 24 hour flash sale . . . £13 vinyl

Hi Folks, 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.

Flash sale 2

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.

The XX. Xx

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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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