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, 15 June, 2018

1 Bennett Wilson Poole: "Bennett Wilson Poole" 2 Loyle Carner: "Yesterday's Gone"

Friday, 11 May, 2018

3 Kitchens Of Distinction: "Strange Free World" 4 Janet Jackson: "Control"

Friday, 6 April, 2018

5 Kate Tempest: "Let Them Eat Chaos" 6 Nick Cave: "The Skeleton Tree"

Friday, 9 March, 2018

7 The Moulettes: "Preternatural" 8 Half Man Half Biscuit: "Trouble Over Bridgwater"

Friday, 2 February, 2018

9 PJ Harvey: "To Bring You My Love" 10 First Aid Kit: "Ruins"

Friday, 5 January, 2018

11 Queens Of The Stone Age: "Villans" 12 The KLF: "Chill Out"

Friday, 1 December, 2017

13 Rat Boy: "SCUM" 14 Spiritualized: "Lazer Guided Melodies"

Friday, 3 November, 2017

15 Misfits: "American Psycho" 16 Lou Reed: "New York"

Friday, 15 September, 2017

17 Knifeworld: "Buried Alone - Tales of Crushing Defeat" 18 Tame Impala: "Currents"

Friday, 21 July, 2017

19 Van der Graaf Generator: "Godbluff" 20 The Beatles: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 50th Anniversary Edition"

Friday, 23 June, 2017

21 Mark Mulcahy: "The Possum In The Driveway" 22 Free: "Fire and Water"

Friday, 28 April, 2017

23 Elbow: "Little Fictions" 24 Jim Bob: "School"

Friday, 3 March, 2017

25 Fat White Family: "Songs for Our Mothers" 26 Twenty One Pilots: "Blurryface"

Friday, 27 January, 2017

27 Mark and the Clouds: "Blue Skies Opening" 28 The Sea Nymphs: "On Dry Land"

Wednesday, 2 November, 2016

29 Calexico: "Edge Of The Sun" 30 Radiohead: "A Moon Shaped Pool"

Friday, 9 September, 2016

31 Shopping: "Consumer Complaints" 32 Jim Johnston: "After All Wishing"

Wednesday, 27 July, 2016

33 Sam Smith: "In The Lonely Hour" 34 Manic Street Preachers: "Everything Must Go"

Friday, 3 June, 2016

35 Terry Riley: "A Rainbow In Curved Air / Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band" 36 The Ramones: "The Ramones"

Wednesday, 11 May, 2016

37 Vivian Stanshall: "Sir Henry At Rawlinson End" 38 John Mayall With Eric Clapton: "Bluesbreakers"

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016

39 Frank Sinatra: "Songs For Swinging Lovers" 40 Josefin Ōhrn + The Liberation: "Horse Dance"

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

41 The Vapors: "New Clear Days" 42 Ryan Adams: "1989"

Friday, 22 January, 2016

43 Marilyn Manson: "Holy Wood" 44 Lisa Ronson: "Emperors Of Medieval Japan"

Friday, 13 November, 2015

45 Talking Heads: "Remain In Light" 46 Steven Wilson: "Hand. Cannot. Erase."

Wednesday, 28 October, 2015

47 Nick Mulvey: "First Mind" 48 Zun Zun Egui: "Shackles Gift"

Wednesday, 9 September, 2015

49 The Sleaford Mods: "Key Markets" 50 Ian Dury: "New Boots and Panties"

Wednesday, 5 August, 2015

51 Taylor Swift: "1989" 52 Slaves: "Are You Satisfied?"

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015

53 The Residents: "The Third Reich 'n Roll" 54 Benny Goodman: "Live At Carnegie Hall 1938"

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

55 Jack Bruce: "Songs For A Tailor" 56 Dusty Springfield: "Dusty In Memphis"

Wednesday, 13 May, 2015

57 Haight-Ashbury: "Perhaps" 58 Bo Ningen: "Bo Ningen"

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

59 Bob Marley & the Wailers: "Exodus" 60 Elephants & Castles: "Collected works 2013 - 2015"

Wednesday, 11 March, 2015

61 Skrillex: "Bangarang" 62 Bring Me The Horizon: "Sempiternal"

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

63 Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: "Zim Zam Zim" 64 Art Bears: "Hopes And Fears"

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015

65 Kitten Pyramid: "Uh-Oh!" 66 Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL: "Plectrumelectrum"

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

67 The Wedding Present: "Bizarro" 68 Flying Lotus: "Cosmogramma"

Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

69 alt-J: "This Is All Yours" 70 Johnny Marr: "Playland"

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

71 Suicide: "Suicide" 72 The Fugs: "It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest"

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

73 Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: "Barafundle" 74 The Bears: "Eureka!"

Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

75 Nick Drake: "Bryter Layter" 76 Blue Öyster Cult: "Agents of Fortune"

Wednesday, 11 June, 2014

77 Beach Boys, The: "Pet Sounds" 78 Haircut 100: "Pelican West"

Wednesday, 7 May, 2014

79 Abney Park: "Ancient World" 80 Eddie Vedder: "Into The Wild"

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014

81 The Buggles: "The Age Of Plastic" 82 The Crimson Jazz Trio: "King Crimson Songbook Vol 1"

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

83 Sister Sledge: "We Are Family" 84 Public Service Broadcasting: "Inform, Educate, Entertain"

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

85 Komeda: "What Makes It Go?" 86 Chameleon Circuit: "Still Got Legs"

Wednesday, 8 January, 2014

87 Kings Of Leon: "Mechanical Bull" 88 Placebo: "Without You I'm Nothing"

Wednesday, 4 December, 2013

89 The Velvet Underground: "The Velvet Underground & Nico" 90 Random Jon Poole: "Random Jon Poole"

Wednesday, 6 November, 2013

91 King Krule: "6 Feet Beneath The Moon" 92 Black Sabbath: "13"

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013

93 Scott Walker: "Scott 2" 94 New Model Army: "No Rest For The Wicked"

Wednesday, 4 September, 2013

95 Alabama Shakes: "Boys and Girls" 96 Calvin Harris: "18 Months"

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

97 Imagine Dragons: "Night Visions" 98 Thea Gilmore and Sandy Denny: "Don't Stop Singing"

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013

99 Three Trapped Tigers: "Route One Or Die" 100 Shuggy Otis: "Inspiration Information"

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013

101 The United States Of America: "The United States Of America" 102 Grizzly Bear: "Shields"

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013

103 David Bowie: "The Next Day" 104 Blondie: "Parallel Lines"

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

105 JD McPherson: "Signs and Signifiers" 106 Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: "Rock Art and the X-ray Style"

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013

107 Thumpermonkey: "Sleep Furiously" 108 The Dave Brubeck Quartet: "Time Out"

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

109 The B52s: "The B52s" 110 The Rolling Stones: "Out Of Our Heads"

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012

111 La Düsseldorf: "La Düsseldorf" 112 The Tubes: "The Tubes"

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012

113 The Jim Jones Revue: "The Savage Heart" 114 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five: "The Message"

Wednesday, 10 October, 2012

115 The Dresden Dolls: "The Dresden Dolls" 116 Gary Numan: "Dead Son Rising"

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012

117 Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer: "The Tweed Album" 118 Led Zeppelin: "Led Zeppelin 1"

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

119 Tinariwen: "Aman Iman" 120 Raphael Saadiq: "Stone Rollin'"

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

121 Diesel Park West: "Shakespeare Alabama" 122 Curve: "Dopplegänger"

Wednesday, 13 June, 2012

123 740 Millionow Oddechow: "Porachunki" 124 Steel Pulse: "Handsworth Revolution"

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012

125 ZZ Top: "Tres Hombres" 126 The Doors: "The Doors"

Wednesday, 4 April, 2012

127 Bob Dylan: "Highway 61 Revisited" 128 Melody Garbot: "My One and Only Thrill"

Monday, 20 February, 2012

129 Max Richter: "The Blue Notebooks" 130 Field Music: "Plumb"

Wednesday, 25 January, 2012

131 The Black Keys: "El Camino" 132 Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: "30 Something"

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011

133 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds" 134 Anna Calvi: "Anna Calvi"

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011

135 Alabama 3: "Exile On Coldharbour Lane" 136 Fairport Convention: "Liege And Lief"

Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

137 God Speed! You Black Emperor: "Yanqui U.X.O." 138 Ennio Morricone: "Navaho Joe Original Soundtrack"

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

139 AC/DC: "Highway To Hell" 140 Janelle Monáe: "The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)"

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

141 Radiohead: "OK Computer" 142 Echo And The Bunnymen: "Crocodiles"

Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

143 Quicksilver Messenger Service: "Quicksilver Messenger Service" 144 King Crimson: "Red"

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

145 The Small Faces: "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" 146 The Smoke Fairies: "Through Low Lights And Trees"

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

147 John Grant: "Queen Of Denmark" 148 John Lennon: "Plastic Ono Band"

Wednesday, 23 February, 2011

149 Fleet Foxes: "Fleet Foxes" 150 Adam And The Ants: "Kings Of The Wild Frontier"

Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

151 Kasabian: "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" 152 These New Puritans: "Hidden"

Wednesday, 22 December, 2010

153 Buckethead: "Giant Robot" 154 Black Sabbath: "Paranoid"

Wednesday, 3 November, 2010

155 Soname: "Plateau" 156 MGMT: "Congratulations"

Wednesday, 6 October, 2010

157 The xx: "xx" 158 Joanna Newsom: "Ys"

Wednesday, 8 September, 2010

159 Natalie Merchant: "San Andreas Fault" 160 Bat For Lashes: "Fur And Gold"

Wednesday, 28 July, 2010

161 Marina And The Diamonds: "Family Jewels, The" 162 Mr Bungle: "Disco Volante"

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

163 William D Drake: "Briny Hooves" 164 Hatfield And The North: "Rotters Club, The"

Wednesday, 12 May, 2010

165 Julian Cope: "World Shut Your Mouth" 166 Roni Size / Reprazent: "New Forms"

Thursday, 1 April, 2010

167 Paloma Faith: "Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?" 168 Girls Aloud: "Out Of Control"

Thursday, 25 February, 2010

169 John Adams: "Harmonium" 170 The View: "Hats Off To The Buskers"

Thursday, 21 January, 2010

171 Rodrigo y Gabriella: "11:11" 172 Senser: "How To To Battle"

Thursday, 10 December, 2009

173 The Mediaeval Baebes: "Illumination" 174 The Unthanks: "Here's The Tender Coming"

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

175 Broken Records: "Until The Earth Begins To Part" 176 Crystal Castles: "Crystal Castles"

Thursday, 1 October, 2009

177 Nick Cave: "Let Love In" 178 De La Soul: "Three Feet High And Rising"

Thursday, 3 September, 2009

179 Death Cab For Cutie: "Narrow Stairs" 180 Philip Glass: "Koyaanisqatsi"

Thursday, 30 July, 2009

181 Miles Davis: "Kind Of Blue" 182 Japan: "Japan"

Thursday, 2 July, 2009

183 Queen: "Night At The Opera" 184 Porcupine Tree: "Fear Of A Blank Planet"

Thursday, 4 June, 2009

185 Prince: "Purple Rain" 186 Suede: "Suede"

Thursday, 30 April, 2009

187 The White Lies: "To Lose My Life" 188 Diamanda Galas: "The Singer"

Thursday, 19 March, 2009

189 Jethro Tull: "Aqualung" 190 Chemical Brothers: "Surrender"

Thursday, 26 February, 2009

191 TV On The Radio: "Dear Science" 192 Neil Young: "Living With War"

Thursday, 29 January, 2009

193 Madness: "One Step Beyond" 194 Guns'n'Roses: "Appetite For Destruction"

Thursday, 27 November, 2008

195 Screaming Blue Messiahs: "Gun Shy" 196 The Ting Tings: "We Started Nothing"

Thursday, 6 November, 2008

197 Burial: "Untrue" 198 Johnny Cash: "American Recordings IV: When The Man Comes Around"

Thursday, 2 October, 2008

199 The Merry-Go-Round: "The Merry-Go-Round" 200 Vampire Weekend: "Vampire Weekend"

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008

201 Joni Michell: "The Hissing Of Summer Lawns" 202 Mahmoud Ahmed: "Erè Mèla Mèla"

Thursday, 26 June, 2008

203 OMD: "Architecture And Morality" 204 Television: "Marquee Moon"

Thursday, 5 June, 2008

205 CSS: "Cansei De Ser Sexy" 206 The Last Shadow Puppets: "The Age Of The Understatement"

Thursday, 24 April, 2008

207 Captain Beefheart: "Safe As Milk" 208 Bunty Chunks: "Bunty Chunks"
209 Tom McRae: "Tom McRae"

Thursday, 27 March, 2008

210 Deep Purple: "Machine Head" 211 The Young Knives: "Voices Of Animals And Men"

Thursday, 28 February, 2008

212 The Carpenters: "A Song For You" 213 Archie Bronson Outfit: "Derdang Derdang"

Thursday, 24 January, 2008

214 The Housemartins: "London - 0, Hull - 4" 215 Leonard Cohen: "I'm Your Man"

Thursday, 29 November, 2007

216 Kate Nash: "Made Of Bricks" 217 Elvis Costello: "Punch The Clock"

Thursday, 18 October, 2007

218 Gong: "You" 219 Scott Matthews: "Passing Stranger"

Thursday, 27 September, 2007

220 Sufjan Stevens: "(C'mon Feel The) Illinois" 221 Hawkwind: "Quark, Strangeness And Charm"

Thursday, 9 August, 2007

222 Tears For Fears: "The Hurting" 223 Siouxsie And The Banshees: "Juju"

Wednesday, 11 July, 2007

224 Lily Allen: "Alright, Still" 225 Nirvana: "Nevermind"

Thursday, 24 May, 2007

226 Faith No More: "Angel Dust" 227 Nine Inch Nails: "Pretty Hate Machine"
228 Luke Haines: "Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop"

Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

229 Hair: "Original London Cast Recording" 230 The Kooks: "Inside In / Inside Out"

Thursday, 22 March, 2007

231 Steely Dan: "Aja" 232 David Bowie: "Station To Station"

Thursday, 8 February, 2007

233 Muse: "Black Holes and Revelations" 234 Wham: "Fantastic"

Monday, 13 November, 2006

235 Wire: "154" 236 Marvin Gaye: "What's Going On"

Thursday, 12 October, 2006

237 The Stranglers: "Rattus Norvegicus" 238 Chumbawamba: "WYSIWYG"

Friday, 11 August, 2006

239 The Delays: "You See Colours" 240 Natacha Atlas: "Mishmaoul"

Wednesday, 26 July, 2006

241 The Divine Comedy: "A Victory For The Common Muse" 242 Billy Bragg: "Talking To The Taxman About Poetry"

Wednesday, 28 June, 2006

243 The Jam: "Sound Effects" 244 Gorillaz: "Demon Days"

Wednesday, 3 May, 2006

245 Roy Harper: "Bullinamingvase" 246 Arctic Monkeys: "Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not"

Wednesday, 5 April, 2006

247 Curved Air: "Air Conditioning" 248 Antony and the Johnsons: "I Am A Bird Now"

Monday, 13 February, 2006

249 Brakes: "Give Blood" 250 Devendra Barnhart: "Cripple Crow"
251 Family: "Music In A Doll's House"

Monday, 16 January, 2006

252 Pulp: "Different Class" 253 The Editors: "The Back Room"

Monday, 28 November, 2005

254 Husker Du: "Candy Apple Grey" 255 Art Brut: "Bang Bang Rock & Roll"

Monday, 24 October, 2005

256 Pendulum: "Hold Your Colour" 257 The Cure: "Pornography"

Monday, 3 October, 2005

258 Arcade Fire: "Funeral" 259 British Sea Power: "Open Season"

Monday, 18 July, 2005

260 Hard Fi: "Stars Of CCTV" 261 The Magic Numbers: "The Magic Numbers"

Monday, 27 June, 2005

262 Kaiser Chiefs: "Employment" 263 Graham Coxon: "Happiness In Magazines"

Monday, 16 May, 2005

264 Marianne Faithfull: "Before The Poison" 265 Cardiacs: "A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window"

Thursday, 28 April, 2005

266 The Gang Of Four: "Entertainment" 267 The Sound: "From The Lion's Mouth"

Monday, 21 March, 2005

268 Bruce Springsteen: "Nebraska" 269 Rammstein: "Mutter"

Monday, 7 February, 2005

270 Magazine: "Real Life" 271 Scissor Sisters: "Scissor Sisters"

Monday, 10 January, 2005

272 Peter Hammill: "Nadir's Big Chance" 273 ABC: "Lexicon Of Love, The"

Wednesday, 1 December, 2004

274 XTC: "Drums And Wires" 275 Secret Machines: "Now Here Is Nowhere"

Tuesday, 9 November, 2004

276 Jeff Buckley: "Grace" 277 Caravan: "If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It Over You"

Thursday, 16 September, 2004

278 Morrissey: "Vauxhall And I" 279 The Stone Roses: "The Stone Roses"

Wednesday, 25 August, 2004

280 Ordinary Boys: "Over The Counter Culture" 281 Elvis Costello: "Armed Forces"

Thursday, 22 July, 2004

282 Celtic Frost: "To Mega Therion" 283 Nico: "The Marble Index"

Thursday, 17 June, 2004

284 Roxy Music: "Roxy Music" 285 Dangermouse: "Grey Album"

Wednesday, 19 May, 2004

286 Curtis Mayfield: "Superfly" 287 The Streets: "A Grand Don't Come For Free"

Thursday, 29 April, 2004

288 Pixies: "Bossanova" 289 Libertines: "Up The Bracket"

Wednesday, 7 April, 2004

290 Franz Ferdinand: "Franz Ferdinand" 291 The Tansads: "Up The Shirkers"

Thursday, 18 March, 2004

292 The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Axis, Bold As Love" 293 Lucinda Williams: "Essence"

Wednesday, 3 March, 2004

294 Spirit: "The Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus" 295 The Smiths: "Strangeways Here We Come"

Wednesday, 4 February, 2004

296 Joy Division: "Unknown Pleasures" 297 Dexy's Midnight Runners: "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels"

Wednesday, 14 January, 2004

298 MC5: "Back In The USA" 299 Stars In Battledress: "Secrets And Signals"

Wednesday, 3 December, 2003

300 The Beatles: "Let It Be - Naked" 301 Sneaker Pimps: "Becoming X"

Wednesday, 19 November, 2003

302 Breathless: "Behind The Light" 303 Frank Zappa: "Overnite Sensation"

Wednesday, 5 November, 2003

304 Electric Six: "Fire" 305 The Coral: "The Coral"

Wednesday, 1 October, 2003

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