Category Archives: Music

ROTW – Desmond Decker and the Aces – Israelites

Contrary to recent evidence, 1979 wasn’t the only year that good music was released on vinyl. This week’s record topped the charts in the UK back in 1968, one of the first Jamaican reggae hits outside of the country and … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Undertones – You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)

Was 1979 pop music’s finest year? There was so much great stuff released this year and here’s a classic example. Fergal Sharkey looks like he’s straight from teaching a geography class, backed by a few Bay City Roller fans! The … Continue reading

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ROTW – PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

A deserved second Mercury Award for Polly Jean, I got this album from Dan for our wedding anniversary on beautiful shiny vinyl. Miss Harvey’s best work since “Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea”, is compelling stuff. For fans … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Boomtown Rats – Mary of the 4th Form

Bob Geldof must be one the few people who were more smartly dressed when they were a punk than when they faded into middle age. For those of us in the 3rd form in 1977 when this track was released, … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Monkees – (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone

Been a bit slack on the Record Of The Week front but I’ve had a pretty good excuse. This 1966 classic was released as a double A-side with “I’m a Believer”. I got my copy from me mate Dennis, along … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Skids – Circus Games

Searching around in one of our still unpacked boxes I discovered another stack of 7″ singles and came across this 1980 gem. How good were The Skids! Following on the tail of such classics as “Into The Valley”, “Charade”¬†and “Working … Continue reading

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ROTW – Squeeze – Take Me, I’m Yours

Another New Wave gem from 1978, more proto-Dub Step squelching synths and driving baseline, on closer inspection, this single bears remarkable resemblance to The Stranglers, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy (The Stranglers “came across the West Sea” these guys “came across the … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Beat – Tears of a Clown

The first and only release by The Beat on Two Tone records, “Tears of a Clown” was a skanked-up cover of the 1967 Tamala Motown hit by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. A double A-side with “Ranking Full Stop“, it … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Stranglers – Nice ‘N’ Sleazy

Found on The Stranglers‘ 1978 release, “Black & White”, “Nice ‘N’ Sleazy” was the stand out single from a strong third album. The Men in Black are one of my all time favourite bands and tracks like “Tank“, “Toiler On … Continue reading

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ROTW – Simple MInds – Love Song

Taken from Simple Minds‘ 1981 album, “Sons And Fascination”, “Love Song” was a guaranteed floor-filler back the good old days of Newquay’s “Elizabethan Suite” and “The Ops Room” in Porthtowan ……. Cornwall’s answers to The Blitz Club and The Wag … Continue reading

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