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Stefan played his 45s first. Chronological with a few themes interwoven:  class and language; class oppression; local musics; post colonial solidarity; subversive B-sides; Psych-pop and youth consciousness forming on a very emotive plane.

1958 ‘Life of a Millionaire’ by Scrapper Blackwell  (record 1967) Replacement for a lost Sonny Boy Williamson 2 EP

1958  ‘Three O’clock Thrill’ by Kalin Twins. One hit wonders.  Subversive B-side theme  Media gatekeeping good taste/ vulgarity/ key word= BOWDLERISATION

1960  ‘My Old Mans a Dustman’ by Lonnie Donegan – Royal Variety story  theme: class and language  Smash Deference/ class oppression theme. Connection to music hall.

1964 ‘In The Bath’ by Flanders and Swann – Genteel English rap music?!  Hygiene? Class dirt?  class oppression theme. Connection to music hall via respectable and regulated Variety.

1965  ‘My Generation’ – The Who  “Why doncha all FFFF… fade away!” Primetime TV fracture of the media screen.

1966 ‘Shanty Town’ – Desmond Dekker. Lived in Thornton Heath.

NOT THIS ONE !  1978 Sex Pistols do ‘God Save the Queen’ in the UK conspicuous by its absence among my 45s – now very rare. Smash deference!

1977 Oh Bondage Up Yours – X Ray Spex. Poly Styrene at Oval House workshops in Seventies. (not played in Sheffield – left of the printed list I used)

1979 ‘Common as Muck’  – Ian Dury  theme: class and language.

‘Reasons to be Cheerful’   an artwork, or as young Rocko said “Lots of detail”.

1984 ‘SmallTown Boy’ – Bronski Beat (not Tom Robinson’s ‘Proud to be Gay’ which we sung along to in pubs in 1978 but not so musically satisfying) Interesting comment from Ian Trowell about the music video that originally accompanied and empowered the track.

1986 Tippa Ire – ‘Live as One’   2nd subversive B-side  Lived in Thornton Heath along with Dekker.

c1994  Steve Cope & the 1926 Committee, ‘Attitude Problem’  cassette home publishing –  Local music theme/ class oppression satire.  Played from a one-off dub plate specially made for the evening.

Didn’t have time in Sheffield for the other 45s I brought, which would have brought us up to 2008 – they were:

1987  ‘Hourglass’ – Squeeze.   theme: class and language

1987 ‘Beds as Burning’ – Midnight Oil (Aboriginal Rights)

1988 ‘Gimme Hope Diana’ – Eddie Grant  (anti apartheid)

1988 ‘Knock on Wood’  – Amii Stewart  (Blues and soul music to mod culture)

1987 (Something inside) ‘So Strong’ – Labi Siffre  Psych-pop theme

1992 Success has made a Failure of Our Home’ – Sinead O’Connor – ‘ Psych-pop

Death of 45s as mainstream recorded music commodities – tape cassettes, CDs and then MP3s become the main music media.
There is a DJ revival of 45s, dubplates and limited editions.

2004  Chanson Risk – Asja aug Capri on Difficult Fun Label 001  Intellectuals make music  45s as artworks.

2008  ‘Searching’ – Speech Debelle – numbered edition 405/500 promo 45. class and language

2008 ‘Peaceful Solution’ – Willie Nelson Prod. Mad Professor ARIWA “Let’s take back America”. Many subsequent remixes etc. Mad Prof lives in and around Thornton Heath.

The list of tracks played by my guests at Site Gallery, Sheffield: Shirley Cameron and Roland Miller.

Shirley Cameron’s list:

Vladimir Ussachevsky – side 1 track 2, 1952
Bonzo Dog Band – We are normal, 1965
Laurie Anderson – O Superman, 1982
Beatles – Revolution, 1968

Roland Miller’s list:

John Cage – Fontana Mix, 1967
Captain Beefheart – Mirrow Man, 1965
Sex Pistols – My Way, 1972
Pink Floyd – Money, 1973.

Stefan’s playlist was previously played at Sharon Kivland’s opening of her solo show about French Revolution at CGP gallery, Southwark on 5th October.

Playing records and talking about them is part of Agit Disco dispersal phase. Available for hire.


Stefan introduces a record in his set whilst Roland and Shirley wait their turn.                                            Photo by Jane Faram

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