Essential 45rpm Records to Slot Into a Pub Jukebox - Record No.0001 Link Wray : Rumble

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Pub Jukebox Record No.1 : Link Wray : "Rumble" [1958]

I prefer no music in pubs but just for a bit of fun I'm going to have a virtual pub jukebox to which I'll add a track from time-to-time. Listening to the audiobile in some of the boozers on the Isle of Wight whilst on holiday in 2014 convinced me that music in pubs is generally a bad egg because, more often than not, the selections can be infuriating. The Isle of Wight seemed to have a 70's and 80's fixation. I never thought I'd hear Sweet Sensation's "Sad Sweet Dreamer" ever again but, to my horror, it cropped up twice on the island. I wanted to find the cable to the loudspeakers so I could snip them in half. The trouble with mainstream popular music is that there is just a hideous amount of pap, proving that 'People Like What They Know' rather than 'Know What They Like.' So, as publican and the person who inserts the records on this jukebox, I get to put on the tracks I like. Hopefully, at some point you'll be entertained, intrigued, amused or bemused. So here goes ... the jukebox has just been delivered to the pub so it's that exciting moment of trying out the equipment. The first record I'm putting in the jukebox, with an accompanying video, is for those [in this digital age] who perhaps do not even know what a record player looks like... try this killer 1958 record by Link Wray with details of equipment used. It's still a fantastic 45rpm packed with an undercurrent of malevolence. The track perhaps conjures up an image of 1950's bikers with blue jeans and leather jackets - or maybe down the drag for a hotNjroad burnout. But, if you intend to listen with four wheels please note that this should only to be played in a car if you actually happen to own something like a '57 Chevy!

Footnote : that aforementioned "Sad Sweet Dreamer" was arguably the forerunner of the modern trend for talent shows - you just have to delete Simon Cowell and Pop Idol and insert Tony Hatch and New Faces. However, the group did spawn the classic "Reach for Love" when youngest member, the late Marcel King, hooked up with Factory Records and produced a Hacienda club hit in the mid-80's.

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