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, 18 January, 2019

1 X-Ray Spex: "Germfree Adolescents" 2 Kraftwerk: "Trans-Europe Express"

Friday, 2 November, 2018

3 Wolf Alice: "Visions Of A Life" 4 Matt Berry: "Television Themes"

Friday, 21 September, 2018

5 Billy Bragg and Wilco: "Mermaid Avenue" 6 The Pretty Things: "SF Sorrow"

Friday, 31 August, 2018

7 World Party: "Bang!" 8 Gentle Giant: "The Power and the Glory"

Friday, 27 July, 2018

9 Camaron De La Isla: "Al Verte Las Flores Lloran" 10 Warpaint: "Heads Up"

Friday, 15 June, 2018

11 Bennett Wilson Poole: "Bennett Wilson Poole" 12 Loyle Carner: "Yesterday's Gone"

Friday, 11 May, 2018

13 Kitchens Of Distinction: "Strange Free World" 14 Janet Jackson: "Control"

Friday, 6 April, 2018

15 Nick Cave: "The Skeleton Tree" 16 Kate Tempest: "Let Them Eat Chaos"

Friday, 9 March, 2018

17 The Moulettes: "Preternatural" 18 Half Man Half Biscuit: "Trouble Over Bridgwater"

Friday, 2 February, 2018

19 First Aid Kit: "Ruins" 20 PJ Harvey: "To Bring You My Love"

Friday, 5 January, 2018

21 Queens Of The Stone Age: "Villans" 22 The KLF: "Chill Out"

Friday, 1 December, 2017

23 Spiritualized: "Lazer Guided Melodies" 24 Rat Boy: "SCUM"

Friday, 3 November, 2017

25 Misfits: "American Psycho" 26 Lou Reed: "New York"

Friday, 15 September, 2017

27 Knifeworld: "Buried Alone - Tales of Crushing Defeat" 28 Tame Impala: "Currents"

Friday, 21 July, 2017

29 The Beatles: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 50th Anniversary Edition" 30 Van der Graaf Generator: "Godbluff"

Friday, 23 June, 2017

31 Mark Mulcahy: "The Possum In The Driveway" 32 Free: "Fire and Water"

Friday, 28 April, 2017

33 Elbow: "Little Fictions" 34 Jim Bob: "School"

Friday, 3 March, 2017

35 Fat White Family: "Songs for Our Mothers" 36 Twenty One Pilots: "Blurryface"

Friday, 27 January, 2017

37 The Sea Nymphs: "On Dry Land" 38 Mark and the Clouds: "Blue Skies Opening"

Wednesday, 2 November, 2016

39 Calexico: "Edge Of The Sun" 40 Radiohead: "A Moon Shaped Pool"

Friday, 9 September, 2016

41 Shopping: "Consumer Complaints" 42 Jim Johnston: "After All Wishing"

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016

43 Manic Street Preachers: "Everything Must Go" 44 Sam Smith: "In The Lonely Hour"

Friday, 3 June, 2016

45 Terry Riley: "A Rainbow In Curved Air / Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band" 46 The Ramones: "The Ramones"

Wednesday, 11 May, 2016

47 John Mayall With Eric Clapton: "Bluesbreakers" 48 Vivian Stanshall: "Sir Henry At Rawlinson End"

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016

49 Frank Sinatra: "Songs For Swinging Lovers" 50 Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation: "Horse Dance"

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

51 Ryan Adams: "1989" 52 The Vapors: "New Clear Days"

Friday, 22 January, 2016

53 Marilyn Manson: "Holy Wood" 54 Lisa Ronson: "Emperors Of Medieval Japan"

Friday, 13 November, 2015

55 Steven Wilson: "Hand. Cannot. Erase." 56 Talking Heads: "Remain In Light"

Wednesday, 28 October, 2015

57 Nick Mulvey: "First Mind" 58 Zun Zun Egui: "Shackles Gift"

Wednesday, 9 September, 2015

59 The Sleaford Mods: "Key Markets" 60 Ian Dury: "New Boots and Panties"

Wednesday, 5 August, 2015

61 Slaves: "Are You Satisfied?" 62 Taylor Swift: "1989"

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015

63 The Residents: "The Third Reich 'n Roll" 64 Benny Goodman: "Live At Carnegie Hall 1938"

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

65 Jack Bruce: "Songs For A Tailor" 66 Dusty Springfield: "Dusty In Memphis"

Wednesday, 13 May, 2015

67 Haight-Ashbury: "Perhaps" 68 Bo Ningen: "Bo Ningen"

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

69 Elephants & Castles: "Collected works 2013 - 2015" 70 Bob Marley & the Wailers: "Exodus"

Wednesday, 11 March, 2015

71 Skrillex: "Bangarang" 72 Bring Me The Horizon: "Sempiternal"

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

73 Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: "Zim Zam Zim" 74 Art Bears: "Hopes And Fears"

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015

75 Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL: "Plectrumelectrum" 76 Kitten Pyramid: "Uh-Oh!"

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

77 The Wedding Present: "Bizarro" 78 Flying Lotus: "Cosmogramma"

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

79 alt-J: "This Is All Yours" 80 Johnny Marr: "Playland"

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

81 The Fugs: "It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest" 82 Suicide: "Suicide"

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

83 The Bears: "Eureka!" 84 Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: "Barafundle"

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

85 Nick Drake: "Bryter Layter" 86 Blue Öyster Cult: "Agents of Fortune"

Wednesday, 11 June, 2014

87 Haircut 100: "Pelican West" 88 Beach Boys, The: "Pet Sounds"

Wednesday, 7 May, 2014

89 Abney Park: "Ancient World" 90 Eddie Vedder: "Into The Wild"

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014

91 The Buggles: "The Age Of Plastic" 92 The Crimson Jazz Trio: "King Crimson Songbook Vol 1"

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

93 Public Service Broadcasting: "Inform, Educate, Entertain" 94 Sister Sledge: "We Are Family"

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

95 Komeda: "What Makes It Go?" 96 Chameleon Circuit: "Still Got Legs"

Wednesday, 8 January, 2014

97 Kings Of Leon: "Mechanical Bull" 98 Placebo: "Without You I'm Nothing"

Wednesday, 4 December, 2013

99 The Velvet Underground: "The Velvet Underground & Nico" 100 Random Jon Poole: "Random Jon Poole"

Wednesday, 6 November, 2013

101 Black Sabbath: "13" 102 King Krule: "6 Feet Beneath The Moon"

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013

103 Scott Walker: "Scott 2" 104 New Model Army: "No Rest For The Wicked"

Wednesday, 4 September, 2013

105 Alabama Shakes: "Boys and Girls" 106 Calvin Harris: "18 Months"

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

107 Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny: "Don't Stop Singing" 108 Imagine Dragons: "Night Visions"

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013

109 Three Trapped Tigers: "Route One Or Die" 110 Shuggy Otis: "Inspiration Information"

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013

111 Grizzly Bear: "Shields" 112 The United States Of America: "The United States Of America"

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013

113 David Bowie: "The Next Day" 114 Blondie: "Parallel Lines"

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

115 Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: "Rock Art and the X-ray Style" 116 JD McPherson: "Signs and Signifiers"

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

117 Thumpermonkey: "Sleep Furiously" 118 The Dave Brubeck Quartet: "Time Out"

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

119 The Rolling Stones: "Out Of Our Heads" 120 The B52s: "The B52s"

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012

121 La Düsseldorf: "La Düsseldorf" 122 The Tubes: "The Tubes"

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012

123 The Jim Jones Revue: "The Savage Heart" 124 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: "The Message"

Wednesday, 10 October, 2012

125 Gary Numan: "Dead Son Rising" 126 The Dresden Dolls: "The Dresden Dolls"

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012

127 Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer: "The Tweed Album" 128 Led Zeppelin: "Led Zeppelin 1"

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

129 Tinariwen: "Aman Iman" 130 Raphael Saadiq: "Stone Rollin'"

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

131 Diesel Park West: "Shakespeare Alabama" 132 Curve: "Dopplegänger"

Wednesday, 13 June, 2012

133 Steel Pulse: "Handsworth Revolution" 134 740 Millionow Oddechow: "Porachunki"

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

135 ZZ Top: "Tres Hombres" 136 The Doors: "The Doors"

Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

137 Bob Dylan: "Highway 61 Revisited" 138 Melody Garbot: "My One and Only Thrill"

Monday, 20 February, 2012

139 Field Music: "Plumb" 140 Max Richter: "The Blue Notebooks"

Wednesday, 25 January, 2012

141 The Black Keys: "El Camino" 142 Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: "30 Something"

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011

143 Anna Calvi: "Anna Calvi" 144 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds"

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

145 Alabama 3: "Exile On Coldharbour Lane" 146 Fairport Convention: "Liege And Lief"

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

147 Ennio Morricone: "Navaho Joe Original Soundtrack" 148 God Speed! You Black Emperor: "Yanqui U.X.O."

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

149 AC/DC: "Highway To Hell" 150 Janelle Monáe: "The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)"

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

151 Echo And The Bunnymen: "Crocodiles" 152 Radiohead: "OK Computer"

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

153 Quicksilver Messenger Service: "Quicksilver Messenger Service" 154 King Crimson: "Red"

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

155 The Small Faces: "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" 156 The Smoke Fairies: "Through Low Lights And Trees"

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

157 John Lennon: "Plastic Ono Band" 158 John Grant: "Queen Of Denmark"

Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

159 Fleet Foxes: "Fleet Foxes" 160 Adam And The Ants: "Kings Of The Wild Frontier"

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

161 Kasabian: "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" 162 These New Puritans: "Hidden"

Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

163 Buckethead: "Giant Robot" 164 Black Sabbath: "Paranoid"

Wednesday, 3 November, 2010

165 Soname: "Plateau" 166 MGMT: "Congratulations"

Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

167 The xx: "xx" 168 Joanna Newsom: "Ys"

Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

169 Natalie Merchant: "San Andreas Fault" 170 Bat For Lashes: "Fur And Gold"

Wednesday, 28 July, 2010

171 Mr Bungle: "Disco Volante" 172 Marina And The Diamonds: "Family Jewels, The"

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

173 Hatfield And The North: "Rotters Club, The" 174 William D Drake: "Briny Hooves"

Wednesday, 12 May, 2010

175 Roni Size / Reprazent: "New Forms" 176 Julian Cope: "World Shut Your Mouth"

Thursday, 1 April, 2010

177 Girls Aloud: "Out Of Control" 178 Paloma Faith: "Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?"

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

179 John Adams: "Harmonium" 180 The View: "Hats Off To The Buskers"

Thursday, 21 January, 2010

181 Rodrigo y Gabriella: "11:11" 182 Senser: "How To To Battle"

Thursday, 10 December, 2009

183 The Mediaeval Baebes: "Illumination" 184 The Unthanks: "Here's The Tender Coming"

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

185 Crystal Castles: "Crystal Castles" 186 Broken Records: "Until The Earth Begins To Part"

Thursday, 1 October, 2009

187 Nick Cave: "Let Love In" 188 De La Soul: "Three Feet High And Rising"

Thursday, 3 September, 2009

189 Philip Glass: "Koyaanisqatsi" 190 Death Cab For Cutie: "Narrow Stairs"

Thursday, 30 July, 2009

191 Japan: "Japan" 192 Miles Davis: "Kind Of Blue"

Thursday, 2 July, 2009

193 Queen: "Night At The Opera" 194 Porcupine Tree: "Fear Of A Blank Planet"

Thursday, 4 June, 2009

195 Suede: "Suede" 196 Prince: "Purple Rain"

Thursday, 30 April, 2009

197 The White Lies: "To Lose My Life" 198 Diamanda Galas: "The Singer"

Thursday, 19 March, 2009

199 Jethro Tull: "Aqualung" 200 Chemical Brothers: "Surrender"

Thursday, 26 February, 2009

201 TV On The Radio: "Dear Science" 202 Neil Young: "Living With War"

Thursday, 29 January, 2009

203 Guns'n'Roses: "Appetite For Destruction" 204 Madness: "One Step Beyond"

Thursday, 27 November, 2008

205 The Ting Tings: "We Started Nothing" 206 Screaming Blue Messiahs: "Gun Shy"

Thursday, 6 November, 2008

207 Johnny Cash: "American Recordings IV: When The Man Comes Around" 208 Burial: "Untrue"

Thursday, 2 October, 2008

209 Vampire Weekend: "Vampire Weekend" 210 The Merry-Go-Round: "The Merry-Go-Round"

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008

211 Joni Michell: "The Hissing Of Summer Lawns" 212 Mahmoud Ahmed: "Erè Mèla Mèla"

Thursday, 26 June, 2008

213 OMD: "Architecture And Morality" 214 Television: "Marquee Moon"

Thursday, 5 June, 2008

215 CSS: "Cansei De Ser Sexy" 216 The Last Shadow Puppets: "The Age Of The Understatement"

Thursday, 24 April, 2008

217 Bunty Chunks: "Bunty Chunks" 218 Tom McRae: "Tom McRae"
219 Captain Beefheart: "Safe As Milk"

Thursday, 27 March, 2008

220 The Young Knives: "Voices Of Animals And Men" 221 Deep Purple: "Machine Head"

Thursday, 28 February, 2008

222 The Carpenters: "A Song For You" 223 Archie Bronson Outfit: "Derdang Derdang"

Thursday, 24 January, 2008

224 Leonard Cohen: "I'm Your Man" 225 The Housemartins: "London - 0, Hull - 4"

Thursday, 29 November, 2007

226 Kate Nash: "Made Of Bricks" 227 Elvis Costello: "Punch The Clock"

Thursday, 18 October, 2007

228 Scott Matthews: "Passing Stranger" 229 Gong: "You"

Thursday, 27 September, 2007

230 Hawkwind: "Quark, Strangeness And Charm" 231 Sufjan Stevens: "(C'mon Feel The) Illinois"

Thursday, 9 August, 2007

232 Siouxsie And The Banshees: "Juju" 233 Tears For Fears: "The Hurting"

Wednesday, 11 July, 2007

234 Nirvana: "Nevermind" 235 Lily Allen: "Alright, Still"

Thursday, 24 May, 2007

236 Nine Inch Nails: "Pretty Hate Machine" 237 Luke Haines: "Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop"
238 Faith No More: "Angel Dust"

Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

239 The Kooks: "Inside In / Inside Out" 240 Hair: "Original London Cast Recording"

Thursday, 22 March, 2007

241 David Bowie: "Station To Station" 242 Steely Dan: "Aja"

Thursday, 8 February, 2007

243 Muse: "Black Holes and Revelations" 244 Wham: "Fantastic"

Monday, 13 November, 2006

245 Wire: "154" 246 Marvin Gaye: "What's Going On"

Thursday, 12 October, 2006

247 The Stranglers: "Rattus Norvegicus" 248 Chumbawamba: "WYSIWYG"

Friday, 11 August, 2006

249 Natacha Atlas: "Mishmaoul" 250 The Delays: "You See Colours"

Wednesday, 26 July, 2006

251 The Divine Comedy: "A Victory For The Common Muse" 252 Billy Bragg: "Talking To The Taxman About Poetry"

Wednesday, 28 June, 2006

253 Gorillaz: "Demon Days" 254 The Jam: "Sound Effects"

Wednesday, 3 May, 2006

255 Arctic Monkeys: "Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not" 256 Roy Harper: "Bullinamingvase"

Wednesday, 5 April, 2006

257 Curved Air: "Air Conditioning" 258 Antony and the Johnsons: "I Am A Bird Now"

Monday, 13 February, 2006

259 Devendra Barnhart: "Cripple Crow" 260 Family: "Music In A Doll's House"
261 Brakes: "Give Blood"

Monday, 16 January, 2006

262 The Editors: "The Back Room" 263 Pulp: "Different Class"

Monday, 28 November, 2005

264 Art Brut: "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" 265 Husker Du: "Candy Apple Grey"

Monday, 24 October, 2005

266 The Cure: "Pornography" 267 Pendulum: "Hold Your Colour"

Monday, 3 October, 2005

268 Arcade Fire: "Funeral" 269 British Sea Power: "Open Season"

Monday, 18 July, 2005

270 Hard Fi: "Stars Of CCTV" 271 The Magic Numbers: "The Magic Numbers"

Monday, 27 June, 2005

272 Kaiser Chiefs: "Employment" 273 Graham Coxon: "Happiness In Magazines"

Monday, 16 May, 2005

274 Cardiacs: "A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window" 275 Marianne Faithfull: "Before The Poison"

Thursday, 28 April, 2005

276 The Sound: "From The Lion's Mouth" 277 The Gang Of Four: "Entertainment"

Monday, 21 March, 2005

278 Rammstein: "Mutter" 279 Bruce Springsteen: "Nebraska"

Monday, 7 February, 2005

280 Scissor Sisters: "Scissor Sisters" 281 Magazine: "Real Life"

Monday, 10 January, 2005

282 Peter Hammill: "Nadir's Big Chance" 283 ABC: "Lexicon Of Love, The"

Wednesday, 1 December, 2004

284 Secret Machines: "Now Here Is Nowhere" 285 XTC: "Drums And Wires"

Tuesday, 9 November, 2004

286 Jeff Buckley: "Grace" 287 Caravan: "If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It Over You"

Thursday, 16 September, 2004

288 The Stone Roses: "The Stone Roses" 289 Morrissey: "Vauxhall And I"

Wednesday, 25 August, 2004

290 Ordinary Boys: "Over The Counter Culture" 291 Elvis Costello: "Armed Forces"

Thursday, 22 July, 2004

292 Nico: "The Marble Index" 293 Celtic Frost: "To Mega Therion"

Thursday, 17 June, 2004

294 Dangermouse: "Grey Album" 295 Roxy Music: "Roxy Music"

Wednesday, 19 May, 2004

296 The Streets: "A Grand Don't Come For Free" 297 Curtis Mayfield: "Superfly"

Thursday, 29 April, 2004

298 Libertines: "Up The Bracket" 299 Pixies: "Bossanova"

Wednesday, 7 April, 2004

300 Franz Ferdinand: "Franz Ferdinand" 301 The Tansads: "Up The Shirkers"

Thursday, 18 March, 2004

302 The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Axis, Bold As Love" 303 Lucinda Williams: "Essence"

Wednesday, 3 March, 2004

304 Spirit: "The Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus" 305 The Smiths: "Strangeways Here We Come"

Wednesday, 4 February, 2004

306 Dexy's Midnight Runners: "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" 307 Joy Division: "Unknown Pleasures"

Wednesday, 14 January, 2004

308 Stars In Battledress: "Secrets And Signals" 309 MC5: "Back In The USA"

Wednesday, 3 December, 2003

310 Sneaker Pimps: "Becoming X" 311 The Beatles: "Let It Be - Naked"

Wednesday, 19 November, 2003

312 Frank Zappa: "Overnite Sensation" 313 Breathless: "Behind The Light"

Wednesday, 5 November, 2003

314 Electric Six: "Fire" 315 The Coral: "The Coral"

Wednesday, 1 October, 2003

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