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Vinyl Night XIII

February 10, 2013

Every Tuesday, I play vinyl records at Little Fish – Huge Pond in Sanford, Florida.

Vinyl Night

Sanford exists a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

On this night, things started a little late.  Yet, I got the ball rolling eventually.

For this blog, I’m going to do things differently.   When I play the record, I always photographed the album cover.  I always did that with my Canon Rebel.  Recently, I’ve been photographing with my iPhone.  After photographing, I would simultaneously post the photo on Instagram and Facebook.  What you’re going to see on this blog is Instagram photos.

Business as Usual by Men At Work

Business As Usual

In 1981, the pop band’s debut album first released in Australia.  In 1982, the album released in the US.  It contains three hits: “Be Good Johnny”, “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now?”

Also, in 1983, the album earned Men At Work a Grammy for Best New Artist.

The bar owner brought this one in.

I noticed the  Spec’s sticker on the album.

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Based in South Florida, Spec’s Music Stores existed throughout the state.  In 1989, I bought tickets from Spec’s for rapper Too $hort’s first concert performance in Orlando.  In 1998, Spec’s closed shop.

The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire, Vol. 1 by Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire Vol 1

Released in 1978, the soul compilation contains “Got To Get You Into My Life” and “September”.  Both became hits in 1978.  Also, the album contains previous hits from the past: “Shining Star” and “Sing A Song”.

Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits by Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Released in 1973, the blues-rock album contains the hits “Piece of  My Heart” and “Cry Baby” .

I hesitated playing this one.  A twenty-something crowd was present.  Yet, when “Piece of My Heart” came on, some of them sung the lyrics.

The bar owner brought this album in too.

Zapp II by Zapp

Zapp II

Released in 1982, the funk album contains two recognizable hits: “Dance Floor” and “Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)”.

From “Dance Floor”, some may recognize the part going “Shake, shake it, baby.”   Roger Troutman from Zapp song that line on rappers 2Pac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love”.

Both hits were on Side 1.  So, that’s why I chose to only played that side.

Gap Band V Jammin’ by The Gap Band

Gap Band VReleased in 1983, the funk album contains two hits: “Jam The Motha” and “Party Train”.  During  regular DJ gigs, I sometimes sneak in “Party Train”.

Well, that was the thirteenth week of vinyl night.  A few more showed this week.  Time to prepare for next Tuesday.

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Vinyl Night XII

February 4, 2013

Like I mentioned in the previous blog, Tuesday Night Vinyl happened at Little Fish – Huge Pond.

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Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie

Dancing on the Ceiling

Released in 1984, the pop album contains five top ten hits: “Ballerina Girl”, “Say You, Say Me”, “Se La”, “Deep River Woman”, “Love Will Conquer All” and “Dancing on the Ceiling”.

Most of the album. I had no problem with.  Yet, I skipped “Deep River Woman”, a country song guest-starring Alabama.

“I do not want to hear Lionel Richie sing country,” I said.

The bar owner laughed.

Aretha by Aretha Franklin

Aretha

Released in 1986, the soul and pop album contains three hits: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Jimmy Lee” and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.   “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was originally recorded by The Rolling Stones.  George Michael guest-starred on “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.

This is the third album titled Aretha. Previous Aretha Franklin albums of the same name were released in 1961 and 1980.

Diana by Diana Ross

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Released in 1980, the funky album contains two well-known hits: “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out”.  Many may recognize “I’m Coming Out” as the sample for Notorious B.I.G.’s “More Money, More Problems”.

Side One contains both hits, the reason why I only played that side.

By this time, Matt Hughen entered the building with two Ohio Players albums.  This was in tribute to band member Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, who recently passed away.

Pleasure by Ohio Players

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Released in 1972, the album contains the hit “Funky Worm”.  Back in the 80s and 90s, the synthesizer sound from “Funky Worm” was constantly sampled by West Coast hip-hop.  All these years, I thought the sound originated in California.  Hell no, the g-funk sound originated in the Midwest.

Ohio Players

Mr. Mean by Ohio Players

Mr. Mean

Released in 1977, the album contains the soundtrack for the same-named movie starring Fred Williamson.  It’s more jazz than true funk.  Yet, listeners of old school would appreciate it.

Word Up by Cameo

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Released in 1986, the classic funk album contains two hits: “Candy” and “Word Up”.  The album gained them major success.

To this day, I still hum “Candy”.

It’s like candy
I can feel it when you walk
Even when you talk it takes over me
You’re so dandy
I wanna know
Can you feel it too just like I do

Purple Rain by Prince

Purple Rain

Released in 1984, this masterpiece soundtrack to the same-named movie contains five hits: “Take Me With You”, “Purple Rain”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “I Would Die 4 U” and “When Doves Cry”.   “When Doves Cry” happens to be my all-time favorite song.

Dig if u will the picture
Of u and I engaged in a kiss
The sweat of your body covers me
Can u my darling
Can u picture this?

The album closed the night wonderfully.

This was the best vinyl night of them all.  Next Tuesday, here I come.

Vinyl Night XI

January 27, 2013

Last Tuesday night, the eleventh vinyl night happened at Little Fish-Huge Pond.

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For new readers, Little Fish exists in Sanford, a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

News of the World by Queen

Queen's News of the World

Released in 1977, this rock classic contains three hits: “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions” and “Spread Your Wings”.

Queen's News of the World

I’m sure everyone recognizes “We Will Rock You”.  They may not know the name of the song.  Yet, they definitely would recognize the stomping and clap beat.

Stomp-stomp! Clap! Stomp-stomp! Clap!

Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack by Various Artists

Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack

Released in 1984, the Grammy-winning soundtrack to the same-named movie contains five hits: Patti LaBelle’s “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up”, “The Heat is On” by Glen Fry, “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters and “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer.

Some of the people danced as this album played,especially when “Neutron Dance” played.

I’m just burning doing the Neutron Dance!

Around about this time, someone asked do I take requests.  I don’t mind them.  Yet, I don’t carry many albums with me.  I agreed to play the next upcoming album.

Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman

Released in 1988, the debut folk album contains the top ten hit “Fast Car”.

As this album played, the same person who made a request earlier wanted to hear something else.

(With shit like this going on, I just might as well bring in the laptop and play MP3 music.)

I told her to look through the records as I went to the bathroom.

When I came back, the young lady had already switched the Chapman album for an album I played last week.

Ice Cream Castle by The Time

Ice Cream Castle by The TIme

I already wrote about this in a previous blog.

I only played the uptempo songs from it,

When I first started the vinyl nights. I knew sooner or later, someone was going to fuck with my record player.  Also, I knew the person doing that was going to be white.  Why white?  Because I know some people are just that arrogant to think they can fuck with someone else’s shit.  Yet, I wasn’t pissed about this when it finally happened.  Besides, the young lady apologized and later tipped me.

Emergency by Kool and The Gang

Kool and the Gang' Emergency

Released in 1984, the album contains three hits: “Misled”, “Fresh” and “Cherish”.

Because all three hits were on side 1, side 1 was the only side I played.

Romance 1600 by Sheila E

Sheila E Romance 1600

Released in 1985, the album contains the hit  “A Love Bizarre”, a song I still love to this day.

Two of my personal favorites are the title song and “Toy Box”.

At this time, everyone was on a funk groove.  I didn’t want to play the next album.  I wanted to wait for a special night.  Yet, I was running out of soul and funk albums.  So, I played it anyway.

Off The Wall by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's Off The Wall

Released in 1979, this funky masterpiece contains four top ten hits: “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”, “Rock With You”, “Off The Wall” and “She’s Out of My Life”.

To this day, I still play songs from this album.

Side 1 is the funkier side.  After playing “Off The Wall” on Side 2, I went to the next album.  One that I played last week,

Conscious Party by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers

Ziggy Marley

I wrote about this one in a previous blog also.

I was the only with records tonight.  Yet, I believe other people will bring some in.  Despite some annoying picky people who never appreciate shit, I think most folks enjoy the vinyl nights.

Vinyl Night X at Little Fish

January 19, 2013

Last Tuesday, I hosted the tenth vinyl night at Little Fish-Huge Pond in Sanford, Florida.

Conscious Party by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers

Conscious Party

Released in 1988, the album contains the hits “Tumblin’ Down” and “Tomorrow People”.

Nothing against Bob Marley’s other sons.  Yet, I have always been partial to Ziggy.  Besides, Ziggy had his attractive sisters in his group.

Conscious Party

Once in awhile, I include “Tomorrow People” in my DJ sets.

Midnight Love by Marvin Gaye

Midnight Love

Released in 1982, it contains the hit “Sexual Healing”.  Everybody knows that song.  I wonder how many children were created during that bad boy.

After leaving Motown, Midnight Love was Gaye’s first release on Columbia records. Also, this was his last album before his death.

Like a Virgin by Madonna

Like A Virgin

Released in 1984, Madonna’s second studio album contains four hits: “Angel”, “Dress You Up”, “Material Girl” and “Like A Virgin”.

Like A Virgin

I’m not going to lie.  I had thing for Madonna.  Yea, I knew about stories of her being “sexually adventurous”.   Still, when she sings “Dress You Up”, I feel as if she’s singing to me.

By this time Matt Hughen entered the building with records.  The next three are his.

From Here to Eternity by Giorgio Moroder

From Here to Eternity

Released in 1977, this electro-disco album contains three hits: “From Here to Eternity”, “Too Hot to Handle” and “First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love”.

From Here to Eternity

“From Here to Eternity” sounds like two other Moroder songs.  First, “I Feel Love”, a song he produced for Donna Summer.  Then, “Chase” a song from the Midnight Express movie soundtrack.

Yet I still enjoyed the album.

Included on the jacket sleeve is advertisement for the film The Deep, a successful film produced by Casablanca.

the deep

Casablanca released Moroder’s album.

Drop The Bomb by Trouble Funk

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Released in 1982, it contains the one jam I never forgot, the title song.

Can we drop the bomb?!  Drop the bomb! Can we drop the bomb, yall?!  Drop the bomb!

It also contains “Pump Me Up”, a song sampled by many hip-hop artists.

Trombipulation by Parliament

Parliament

Released in 1980, this funky album didn’t produce any hits.  Yet, many folks may recognize the song “Let’s Play House.”   Not for the song itself.  Yet, for the song rap group Digital Underground sampled for their 1990 hit “Humpty Dance”.

After Matt’s three albums, I played the last one for the evening.

Ice Cream Castle by The Time

Ice cream castle

Released in 1984, I spent my allowance money on this bad boy.  It contains two hits: “Ice Cream Castles” and “Jungle Love”.  Two songs from the album were  in the movie Purple Rain: “Jungle Love” and “The Bird”.

A personal favorite is “My Drawers”.   This funky sucker really lets the world know why Jesse Johnson is one of the most underrated guitarists ever.

Ice Cream Castle

I can’t believe it.  The vinyl nights made it to number ten.  Ready to roll for next week.

Dear DJ, Why Do Other DJs Still Use Vinyl?

January 16, 2013

The other day, I advertised my vinyl night on Facebook.

Vinyl Night

Shortly afterwords, I received this message.  (For those that don’t know, my real name is Patrick.)

Why do other Djs sill use vinyl

Does vinyl sound better than MP3?  To some extent, it does.  Vinyl brings out the little things you wouldn’t notice on an MP3.  Yet, I do not miss the sounds of a scratched record or the crackling static you hear between songs.

On vinyl night, I enjoy playing the sounds of older music, which is what mostly gets played anyway.   Also, I enjoy patrons bringing in their records also.  I never heard the Sex Pistol’s Never Mind The Bollocks until Matt Cooper brought in.

Never Mind The Bollocks

When it comes to an album Daft Punk sampled, Matt Hughen brought  in Edward Birdsong’s Edwin Birdsong. (They sampled the song “Cola Bottle Baby”.)

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One more thing, I didn’t know Iggy Pop sung “China Girl” before David Bowie did.  Yet, a guy named David brought in the album Choice Cuts, a combination of two Iggy Pop albums.

Iggy Pop

Instead of the vinyl night being all about the DJ, i’t’s a night where folks share music with others.

Yet, I’m like Chris in the e-mail, why keep playing vinyl during regular DJ gigs?  Unlike me, this isn’t all about sharing sounds.  These are DJs who use nothing but vinyl  at gigs.  It reminds me of those who prefer film over digital.  True enough, film still owns an advantage over digital.  You can make bigger images off film than you can digital.  Yet, I do not miss having to constantly buy rolls of film.  Plus I don’t miss having to go the photolab just to see what my photos look like.  Without wasting money on film, I can immediately see what my photos look like with the digital camera.

Another thing, don’t hand me that bullshit about songs only being available on vinyl.  Technology exists where records can be turned into MP3s, even Wal-Mart sells it.

So why do some prefer carrying milk crates instead of carrying all the music on a light external memory?

Milk crates are heavy

Just like what I told Chris in the e-mail, some folks are just too damned lazy to update.

If the reader agrees or have a different view point, they are free to answer in the comments section.

Vinyl Night VI

December 12, 2012

Last Tuesday, Little Fish-Huge Pond hosted another vinyl night.

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Check out the new flier created by Liz Watkins, local artist and the bar owner’s sister.

Vinyl Night

Certified Gold by Various Artists

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Released in 1981 by K-tel.  From the late sixties to the late nineties, K-Tel sold compilation albums of current hits.   This particular double album contains “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins, “Whip It” by Devo, “All Out of Love” by Air Supply and “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince.

I played both records.  One young lady complained about a song, but I didn’t give a shit.  I let it play anyway.

When it started playing, I couldn’t help singing along to Benny Mardones’ “Into The Night”.  You may not recognize the name, but you may definitely know the song when you hear it.

She’s just sixteen years old
Leave her alone, they say,

Private Dancer by Tina Turner

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Released in 1984, the album contains the hits “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Better Be Good to Me” and my personal favorite “Private Dancer”.

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After going solo and divorcing the late Ike Turner, who she used to perform with, the album became Tina Turner’s breakthrough.

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Arena by Duran Duran

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A live album released in 1984, it contains the hits “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Is There Something I Should Know” and “Union of the Snakes”.

Also, it contains a new studio track “Wild Boys”.

Last week, a drunken idiot saw this album and went, “Duran Duran.  They’re a bunch of fags.”

Back in middle school, I remember the girls going crazy over “those fags”.

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(Oh yea, included in the album package is a booklet containing photos of each band member.  I attempted photographing the booklet. Yet, that proved unsuccessful.)

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby by Terence Trent D’Arby

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Released in 1987, the debut album contains the hits “Wishing Well”, “If You Let Me Stay” and my personal favorite “Sign Your Name”.

Incidentally, being the bar’s location is Sanford, Mr. D’Arby once lived nearby in DeLand.  DeLand is about twenty minutes away from Sanford. He still has family there.

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By this time, the guitarist for musician Andrew W.K. was in the building.  A nice guy.  Yet, a big pain in the ass.

After showing him one of my albums, I had to cut Terence D’Arby short.  (By the way, his legal name is now Sananda Francesco Maitreya.)

Chicago 17 by Chicago

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Released in 1984, the album contains the hits “Stay the Night”, “Hard Habit to Break” , “You’re the Inspiration” and “Along Comes a Woman”.

As soon as “Stay the Night” came on, the guitarist and my friend Keith started singing out loud.

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As usual, most of my information comes from Wikipedia.

More people showed up this week.  Because the music selections are usually from the seventies to the eighties, I suspect the night might become more popular with the over-thirty crowd.  As long as the night attracts people enjoying themselves, I don’t give a damn.

Another Tuesday Night Vinyl

November 21, 2012

Last night at Little Fish-Huge Pond, it was another night of playing vinyl. After me posting the announcement on Facebook, a friend assumed I was doing the two turntables bit. Nope, I was playing whole albums on an old stereo.

For the new readers, Little Fish is located in Sanford, Florida. That’s a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

Saturday Night Fever.

Released in 1977, the double album is the sound track to the same named film starring John Travolta. First, the mostly disco album contains five hits by the Bee Gees: “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “You Should Be Dancing” and “Jive Talkin'”. “Jive Talkin” was previously released in 1975. “You Should Be Dancing” was previously released in 1976. “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever” and “How Deep Is Your Love” became hits after the albums release.

The album also contains the hits “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman, “A Fifth Beethoven” by Walter Murphy, “Boogie Shoes” by KC and Sunshine Band, “K-Jee” by MFSB and “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps. “If I Can’t Have You” and “Boogie Shoes” became hits after the album’s release. “Disco Inferno” was previously released in 1976. “A Fifth of Beethoven” was previously released in 1976. “K-Jee” was previously released in 1971.

Greatest Hitsby The Jackson Five.

Released in 1971, the album contains the well-known soul hits “ABC”, “I Want You Back”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “I’ll Be There”.

Jam on Revenge by Newcleus.

Released in 1984, some people may recognize the electro-funk song “Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)”, a tune released in 1983. Yet, most may recognize Newcleus’ most famous hit “Jam On It”. The album also contains another electro-funk hit “Computer Age (Push The Button)”.

Rapture by Anita Baker.

Released in 1986. Because it made her a household name, some may assume this was Anita Baker’s first album. Actually, this gem mixed with jazz and soul is her second album. It contains these hits: “Sweet Love”, “Caught Up in the Rapture”, “Same Ol’ Love” and “No One in the World”.

Street Songs by Rick James.

Released in 1981, the punk-funk masterpiece contains the hit singles “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”. Listening to it again, I realized there was more to this album than I previously thought. After hearing songs about life in the ghetto and police brutality, I definitely see why he called the album Street Songs.

Controversy by Prince.

Released in 1981, this punk-funk mofo contains the hits “Controversy”, “Let’s Work” and “Do Me, Baby”. “Do Me, Baby” actually became a hit when covered by Meli’sa Morgan and was released in 1986.

Being that Prince is my favorite musician, listening to this very vinyl album took me back to the years when I constantly played it over and over. For over twenty years, I hadn’t listened to it. It felt good listening to it tonight.

Overall, I think most people enjoy the album listening. Some of us especially enjoyed listening to the record crackle in between songs.

One small irritant does appear. This involved the young folks. The idea is to listen to whole albums. Yet, some people asked for singles I definitely didn’t have.

Yet, overall, I’m beginning to enjoy the vinyl nights more and more.