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Heavy week as always! We’ve been trying to process as much stock as possible, sometimes working well into the early hours. The shop is looking very well stocked at the moment!!! I’ll go into what we put out in a bit but firstly I want to talk about the new reissues we’ve been getting in. You may have noticed that we have been getting loads more new reissues in recently. It was just a simple answer to all of the customers coming in looking for Classic albums that we may not have had second hand copies of. Whether its a Darkthrone LP or a Beastie Boys LP – we want to have it for you!! This weeks new Reissues are from Funkadelic, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Billie Holiday, Booker T & The MGs, David Bowie, Eric Dolphy, Judas Priest, The Stone Roses and the always amazing Patti Smith.

Some interesting stuff in this week…

  1. Sean bought a collection midweek with lots of Classic/Hard Rock LPs and CDs. The collection included some LPs from Venom which was good timing as they were playing London this week with Suffocation (Tom went!). Lots of big titles from Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath etc.
  2. Some decent Reggae 45s and 12″s from Ini Kamoze, Bunny Wailer (the amazing Rise & Shine 45), Augustus Pablo, Culture, Dennis Brown etc. Lots of nice titles – mixture of reissues and originals.
  3. Classic Rave & Electronica LPs from Aphex Twin, U-Ziq, The Future Sound Of London and their alias Amorphous Androgynous. Its funny as I was just playing the U-Ziq LP (Lunatic Harness) which was a firm favourite from my Selectadisc days and was thinking about how underrated it is these days.
  4. An Original Master Recording pressing of Revolver by The Beatles. Held by Hi-Fi buffs in high regard and possibly one of the best ways to hear this amazing LP.
  5. HUGE restock of titles from La Vida Es Un Mus – one of the best Hardcore Punk labels. Its always a huge pleasure to go and see Paco and pick up all of the new titles. We got loads of titles this time: Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Good Throb, Disclose, Framtid, Patsy, Los Crudos, Limp Wrist etc. Also we got a load of Munster titles from him too (which included some rare reissues of Latin, Boogaloo, Exotica, Garage, Wild Rock n Roll, Post Punk, Minimal Synth….all reissues of very rare titles and all legit!).
  6. Seriously killer suitcase full of Def Jam LPs – loads of Wu Tang related titles as well as killer LPs from people like Foxy Brown, Brand Nubian etc.
  7. More rare hardcore – in one of the piles was an Intense “Genesis Project” which is one of the greatest Hardcore/Jungle/DNB eps ever.
  8. Lots of interesting Library, Free Jazz, Avant Garde reissue LPs. Including some reissues of some seriously rare titles. I put a picture up on our Instagram of these – well worth checking them out!

Put out some mad stuff this week – Genesis original Pink Scrolls, Sex Tags Mania titles, loads of David Bowie, some proper Heavy Metal (including some obscure Eastern European Thrash!), lots of very nice Reggae titles (including some signed titles!), loads of Rock n Roll/Rockabilly and loads of Synth Pop (including a few more obscure titles).

I went to see Graham Lambkin do a piece about Canterbury in Canters last night – geezer is a legend!!!

Loads more due in this week!!!!

Tom is putting on this gig tomorrow (Saturday night) – its gonna be killer !!!

This weeks TOP TEN is from the Legend from L.O.T.I.O.N. – Alex Heir!! I had a wicked chat with Alex about Rave at the last Static Shock Festival so was super happy he sent me a Dance List! I love the fact that L.O.T.I.O.N. are influenced by The Prodigy. Alex also runs Deathtraitors which if you don’t know you really should.

dancE music

1. Dyewitness- Observing The Earth

2. Josh Wink- Don’t Laugh
3. Progression- Reach Further
4. Altern8- Activ-8 (Come With Me)
5. Laurent Garnier- Crispy Bacon
6. Blunted Dummies- House For All
7. Sequential- Death House
8. Messiah- There Is No Law
9. Skin Up- Blockbusters
10. Pancake- Don’t Turn Your Back
You can listen to L.O.T.I.O.N. here:


Till next week!!!!!

Eternal Thanks to all the Mums

Yo from Reckless!!!

This Blog was written after I sneaked down and did all my mums washing up to ::

Its only been a few days since the last Blog Post but its been pretty hardcore. The shop has been busier than ever and the buying has been great as always!

  1. Loads of original 60s and 70s Beatles LPs have been coming in. Loads of super clean copies too. There has also been a hell of a lot of George Harrison LPs (including a top notch copy of All Things Must Pass). As I’m sure you can imagine these never last long. Pauls son also popped in and asked if we had any vacancies this week so its been a very Beatle-y week here at Reckless!
  2. More Hardcore Jungle! Some really tasty bits from DR S Gachet, New Era, Droppin Science, Doc Scott, The Alliance….loads more due in soon too!!!
  3. From the same seller a nice batch of Roots Reggae and Dub: Scientist, African Head Charge, Big Youth, Mad Professor, Augustus Pablo, Tribesmen, Prince Jammy, Aswad etc.
  4. Small batch of Esoteric Progressive Rock LPs, Italian Psychedelia, recordings of Satanists, Horror Soundtracks and Doom Metal LPs came in.
  5. Some really good Punk and Oi! came in from a nice bloke – all pretty mash up – but they played well: Crass, The 4-Skins, The Business, The Varaukers, Chaotic Dischord, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Conflict, GBH…..he also had a load of U2 records!!

Plenty more has come in as I have been told but I’ve been back home so haven’t seen whats up. I’ll add it to next week!

We got some Reckless Slipmats made this week – and they are well sick. I’ll put pics up when I’m back from Kent.

We have a gig next Saturday with the always amazing The Number Ones!

This weeks Top Ten is from my Mum!

My Mum is one of the reasons I love music so much I reckon – always used to play me sick records as I used to play with Soldiers. I remember she used to be really into the White Noise LP and the soundtrack to 2001. I have found tonnes of cool records in her collection over the years: Karlheinz Stockhausen, loads of French EPs, Igginsbottoms Wrench, Shirley Collins….She loves music and can often be found at gigs in Broadstairs at either the Folk Festival or the Blues Bash. Thanks for doing this Mum you are the best!!!!

  1. While my Guitar Gently Weeps     George Harrison   the first and best to be played very loud in a large space to swoon and dance to.
2. Maybe Tomorrow   Stereophonics    played loudly with the windows and doors open on a sunny day  and sing along with
3. NW    Niteworks  for crazy outdoors dancing in the middle of the night     I first saw this amazing group of musicians at Celtic Connections in Glasgow  and was hooked
4. Telephone Line  ELO    sing along with this and you can’t be sure your lungs get a work out…mine do
5. Crazy Man Michael  Fairport Convention    takes me back  just beautiful and reminds me of lovely hedgerows
6. The Sun Aint gonna shine anymore   The Walker Bros     that beautiful hunk Scot Walker ‘s voice takes me back to climbing cliffs in Cornwall and going down the tin mines  with my dancette    record player
7.Bob Dylan   Like a Rolling Stone    singing in the pub with lots of people!
8.Roy Orbison   Crying  have to have this as always good to play when you need a damn good boo    but to be played loudly so one can be very expressive
9.Tubular Bells  Mike Oldfield   all of it   just because I listened to it constantly when I was a student in Brighton!AND  still love it.
10.Thin Lizzy   Whiskey in the Jar     love love love    oh dear   again I love playing this early in the morning on a sunny summers day  dancing around the kitchen  and singing!
Till next week!

Its a Cold World out there…

Yo from Reckless!!!

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Well it was a bit of a nuts week – some days it took me two hours to get in to work – and it what obviously the same for a lot of people as a few days this week we were pretty dead. We were on a skeleton staff for a few days as some of us had to look after our kids when the Schools were shut but we all worked late to make sure that we got loads of new records out!

Anyway enough dry chat this is what came in this week:

  1. Several really, really good Classic Rock collections. I’m was told that both of the collections were very similar, and both killer. I was too busy being in Mallorca having it incredibly large with some other Reckless employees. Anyway; some very clean original records. I went through them today and: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, John Martyn, Cream, Eric Clapton, The Doors, Bob Dylan, The Band, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, Robert Wyatt, Roy Buchanan, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Guy Clark, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, The Seeds, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Richard & Linda Thompson, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy, Gram Parsons, Big Star, Black Sabbath…… these will go out throughout the week and they won’t last long!
  2. Another week another load of killer 90s LPs. Some really nice ones (decent shape too): R.E.M., Oasis, Blur, The Boo Radleys, The Field Mice, New Order, The Stone Roses, Portishead, Super Furry Animals, The Fall, Stereolab, Cocteau Twins etc. Fair bit of Sarah Records bits.
  3. Loads more wicked Jungle and Hardcore – keep putting it all up on Instagram and it keeps selling in about 5 minutes – more Tango, Origin Unknown, Ratty, Bukem, Seduction, Top Buzz, Bay B Kane, Pascal & Sponge…..we’ve been assured a lot more are coming in over the next few weeks.
  4. Quite a few nice Metal records have also been coming in off a regular seller: Cannibal Corpse, Mayhem, Conan, Darkthrone, Sepultura, Really hope he has loads more!
  5. Some decent Punk came in too – including a Part 1 Test Press and some Killed By Death comps,

Probably loads more came in but I was away (hence why there was no Blog last week but there will be another one at the end of this week if enough stuff comes in!).

We did some serious processing this week – fully stacked the 45s. I put out boxes of priced up ones today – loads of killer stuff. The Dance sure have been pricing like crazy and some seriously killer House and Techno has been going out from that huge collection we bought last month. Eddie has also priced up a tonne of Reggae and its selling fast!!

Loads of Decent new Reissues coming in this week too – all the classics. We’ve started getting in a load more new stuff from the distributors – so if you need a classic LP wether its Wu Tang, The Zombies or Joni Mitchell we’ll have it.


This week we have a Top Ten from Stu Tolhurst. I don’t know Stu but after going to the amazing Dub Organiser nights he does with Keith Lawrence I knew I had to ask him for a Top Ten. His selections were so killer, and it was amazing to be back home in Kent listening to the music I love on a big sound system in a little pub near my Dads old house! If you are ever in Whitstable and it is on you have to go – you will not be disappointed!


Stu Tolhurst Top Ten

The Termites – Push It Up – Olympic (ja)

Prince Buster – Black Dragon – Islam/Rock-a-Shaka (jp)

Drumbago – Dulcimina – Clancy Eccles (ja blank)

Tony and Howie – Fun It Up – Banana (Uk)

Winston Jarrett and the Flames – You’ve Lost Your Date – Nu Beat (Uk)

The Wailers – Feel Alright – Wail m Soul m (ja blank)

Tubbys Dub Song – (acetate)

Leroy Smart – God Helps The Man – Jackpot (ja blank)

Run Babylon – Larry Marshall – Studio One (ja blank)

One One Cocoa – DWYER – (ja misprint; Glen Brown/Boat to Progress)…

Here is a Radio show with Stu and Keith:


From Memphis to Detroit !!!

Yo from Reckless!!!


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Incredibly busy week – must have been Half Term. Also the high end Jazz and Reggae that went out created a bit of a buzz in the shop. Insane amount of buying this week; so busy we almost ran out of money yesterday!

Lets go!!!

  1. Some really, really, banging Techno came in this week from a fairly regular seller. He obviously bought a lot of cool records – mostly from Fat Cat by the looks of it. He has sold a load of Dub to us in the past but this time it was heavy Techno: plenty of Detroit; loads of Robert Hood, Jeff Mills (including the rare Picture Disc on UK Hardcore label ULR One), Ectomorph; UK Techno from Surgeon, James Ruskin and several more; Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound (including some rare Colour Vinyl titles). Very gnarly records here – and a lot of titles you don’t see everyday.
  2. Some really KILLER US Rap CDs. Someone has been selling us their entire Rap CD collection this week. Lots of very good, underground (and not so underground) titles. Plenty from Three Six Mafia, Project Pat, C Murder, E 40, Master P, Big Bear (Including Doin Thangs!!!!), Lil Flip, Lil Keke…. You know the score!!! Really nice to have these in as they don’t turn up too much.
  3. Another massive CD collection came in – this time fairly across the board but relying heavily on the the Experimental side of things. Loads of Japanese titles from Boredoms, Acid Mothers Temple, Fushitsusha, Merzbow….lots of interesting Electronica titles too (loads on Warp, Rephlex, Planet Mu but also a lot more underground titles). Also: Rap, Metal, Punk, Noise, Psych, Prog, Jazz etc.
  4. I was skint this week so sold in a load of stuff – some rare UK Psych titles (some of which sold straight away), rare LPs from The Honeybus, Lush, Kraftwerk, Linda Hoyle, Kaleidoscope. Also lots of Techno/House.
  5. Small pile of wicked Death Metal reissue LPs came in: Napalm Death, Pestilence, Slayer, Possessed, Morbid Angel.
  6. Rare Japanese Guns N Roses EP.
  7. Loads of really good Hard Rock/Heavy Metal LPs also came in. Sleeves are all in great shape, the vinyl is generally VG but they all play well. Lots of classics from Iron Maiden, Anvil, Bon Jovi, Spider, Motley Crue, Diamond Head, Accept, AC/DC, Hawkwind, Uriah Heep, UFO etc. Exactly the sort of records you would see in Provincial towns looking for Bolt Thrower LPs in your teens; sometimes it would pay off, but mostly not.
  8. Loads of super clean Classic Rock came in: Pink Floyd, Ultravox, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Beatles, Deep Purple, Bruce Springsteen etc.
  9. Some nice Soul LPs – about 60 – lots of UK and US originals. Including a few more sought after titles from Ann Peebles.
  10. Tonnes of Grunge including loads of Pearl Jam and a rare LP from Temple Of The Dog.
  11. Huge collection of Rock N Roll. Nearly all reissues or cool 80s comps. But loads of really, really good records. Tonnes of semi-hard beat comps – Freakbeat, Psych, Beat. Loads of Gnarly Evil Rock N Roll.
  12. My favourite collection this week turned up first thing on Sunday. I’d been surprised with a Birthday trip to Lazer Quest on Saturday so was a little tired first thing at work on Sunday but this perked me right up. A really nice couple sold in their collection and it was really great. Loads of Classical, Chanson, Oddities, Classic Rock, Jazz. Some beautiful records including Miles Davis, Francois Hardy, Moondog. Some fairly rare Classical titles too. Loads of really nice Kids records too!

Here is one of my favourite Moondog tracks – which to me sounds like a Funky version of a track from The Wicker Man soundtrack!


You will be pleased to hear that this week it is the second instalment from James Knight!!! His last Top Ten went down a treat and I really loved reading this one too,. Especially the bit about The Lowest Form :p


I’m back! Shout out to everyone and anyone who made it through my first beefy top ten and biggup the folks that got in touch to say they dug it – your chests! As promised I did try to keep this one shorter as befits the nature of the records being discussed but it’s still a bit of an eyeful I’m afraid so go get the coffee on! Here are ten of my favourite punk tunes (in no particular order) and a bit about why I like ‘em:


“Gimme Gimme Gimme” – Black Flag

Picking up Kerrang as early as my pre-teens Rollins was a fairly regular fixture and so many bands referenced Flag as an influence that it was inevitable I’d check them out sooner or later. The moment I knew I had to get hold of some of their music though was hearing Jordan Richter skate to “My War” in Video Days the epic Blind video. Skate videos were another massive influence on my listening looking back. Hearing The Misfits, D.R.I., Maiden and Jefferson Airplane in Welcome To Hell; hearing Cymande, Joe Bataan and Herbie Hancock in Mouse; hearing Sabbath, Slayer and more Flag in Misled Youth; hearing Fugazi, Miles Davis, Gil Scott Heron, Archers of Loaf and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth in Eastern Exposure? How could I not be vibing out to all that shit age 13!? Anyway back to Flag  – what can you say? The blueprint for a sound, and, perhaps more importantly, an attitude and ethos towards touring and releasing records that still inspires many to this day. Rollins’ memoir Get In The Van that details life on the road with Flag in the early 80s is well worth a read to get an idea of the levels of commitment they had and how clearly inspirational this approach was to kids in every town they blasted through. Of the pre-Rollins vocalists I’m generally a Dez guy but I’ve always thought that Chavo nails it on this one which is probably my favourite of the early, short, fast, snotty, pissed off and nihilistic Flag which you can hear in one go on the Everything Went Black and First Four EPs comp’s. Damaged and My War are no doubt high points of the Rollins era but I also have a real soft spot for the late period instrumental Process Of Weeding Out LP.  If you don’t know – get to know!

“Punk Is Dead” – Crass

Hearing the Sex Pistols and The Clash in the early 1990s it was difficult to imagine what people had found so shocking in 1976. When I finally got hold of a copy of the Christ The Album LP in the big black box it felt challenging, subversive, confrontational and unrelentingly principled in a way those Pistols and Clash records never had to me. The short sharp bursts of song with Steve Ignorant’s pissed off vocal setting the world to rights over the top, the typography, the logo, the reams of text that came in the inlay booklet as well as the amazing Gee Vaucher collage (that includes a squatting Margaret Thatcher shitting sausages and skulls!) made a hefty impact on my impressionable psyche. The ideals and aesthetics of Crass so completely inform the anarcho/crust offshoot of punk it’s hard to imagine how that branch of the tree would look and sound had they never existed. The only comparable example I can think of is trying to imagine D-Beat without Discharge but then we’re really  straying into some ‘if a tree falls in the forest…’ territory. Aaaaaanyway, fair play to Penny for continuing to live and create according to his principles, you can still find him living and working (often in the nude) at Dial House, the anarcho-pacifist, communal, open house in Essex where he has lived and worked since the late 1960s. Here he is (with his clothes on) having a powwow with several other members of the band around the kitchen table at Dial House in 1984:


“Who Are You” – Void

Growing up in Kingston Upon Thames in the early 90s I was lucky enough to have access to three great record shops: Slammin’ Vinyl (RIP!!!) in the Apple Market had three floors of house, techno, jungle and D&B; Collectors Record Centre on London Road (still there to this day!) had a good selection of second hand rock and pop and there was also a branch of the Beggars Banquet shops on Eden Street that did a good bit of everything. When Beggars decided to get out of the bricks and mortar record shop game long time staff member Jon Tolley took up the reigns and the shop shifted to its current identity of Banquet Records. Shout out to Jon who has grafted hard and done things the right way and made Banquet an excellent local independent record shop that functions as a wicked community hub doing instores and organising gigs as well as staying well stocked with a diverse range of music. Long pre-amble but one thing that Jon has always ensured is that Banquet has been well stocked with key American Hardcore back catalogue releases. I was able to snap up CD copies of Minor Threat, Black Flag, Flipper etc no problem and Banquet always had a good chunk of the Dischord catalogue available on CD. The Faith/Void split remains the standout release of that period of my punk discovery, the Void side in particular. Heavy, aggressive, taught, pummelling, slightly deranged (check the guitar solo at 1 min!) and not shy to throw in a weighty breakdown Void still get me going! Here they are playing “Who Are You” live in DC in ’83:

S/T 7” – Koro

8 songs, six minutes, all killer, absolutely zero filler! Short, super fast, furious punk rock at its lithe and limber best. Koro’s only 7” was originally self-released in 1983 and the OG still goes for £££. You used to see bootlegs in various colours on eBay etc but Sorry State have done a proper re-issue of the 7” as well as putting out an unreleased LP (also originally recorded back in ’83) so anyone and everyone can get involved! Here’s “Feelin’ Pretty Minimal” from the LP which stretches out across a whole two minutes:

“Drop Dead” – Siege

Formed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1981 Siege concocted their brutally distilled version of hardcore in isolation from the prevailing Boston scene. Don’t get me wrong, I love SSD, Jerry’s Kid etc but something about being outcast from a scene of outcasts really seems to have given the Siege recordings a totally nihilistic, disassociative vibe that you can still feel to this day. Fellow small town Massachusetts kids Deep Wound were probably the closest thing in terms of speed, brevity and rawness but they could never quite match the sheer brutality of Siege. As well as the short, fast and furious stuff done rawer, quicker and more brutally than, possibly, anyone before them the B side of their 1984 cassette demo (and subsequent 7” releases of the recordings) is an 8 minute schizoid dirge out with a squalling sax wailing all over it called “Grim Reaper”:

So good. Aside from a few comp. appearances in the early/mid-80s (including on Pushead’s killer Cleanse The Bacteria comp.) Siege never put anything official out until Relapse re-issued their demo tape on CD in the mid-90s with a few extra tracks. This video of them playing in (I think) their school gym in 1984 is still one of the very best things I have ever seen on the internet and whenever I watch it I kind of feel like there’s no point bothering with anything else:

Albert Mudrian interviewed Siege drummer Robert Williams for his great book Choosing Death and Williams had the following to say about some issues he had with an aborted recording session they tried in the mid-90s with Anal Cunt front dude Seth Putnam who loved Siege so much he essentially resurrected the band so that he could sing with them! I think this quote sums up the spirit and attitude of the band well:


“We were recording and writing and I had written a bunch of revolutionary stuff, like violent lyrics, and the guitarist changed some of my lyrics with weak rhyme, making them pacifist rather than revolutionary, and really changing their context…I still have genocidal resentment about that. We never planned to compromise our extremity”


Genocidal Resentment would make a good band name, can’t believe no one has used that yet!

“Break The Chain” – Infest

Infest originally only existed for me as a mysterious band on patches that older dudes had on their jackets at punk shows I’d go to. It took me a while to find out anything about them online and finally I came across a guy in Germany on eBay who was selling a bootleg burned CDR copy of their discography. To say I was blown away by what I heard on that CDR would be an understatement. “Break The Chain” sums up Infest in 26 seconds. They took what Seige were doing and somehow distilled it still further. ‘Powerviolence’ is a kinda goofy term but you gotta hand it to Matt Domino (who coined the term and played guitar in Infest and Neanderthal) – it does a pretty perfect job of capturing the essence of the sound. Here’s another favourite, “Cold Inside”:




“Skull Crusher” – Man Is The Bastard

I discovered Man Is The Bastard via their split 8” on Vermiform with Born Against. Damn, Born Against should really be on this list. And Rorschach! At least by including MITB I am sort of covering Neanderthal and Crossed Out as there is significant member overlap between MITB and those groups, go check ‘em all out!! Back to MITB – there’s a lot to love! Much like Crass they went in for overtly anti corporate/anti-capitalist sloganeering and had a killer logo and aesthetic. As well as being brutally heavy thanks to Eric Wood’s pummelling bass, they also possessed a sonic trump card in Henry Barnes’ home spun electronics that gave the band a squalling, harsh, wall of noise that set them apart from their Powerviolence contemporaries and allowed them to frequently wander into straight up Power Electronics territory. Wood continues to preach the sermon of THE SKULL with the Bastard Noise, an extension of the Man Is The Bastard/Charred Remains project that occasionally includes Barnes and his machines amongst a rotating assembly of sympathetic contributors. A bit like a Powerviolence Mark E.Smith if it’s Wood and yer nan on bongos you can pretty much guarantee that there will be SKULL SONICS! Here’s an interview I did with Wood ten years ago (!):

And the pic up top is of me hanging out with Henry Barnes at an Amps For Christ show at The Montague (RIP) that Reckless top shotter and Static Shock bossman Ellis put on a couple of years back. Amps For Christ is Barnes’ solo project and again – I heartily recommend checking them out, wild and wonderful sounds & unimaginable instruments aplenty:

“Mother Made Me” – Lungfish

I’m not entirely sure that Lungfish belong on this list, or, for that matter, any list! While the music they make may not exactly be punk in sound though, it certainly is in spirit. I also discovered them in a punk context as they released their recordings on Ian MacKaye’s Dischord label.  Lungfish music is totally singular – strange, mantra-like feral hymnals based on trance inducing repetition, intoned over by Daniel Higgs’ oblique-yet-enchanting vocals. If you are not familiar then I envy you! Go jump straight into any of their twelve LP’s and get lost. I am sincerely sad that I have never got to see Lungfish play live although I have seen Higgs several times over the years and it is always an utterly transcendental experience which comes highly recommended! Interviews are given rarely by the band but this short radio feature offers an interesting insight and includes Higgs in conversation:

“Serve & Protect” – Citizen’s Arrest

Damn, there’s so many New York bands I could have included that I love to bits for a variety of reasons – Antidote, Judge, Gorilla Biscuits, the freaking  Cro-Mags! There is, however, something I find unquestionable about Citizen’s Arrest. Their first 7” is in a small box I have that never goes into storage. Straight up raging hardcore executed flawlessly. 27 years after its release the lyrics to this tune that kicks off that first 7” seem all kinds of prescient and relevant to today’s batshit crazy bowl of bullshit.


“Never Healed” – Heresy

While I’d happened across the crustier/grindier UK underground bands from the mid-80s like Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror etc via exploring metal it wasn’t actually until moving to Notts that I discovered Heresy and Ripcord who raged as hard and fast as just about anything. It was a total revelation at the time and I still love both of those bands to bits. With Heresy being from Notts and Kalv and Steve still playing every now and again in town as part of Geriatric Unit I felt a real affinity with Heresy and much later I got an opportunity to help make a documentary about that whole scene for Channel 4 that someone has handily whacked up on Vimeo:

It was also really cool meeting and spending time with Tom Withers aka Tommy Stupid, drummer in The Stupids who went on to become Klute as I was totally into both bits of his recording career. Here’s an absolute beast of an emotional d&b roller that no one does quite like Klute:


More rollers to come when I do my UK hardcore continuum top ten!


“Interplanetary Badboy” – The Lowest Form

Chris is always the last person to blow his own trumpet so I’m not sure he’ll even leave this cheeky eleventh pick in but I hope he does because as well as knowing more about records than ten normal record nerds put together he also sings in one of the best UK punk bands of the last decade. That might sound like hyperbole and it’s perhaps difficult for me to be objective as I know all of the members personally but it’s true. You can ignore me though and take the fact that their two LPs have come out on Iron Lung Records alongside bands like Diät, Cold Sweat and Una Bestia Incontrolable as a pretty solid vouchsafe. So biggup Chris, Michael (go check out his great label Night School – and his solo project Apostile – ), Luke  who also goes by Helm – and puts out loads of badboy records on his Alter label – ) and Paco (whose La Vid Es Un Mus label is probably the most consistent and prolific underground punk label in the game for both new and re-issue releases and has been for bloody ages – ) – I am well proud of all you guys!


Thanks Jam!!!!!! Legend!!!!

Jam does Low Bias with Robin:

Till next week


Hardcore will never die!!!!

Oi! From Reckless!!!

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I’m writing this from home – waiting in for a copy of this 12″ to arrive in the post. I’ve been completely obsessing over it recently. It really reminds me of Autechre doing a hardcore tune; absolutely love it!!!

Anyway – mad busy week as always. Half Term meant all walks of life were in which was nice. Hopefully loadsa of young kids were in buying their first records. Mad records in as always:

  1. Really nice bag full of about 60 12″s. Evenly split between Dance Mania titles and tunes from Omar S. As we all know Dance Mania is an absolutely class label – with so many killer Chicago cuts. From beautiful Lil Louis funky numbers to Ghetto tunes from DJ Funk. These won’t last long! Omar S always mashes up the dance – and with these you could do a full Omar set. Wicked productions!
  2. Amazing very large pile of records came over from Germany. They were all Punk/Hardcore/Garage. Included were the rare Fall Flying Nun LP, Blondie rarities (Parallel Lines original US Test Press, Japanese pressings), rare Dead Kennedys original 45s, Wipers originals and colour pressings, original Wire pressings, Television Personalities, The Pop Group (with all the posters), Blitz, Green Day, Bauhaus, Chrome, Black Flag…As you can tell its a really amazing collection and we spent a huge amount of money on it!! The seller informed us he was super happy with what he got and that this was the start of a 5000 piece collection – omg!
  3. Loads and loads of new stuff/reissues came in this week. Lots of Sealed titles, including a lot of OOP titles. Loads of 4ad (including lots of Dead Can Dance), new Indie, Classic Rock, Death Metal, Prog Rock…
  4. Some nice classic Prog Rock came in this week – Jethro Tull, Tempest, Van Der Graaf Generator, Genesis, The Web, Uriah Heep….
  5. More decent Reggae came in this week. Lots of Rare titles from Augustus Pablo, The Maytals, Freddie McGregor, Big Youth, Prince Buster etc. Also hopefully some of those rare 45s will be going out this weekend.
  6. An absolutely TOP TIER Jazz collection came in. The cream was a load of UK Esquire Miles Davis originals in amazing condition. Also a few rare Blue Note titles and others from Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler, Charles Mingus etc. We paid loads for these and they are out at top whack but I think you’ll agree they are worth it!!
  7. From the same collection there were a few rare titles from Elvis Presley (original HMV titles, a load of original UK 78s), The Faces (original gatefold sleeve pressing), Buddy Holly 78s, a few Blues 78s.
  8. Large pile of reissue vinyl (including the Sparks Island box) as well as a load of rare SACDs from David Bowie, Yes, Marillion, Fleetwood Mac etc.
  9. Loads more UKG – all across the board. Lots of wicked, wicked titles though!!!!!
  10. Few Hardcore Jungle bits – including a fair few from last week that went out – original Skanna, DJ Scoobie, some Lucky Spin promos, Orca, LTJ Bukem, Tango, Source Direct, Acen, Funky Junky, Monita, DJ Rap, Remarc, Spinback, DJ Trace etc.

Loads more collections due in this week – watch this space!!!

Brainiacs are playing next week:

Also the mighty Beserk are playing Saturday night in London art New River Studios which will be a ripper.

This weeks TOP TEN is from the mighty Ed AKA DJ JEDI!!!!!!

Ruff With The Smooth – Sounds Superior

Nirvana – About a Girl

Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

Marc Smith – Breakdown

Bug – So What (Commie Remix)

Naughty by Nature – Uptown Anthem

Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (A Mix Of Two Halves)

Lemonheads – Into Your Arms

The House Crew – Euphoria (Nino’s Dream)

Thanks Ed!!! Wicked list!!!

Check out Ed here if you don’t know him already:

Sweet Reggae Music!!


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Grim grey morning but we are off to Nottingham tonight to see Asid then Merky Ace, Frankie and Skimask!! Oi Oi!

Heavy week at Reckless this week; the 90s collection has nearly all gone and some tasty bits came in. We also got a load of new storage units put in, finally got WiFi and a Coffee maker!! We’re going up in the world!!

OK, we’d been waiting on this collection for a while but it finally happened. We bought a really nice Reggae and Soul collection. All original 45s, 12″s and LPs (but mostly 45s). These are the real deal. Check the box for the Reggae:

Loads of amazing original Rocksteady, Roots, Ska. Bluebeat, Coxsone, Upsetters – all the right labels. Some really big ones in there including a Dance Cleopatra. Lots of Blanks; mostly UK originals (but of course a fair amount of Jamaican titles too) and generally in really nice shape (about two thirds of centres are intact too). These haven’t been touched for years by anyone other than the owners and they are all going out. They also had an absolutely wicked few Schweppes boxes of Soul singles. Lots of nice UK and US originals – pretty much all in their company sleeves. Lots of standard but wicked titles from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield etc. But also a few rarer titles. The LPs were generally really clean and included US originals from Marvin Gaye, James Brown (and another copy of The JB’s LP!), Keith Hudson, The Maytals, Liquid Liquid, The Upsetters, Bob Marley etc. An absolutely amazing collection – were expecting these to fly out as we haven’t had a really amazing Reggae singles collection like this for ages.

I have to say I wouldn’t mind the copy of Dance Cleopatra but I’ll just have to make do with the French Picture sleeve copy!!

Loads more Classic Rock in this week – from Kate Bush to The Beatles to Neil Young to Cream. Some standard, some rare. Nice to see the Kate Bush sections bursting for once!!!

Tom bought in a really nice pile of Prog and Classic Rock CDs the other day. Lots of rare titles (and it is the start of a 5000 piece collection!!). Klaus Schulze, Ramases, Spring, Dando Shaft, Comus etc. You know the score!!!

Whole bunch of UKG came in this week. Loads of really, REALLY, killer rare titles. Generally in decent nick too. Some pretty obscure ones, as well as bigger ones from Confetti, Anthill Mob, RIP Productions. We are also halfway through buying in a large collection of Drum & Bass and UK Garage and it looked like there were a lot of decent Garage titles in there too (but they were a bit rougher).

One of us bought in a killer collection of Ethnographic/World titles this week too. It was about 150 LPs – loads of amazing titles. Few rare ones too. Several Folkways titles. I wish there would have been one of these:

I bought in a nice stack of Reggae LPs the other day. Mostly originals (or really early copies) from Burning Spear, The Arabs, Trinity, King Tubby/Yabby You, Scientist and Carlton & The Shoes.

Apparently Duncan bought a big Jazz collection this week. He’s dropping it off on Sunday – he says its “totally wicked!!!”.

Lots more other smaller purchases this week – including some decent Post Punk, Avant Garde, House and Techno etc. Were a few members of staff down this week but we will be working late to make sure we get enough stuff out for you !!

This week we have a very special Top Ten from the main geezer Jackson AKA Tapes!!!!





Nineties Bizzniss!!!!



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Absolutely mental week here – we bought about 16,000 titles this week!!! Lots of really amazing bits. Before I start on the new stuff I wanted to talk a bit more about the CD and House/Techno collections we bought in last week.

Firstly: we’ve started pricing up the CDs and there are loads of really great titles. It is essentially a collection of CDs that got really good reviews: so as you can imagine its pretty high quality! I had a look through some of the boxes when we were making space the other day and found loads of nice CDs: Alice Coltrane Japanese titles, loads of ON-U-Sound, Stasis/Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound/Carl Craig and loads of good Techno, lots of Scratching CDs (Q-Bert, Dan The Automator etc), hundreds of Blue Notes etc.

We’ve had a bit more time to go through the House and Techno and found some really nice titles. Mostly really nice Chicago House (loads and loads of Trax titles) and Detroit Techno (rare Nate Krafft, DJ Bone, Red Planet, Underground Resistance etc).

On to the new stuff:

  1. You probably saw it on Instagram but I bought a really big decent 90s Indie / Britpop / Grunge collection the other day. It was about 500 records. All pretty clean and nearly all original issues!!! Some really great titles from Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Elastica, The Verve, Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Frank Black, Dinosaur Jr, Luna, The Amps, The Breeders, Pavement, Pearl Jam, Chapterhouse, Ride, Stereolab, Nine Inch Nails, Broadcast, A Tribe Called Quest, Underworld, Sneaker Pimps, The Jesus Lizard, The Pixies, Belle & Sebastian, Tindersticks, Leftfield, Jeff Buckley, Paul Weller, Orbital, Mudhoney, Primal Scream, Shellac, Bjork, U2, Tortoise, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tricky, Suede…you get the idea! Really great to see a collection like this – especially in this condition. We sold tonnes of these the day they went out but did a few more lates to get he rest of them out so I’d be quick if theres something you need there.
  2. Scott bought in a nice stack of pretty rare UK Garage in yesterday. Some absolutely wicked titles including the amazing RIP Productions double pack with one of my favourite garage tracks “Oh Baby”. Some other pretty rare ones in there too – I put a small selection up on Instagram. Also these were a lot cleaner than most UKG.
  3. A semi-regular seller who brings in West Coast, Garage, Indie, Psychedelic titles popped in yesterday with a huge bag of great Psych and Garage comps (with track from the Remains, Wimple Winch, Family, The Factory, Tintern Abbey etc), some Cramps and 6 titles from My Bloody Valentine! The MBV titles were super clean. Which meant I could replace the MBV titles that we had sold the day before (they had sold in under an hour of being out!). Interestingly enough – no MBV LPs – just 12″s and EPs – but some great ones. You Made Me Realise was in there!!!
  4. Someone came in yesterday (it was a busy as hell day yesterday as you can tell) with about 50 LPs – mostly standard but a few good ones from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Biohazard, Revolting Cocks and Prong!
  5. A huge wad of decent reissue LPs also came in this week – all in great nick – Iggy Pop, The Slits, Suicide, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Devo, The Clash etc.
  6. Some killer Dub CDs came in yesterday too. Loads of wicked albums from Alpha & Omega, TNT Roots, Jah Warrior, Earthquake etc
  7. Lots of Drum & Bass/Jungle/Hardcore action this week. We bought the start of a collection (I think he said its 3000 records) – some wicked titles from Sy-Kick, Krome & Time, Congo Natty, Origin Unknown, Nookie etc. We also bought in a small pile of Production House titles yesterday. We seem to have a real problem keeping any of this stuff in the racks – it basically flys out quicker than we can price them up. Not that thats a bad thing!
  8. More Japanese titles in this week. I can’t remember what they are – but there were some Funky titles! Oh yes there was a copy of the Mariah LP.
  9. Some really clean rare Noughties titles went out last night – Super Furry Animals, Kings of Leon, The Libertines, The Guillemots, Monsters Of Folk…All Nr Mint at worst!
  10. Couple of big singles in this week: super rare NWOBHM 45 from Dragonfly; its a rager – and the pre Specials Punk band Squad. The B-Side £8 a Week is a very good and silly song. Both in great condition!!!

Loads of Drum n Bass and House cheap went out this week – hundreds of both genres. Theres actually some really killer stuff in there so have a butchers.

This weeks TOP TEN is  from The Green Ray!! Thanks guys!!!

Gong ‘Flying Teapot’
Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘Electric Ladyland’
Allman Brothers Band ‘Eat A Peach’
The Rain Parade ‘Emergency Third Rail Power Trip’
Help Yourself ‘Help Yourself’
Santana ‘Caravanserai’
Television ‘Adventure’
The Doors ‘The Doors’
R.E.M ‘Murmur’
Jeff Beck ‘Who Else’
You can of course buy The Green Ray cd “Half Sentences” from us at Reckless!

Some killer collections in!!!

Oi! from Reckless!!

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It’s been a bonkers week this week. Two really good, and huge collections in. Plus loads of over the counter buying. I better get started!

The firstcollection this week saw Scott and I off to Park Royal near Wembley. It was a killer collection – 4-5 Thousand records. The seller was a super nice guy and I was so surprised that the first record I got to was the Plasmid 7″ put out by one of my pals but it turned out he was in Violent Uprising! Despite that the collection was mostly really good House and Techno. Serious amount of rare Chicago House and Detroit Techno. All the rare Detroit Electro records. All the Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Derrick May, DJ Rolando, Underground Resistance, Trax Records, Prescription Records, Strictly Rhythm. Plenty of UK Garage, Grime, Dubstep. Loads of Disco, Soul, Jazz, Funk. Huge amount of really good Punk – including tonnes of Discharge, Crass, Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, The Clash, X Ray Spex etc. Some really good Indie – from Add N To X to Sonic Youth to Beat Happening. Loads of wicked 45s – all across the board – but some really amazing ones!! Quite a few obscure Synth and Chuggy tunes here too. Its a pretty amazing collection and is gonna take some time to go through!!!!!

The second collection saw Tom and Kenny going to Wood Green to purchase 7000 CDs. I didn’t get to see the collection as I was leaving early to go for a delicious meal. But after numerous phone calls throughout the day it sounds amazing. Apparently the collection is in spotless condition (all of the CDs even have plastic sleeves! Its totally across the board apparently: taking in every genre of music you can imagine. From speaking to Tom yesterday he mentioned Blue Note, Moodymann and rare Coil CDs. I think its going to be a seriously amazing collection. As you can imagine the shop looks quite mental right now!!!!

So thats about 12000 Records and CDs in the door this week just through collections; but also over the counter we have bought:

  1. a package containing a load of new 45 adaptors, rare Graham Collier LP “Deep Dark Blue Centre”, El Babaku, some new Reggae reissues and more Jazz.
  2. Loads of really killer Tapes: mostly late 80s/90s: Tom Waits, Red House Painters, The Black Dog, Sonic youth, Blondie, The Beatles, Brian Eno, REM, Big Star, Massive Attack, Husker Du, Spiritualized, Black Sabbath, Chris Bell, The Rolling Stones, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Pavement, Lou Reed, Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti etc
  3. Decent Punk/Oi! CD collection: loads of really heavy CDs from The Business, Cockney Rejects, The Last Resort, 4-Skins, Cocksparrer, Sham 69, Slaughter & The Dogs, Peter & The Test Tube Babies etc
  4. More killer 80s/90s Indie/Psych/Punk LPs including about 8 13th Floor Elevators LPs, Nick Cave, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Slits etc.
  5. About 300 LPs and 12″s off Ben UFO including some killer Dubstep, Drum n Bass, House, Techno, Grime bits!!! Loads of Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware, True Playaz, Warp Records and a rare Danny Brown LP.
  6. Loads of obscure and interesting Jazz from around the world. About 30-40 records a day have been coming in.
  7. Several Sigur Ros and related LPs.
  8. First pressing of the A Perfect Circle LP.
  9. Lots of Psych/Doom Metal/Prog LPs from one of our regular sellers which included some modern Soundtracks on collectable colour vinyl

So as you can imagine we’re all pretty exhausted!!!! I’ve got the day off today and am pretty happy I’m not at work with all of those boxes today I can tell you lol! All of this stock is going to take us some time to set out, but it will be going out. Plenty more collections coming up this week.

This weeks Top Ten is from the main man Benji AKA Semtek who runs Don’t Be Afraid Records.

  1. D’Arcangelo on Happy Skull
  2. rRoxymore
  3. Kevlar Black Protection
  4. Wheelman on DBA Dubs
  5. Jason Wynters
  6. Thursdays
  7. The Intrepid Fork
  8. Inta
  9. McMafia – shut up its not meant to be realistic
  10. Scott Zacharias RA Poddie


Thanks Geezer!!!

Till next week!




From Glasgow With Love

Helllloooooo from us all at Reckless!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of Deru.

I was only in for two days this week (holidays either side in the West Country and now Glasgow!) but the two days I was in this week were pretty hectic. On the Tuesday we had lots of serious buying. Plus the day before we had just cleared a load of our storage so we had piles and piles of vinyl everywhere. On Tuesday evening I went to buy a load of records from our friend Adam Oko just before he moved to Japan. Included were tonnes of rare and obscure Japanese records, UK Garage, UK Pastoral Prog, Library, Hip Hop, House, New Wave, Minimal Synth etc. There were a few big ticket items in there (to a certain extent!) from John Bender, George Harrasment, Yellow Magic Orchestra etc.

Wednesday was extremely busy – not helped by the fact that Scott and I had worked until 1am on the Tuesday pricing up all the new stock. The day started off with two huge boxes that had been posted down to us from out friend Pat (the legend that is known as DJ Skimask). He had decided to sell his House records as he just wasn’t playing them out anymore. It was an absolutely killer selection – Chicago House, Detroit Techno/House Sex Tags Mania, Booty Bass, Dance Mania, Trax Records, Dub Techno etc. You know the score – all the usual amazing artists: Larry Heard, Basic Channel, Theo Parrish, Scott Grooves, Ron Trent, Moodymann, Fast Eddie, Mike Dunn.

We also bought a killer Rap/ RNB / Soul collection that day. It was maybe a few hundred records or so and included loads of killer bits (all classic albums – no 12”s) – Snoop Dogg, Baby Huey, Lauren Hill, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, MF Doom, Outkast, Thundercat, Dr Dre, DITC, Common etc. All in great condition.

Also we bought a load more killer Jungle/DNB. Loads more classic titles from Dillinja, LTJ Bukem, Source Direct, 4 Hero, Tango, Goldie etc. It does seem that when we put any Hardcore/Jungle out that it rarely lasts past the busy lunchtime rush – so I really would try and get in soon as when they go up on the gram to avoid disappointment!

When we cleared through all of the storage this week we found so much killer Classic Rock – including really clean copies of originals from Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Can, Blondie, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Captain Beefheart, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, JJ Cale, Sex Pistols, Depeche Mode etc. Also I found a nice little batch of killer metal LPs – including a load of original Slayer LPs and a decent copy of one of my favourite Heavy Metal LPs “Abigail” from King Diamond. This is such an amazing LP – some people can’t get past his insane vocals – and to those people I shake my head in disgust!!

I also bought in a pretty interesting pile of Rock records this week. There was an original UK Mono Joe Cocker LP – one you really never do see. Nice to see in all its front laminate flapjack glory. He also had about 6 Neil Young LPs, a large pile of Highlife/Afrobeat LPs, Cream and Tim Buckley – pretty cool selection!

Plenty more collections due in – keep checking our Instagram!

This weeks Top Ten is one close to my heart as its from one of my old mates. James Knight has been working in the music industry in some form since he left uni wether it was DJing, doing a radio show, writing for Vice, being a part of House Anxiety Records – he’s been a busy man!! Now he works at the British Library in the music department and does Low Bias with Robin. He’s an amazing writer with a real passion for music so I asked him to do Ten Top Tens – one a month. Here is the first part!!

Hello there, my name’s James Knight. I like records and I have a show on NTS ( ) where I play the records I buy. I also work at the National Sound Archive at The British Library. Go check out some the sounds stored there here ( and here (


As a bit of background – Chris (who does this blog) is an old friend of mine. When I met him almost a decade and a half ago in Nottingham the breadth his musical taste and his passion for the records he liked was really inspiring for me. I had grown up exploring pretty diverse areas of music and Chris was the first person I’d met who, like myself, was into Darkthrone as much as he was into Arvo Pärt, the Germs, Legowelt and Whitehouse. We both also really really liked jungle and breakbeat hardcore, something that remains unchanged to this very day!


When he asked me to do one of these lists for the blog he jokingly suggested that I should do a top 100. Once I got to thinking about it I realised it would be really difficult to do a top 10 that was coherent so instead I offered to do ten top tens, one for each broad area of music I like. This means that Chris ends up with his top 100 after all. I’ll do them in chunks of ten and space them out over a good few months so I don’t bore people to tears.


The first ten records are all by artists that I got into in my pre-teen and early teen years and I guess could be viewed as ‘canonical’ or ‘foundational’ records, for me at least. A lot of the artists and records I got into right through to my twenties were massively influenced by magazines that I was reading regularly at the time as this was pretty much the pre-internet era. My school library carried copies of the NME and Melody Maker and I used to buy Kerrang whenever I could as a few of my friends older brothers (who I thought were really cool) used to read that so I was trying to listen to a lot of the indie, metal and punk those titles covered.


For some reason though I was really drawn to Mojo and started badgering my nan to buy that for me from about the age of nine or ten circa 1994. I got a subscription to Mojo in 1996 (issue 32) that I held for the following 13 years. From reading Mojo (and later, Uncut and Record Collector) every month I got a pretty solid grounding in a lot of the classic 60s and 70s rock, blues, folk, funk, soul and alt-country/americana artists that those mags loved to cover. My first ten records are all culled from that area of my listening and there’s nothing remotely rare or obscure about them, don’t worry though, there will be lots of that sort of stuff to come in future months!

“Visions of Johannah” – Bob Dylan

It would be remiss of me not to kick off with a Dylan record as he was definitely my first major musical obsession. My mum was into a bit of classical music so there were quite a few classical CDs knocking about the house when I was growing up but my Dad had no real interest in music and there were no records in the house so it was really exciting when my uncle Timmy moved in to live with my family for a bit when I was about 7 with his record collection. He was SUPER into Rush to the extent of owning one of Geddy Lee’s basses! Along with a few other prog bits his other big love was Hendrix. Going through his records was always amazing and the gatefold sleeve of Are You Experienced? with the naked ladies was pretty mind-warping age 7 or 8.


The Hendrix track I dug the most was “All Along The Watchtower” which totally blew me away. At the same time as I was getting into music I was also really getting into comics. I borrowed a copy of the Watchmen trade paperback from my local library which was another axis altering discovery. Much to my surprise the quotations from “All Along The Watchtower” that bookend the penultimate and final chapters of Watchmen were credited to Bob Dylan as opposed to Jimmi Hendrix. I had heard of Dylan but had no idea he had written my favourite Hendrix song. I started reading every article I could on Dylan that would appear in Mojo (which, as you can imagine, would crop up almost every month!) and I was able to borrow almost all of his albums, in chronological order on CD for a week at a time from the same local library I’d borrowed the Watchmen trade paperback from! Biggup Tudor Drive Library in Kingston!! It is perhaps no coincidence that all these years later I have ended up working in the music section of a library…


Serious Dylan obsession was to follow involving tape and, later, CDR trading which would lead to accumulating over 2000 live recordings and studio out takes as well as seeing him play live over 40 times but I have always come back to Blonde on Blonde. It was the album that struck me most listening to it under the covers on my mums Discman at ten years old and it continues to resonate with me to this day. Dylan described the sound he captured on that record as “the thin wild mercury music” which does a better job of verbalising it than I can. It’s pointless me bigging Dylan up or defending him against accusations of being a shite singer as those arguments are totally boring and old men have been having them for over half a century at this stage but this track broke me in half listening to it just now the same way it did the day I heard it and this is a list of records that do that to me so here it is.


This YouTube link is a live version from the infamous 1965/66 tour, everyone knows that story so I won’t go into the details other than that I remember reading in one of the multitude of biographies or articles I absorbed that he would smoke brown before going out and doing the solo-acoustic first half of the show and then get hopped up on speed in the interval to go back out and play the rock & roll second half of the show with The Band. Who knows if that’s true but whatever he was smoking it sure adds to the utterly opiated, woozy, ethereal delivery. Love you Bob.

“Lungs” – Townes van Zandt

Another one straight from the pages of Mojo and Uncut! I was heavy into Townes for a good while in my teens and had started smoking fags and drinking booze which his music is a great accompaniment to! I couldn’t believe my luck when I found a copy of Heartworn Highways on VHS in the old Tower Records in High Street Ken. This would have been circa 1997 and long before access to everything on YouTube (or even ordering pretty much anything on DVD from Amazon for that matter!) If you’ve never seen Heartworn Highways it’s a documentary covering Townes, Steve Earle, Guy Clarke etc and it’s well worth a look. This track is a recording off the Live From The Old Quarter double LP which is a great one stop shop for a lot of Townes’ best songs and despite how heavy songs such as “Lungs” are lyrically Live From The Old Quarter also shows how gentle and funny Townes could be despite the image of him being an arch miserabilist. He’s certainly fatalistic but never without good humour. Here he is performing “Waitin’ Around To Die” in Heartworn Highways:

R.I.P. Townes


“The Weeping Song” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Cave was another one I worked through chronologicaly and systemtically and I genuinely don’t think there’s a dud in his discography. I even love Nocturama which is the one everyone seems to think is a bit shit but it’s got that “Bring It On” track with the geezer from The Saints and that 15 minute “Babe I’m On Fire” track which is a wicked wig out so I’m sticking with my 100% hit rate theory. Of all the artists on this little list Cave is possibly the one I still listen to the most frequently. It is very weird that Mick Harvey no longer plays with him but I miss Blixa being in the band the most. “The Weeping Song” is probably my favourite single track of his if I had to chose and him and Blixa are good in the video! Looking up the video I also found a BBC performance of it at the time of release that I’d never seen before:

“Who By Fire” – Leonard Cohen

No introduction necessary and another giant who sadly left us recently. They showed the Bird on The Wire documentary on BBC4 the night he died and I hadn’t seen it in years, much like the D.A. Pennebaker Dylan tour documentaries (Don’t Look Back and Eat The Document) it manages to capture a sense of how fragile Cohen was during his early years of performing live without seeming voyeuristic or intrusive. Cohen’s lyrics are often what people focus on but the arrangement and choice of instruments in his tracks is often incredible. None more so than on this one if you ask me. The spartan, measured backing track really ratchets up the tension in the opaque and mystical lyric. No strangers to tension and mysticism it’s little wonder that Coil chose to cover it:

“Late November” – Sandy Denny

Honourable mentions to Anne Briggs and Shirley Collins but if I had to choose one female vocal forevermore it would be Sandy’s. I first encountered her in a Fairport Convention context on the Liege & Leif LP but her solo records were what got me fully hooked. The Northstar Grassman & The Ravens LP in particular is on a different level: eternal, singular, cosmic music that remains as spellbinding to me today as the first time I heard it. Sandy was born, grew up, went to school, studied, died and is buried very near where I grew up in South West London and I go to visit her grave at Putney Vale cemetery every couple of years to pay my respects.

“Don’t Cry Sister” – J.J. Cale

‘The other’ Cale’s music has such a distinct vibe you can usually tell it’s one of his tracks within a bar or two, his records all sound like warm gusts of understated finesse to me, laid back to the point of horizontal. I chose this track off of his 5 LP as it really epitomises his sound to my ears. I also love that he was into using drum machines as soon as they came out which most of his contemporaries would no doubt have balked at. I am sure if you keep checking the Rock bins at Reckless you’ll be able to pick up most of Cale’s output for next to nothing and while the 70’s LPs are all gold you can’t really go wrong – I also love Tavel-Log, Number 10 and Closer To You all of which appeared in the late 80s/early 90s. Get involved!

“Gun Street Girl” – Tom Waits

Again, not too much that needs to be said but I can highly recommend Barney Hoskyn’s book Lowside of the Road if you want to dig a bit deeper into Waits World. It’s hard to pick a favourite period of his stuff as I dig them all from the early singer-songwriter-y stuff on The Heart of Saturday Night and Nighthawks at The Diner (“I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” from Closing Time is a particular favourite from that era) right through to the ragged, blown-out blues of Mule Variations and Real Gone. I guess the Swordfishtrombones / Rain Dogs era in the mid-80s hits the sweet spot though so I have picked a track from Rain Dogs that has that weird haunted Americana feel that’s kind of like a sonic Grant Wood painting which he has a habit of totally nailing. This interview seems to have been doing the rounds a bit lately but it captures his odd, vaudevillian spirit well:

“Nottamun Town” – Bert Jansch

I’d imagine I first came across Bert in Mojo and it was true love at first listen. Along with Cave probably the artist who finds his way most regularly onto my turntable to this day. Bert’s guitar playing obviously speaks for itself but his voice is also wonderfully expressive and really suits standards such as this without ever falling into that identikit folk vocal that is often the default delivery for traditional material. Another great gift that Bert bestowed upon me was exposure to the wider the milieu that he floated in. His records led me to John Renbourne, Wizz Jones and of course Davey Graham and Davey led me to Shirley Collins – a fairly edifying path to follow! Sadly, aside from Wizz, most of that lot have passed now but I was lucky enough to see many of them play here and there, often at The Troubadour in Earls Court in the late 90s/early 00s which was a venue many of them had been playing for years. Wizz still plays out, often at The Ivy House in Nunhead, so if you want to hear this kind of stuff done right then go check him out as he’s one of the last left standing of that whole mob. Keeping up the book recommendations – there is a cracking one on Bert and that whole scene called Dazzling Stranger by Colin Harper that is well worth a read. Shouts out to Chris, Luke and any other Notts crew on dis wan! Here’s the Davey & Shirley version while we’re here:

“America” – John Fahey

I guess Fahey is, in a way, a trans-Atlantic counterpoint to Bert. As well as being a uniquely gifted guitar player and interpreter of several acoustic guitar traditions he was responsible for a re-appraisal and revival of his country’s blues and traditional music via his work with Joe Bussard. With his Takoma label, he helped stimulate a scene of similar players, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, Peter Lang , Max Ochs and Mike Auldridge all helped define the ‘Takoma sound’ (which Fahey termed ‘American Primitivism’) but it should also be noted that Fahey had wide and excellent taste:  Takoma issued Craig Leon’s Nommos LP in 1981 as well as Bernie Krause’s first LP and Joseph Byrd’s solo records – I am sure that Fahey could hear a direct through line from Bukka White to Byrd’s work in the United States of America so these kind of releases sitting together make total sense to me. Fahey himself also made some very interesting records not involving finger picking the acoustic guitar – check out his mid-90s records Womblife or City of Refuge which features a track entitled “On The Death And Disembowelment Of The New Age” – 20 minutes of fuzz, hiss and drone that Peter Rehberg would be proud of! I could have picked any number of Fahey tracks (“Transcendental Waterfall” from Blind Joe Death is another stone cold favourite) but I love this one which was actually left off the original Takoma issue of the LP as it was originally intended to be a double LP but only the first disc was produced meaning half the tracks were chopped. Fear not though – it makes it on to subsequent pressings! Fahey’s style, attitude and influence resonates on indelibly via artists like Jack Rose (R.I.P.), Sir Richard Bishop, James Blackshaw and Ben Chasny. There is a great doc. called In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey that came out in 2013 and offers a good overview, I can’t find it on YouTube but it pops up on BBC4 every now and then so keep your eyes peeled on the old iPlayer! Here’s an entire concert from 1981 instead:

“Night Comes In” – Richard & Linda Thompson

It was a toss up between this and “Calvary Cross” off I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight but I went for this one in the end. Richard Thompson is another continuous presence on my turntable. His work as a solo artist, with Fairport Convention and, as previously mentioned, on Sandy Denny’s solo records, all have very fond places in my heart but the run of LPs he cut with his then wife Linda seem to capture a certain spirit that is unique even in the context of his large and varied catalogue. Maybe it had something to do with their devotion to Sufism at the time but the six albums they recorded between 1974 and 1982 all seem to be shot through with a certain mystical quality that has not dulled over the decades to my ears. I return to “Night Comes In” regularly after a long night on the plonk when I’m feeling a bit tired and emotional and “Oh, the songs pour down like silver”!


Thanks for taking the time to read all that if you have got this far! Next month I’m gonna do ten short and fast punk records so I’ll keep the waffle down to a minimum in keeping with tracks!





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Loads of wicked records in…and a Teejerker Top Ten band shirts!


This blog was written to the sounds of Alice Coltrane!

Mad start to the week. Had a seriously mental weekend, Saturday was one of the busiest days we’ve had for 12 months! Nearly Record Store Day crazy! The reductions are all out and are flying out FAST. Loads of killer bits out in the cheaps – just today I put out some original Elvis 78s, original Fela Kuti Nigerian LPs and a load of killer Hardcore Punk. All a bit scruffy but what else can you buy for £3 thesedays!

Some major buying this week – lets get started!

One of our semi regular sellers bought in some wicked 12″s the other day. Some really rare UK Techno from the Likemind label (the one with the amazing Nuron track “Eau Rouge”), and Redcell. Original US Underground Resistance label 12″s, including some of the rare ones. Drexciya, Aux88, Andrea Parker etc. Some seriously killer records. We’ve been playing loads of the old Andrea Parker 12s recently -so good man!

We had a stream of very solid, amazing condition Classic Rock collections this week. We really needed it after Christmas! Luckily they haven’t stopped coming in! So we now actually have records by Dire Straits in the racks lol! As well as the usual suspects: Pink Floyd (including the really rare Pulse vinyl set), Queen (some really rare ones!), Rush, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash, Talking Heads, Cream etc. Most of the copies of all this classic rock was so clean – they are pretty much all EX or above – most are Near Mint. The sleeves, inserts, inners etc are also all near perfect.

A few of us bought in one of my favourite collections in ages at the tail end of last week. It was from a really sound couple who had been left them from a relative. The relative was obviously a super cool individual and was buying all the right records at the right time. I believe they also worked in the music industry. So you had loads of killer Jazz (lots of Blue Nots titles especially – mostly really early pressings), amazing Soul and Funk (again nearly all original issues, people like Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, James Brown, The JB’s, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield etc), Blues (Albert King, BB King, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Canned Heat..), badboy Reggae (The Wailers – including a Zippo Catch A Fire – Augustus Pablo, Scientist, Bob Marley, Dillinger, Burning Spear, Delroy Wilson, BB Seaton, Alton Ellis, Cornell Campbell, Yabby You, Michael Prophet etc) and Classic Rock (Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson etc. Wow! Also there were some weird ones in there like an original Liquid Liquid 12″. Amazing collection – and such nice copies, loads of sleeves still. in shrink and super nice vinyl.

More Jazz, Soul and Funk came in from one of our regular sellers. Lots of Jazzman titles, Four Tet, John Coltrane, Sun Ra… cool bits!

Tom bought in loads of really nice CD Box Sets including sealed ones from The Beatles. The cupboards are being regularly restocked and they have put out loads of interesting and odd CDs and Tapes this week. We also had a bit of a clear out on the vinyl side and went through some old cupboards. We found some absolutely mad bits to be honest – from original African rarities to tonnes of Krautrock.

Another of our regular sellers popped in the other day with a great pile of amazing condition LPs yet again. More Ash Ra! Some of the more sought after Trisnomie 21 LPs, Klaus Schulze, Jean Claude Eloy, Peter Michael Hamel, Neu! and many more great titles!

Plenty of collections coming up – some I’m really looking forward to!!

This weeks Top Ten is from the almighty TEEJERKER!! Teejerker, if you don’t know by now, sells amazing old band T Shirts and gets so many amazing ones. I would certainly recommend following the Instagram!!

Fugazi, early 90s

One of the most famous shirts in the Punk scene, the only partly official Fugazi shirt ever made. Fugazi didn’t want to produce and sell merch so bootlegging was rife, Ian told a notable bootlegger to stop making Fugazi tees, so he made this design instead. Ian saw the design and admired the creativity, he agreed that the shirts can be sold if the profits Fugazi would take were donated to a Womens shelter instead.

Dinosaur Jnr, 1987

From SST Records in 1987, this is the last Dinosaur shirt before the Jr. was added. The band were called Dinosaur from their formation in 1984 until just after the release of their second album ‘You’re Living All Over Me’, when supergroup The Dinosaurs sued them over the name, prompting the addition of ‘Jr’.

Catherine Wheel, 1991

One of the earliest Cartherine Wheel shirts, the 1991 long sleeve featuring the artwork for the bands first EP’Painful Thing’, released on Norwich based label Wilde Club Records. Shortly after Catherine Wheel were signed to Fontana Records, with interest from Creation as well as Eno’s label Opal Records.

Dismember, 1991

Original Dismember shirt from the debut album, and now a true Death Metal classic ‘Like an Ever Flowing Stream’. The band were instrumental to the Sweedish Death Metal scene and are now considered on of the ‘big four’ with Entombed, Grave and Unleashed. The controvertial song ‘Skin Her Alive’ from this release prompted an obscenity charge in the UK, which the band successfully defended.

Sonic Youth, 1992

Up there with the best bootleg shirts we’ve seen, this European Tour 1992 shirt is unnofficial and picked up at the Hamburg show 10/11/92. Killer backprint featuring German dates only, so I guess some German dude printed em up and was selling them outside the shows? Awesome shirt, never seen it again.

Slowdive, 1992

Super rare original ‘Just for a Day’ long sleeve from 1991, the debut full length release from Slowdive on Creation Records. One of the most desirable shirts in the Shoegaze scene, the long sleeve is particularly hard to come by

Nirvana, 1989

Insanely rare Nirvana ‘Bleach’ long sleeve from 1989. Tupelo Recording Company were the first label to press Bleach in the UK, it was a fairly limited run which included 300 white vinyl and 2000 dark green. This is the promotional long sleeve from that release, not sure how many were ever made but have only seen it once again!

Spacemen 3, late 80s

Original Spacemen 3 shirts are some of the most desirable in the vintage market. This late 80s tee is hard enough to find in white, but the rarer black (now grey) was a really special find. Some of the best imagery in Alt Rock / Shoegaze and alsmost 30 years of love and wear

Mayhem, 1997

Legends from the Norwegian Black Metal scene who need no introduction. This 1997 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas long sleeve is one of our favourite Metal long sleeves to come through. Despite the history of the band and the notoriety of Deathcrush, this 1994 album was their first full length release, and was dedicated to Euronymous who had been murdered by Varg of Burzum the year before.

Minor Threat, 1988

Awesome Minor Threat tee from around 1988, featuring the iconic ‘Out of Step’ sheep. The shirt was screened by drummer Jeff Nelson himself and was one of the first designs sold through his printing company Pedestrian Press.