Get comfy and have a scroll around. forumusic is the latest release from UK based Spoke Records.
Spoke's third double A-side 45 is out shortly but in the meantime we hope you enjoy the first few articles we've completed for a new website.
Thank you for supporting Spoke in 2011 and a very Merry Xmas and New Year to you all.
Ian Townsend / Col Wolfe / Andy Cann
Starting Spoke we had no idea how much fun it would be doing the label's website and neither did we know how much interesting material would turn up as we began researching 45s for reissue.
Being collectors we're pretty obsessive about lots of other stuff that we couldn't possibly press onto vinyl even if we wanted to.
There will of course be Spoke-related features here eventually; interviews with the likes of Shirley Bates, John Cameron and Tony Hatch, but we're kicking off with some of our recent preoccupations.
In November 2011 we had an autumnal Latin afternoon in London with music forum regular Tom B / Alfafa Sprouts flipping through the racks to talk us through some of his favourite favourite Latin and Brazilian music.
Mindful of the present economic climate Col has posted label scans and soundclips of ten top drawer Beat and Sike 45s that should cost a fortune but don't. Entitled Budget Beat & Sike 45s this article contains only his first ten recommendations and there will be more pointers to come in 2012.
Mindful of Apocalypse and Rapture Day on Sunday May 21st 2011 we decided to spend our last ever Saturday on Earth in the company of some very friendly 1950s Rock and Roll devotees at the Great Yarmouth Car Cruise.
The cruise is a regular feature of the bi-annual Hemsby Rock and Roll Weekenders which began in 1987. We enjoyed ourselves so much we're getting suited and booted and Brylcreeming our remaining hairs to attend the next weekender in May 2012.
Did we say booted? Yes we did.
We have of late been intrigued by illegal music, shameful as that may sound.
Like the girl from Educating Essex imploring ‘What is Pi ? Where does it come from ?’ we’ve been mulling the origins of those mysterious but much loved bootleg lps which landed on market stalls in the UK en masse way back in the 1990s.
We could righteously tut about the illegality but we'd be lying if we didn't admit to being fascinated by the way they archived the musical flavours of the 90s.
In deference to the influence they had on the musical taste of the last serious generation of vinyl buyers we've compiled a seven part series for you.
The Introduction and Part 1 of the The 90s Boot Boom are piping hot for you to thoroughly disapprove of before you devour yesterdays turkey leftovers in a sandwich.
Part 2: The Year Of Funky Soundtracks will be along in February 2012 to remind older readers of 1994, that strange year when the world went OST crazy and the clock wound back to the early 70s.
forumusic is delighted that several serious Dexters have already been in contact with us to share anecdotes about life in the 90s bootosphere.
When our forumusic forensics department has compiled all relevant facts the knowledge will be dropped; shamelessly and namelessly, right here for your reading pleasure.
Slipping back into legal gear some UK Polydor Circle Of Sound releases from the 70s still sound damned good today.
We've rounded up and reviewed all those colourful candy-striped Graphreaks releases so that you don't have to. Easy on the eye and pocket, they're the official forumusic centrefold vinyl pron to keep you warm for winter 2012.
We're approximately a gnats goolie away from finishing off a host of articles from when we first began traipsing the UK for material in 2010.
In addition to interviews with record collectors we've spoken to some top UK record label characters with fantastic tales to tell and we'll be rolling them out here throughout 2012.
We hope you enjoy your first forumusic experience and pop back occasionally to see how the site evolves once we get our fingers dusty with soundclip buttons to make the articles noisier.
A forum is mentioned in some articles but it's not quite ready yet.
We hope to have it here in January 2012 and if like us, your music habit is a tad over passionate at times the forum has a section attached to it for trades, set sales and Ebay links.
Thanks for dropping by.
We wish you a most excellent New Year!
Andy Cann / Col Wolfe / Ian Townsend