In case you missed it – here’s part 1 looking at an issue from 1982.
Hi poopkids, as fans of the collective works of messrs Ellen and Hepworth, I thought you might enjoy the Giddy Carousel of Pop podcast (@GiddyPopPod on twitter). available on all your usual podcast platforms. Each episode sees myself and Simon G take the staples out of an old issue of Smash Hits from the Eighties and go through it with the finest of tooth combs. Each time we have a special guest to help us and episode one stars Dr Volume of this parish. Episode 2 coming soon!
Glossop Record Club welcomed David Hepworth as their guest on April 19th. I was honoured to host the event and asked a range of questions relating to his books, Whistle Test, Live Aid and Smash Hits. Add to that the audience Q&A (Benny Hill, Top Of The Pops and Van Morrison all got a look in) plus a few records, David was even presented a record by the Hepworth Band from our very own Beany. He was, of course, delighted.
I’ve read the book and am ready to deliver the result. The album he gives a good kicking to is What’s Goin’ On. At one point, he suggests Rock critics often choose it as a great only because they feel guilty about favouring white acts. Other than that, he seems to like everything he mentions. @Rigid-Digit nominated four albums, The Faces A Nod Is As Good As A Wink, Cat Stevens Teaser, Black Sabbath Masters Of Reality & Rod’s Every Picture. He loves them all. In fact, my impression is that the Rod album is his second favourite of 1971 after Who’s Next. The biggest surprise, to me, is that he rates The Carpenters (the album), scuppering @Didley-Farquar ‘s chances.
In the absence of someone selecting the criminally under-rated What’s Goin’ On, I’m having to go with the ignored. The following nominations, neither act nor album, are mentioned:
@retropath2 – Commander Cody’s Lost in The Ozone @ernietothecentreoftheearth – Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band’s No Roses @The-Actual-North – Mogul Thrash @Hawkfall – Flower Travelin’ Band @H-P-Saucecraft – Byrdmaniax » Continue Reading.
Which album will Hepworth *criminally* under-rate or overlook in his forthcoming book? Everyone puts in a fiver. Half the kitty goes to the winner and the other half goes to Syrian refugees. I decide the winner after reading the book.
I am disqualified from taking part but my money would be on the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley. By 1971, he was no longer breaking new ground but his album of that year, Elvis Country or I’m 10,000 Years Old, is one of his very best. He cares about these songs and sings them with the passion and charisma of a true believer. This Southern boy has an intimate knowledge of all things Country: Western Swing, Blues, Traditional, Bluegrass, Gospel, Countrypolitan. As do the band of Nashville’s finest. It is also one of his weirdest LPs (disorientating snippets of I’m 10,000 Years Old are used as a bridge between the songs) with his weirdest cover (a sweet picture of Elvis as a child). I reckon Mr Hepworth will forget it exists, despite its quality.
While you think about your nominations, here’s a virtually piano less Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.
You can’t leave us guessing, just ‘cos the thread has been bumped down a page. Whose ruddy sleeve notes were those written by ver Hep?