While up in Yorkshire for work this week I took the opportunity to meet up with my old friend David Ford, who now owns the Saltaire Bookshop. It has an excellent stock of new and second-hand books and second-hand vinyl, and it is well worth popping in if you are in the area. More details here:
Back in the early 1980s David and I used to co-present a show on University Radio Essex, between 2pm and 6pm on Thursdays. For students this is the equivalent of the breakfast show, so it was a highly prestigious slot and we had a small but dedicated band of listeners. However it was mainly an excuse to get together for a chat and to play records.
Here are a couple of favourites from that era. First up, "An Old Man's Dream" by The Red Krayola, featuring Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Lora Logic (X-Ray Spex and Essential Logic) and Epic Soundtracks (Swell Maps) as well as the main man Mayo Thompson.
Second, here's Fatal Microbes with the wonderful "Violence Grows" (featuring a 15-year-old Honey Bane on vocals).