Apr 1, 2013

bettie record

Bettie had her own style of “bump and grind” which she uses with particular effect dancing to The Seeds here.

forty five

It’s time for me to spin some discs too. Hear them here.


Apr 1, 2013


Apr 1, 2013

This advert appeared in 1963.


Apr 1, 2013

Petrol rationing coupons were in use throughout WW2 and for a time afterwards and again during the Suez Crisis. There have been a few times in the last decade when we have teetered on the brink of a petrol shortage/crisis. In 1973 we came so close that all vehicles were issued with ration books. The 3 day week ended and the crisis died down somewhat so the ration books were never actually used. Supplies of oil continued to arrive although the price of petrol had quadrupled in a very short space of time. Although there was a hung parliament and two general elections, strikes, inflation and economic instability my memories of the politics of 1973-1974 aren’t as vivid as the memories of the fun things I was doing at that time.

PS: This one is only for the anoraks. It is a totally bizarre assortment of airchecks from the radio from January, June and Autumn 1973.

Common Sense

Apr 1, 2013

I suspect this was originally put on the Interwebs by an american ex-teacher………..

Here is an obituary printed in the Times.

“Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain, Why the early bird gets the worm, Life isn’t always fair and Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teenagers suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I’m A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.”


Have hours minutes seconds of fun with one of these. It’s in durable, beautiful, coloured plastic. It’s got 21 (count em) pictures in a complete roll of genuine 16mm film. No screen……no batteries… electricity……no good. 25¢ in coins would have bought you 2½ new 1955 comics which, if you’d bought the right ones and also kept them pristine for a mere 58 years, they would now produce a useful return on your investment. Hi yo lightnin’ away.

The Squares

Apr 1, 2013


As I tipped another boxful of stuff into the skip my eye was drawn to this record. It seems that “Buddy Holly/I may be bitter” was released in 1981 as the last of 4 singles by The Squares. According to the back cover they even had a fan club then. A quick “google” didn’t really unearth any info about the band apart from a few copies of this for sale in the £10 – £20 range. I still chucked it back into the skip the next day though, but not before I had scanned the picture sleeve and listened to the A side

As if more proof were needed that information found on the Internet when visiting Wikipedia (or even here??????) may or may not always be truthful and accurate I point you to a Wikipedia entry for a mid 1980s band also called The Squares. I reproduce it below. I think they’re taking the p*ss. What do you think?

The Squares are an English band formed in Huyton, Liverpool in 1985. The Squares consist(ed) of Mick Dubbin (vocals/guitar), John Bukta (guitar), Gunter Schalke (bass) and George Plainfield (drums).


Before founding The Squares, Michael Dubbin and Gunter Schalke were in cult 1980s band The Roms, and released one now deleted album, Grooving On the 9d in March 1982. However, though critically acclaimed (The Huyton and Prescot Reporter called them, “Whiston’s next big thing “), the album only reached Number 184 in the UK album charts and so the band failed to recoup the £1,000 that the band had signed to Pilch Lane Records for. The band folded soon after.

After a chance meeting in a Huyton fish and chip shop in May 1984 Dubbin teamed up with ex-school friends, John Bukta and Ged (George)Plainfield, to form The Huyton Squares, playing cover versions of pop hits in local bars and cabaret lounges such as The Blue Bell, The Seel Arms and The Hillside. With Huyton-born Les Burberry joining them on bass they recorded one EP called Live at The Oak Tree featuring their first self-penned composition “(Go) Get out of Prescot, Baby!” on their own River Alt Records label.

When Burbery was arrested in the summer of 1985 following police investigations into the rioting at the Heysel Stadium, Brussels, the band were left without a bass player. With local press interest growing the band found themselves with a string of gigs as far afield as Kirkdale and Speke, but no bass player. After auditions failed to unearth a replacement Dubbin stumbled across Schalke who was now selling training shoes from the back of van in Liverpool city centre. Schalke was only convinced by Dubbin to rejoin the band when Dubbin agreed to drop the “Huyton” from the band’s name as he was now living in Croxteth.

As The Squares the band rehearsed solidly through the summer of 1986 before embarking on a low-key tour of Scotland and Northern England. In December 1986 the released their first “Squares” single, “Jingle Jangle”, which was voted record of the week in the New Musical Express.. In January 1987 they signed to Polydor Records and under the production wings of Ian Broudie they recorded 3 tracks for their E.P. The Inflatable Inflatable. in Liverpool at The Picket studios. The E.P.was released to critical acclaim in April of that year. The record was played extensively by John Peel on his Radio One show and reached number 28 in the BBC Top 40, as well as inclusion in that year’s Festive Fifty.

Bolstered by the response to the EP Dubbin and Bukta embarked on a frenzy of song writing at the later’s parents’ caravan in Abersoch North Wales. Songs written during the 3 week session in early January 1988 included “Is Rice”, “The Lid”, “Farting Around” and soon to be legendary “All the way from Moscroft”. All of the songs on their seminal debut album were either written in this session or derived from fragments recorded on Bukta’s tape recorder on their return to Liverpool before the start of February.

Tower Comics

Apr 1, 2013


I always enjoyed those lightweight/second-rate 1960s superheroes from comic companies that weren’t DC or Marvel. There were superheroes that varied between the good, the bad and the ludicrous from Dell and Gold Key. More readable was stuff like ACG’s Herbie/Magicman/Nemesis, Charlton’s Captain Atom/The Question/Blue Beetle, Archies’ The Fly/Mighty Crusaders, Tower’s Dynamo/No-Man/T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents etc. The list is endless quite long.

Tower comics managed 35 issues of assorted superhero fare and another 45 “Teen” comics which looked similar to Archies. They also produced four odd paperbacks featuring what I assume to be black and white reprints of their comics chopped up to just one or two panels per page. (I own a few paperbacks in a similar format featuring Golden age Batman strips). I’m not sure why the phrase “camp” is used on the cover of this one. I don’t think Tower comics were meant to be seen that way at all. Their superhero fare was pretty straight-forward heroes and villains. Some of the concepts were quite novel at the time. Lightning shortening his lifespan/ageing rapidly every time he used his powers and No-Man being able to transfer his consciousness into a variety of android bodies. In more recent years DC ultimately ended up with the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent characters with mixed results.

Nuff Said 37

Apr 1, 2013