Nov 13

The Inch – Pilot (Tom Ewing Guest)

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inchTen years, or considerably more, ago Friday nights were easy. Some of us involved in FreakyTrigger would go to the pub. We would have a suitable amount of beer, and then often as not retire to my house, where a few more beers were drunk and maybe some records were played. But how to choose those records? Well luckily, when we weren’t playing Genius/GZA’s Liquid Swords (which was actually quite a lot), we would pick some seven inches to play. I had a lot of seven inch records, and we discovered that about an inch of them was exactly the right amount to take us to the time we had to sleep. And my seven inch records were in no particular order (though they did contain much godawful 90’s indie to my now jaundiced eyes).

Of course life has moved on now, and it has been a while since we have subjected ourselves to an inch. But in taking stock of items at work (and anyone who listened to the Lost Property Podcast will know, this is where I get my best ideas), I realised we still have a vinyl jukebox, and we also have about 3000 jukebox records. In no particular order. SO I wondered whether it was worth resurrecting the old game (for game it was, with very arbitrary rules) and see what an inch of these records were like.

So when Tom came in to do his Lost Property Office, I also grabbed an inch of records and we had a go. The result is a little rough and ready, it turns out there is genuine skill in talking whilst cueing a record absent when you are doing it with CD’s or mp3s. There is some serious music chat, some guff and some guessing. I’d be very interested to know if you liked it, if you wanted to hear more and how you think it sounds. In the meantime, here is an Inch.


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    Tom Ewing (@tomewing) on 6 Nov 2013 #

    Also on Freaky Trigger, THE INCH: a new podcast by @pb14 on old records, with me as a guest! http://t.co/gh8ujMNEA7

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    Lazarus on 8 Nov 2013 #

    I enjoyed this, especially that funky Abba B-side.

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    Rory on 8 Nov 2013 #

    Yes, good fun. It struck me suddenly how much said B-side (which was also an album track) sounded like half the songs Bill Oddie did for the Goodies at the time. (Not a criticism, as far as I’m concerned.)

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    tm on 8 Nov 2013 #

    Yes, great fun. Shame we didn’t get to hear you discuss Bob Marley!

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    tm on 10 Nov 2013 #

    Among the volumes of discussion of Marley as icon, political figure and ‘he brought reggae to the masses’ statesman, there’s been relatively little about his music. I’d love to see his early pre-Island stuff get the lavish boxset treatment.

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    Peter Baran (@pb14) on 11 Nov 2013 #

    That reminds me, I have a new podcast : The Inch. Me, a guest and a random selection of jukebox records http://t.co/GY3HhVHlOH

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    Mark M on 17 Nov 2013 #

    That was excellent – really liked that Sam Cooke record.

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    jeff w on 26 Nov 2013 #

    I like the concept a lot. The reality was just OK (even discounting for the roughness). Perhaps lacking the “suitable amount of beer” beforehand? But I appreciate it is difficult to be spontaneously interesting about the very familiar. Would love to have a go at playing this game though!

    Tom will be relieved to know I also guessed The Osmonds instead of ABBA.

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