I haven’t updated in a while- mainly because I’ve been quite busy with various things. I’ve started driving lessons again, for the first time in at least 3 years. The assessment went pretty well- with a
little lot of luck, I might be able to get a full driving license sorted by the end of the month.
Anyway, that’s not what I’m talking about today. Yesterday, I went up to Newcastle with my dad. Haven’t been there in a while, so it was a bit of a change. We ended up having a look in a music shop- one that had both instruments and records. Only problem was the fact that the vast majority of the items for sale were pretty expensive. I daresay I had been priced out of the market somewhat…
Browsing the clearance racks, my dad picked out a couple or compilations to get himself- a ’50s Rock ‘N Roll one, and a Country/Western one. 79p each- he’s quite good at finding bargains. Or cheap rubbish. It’s a bit of a hit-and-miss skill, really. So, armed with the purchases, as we got back to the car, the Rock ‘N Roll comp. was stuck in the player for the journey home.
I didn’t notice it at first, but a top tip for everyone: always check the record label before purchasing- I’m not going to name the label (no name, no lawsuit), but it’s the certain brand that are often advertised on shopping channels, or at 4 in the morning (once even the chat hotlines have given up and gone to sleep). Similarly, any 1950s Rock N Roll album without the brilliant ‘C’Mon Everybody’ by Eddie Cochran should be given a very wide berth.
The first track didn’t seem…right…almost like a kareoke version- all Casio and Bontempi and basic drum kits. Oh dear. Some where taken from live recordings, which were awful quality. A version of ‘Blueberry Hill’ was particularly dire- it was indeed Fats Domino, but sounded like it was performed on a TV special. Oh dear oh dear.
Needless to say, the rest of the compilation was subject to the golden rule of ‘First 5 seconds, then skip the track.’ A shame really, because some bits of the pre-Beatles/Spector pop music is some of the greatest ever written. Seriously. And any modern groups that are inspired by it should be given more credit.
So, naturally, I’ve made a better mixtape myself. This time, it’s a bit more ‘populist’ (my previous playlists usually have a few lesser-known songs on. I’m not as clued-up about this style than others, sadly, but it’s full of favourites.). It’s a mix of rockabilly, surf rock and straight-up rock ‘n roll.
So here it is:
- Eddie Cochran- C’mon Everybody(1:55)
- Elvis Presley- That’s All Right Mamma(1:59)
- Chuck Berry- Johnny B. Goode (2:42)
- The Ventures- Walk, Don’t Run (2:11)
- Fats Domino- Blueberry Hill (2:21)
- The Shadows- Apache (2:57)
- Buddy Holly- Peggy Sue (2:31)
- Gene Vincent- Be-Bop-A-Lula (2:37)
- The Penguins- Earth Angel (2:59)
- Link Wray- Rumble (2:27)
- The Lively Ones- Surf Rider (3:17)
- Johnny Kidd & The Pirates- Shakin’ All Over(2:20)
- Little Richard- Tutti Frutti (2:22)
- Chuck Berry- You Never Can Tell (2:40)
- Dick Dale- Let’s Go Trippin’ (2:11)
- Elvis Presley- Jailhouse Rock (2:34)
- The Beach Boys- Surfin’ Safari (2:07)
- Ricky Nelson- Lonesome Town (2:13)
- Jerry Lee Lewis- Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On (2:52)
- Eddie Cochran- Summertime Blues (1:57)
- Duane Eddy- Rebel Rouser (2:23)
PLUS Super Bonus Tracks!!!
- The Raveonettes- Let’s Rave On (1:55)
- Manic Street Preachers- Rock And Roll Music (2:55)
- The Jesus & Mary Chain- Surfin’ USA (2:58)
- The Jesus & Mary Chain- Tower of Song (4:49)
- Camera Obscura- A Sisters Social Agony (3:59)
- The Raveonettes- My Time’s Up (4:43)