Firstly, I’d like to thank you for many hours of music listening and informative post reading over the years. I’ve been using HypeMachine (as MrPharmacist) for what is now getting close to ten years, and you have always been my favourite blogger.
Apologies for never actually commenting on your posts, like many others out there just happy to consume, although wishing I had the drive to apply myself to a similar task.
The reason for this correspondence after all this time. I have a track that I have been listening to for over twenty years now and the tape is pretty much warn out…
I have never been able to ID it. I heard a chill out DJ play it once in a Manchester bar in about 1992 but can’t remember who he said it was. I’m pretty sure they were once on Granada local TV news as well. Could you give it a listen? One Dove meets Cocteau Twins, or it might have just been cash-in Ibiza ambience!
PS. A recently considered top 12 lps from Feb that say something to me about my life as press ganged into on facebook…
1. Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
2. The Cure – Pornography
3. The Smiths – Meat is Murder
4. Echo and the Bunnymen – Heaven Up Here
5. Conflict – The Ungovernable Force
6. Various – Dance Craze (Specials et al)
7. Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
8. The Fall – Bend Sinister
9. Elbow – Leaders Of The Free World
10. LFO – Frequencies
11. Metronomy – English Riviera
12. Happy Mondays – Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
Thanks again for all your posts,
All the best,
Sid – DrSidders – Mr. Pharmacist
So please dear readers, click on the above youtube link and have a listen. If you’re able to identify the tune then please share the knowledge with us.
And looking at Sid’s list of 12 albums gives me an excuse to feature a song from the set I aired at the Strangeways night last Saturday
Dedicated to this very fine chap who came along dressed perfectly as the said vicar…….
Other pics, including some of me doing my best to add a touch of John Peel-esque farce* to the night have also been posted on t’internet. Here’s an example:-
I ventured along the other night, with Aldo, to see Young Marble Giants at Stereo in Glasgow. It seemingly was the first time the band had ever played in my home city.
For those of you who don’t know, this is a band which released just one album and a couple of EPs back in 1980 and 1981. The music is quite minimalist and on the quiet side and the songs are on the short side.
So much could have gone wrong at this gig. Stereo was packed to the rafters so there was probably about 300 folk in the basement space. It was hot and it was sticky.
The band took to the stage at around 8.50 and played a note-perfect set for 50 minutes. The audience paid rapt attention. It was the first time I’d ever been at a pop/rock gig where the audience behaved as if it was a classical performance and didn’t speak as the band were playing and furthermore didn’t speak when the band members were talking in-between songs. Nor did anyone go up to the bar and order drinks and so causing the staff to clank glass or cans or make the till bleep away. This was all about 300 fans coming along to experience live music in its purest sense and it was quite magical.
So if you were part of that particular audience, a big thank you from this particular fan for making the occasion so wonderful. It was also very clear that the band really appreciated things….
* where the great man occasionally played a record at the wrong speed, I managed to press play on two songs at the same time on the laptop causing all sorts of confusion for a few seconds…….