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

Friday, 2 November, 2018

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

Friday, 21 September, 2018

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

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

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

Friday, 5 January, 2018

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

Friday, 1 December, 2017

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

Friday, 3 November, 2017

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

Friday, 15 September, 2017

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

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

Friday, 28 April, 2017

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

Friday, 3 March, 2017

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

Friday, 27 January, 2017

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

Wednesday, 2 November, 2016

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

Friday, 9 September, 2016

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

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016

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

Friday, 3 June, 2016

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

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 Ōhrn + The Liberation: "Horse Dance"

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

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

Friday, 22 January, 2016

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

Friday, 13 November, 2015

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

Wednesday, 28 October, 2015

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

Wednesday, 9 September, 2015

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

Wednesday, 5 August, 2015

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

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015

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

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

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

Wednesday, 13 May, 2015

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

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

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

Wednesday, 11 March, 2015

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

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

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

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015

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

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

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

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

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

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

Wednesday, 11 June, 2014

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

Wednesday, 7 May, 2014

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

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014

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

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

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

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

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

Wednesday, 8 January, 2014

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

Wednesday, 4 December, 2013

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

Wednesday, 6 November, 2013

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

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013

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

Wednesday, 4 September, 2013

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

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

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

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013

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

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

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

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

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

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

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012

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

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012

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

Wednesday, 10 October, 2012

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

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012

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

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

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

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

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

Wednesday, 13 June, 2012

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

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

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

Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

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

Monday, 20 February, 2012

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

Wednesday, 25 January, 2012

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

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

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

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

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

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

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

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

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

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

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

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

Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

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

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

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

Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

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

Wednesday, 3 November, 2010

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

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

Wednesday, 12 May, 2010

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

Thursday, 1 April, 2010

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

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

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

Thursday, 21 January, 2010

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

Thursday, 10 December, 2009

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

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

Thursday, 2 July, 2009

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

Thursday, 4 June, 2009

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

Thursday, 30 April, 2009

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

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

Thursday, 6 November, 2008

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

Thursday, 2 October, 2008

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

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008

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

Thursday, 26 June, 2008

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

Thursday, 5 June, 2008

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

Thursday, 24 April, 2008

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

Thursday, 27 March, 2008

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

Thursday, 28 February, 2008

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

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

Thursday, 9 August, 2007

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

Wednesday, 11 July, 2007

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

Thursday, 24 May, 2007

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

Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

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

Thursday, 22 March, 2007

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

Thursday, 8 February, 2007

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

Monday, 13 November, 2006

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

Thursday, 12 October, 2006

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

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

Wednesday, 5 April, 2006

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

Monday, 13 February, 2006

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

Monday, 16 January, 2006

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

Monday, 28 November, 2005

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

Monday, 24 October, 2005

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

Monday, 3 October, 2005

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

Monday, 18 July, 2005

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

Monday, 27 June, 2005

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

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

Monday, 21 March, 2005

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

Monday, 7 February, 2005

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

Monday, 10 January, 2005

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

Wednesday, 1 December, 2004

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

Tuesday, 9 November, 2004

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

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

Wednesday, 19 May, 2004

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

Thursday, 29 April, 2004

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

Wednesday, 7 April, 2004

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

Thursday, 18 March, 2004

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

Wednesday, 3 March, 2004

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

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

Wednesday, 3 December, 2003

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

Wednesday, 19 November, 2003

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

Wednesday, 5 November, 2003

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

Wednesday, 1 October, 2003

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