The History of Record Club

A few years ago some mates of mine decided that if their girlfriends / wives were going to form a book club as a regular feature of their social calendar, the guys should do something similar.

The blokey equivalent was obvious, particularly as several of us are music anoraks: a Record club; a long-running membership (give or take a few chaps who've retired due to lack of time or conversely been co-opted in to swell the ranks), who take it in turns to pick 2 or 3 albums a month.

Prior listening is highly desirable, the albums are played in full at the meet-up and opinions are voiced and scores out of 5 awarded (then tactfully forgotten).

So, here's the history of the good, the bad and the baffling, described meeting by meeting.



Friday, 1 December, 2017

1 Rat Boy: "SCUM" 2 Spiritualized: "Lazer Guided Melodies"

Friday, 3 November, 2017

3 Misfits: "American Psycho" 4 Lou Reed: "New York"

Friday, 15 September, 2017

5 Knifeworld: "Buried Alone - Tales of Crushing Defeat" 6 Tame Impala: "Currents"

Friday, 21 July, 2017

7 The Beatles: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 50th Anniversary Edition" 8 Van der Graaf Generator: "Godbluff"

Friday, 23 June, 2017

9 Mark Mulcahy: "The Possum In The Driveway" 10 Free: "Fire and Water"

Friday, 28 April, 2017

11 Jim Bob: "School" 12 Elbow: "Little Fictions"

Friday, 3 March, 2017

13 Twenty One Pilots: "Blurryface" 14 Fat White Family: "Songs for Our Mothers"

Friday, 27 January, 2017

15 Mark and the Clouds: "Blue Skies Opening" 16 The Sea Nymphs: "On Dry Land"

Wednesday, 2 November, 2016

17 Radiohead: "A Moon Shaped Pool" 18 Calexico: "Edge Of The Sun"

Friday, 9 September, 2016

19 Shopping: "Consumer Complaints" 20 Jim Johnston: "After All Wishing"

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016

21 Manic Street Preachers: "Everything Must Go" 22 Sam Smith: "In The Lonely Hour"

Friday, 3 June, 2016

23 Terry Riley: "A Rainbow In Curved Air / Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band" 24 The Ramones: "The Ramones"

Wednesday, 11 May, 2016

25 John Mayall With Eric Clapton: "Bluesbreakers" 26 Vivian Stanshall: "Sir Henry At Rawlinson End"

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016

27 Josefin Ōhrn + The Liberation: "Horse Dance" 28 Frank Sinatra: "Songs For Swinging Lovers"

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

29 The Vapors: "New Clear Days" 30 Ryan Adams: "1989"

Friday, 22 January, 2016

31 Lisa Ronson: "Emperors Of Medieval Japan" 32 Marilyn Manson: "Holy Wood"

Friday, 13 November, 2015

33 Talking Heads: "Remain In Light" 34 Steven Wilson: "Hand. Cannot. Erase."

Wednesday, 28 October, 2015

35 Nick Mulvey: "First Mind" 36 Zun Zun Egui: "Shackles Gift"

Wednesday, 9 September, 2015

37 The Sleaford Mods: "Key Markets" 38 Ian Dury: "New Boots and Panties"

Wednesday, 5 August, 2015

39 Slaves: "Are You Satisfied?" 40 Taylor Swift: "1989"

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015

41 The Residents: "The Third Reich 'n Roll" 42 Benny Goodman: "Live At Carnegie Hall 1938"

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

43 Dusty Springfield: "Dusty In Memphis" 44 Jack Bruce: "Songs For A Tailor"

Wednesday, 13 May, 2015

45 Bo Ningen: "Bo Ningen" 46 Haight-Ashbury: "Perhaps"

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

47 Bob Marley & the Wailers: "Exodus" 48 Elephants & Castles: "Collected works 2013 - 2015"

Wednesday, 11 March, 2015

49 Bring Me The Horizon: "Sempiternal" 50 Skrillex: "Bangarang"

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

51 Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: "Zim Zam Zim" 52 Art Bears: "Hopes And Fears"

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015

53 Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL: "Plectrumelectrum" 54 Kitten Pyramid: "Uh-Oh!"

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

55 The Wedding Present: "Bizarro" 56 Flying Lotus: "Cosmogramma"

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

57 Johnny Marr: "Playland" 58 alt-J: "This Is All Yours"

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

59 The Fugs: "It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest" 60 Suicide: "Suicide"

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

61 Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: "Barafundle" 62 The Bears: "Eureka!"

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

63 Blue Öyster Cult: "Agents of Fortune" 64 Nick Drake: "Bryter Layter"

Wednesday, 11 June, 2014

65 Beach Boys, The: "Pet Sounds" 66 Haircut 100: "Pelican West"

Wednesday, 7 May, 2014

67 Abney Park: "Ancient World" 68 Eddie Vedder: "Into The Wild"

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014

69 The Buggles: "The Age Of Plastic" 70 The Crimson Jazz Trio: "King Crimson Songbook Vol 1"

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

71 Public Service Broadcasting: "Inform, Educate, Entertain" 72 Sister Sledge: "We Are Family"

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

73 Komeda: "What Makes It Go?" 74 Chameleon Circuit: "Still Got Legs"

Wednesday, 8 January, 2014

75 Placebo: "Without You I'm Nothing" 76 Kings Of Leon: "Mechanical Bull"

Wednesday, 4 December, 2013

77 Random Jon Poole: "Random Jon Poole" 78 The Velvet Underground: "The Velvet Underground & Nico"

Wednesday, 6 November, 2013

79 King Krule: "6 Feet Beneath The Moon" 80 Black Sabbath: "13"

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013

81 New Model Army: "No Rest For The Wicked" 82 Scott Walker: "Scott 2"

Wednesday, 4 September, 2013

83 Alabama Shakes: "Boys and Girls" 84 Calvin Harris: "18 Months"

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

85 Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny: "Don't Stop Singing" 86 Imagine Dragons: "Night Visions"

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013

87 Three Trapped Tigers: "Route One Or Die" 88 Shuggy Otis: "Inspiration Information"

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013

89 Grizzly Bear: "Shields" 90 The United States Of America: "The United States Of America"

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013

91 Blondie: "Parallel Lines" 92 David Bowie: "The Next Day"

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

93 JD McPherson: "Signs and Signifiers" 94 Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: "Rock Art and the X-ray Style"

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

95 The Dave Brubeck Quartet: "Time Out" 96 Thumpermonkey: "Sleep Furiously"

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

97 The B52s: "The B52s" 98 The Rolling Stones: "Out Of Our Heads"

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012

99 La Düsseldorf: "La Düsseldorf" 100 The Tubes: "The Tubes"

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012

101 The Jim Jones Revue: "The Savage Heart" 102 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: "The Message"

Wednesday, 10 October, 2012

103 Gary Numan: "Dead Son Rising" 104 The Dresden Dolls: "The Dresden Dolls"

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012

105 Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer: "The Tweed Album" 106 Led Zeppelin: "Led Zeppelin 1"

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

107 Raphael Saadiq: "Stone Rollin'" 108 Tinariwen: "Aman Iman"

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

109 Curve: "Dopplegänger" 110 Diesel Park West: "Shakespeare Alabama"

Wednesday, 13 June, 2012

111 740 Millionow Oddechow: "Porachunki" 112 Steel Pulse: "Handsworth Revolution"

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

113 The Doors: "The Doors" 114 ZZ Top: "Tres Hombres"

Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

115 Bob Dylan: "Highway 61 Revisited" 116 Melody Garbot: "My One and Only Thrill"

Monday, 20 February, 2012

117 Field Music: "Plumb" 118 Max Richter: "The Blue Notebooks"

Wednesday, 25 January, 2012

119 The Black Keys: "El Camino" 120 Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: "30 Something"

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011

121 Anna Calvi: "Anna Calvi" 122 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds"

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

123 Fairport Convention: "Liege And Lief" 124 Alabama 3: "Exile On Coldharbour Lane"

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

125 God Speed! You Black Emperor: "Yanqui U.X.O." 126 Ennio Morricone: "Navaho Joe Original Soundtrack"

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

127 Janelle Monáe: "The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)" 128 AC/DC: "Highway To Hell"

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

129 Radiohead: "OK Computer" 130 Echo And The Bunnymen: "Crocodiles"

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

131 Quicksilver Messenger Service: "Quicksilver Messenger Service" 132 King Crimson: "Red"

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

133 The Small Faces: "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" 134 The Smoke Fairies: "Through Low Lights And Trees"

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

135 John Lennon: "Plastic Ono Band" 136 John Grant: "Queen Of Denmark"

Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

137 Fleet Foxes: "Fleet Foxes" 138 Adam And The Ants: "Kings Of The Wild Frontier"

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

139 These New Puritans: "Hidden" 140 Kasabian: "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum"

Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

141 Black Sabbath: "Paranoid" 142 Buckethead: "Giant Robot"

Wednesday, 3 November, 2010

143 MGMT: "Congratulations" 144 Soname: "Plateau"

Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

145 The xx: "xx" 146 Joanna Newsom: "Ys"

Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

147 Bat For Lashes: "Fur And Gold" 148 Natalie Merchant: "San Andreas Fault"

Wednesday, 28 July, 2010

149 Mr Bungle: "Disco Volante" 150 Marina And The Diamonds: "Family Jewels, The"

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

151 William D Drake: "Briny Hooves" 152 Hatfield And The North: "Rotters Club, The"

Wednesday, 12 May, 2010

153 Roni Size / Reprazent: "New Forms" 154 Julian Cope: "World Shut Your Mouth"

Thursday, 1 April, 2010

155 Paloma Faith: "Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?" 156 Girls Aloud: "Out Of Control"

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

157 The View: "Hats Off To The Buskers" 158 John Adams: "Harmonium"

Thursday, 21 January, 2010

159 Rodrigo y Gabriella: "11:11" 160 Senser: "How To To Battle"

Thursday, 10 December, 2009

161 The Unthanks: "Here's The Tender Coming" 162 The Mediaeval Baebes: "Illumination"

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

163 Crystal Castles: "Crystal Castles" 164 Broken Records: "Until The Earth Begins To Part"

Thursday, 1 October, 2009

165 Nick Cave: "Let Love In" 166 De La Soul: "Three Feet High And Rising"

Thursday, 3 September, 2009

167 Philip Glass: "Koyaanisqatsi" 168 Death Cab For Cutie: "Narrow Stairs"

Thursday, 30 July, 2009

169 Miles Davis: "Kind Of Blue" 170 Japan: "Japan"

Thursday, 2 July, 2009

171 Queen: "Night At The Opera" 172 Porcupine Tree: "Fear Of A Blank Planet"

Thursday, 4 June, 2009

173 Prince: "Purple Rain" 174 Suede: "Suede"

Thursday, 30 April, 2009

175 Diamanda Galas: "The Singer" 176 The White Lies: "To Lose My Life"

Thursday, 19 March, 2009

177 Jethro Tull: "Aqualung" 178 Chemical Brothers: "Surrender"

Thursday, 26 February, 2009

179 Neil Young: "Living With War" 180 TV On The Radio: "Dear Science"

Thursday, 29 January, 2009

181 Guns'n'Roses: "Appetite For Destruction" 182 Madness: "One Step Beyond"

Thursday, 27 November, 2008

183 Screaming Blue Messiahs: "Gun Shy" 184 The Ting Tings: "We Started Nothing"

Thursday, 6 November, 2008

185 Johnny Cash: "American Recordings IV: When The Man Comes Around" 186 Burial: "Untrue"

Thursday, 2 October, 2008

187 The Merry-Go-Round: "The Merry-Go-Round" 188 Vampire Weekend: "Vampire Weekend"

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008

189 Mahmoud Ahmed: "Erè Mèla Mèla" 190 Joni Michell: "The Hissing Of Summer Lawns"

Thursday, 26 June, 2008

191 OMD: "Architecture And Morality" 192 Television: "Marquee Moon"

Thursday, 5 June, 2008

193 The Last Shadow Puppets: "The Age Of The Understatement" 194 CSS: "Cansei De Ser Sexy"

Thursday, 24 April, 2008

195 Tom McRae: "Tom McRae" 196 Captain Beefheart: "Safe As Milk"
197 Bunty Chunks: "Bunty Chunks"

Thursday, 27 March, 2008

198 Deep Purple: "Machine Head" 199 The Young Knives: "Voices Of Animals And Men"

Thursday, 28 February, 2008

200 Archie Bronson Outfit: "Derdang Derdang" 201 The Carpenters: "A Song For You"

Thursday, 24 January, 2008

202 Leonard Cohen: "I'm Your Man" 203 The Housemartins: "London - 0, Hull - 4"

Thursday, 29 November, 2007

204 Elvis Costello: "Punch The Clock" 205 Kate Nash: "Made Of Bricks"

Thursday, 18 October, 2007

206 Scott Matthews: "Passing Stranger" 207 Gong: "You"

Thursday, 27 September, 2007

208 Sufjan Stevens: "(C'mon Feel The) Illinois" 209 Hawkwind: "Quark, Strangeness And Charm"

Thursday, 9 August, 2007

210 Siouxsie And The Banshees: "Juju" 211 Tears For Fears: "The Hurting"

Wednesday, 11 July, 2007

212 Lily Allen: "Alright, Still" 213 Nirvana: "Nevermind"

Thursday, 24 May, 2007

214 Luke Haines: "Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop" 215 Faith No More: "Angel Dust"
216 Nine Inch Nails: "Pretty Hate Machine"

Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

217 The Kooks: "Inside In / Inside Out" 218 Hair: "Original London Cast Recording"

Thursday, 22 March, 2007

219 Steely Dan: "Aja" 220 David Bowie: "Station To Station"

Thursday, 8 February, 2007

221 Wham: "Fantastic" 222 Muse: "Black Holes and Revelations"

Monday, 13 November, 2006

223 Wire: "154" 224 Marvin Gaye: "What's Going On"

Thursday, 12 October, 2006

225 Chumbawamba: "WYSIWYG" 226 The Stranglers: "Rattus Norvegicus"

Friday, 11 August, 2006

227 Natacha Atlas: "Mishmaoul" 228 The Delays: "You See Colours"

Wednesday, 26 July, 2006

229 The Divine Comedy: "A Victory For The Common Muse" 230 Billy Bragg: "Talking To The Taxman About Poetry"

Wednesday, 28 June, 2006

231 Gorillaz: "Demon Days" 232 The Jam: "Sound Effects"

Wednesday, 3 May, 2006

233 Roy Harper: "Bullinamingvase" 234 Arctic Monkeys: "Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not"

Wednesday, 5 April, 2006

235 Curved Air: "Air Conditioning" 236 Antony and the Johnsons: "I Am A Bird Now"

Monday, 13 February, 2006

237 Family: "Music In A Doll's House" 238 Brakes: "Give Blood"
239 Devendra Barnhart: "Cripple Crow"

Monday, 16 January, 2006

240 Pulp: "Different Class" 241 The Editors: "The Back Room"

Monday, 28 November, 2005

242 Art Brut: "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" 243 Husker Du: "Candy Apple Grey"

Monday, 24 October, 2005

244 Pendulum: "Hold Your Colour" 245 The Cure: "Pornography"

Monday, 3 October, 2005

246 British Sea Power: "Open Season" 247 Arcade Fire: "Funeral"

Monday, 18 July, 2005

248 Hard Fi: "Stars Of CCTV" 249 The Magic Numbers: "The Magic Numbers"

Monday, 27 June, 2005

250 Graham Coxon: "Happiness In Magazines" 251 Kaiser Chiefs: "Employment"

Monday, 16 May, 2005

252 Cardiacs: "A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window" 253 Marianne Faithfull: "Before The Poison"

Thursday, 28 April, 2005

254 The Gang Of Four: "Entertainment" 255 The Sound: "From The Lion's Mouth"

Monday, 21 March, 2005

256 Rammstein: "Mutter" 257 Bruce Springsteen: "Nebraska"

Monday, 7 February, 2005

258 Magazine: "Real Life" 259 Scissor Sisters: "Scissor Sisters"

Monday, 10 January, 2005

260 ABC: "Lexicon Of Love, The" 261 Peter Hammill: "Nadir's Big Chance"

Wednesday, 1 December, 2004

262 XTC: "Drums And Wires" 263 Secret Machines: "Now Here Is Nowhere"

Tuesday, 9 November, 2004

264 Caravan: "If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It Over You" 265 Jeff Buckley: "Grace"

Thursday, 16 September, 2004

266 The Stone Roses: "The Stone Roses" 267 Morrissey: "Vauxhall And I"

Wednesday, 25 August, 2004

268 Elvis Costello: "Armed Forces" 269 Ordinary Boys: "Over The Counter Culture"

Thursday, 22 July, 2004

270 Nico: "The Marble Index" 271 Celtic Frost: "To Mega Therion"

Thursday, 17 June, 2004

272 Roxy Music: "Roxy Music" 273 Dangermouse: "Grey Album"

Wednesday, 19 May, 2004

274 The Streets: "A Grand Don't Come For Free" 275 Curtis Mayfield: "Superfly"

Thursday, 29 April, 2004

276 Pixies: "Bossanova" 277 Libertines: "Up The Bracket"

Wednesday, 7 April, 2004

278 The Tansads: "Up The Shirkers" 279 Franz Ferdinand: "Franz Ferdinand"

Thursday, 18 March, 2004

280 The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Axis, Bold As Love" 281 Lucinda Williams: "Essence"

Wednesday, 3 March, 2004

282 The Smiths: "Strangeways Here We Come" 283 Spirit: "The Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus"

Wednesday, 4 February, 2004

284 Dexy's Midnight Runners: "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" 285 Joy Division: "Unknown Pleasures"

Wednesday, 14 January, 2004

286 MC5: "Back In The USA" 287 Stars In Battledress: "Secrets And Signals"

Wednesday, 3 December, 2003

288 Sneaker Pimps: "Becoming X" 289 The Beatles: "Let It Be - Naked"

Wednesday, 19 November, 2003

290 Breathless: "Behind The Light" 291 Frank Zappa: "Overnite Sensation"

Wednesday, 5 November, 2003

292 The Coral: "The Coral" 293 Electric Six: "Fire"

Wednesday, 1 October, 2003

294 Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs: "Fever To Tell"