Crackle & Pop (Week of July 14)

Take a trip through the vinyl collection

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999 – “Homicide”

We are still with the N’s this week on an alphabetical assay of my personal vinyl collection. Today it’s something from 999, a punk band formed in London at around the very same time as the Clash and the Sex Pistols. With the exception of a couple of breaks—one in 1982 and another from 1987 to 1993—the band has been a going concern with twelve studio albums. My favourite album of theirs dates to October 1978 and is called Separates. This was one of the singles. It’s 999 and “Homicide.”

Nitzer Ebb – “Join in the Chant”

More from section N of the vinyl library today. If you’re into today’s EDM scene, you should really pause and give respect to some of the artists that came earlier. An example is Nitzer Ebb, a British (not German) band that has specialized in something called “Electronic Body Music,” which is a mix of industrial music, punky synth music and the early sounds of EDM. Nitzer Ebb came together in Essex in 1982 and is still together. Back in the day, this was a big single for them on the Mute label. From 1987, it’s “Join in the Chant.”

Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper – “Elvis is Everywhere”

We’ve come upon some psychobilly music on this alphabetical look at the vinyl archive. His mom knows this guy as Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. but everyone else knows him as Mojo Nixon. For a time, he hooked up with his friend Skid Roper who provided background instrumentation to Mojo’s guitar and singing — something that often required little more than banging a mop handle on the floor. They were together in 1987 for an album entitled Bo-Day-Shus!!! which featured this ode to The King. It’s Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper with “Elvis is Everywhere.”

The Normal – “Warm Leatherette”

Today’s selection from section N is a bit weird—but had it not been a left-field hit in the UK in 1978, we might not have ever heard of Depeche Mode. The Normal was actually one guy. His name was Daniel Miller and like a lot of kids back then, he was a punk fan. But instead of picking up a guitar, he acquired a $150 synthesizer and set about recording a single in his bedroom. He hustled the 45 himself to record stores around London and it ended up selling 30,000 copies. Daniel took that money and founded Mute Records, which, of course, became one of the biggest synth-friendly labels the world has ever seen. And this wasn’t even the A-side of the single. It was the B-side — a throwaway. It’s Daniel Miller as The Normal performing “Warm Leatherette.”

Northern Pikes – “Teenland”

The last vinyl record for the week is another one from section N as we make our way through the alphabet. The Northern Pikes are one of the very few bands out of Saskatoon to achieve any kind of national notoriety. They were formed in ’84, released a couple of indie albums and then were signed to a major label deal in 1987. Their debut for Virgin was called Big Blue Sky and featured a re-recording of a song that had become a fan favourite. It’s the Northern Pikes and “Teenland.”