Have I ever mentioned that I’m a big fan of The Smiths and Morrissey?
It should therefore come as no surprise that I am recommending the above as an event not to be missed
Strangeways Glasgow is a club night dedicated to the music of Moz and The Smiths with the occasional associated track thrown in for good measure and variety. It’s an event that has been going for a number of years thanks to the hard work and dedication of a small group of Glasgow-based uber-fans with maybe three or four shows in a calendar year, albeit the guys have become so well-known and appreciated that they are often asked to appear in other towns and cities across the UK at various points in time.
All the profits from the Strangeways Glasgow nights are always donated to a charitable cause and in this particular instance it will be to the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home which suffered a genuine tragedy a few weeks back. The music and the cause alone should be enough to make you fancy parting with the £5 for a ticket. But there’s something more this time…………….whisper it.
I’m doing a stint on whatever the modern-day equivalent is of the wheels of steel.
Yup. Fatboy Jim will be doing his thing for the first time since 2010 when Drew from Across the Kitchen Table talked me into being part of a triumvirate of Scottish bloggers to do some stuff at the Flying Duck in Glasgow.
Actually, I was thinking that since this will be my first bit of DJing since I turned 50 that I should update my name to something like Grandfather Flash but the connotations of that name right now are just too much to bear given the number of awful sex scandals in the UK featuring DJs dead and alive. So I’ll simply be at the Strangeways night as JC (aka The Vinyl Villain).
The invite has come courtesy of a very wonderful and lovely gentlemen called Robert who, along with Carlo and their respective partners Jen and Angela, have been the driving force behind Strangeways Glasgow over the years. I got to know them initially through going along to another wonderful club night – Little League – and was thrilled by the fact that they knew about my blog and were fans of what I was writing about and featuring.
They kept telling me that I should get myself along to Strangeways but I had shied away as I wasn’t sure if I could go an entire night dedicated to Moz, especially as I had this pre-conceived idea that while Robert and Carlo were very decent down to earth folk the rest of the clientele would surely consist of hardcore fans made up of look-alikes standing around demanding to be noticed. It took me until March earlier this year to go along and realise how wrong I had been. I wrote about the experience at the time. Click here if you’re interested.
I made it along to the next night back in August which is where the idea of me taking a turn playing some tunes was talked about and agreed. It seemed like a good idea at the time and it still does.
But I’m happy to admit that I’m nervous. But very very very excited and honoured.
mp3 : The Smiths – Panic
mp3 : Morrissey – Dear God Please Help Me
Tickets are still available but the night inevitably sells out. Click here if you’re tempted