The Stories & Songs Record Club - wed 20 sep 2017, 6:30pm

Gig Info

Doors Open 6.30, Showtime 7.30-10pm (with intermission).

Premium Seating $30+bf

Reserve A Seating $25+bf

General Admin: $18.00 +bf

At the Door: $20.00 (if still available)


Our second STORIES AND SONGS RECORD CLUB, hosted by BRIAN NANKERVIS, will be held at St Kilda’s MEMO Music Hall on September 20.

Once again we’re asking you to bring your favourite piece of vinyl … singles or albums … for possible playing on the MEMO turntable. Brian will welcome you and find stories about the songs that have been important to you. Songs that move you, songs that hold a special place in your heart … songs that need to be introduced and played for everyone!

Special guest artists CHARLES JENKINS and LISA MILLER will share their personal stories and songs and play live, there’ll be giveaways, surprise guests, a ‘last person standing’ game … and if our first show on August 9 is anything to go by, there’ll be laughter, tears, sharpie dancing … and a shared, joyous appreciation of why music matters!

Speaking of that first show … for those who missed out and for those who were there, here’s the playlist (apologies for any mistakes … it got a little hectic!)

Act One

Wa Wa Nee … Stimulation, from Ellen.
Nat King Cole … I’m Gonna Sit Right Down, from Marie (Brett’s mum)
Queen … Bohemian Rhapsody, from ‘A Night At The Opera’, from Michael
David Bowie … Quicksand and Kooks off ‘Hunky Dory’, from Chris
Slade … Get Down And Get With It off ‘Slade Alive’, From Sara (complete with Frankston Sharpie dancing and special appearance from Damo, resident needle dropper)
Go-Betweens, Cattle and Cane, from Adrian (“I love it to death”)
Chuck Berry … Bye Bye Johnny, from Brett
The Teskey Brothers … Pain and Misery, from Jenny
Split Enz … Poor Boy from a laser cut edition of ‘True Colours’, from Liz

Act Two

Jamie introduced Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell with great respect to Glen (who had passed away that day) and a lovely story about buying the album from Newton’s Record shop in Carlisle Street, Balaclava. As the night progressed, there were a couple of other albums in the house that had been bought from Newtons … with the stickers to prove it!

Mel introduced Wildfire from John Mayer’s ‘Paradise Valley’ album. Mel contrasted the guitar styles of John Mayer and Glen Campbell and told the story of his father arriving from India, leaving all his records behind and having to start his collection again. Mel explained how he and his 13 year old daughter had bonded over vinyl and John Mayer and as he left the house that night, she’d suggested he take the Paradise Valley LP.

Mark played Letter From America by The Proclaimers, telling a moving migrant story about his dad from Scotland working on the railways at St Kilda station and his Greek wife, whose father also went through St Kilda station at the same time. Tissue time.

Our first guest musician, AMAYA LAUCIRICA told a story about a cat who would stop crying when exposed to The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Amaya sang a beautiful song off her forthcoming album.

Michelle Achison selected Take Me To The River by Talking Heads, from ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ and remembered being inspired by a whole new group of friends, sharing houses and meeting her future husband Geoff. Connections everywhere!

During a short break we heard Wings, the Stones, Pinball Wizard and a few others we can’t quite recall!

Act Three

Chris won the parlour game by remembering the most albums displayed on Brett Mason’s wonderful set … winning a Greville Records voucher and a Sally Boyden LP, from which we played I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door until we all agreed it should come off!

The owner of Greville Records, Warwick Brown talked about falling in love with the sound of Jimmy Scott’s voice and finally finding a copy of his album in a second hand record store somewhere in the desert, east of Los Angeles. He selected Exodus, a song most of us had never heard before. Incredible. Scott sang with Charlie Parker and Lou Reed, was loved by Ray Charles and appeared in Twin Peaks!

Our second guest musician was STEVE KILBEY who chose Citadel by The Rolling Stones from ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ LP. Steve was his highly entertaining, cheeky, mercurial self and went on to play three live songs, including his own Under The Milky Way and a T Rex cover. Love Steve.

Gerald told an amusing story about sharing a table in a restaurant with Donovan. Gerald went for the noodles while Donovan had rice, leading Gerald to ask Donovan if he was “just mad about Saffron?” Later, on their way to see Donovan at The Continental, Gerald’s friends dismissed his story of having lunch with the great man, only to be amazed when Donovan said hello to Gerald from the stage! Gerald selected Mellow Yellow. Quite rightly.

Chris shared his frustration with his parents, forbidding him from going to the 1973 Sunbury music festival. Some months later his mother said they’d bought him something special and there, on his bed, on the chenille bedspread, was the just released ‘The Great Australian Rock Festival, Sunbury 1973’, featuring Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, Matt Taylor, Carson, Greg Quill and Johnny O’Keefe. We dropped the needle on La La Song by Friends, featuring Leo De Castro.

A memorable night and we thank everyone for coming. Let’s do it again on September 20.