THE WAVE PICTURES GUEST DJ ON SAT 30TH MARCH

We have The Wave Pictures DJing at our next club night on Saturday 30th March!

It’s happening at The Lion in King’s Cross and David Tattersall from the band will be playing tracks for us.

For discounted £4 entry all you need to do is email us with your full name and we’ll make you a free membership card which you can use every time you come to the club!

David is one of our very favourite people to have DJing at the club as he always gets the dancefloor bouncing with a brilliant selection of ‘50s and ‘60s rock & roll.

This will be his fourth time spinning records for us and in the past his sets have included the likes of Chuck Berry, The Kingsmen, Bob Dylan, Little Richard, The Velvet Underground, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones and Jerry Lee Lewis. You can check out their playlist on Spotify.

As always do at The Lion we’ll be projecting a film! This month we have Woody Allen’s classic Annie Hall and you can send in your song requests on the Facebook event.

THE SONGS OF JASON MOLINA

The very sad news reached us last week of the passing of Jason Molina. Our friends The Wave Pictures recorded a collection of Jason’s songs a few months ago in order to help with his medical funds.

In collaboration with Where It’s At Is Where You Are and Hugh John Noble, the band have released The Songs of Jason Molina which you can now buy on Bandcamp. All of the proceeds will go directly to Jason’s family so please give as much as you can.

We will be putting on a Wave Pictures gig later this year to help contribute to more funds and there will be another compilation album with a stellar cast covering Jason Molina songs. Details on both will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Here’s a few words from The Wave Pictures’ David Tattersall.

I hope that they seem to you like a fitting tribute to one of my very favourite musicians. I hope that you enjoy them, briefly, before they send you back to those mighty originals.

Please donate whatever you can afford, his family still need the money.”

Thank you,

David Tattersall, March 2013

C90 MIXTAPE BY PETE PAPHIDES

We have something very special to give away at the club on Friday night. Pete Paphides has come up with this rather brilliant idea:

“I wandered into Audio Gold today with half an idea about this Friday’s Scared To Dance. For a while now, I’ve been meaning to get a cassette deck to hook up to my hi-fi, as I like cassettes and I still have a cassette player in the car.

I was also thinking that it would be cool if I made a few C90 mixtapes in real time from my own records – each tape different to the others – hand-decorated them and hid them in different places for people to find at this Friday’s club night.

I didn’t fancy my chances of sorting all this out today, but when I got talking to one of the assistants there, I explained my idea to him and it caught his imagination. He remembered that they had a machine out in the back that was a bit too beaten up to sell, but worked perfectly fine. I took it home with the relevant cables, and still didn’t fancy my chances of being able to hook it up correctly, but as it happened, everything did work fine, and I’ve already started recording the first one.”

So if you’re coming to the club you can get a limited edition, hand-decorated C90 mixtape from Pete Paphides! Simply ask for it at the DJ booth and it’s yours.

PETE PAPHIDES GUEST DJS ON FRI 22ND MARCH

We have an extra night this month and it’s happening on Friday 22nd March at the Moustache Bar in Hackney!

Our guest DJ is the journalist and broadcaster Pete Paphides. His excellent show Vinyl Revival on BBC 6 Music recently had guests as diverse as Johnny Marr, Edwyn Collins, Bernard Butler, Paul Weller, Smiths producer Stephen Street and Wild Beasts celebrating the vinyl format.

Pete has written for everyone over the years as chief rock critic at The Times, The Guardian, Mojo, Q, Melody Maker and Time Out. This will be his first time DJing at Scared To Dance and we’d love to hear your requests so send them in!

Doors open at 10pm to 3am and and there’s a Facebook event for the night that you can join and spread the good word.

SETLIST FROM SHRAG GIG

It was an emotional farewell to Shrag last night at The Lexington. How about that goodbye message from Marc Riley at the end followed by “Rabbit Kids”? They will be sorely missed.

Here’s what we played at the show. The majority of the following songs were chosen by members of the band.

Manic Street Preachers – “Yes”
Tigercats – “Konny Huck”
Flowers – “When You Lie”
The Raincoats – “Fairytale in the Supermarket”
Best Coast – “When I’m With You”
The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster”
Allo Darlin’ – “Still Young”
David Bowie – “Breaking Glass”
XTC – “This Is Pop”
Magazine – “Shot By Both Sides”

Crystal Stilts – “Shake the Shackles”
Standard Fare – “Love Just Doesn’t Stop”
Pulp – “Pink Glove”
Wire – “Map Ref 41°N 93°W”
The Slits – “Typical Girls”

The Lovely Eggs – “Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It)”
Evans the Death – “Telling Lies”
The Cribs – “Hey Scenesters!”
Art Brut – “Formed a Band”
The Fall – “C.R.E.E.P.”
The Vaselines – “You Think You’re a Man”
Stereolab – “French Disko”
Tom Tom Club – “Under the Boardwalk”

DJING AT SHRAG AT THE LEXINGTON

We’ll be DJing at the last ever Shrag gig on Friday 15th March at The Lexington. They leave behind 3 albums and 13 singles over a 10 year career.

Support comes from Fortuna Pop! label mates Comet Gain and opening will be Chips For the Poor. The gig is sold out but there may be a few returns on the door.

The band will be giving away free copies of their final fantastic single “On the Spines of Old Cathedrals” at the show and doors open at 7:30pm.

Helen King has given one final interview with The Music Fix where she talks about her and the other group members future plans.

 

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #18

The journalist and broadcaster Pete Paphides has put together our new March podcast which you can stream for free on Mixcloud.

We love Pete’s BBC 6 Music show Vinyl Revival and he’ll be DJing a strictly vinyl only set at the club on Friday 22nd March. Pete has kindly given us a track-by-track guide to the podcast.

San Remo Strings – “Festival Time”

“Not a man to shirk from exploiting his assets, 1966 saw Berry Gordy oversee the creation of San Remo Strings – an instrumental project which reconfigured well-loved Motown classics for an easy listening audience. Of course, this being a Motown release, using members of Motown’s in-house backing band, the results were often no less sublime. Festival Time was a case in point. Originally released on the San Remo Swings album, its adoption at northern soul all-nighters finally prompted a single release five years later, which scraped the top 40. You can also pick it up fairly cheap on Vol. 7 of the Motown Chartbusters series.”

Garnet Mimms – “As Long As I Have You”

“Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy had a knack of writing great songs on which singers could really let rip. He penned Piece Of My Heart and Time Is On My Side for Erma Franklin and Irma Thomas respectively, and he also gifted this to Garnet Mimms. Measured out by a ravenous beat and a heart-stopping vocal performance, As Long As I Have You does more stellar work in two minutes than most artists can manage in twice the time.”

The Flirtations – “Nothing But a Heartache”

“Written by Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington, who went on to mastermind The Rubettes’ success. Again, big on the dancefloor but failed to trouble the chart on its release in 1968. Not even its recent appearance on a KFC ad or Freemasons’ 2007 cover of the song can dampen the thrilling surge of adrenalin that takes hold on that first chorus. And look! Here they are performing it at Tintern Abbey!

Kiki Dee – “With a Kiss”

“For the best part of the 60s, the erstwhile Pauline Matthews – former Boots shop girl from Bradford – was tipped to enjoy similar success to Dusty Springfield. And listening to this highlight from her 1968 debut I’m Kiki Dee, it isn’t hard to see why.”

The Toys – “Sealed With a Kiss”

“The Toys almost ultrasonically squeaky version of Brian Hyland’s 1962 hit purges the song of all suicidal tendencies and ramps up the tempo. What was once a moping farewell is transformed into a gum-chewing apology from a protagonist who’s surveying the field even as she sings.”

Stevie Wonder – “Teach Me Tonight”

“Stevland’s voice was breaking, which explains why Levi Stubbs is present to assist on this oft-overlooked gem from 1965’s Uptight (Everything’s Alright) album. It was Dinah Washington’s version of the same song that Amy Winehouse chose to cover when she appeared on Later in 2004. I can also imagine she would have done a wonderful job with…”

Dee Dee Sharp – “Wild!”

“The feeling of falling for someone you really shouldn’t be falling for has been the basis of countless pop gems – but few singers have expressed that feeling with the perfectly weighted blend of excitement and trepidation that Dee Dee Sharp brings to this 1963 single: ‘You’re gonna break my heart, I know/And if I played it smart I’d go/But I’m so wild, wild about you baby.'”

Gene Chandler – “Duke of Earl”

“Some songs preview emotions that you’re too young to experience at first hand. When I was ten, I had no idea what it felt like to fall in love, but Duke Of Earl made me feel like I did. It told me that love was the ultimate redeemer; that having someone who loved you back could make you go from feeling like a nobody to a somebody: “And when I hold you/You are my Duchess/My Duchess of Earl.” Of course, having been born in 1969, the first version I heard was the 1979 hit by ubiquitous pop revivalists Darts. Whilst there’s a lot of heart in their rendition – produced attentively by Roy Wood – Gene Chandler’s original has gently supplanted as the one that my inner jukebox seems to select. But other than that, not much has changed. If my kids ever ask me what falling in love should feel like, this will be the record I reach for.”

Long John Baldry – “The House Next Door”

“On the face of it, he has everything he needs. Piles of cash. A flash car parked outside. Next door is an overcrowded hovel: “a worn hole/I just don’t see how it can hold a soul/But the people living there are so close together/That that old house can hold any kind of weather.” Our protagonist has no such worries. His house is “like a mansion/Standing so brave and tall/But for all the love that’s in it/It might as well fall.” And so the narrative pendulum swings back and forth. Their car is falling apart; his motor is top of the range – “but for all the joy it brings me/I might as well trade.” They’ve “got a half a dozen kids” and always seem “short of all they need/[but] even though they haven’t got a lot/they seem contented with what they got.” Meanwhile, “I’ve got all the money/A man can hope to save/But for all the love it buys me/I’d give it away.” What an underrated singer Long John Baldry was. I can’t think of any of his contemporaries who could have delivered a loner’s lament with such honey-dripping charisma.”

Horace Andy – “A Quiet Place”

“More songs about the neighbours. Horace Andy’s version of Garnet Mimms’ (yes, him again) 1964 single rewrites the melody and attaches it to an irresistible rolling backing from The Paragons. Horace also went on to do the honours on the Cure-sampling Massive Attack version which appears on Mezzanine, but I don’t think you can beat the route one approach of this recording.”

Stranger & Patsy – “Word Is Wind”

“Recently reissued on the Japanese Kentone imprint, this sweet slice of popcorn ska is an unconfined joy, not just for the sizzling synergy of Stranger Cole and Queen Patsy’s vocals, but for the clanking magic of The Skatalites’ backing.”

Dion – “Baby Let’s Stick Together”

“Thanks to all the belated superlatives bestowed upon it by famous fans like Primal Scream and Richard Ashcroft, Dion DiMucci’s Phil Spector-produced 1975 opus Born To Be With You is regarded as a masterpiece – less so, it must be said, by Dion himself, who dismissed t he end result as “funeral music.” A year later, this surfaced as the b-side of of New York City Song. It should be an emphatic pledge of undying love – that’s clearly what the intention was – but in the event there’s a lugubrious drag to it, as if struggling to bear the weight of Spector’s maximalism. What results is the sonic equivalent of chewing on methadone-soaked Bazookas.”

ABBA – “Bang-A-Boomerang”

“Written by Benny and Bjorn (with their manager Stig), but ABBA’s version is technically a cover. The song was written to order for Swedish pop duo Svenne & Lotta when they competed to represent Sweden in the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest. When the song came third in the domestic qualifiers, Benny and Bjorn reclaimed it and stuck it on their eponymous third album. These days when music fans talk about ABBA, the conversation tends not to proceed beyond The Visitors. No harm in that, but it would be a shame to overlook such unassuming moments of pop genius – when the cleverness of the construction is revealed only in the euphoria you feel on hearing it.”

The Korgis – “If I Had You”

“After failing to trouble the charts in the several years they spent with Stackridge, James Warren and Andy Davis donned regulation new wave skinny ties and became bona fide pop stars with The Korgis. This was the first of their two top 20 hits, a prolonged sigh of unrequited love suspended in such a spell of Lennonesque loveliness that #9½ Dream might have been a more accurate title.”

I Was A King – “Norman Bleik”

“Bittersweet janglepop played with untutoured gusto is something of a dying art these days, but Norway’s I Was A King have learned from the best – that much is apparent from the title of their 2010 single, an affectionately misspelled nod to Teenage Fanclub’s de facto (by virtue of being the one who stands in the middle) frontman.”

Teenage Fanclub – “Neil Jung”

“The shining highlight of the Fannies’ Grand Prix album was written by Norman in support of Duglas from BMX Bandits, stuck in a toxic relationship with the same girlfriend who also inspired BMX Bandits’ 1993 single “Serious Drugs”.”

Stevie Jackson – “Richie”

“More Scottish indiepop royalty. A track from my current obsession, the 2012 album released by Stuart Murdoch’s trusty lieutenant in Belle and Sebastian. As Stevie explains in the song and the liner notes, Richie was his best friend at school. He was the alpha male: he attracted the prettiest girls and had the better record collection. I think there may be a subtext to this song – that Richie was destined for the sort of life Stevie has gone on to enjoy with an internationally successful band. I’m not in Belle and Sebastian, but I’ve had moments that have exceeded any aspirations I dared hope for as a kid. And at times like that, I can instantly recall half a dozen friends from my past who were probably better qualified to enjoy those breaks instead of me. But, as with Richie, I have no idea where most of them got to. I also love Stevie’s guitar playing on here. Very reminiscent of…”

Jonathan Richman – “That Summer Feeling”

“‘That time is here/For one more year/That summer feeling’s gonna haunt you/The rest of your life’.”

SETLIST FROM THE ORCHIDS GIG

The Orchids closed London Popfest at The Lexington last night and we were delighted to play records in-between the bands.

You can see what we played at the gig below.

Darren Hayman & the Long Parliament – “Henrietta Maria”
Voxtrot – “Trouble”
The Shins – “Simple Song”
The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”
The Radio Dept. – “This Time Around”
The Wake – “Pale Spectre”
The Field Mice – “September’s Not So Far Away”

The Understudies – “Everyone Deserves At Least One Summer of Love”
Withered Hand – “Heart Heart”
This Many Boyfriends – “Young Lovers Go Pop!”
Comet Gain – “An Arcade From the Warm Rain That Falls”
Standard Fare – “Crystal Palatial”

Veronica Falls – “Teenage”
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – “Noodles”
Acid House Kings – “Would You Say Stop?”
Northern Portrait – “I Give You Two Seconds to Entertain Me”
Heavenly – “C Is the Heavenly Option”

The Vaselines – “Oliver Twisted”
McCarthy – “Keep An Open Mind or Else”
Dolly Mixture – “How Come You’re Such a Hit With the Boys, Jane”
The Shop Assistants – “All Day Long”
Cars Can Be Blue – “Do You Remember?”
The Primitives – “Spacehead”
The June Brides – “The Instrumental”

Camera Obscura – “Number One Son”
Edwyn Collins – “What Is My Role?”
Kid Canaveral – “Good Morning”
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – “Four Flights Up”
Butcher Boy – “A Better Ghost”

DJING AT THE ORCHIDS AT THE LEXINGTON

We’ll be DJing at The Orchids gig at The Lexington on Sunday 3rd March as part of London Popfest.

We had the pleasure of DJing at Popfest in 2011 so it’ll be nice to provide some background music on this occasion.

Opening are Hong Kong In The 60s alongside Flowers and Cocoanut Groove. There are a handful of tickets left at WeGotTickets and there will be a few returns on the  door.