Are washed and hanging on the line
There's a million burning questions
To set the Thames alight
Now I've joined an exclusive club
Just by being more than poor
I saw the deputy chairman, on the floor".
Tonight my legs hurt. I've been a wandering over the concrete hills and tarmac dales of central Bournemouth in search of the vinyl delights soon to be posted. It used to be so that you could go into any charity shop and pick up an armful of fantastic plastic for next to nothing and be happy with it. Nowadays it's near nigh impossible, unless you're into military music, classical, Rosemary Clooney, Jim Reeves, James Last or some such, but I'm not in rest home so none of those appeal. I blame ebay. No longer will I be able to pick up armfuls of ska and two tone stuff for 10p a throw. I built up a collection of 500 7"s alone doing that, but sadly had to sell it because I like to eat/live indoors/keep my legs intact. Not to mention nearly every third generation Ska lp on Staccatto, Skank, Dojo and all those other 90's labels. 99% of the Two Tone Label and every Madness item except for the grey day cassingle. Still what's passed is past.
Something else that came to my attention as I wandered lonely as a clot today was the fact my past is disappearing at a rate of knots. A few years ago now I returned to my native village in deepest darkest Norfolk (the court order had expired) and found they had built a new estate on each of the bits of scrubland where we had our hide outs as kids and one on the old derelict RAF base where we shot all the windows out with modified air pistols. Today I find that another of my old bars that we used to frequent with the band has disappeared. Many a night was spent being drunk watching some half arsed ska band pluck away at some old classics, although I spent several nights there watching bands other than Bigshot too. 999, UK Subs to name but the ones I can remember. Many local groups too, I wonder whatever happened to Pronghorn? How that girl with the large lady bumps managed not to catch her knockers in the accordion I'll never know (although I was always ready with the first aid kit. Still nothing lasts forever I suppose?
My horriblescopes for the week says "destiny awaits in a newsagents" I hope it's not the one at the top of the road, I don't fancy a 50 year old asian man.
Well here's the music for tonight we have a repost of all the 12"/80's series a repost of the Stiff rarities. Finally I've uploaded another of my charity shop finds Labour of Love by UB40 the promo film they made to go with the album. The sound has a bit of flutter here and there but you hardly notice and I'll try to find a better copy in my travels.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/w1pc38 UB40 labour Of Love movie
http://www.sendspace.com/file/m0qrqq Stiff rarities raiding the vaults.