Well sort of…
A few weeks back I picked up the last lot of records that have been gathering dust in my dads attic. The last lot were two boxes of seven inch records – one black, one red. The red box contains records that I purchased when I was very young. For instance, inside it was the 7” single of the Ghostbusters theme. It is likely that will feature on here very soon. It also contains a load of old rubbish.
The black box contains mainly indie 7”’s there are a lot of Stone Roses records, a few Wedding Present 7”s, a few long lost tracks by long lost bands… Sensitize, anyone…? And over the next few weeks I’ll be pulling out one of them and posting about it or the band in question.
Which is where the sort of comes in…
The intention had been to burn the vinyl to mp3 – but having dragged the record player out of the cupboard this morning I have found that it has a problem and the needle arm thing is not working correctly, so I either need to get a new one or get it fixed. Until then, you’ll have to make do with the remastered versions of these tracks instead of the crackly vinyl versions. It also means that you won’t get the B Sides, unless I have them elsewhere (which is possible).
The first one out of the box was this
World Freak Show – The Levellers
A record that reminds me of two people, Sara, who has briefly been mentioned on these pages before under the Levellers Girl moniker and a guy called Tron. Well he was called Anton but because he was a fully paid up member of the Communist Party, people called him Trotsky, which then got shortened to Tron. He insisted on being called that.
It also reminds me of free festivals and the summer of 1994, where it appeared that the Levellers were mandated to play at every single free festival known to man, woman or beast. Alongside bands that had been dubbed at the time by the music press as ‘squatrock’ bands like Tofu Love Frogs, The Sea and Back to the Planet. At the time all these bands were pushing their hatred of something called the Criminal Justice Act, which basically outlawed free parties, hence the sudden explosion of them across the nations capital.
The slightly good thing about my record player being knackered is that you will get the album version of World Freak Show, which is superior to the 7” version which cuts off a good couple of minutes. You won’t get the B side though which was called ‘What You Know’. I can barely remember if that is a good or bad thing. Instead have these two
The first was a distinctly anti CJA track and the second would have been the finest moment ever recorded by The Levellers, if they didn’t ruin it by featuring a set of bloody bagpipes.