Archive for August, 2008
“In 1924 the British magazine Gramophone playfully warned of ‘gramomania’ alerting readers to its ‘insidious approach, its baneful effects, its ability to destroy human delights’. Two years later, on the other side of the Atlantic, the Phonography Monthly Review asked readers to recount their most dire sacrifices in the name of grooved shellac.”
From Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music by Mark Katz, p10.
I’m starting a new section of this blog/site called gramomania, I’ll try to put up a 78 gramophone record every week. It will also be a place for posts about old stuff, the history of the future, time machine schematics, automata etc.
So to start off here’s a US top ten tune from 1950
Hank Penny with String Band- Blood Shot Eyes
This tune being something of an anthem at a Gramophone disco thing I do with some pals.
Gramophone disco being an all night bar with a 78’s , normal records and a pre sixties music policy. The Gramophone disco has a nice carny feel with various diversions including-
Smash hits gramophone disco.
This is where the crowd listen to a record and vote whether to smash it or whether it’s a hit and a keepy. It’s fun for a various reasons
1. Smashing records(particularly brittle shellac) is very satisfying fun.
2. It has the added bonus of being a kind of anarchist history smashing theatre.
3. When I have a enough smashed 78’s, I’m going to make a time machine out of them.
4. It’s good to crate dig in public and share the pleasure of finding an unknown great record- makes a surprisingly good entertainment.
5. It’s a way of getting people to actually listen and pay attention to old 78’s.
6. It’s a good antidote to the whole po-faced worship of the past, old records etc.
We’re doing the Electric picnic this weekend so drop in if your around and here’s another 78/tune to listen to on the drive there.
Just back/recovered from Mantua – shouts to everybody- crew and punters who made it good diy vibes from begining to end. The Gramophone disco went well and same props. And cheers to everybody for enjoying my bassline/4×4 set in the low end tent and letting me know. I’ll post some pics etc soon.
Not a million miles from that set – this is everywhere the last week or so and well worth checkin’- nice bit of a work out on the buy out riddim near the end(Notch – Nuttin’ Nuh Go So (RCola Remix), one of my fav riddims.
Immediate sounds vol01
- Beenie Man & So Solid Crew – Yagga Yo
- Ms Dynamite & Menta – Ramp
- El-B – Shorty (Steppas Remix)
- Glamour Murphy – What The Woman Want (Acapella)
- QQ – Screechie
- Stacy – Let Meh Know
- Kyla & Paleface – Do You Mind (Crazy Cousins Remix)
- Geeneus & Zinc – I Try (Instrumental)
- Vybz Kartel – Stop Gwaan Stush (Acapella)
- Top Cat & Double 99 – Ripgroove
- Durrty Goodz – Pum Pum Stealer
- Tubby – Turbo Shandy
- Destra & Dizzee Rascal – Flex (Tim Turbo Refix)
- Plastic Gangsters – Rock To The Rhythm
- Shabba Ranks – Love Punaany Bad (Baby G Remix)
- Elephant Man – Nobody Nobody
- Notch – Nuttin’ Nuh Go So (RCola Remix)
- Soundclash feat Red Fox & Screechie Dan – Pum Pum Shorts