The Good, The Bad & . . . the not so photogenic – The Rockingbirds ride back in to town

The Rockingbirds Rough Trade instoreLast Saturday saw The Rockingbirds celebrate the re release of their classic – eponymous – album, with a performance in the basement of the Rough Trade record store in Talbot Road, West London.  The room was packed with ‘old’ faces who were treated to to a bunch of tunes from said album plus the debut live performance of new song ‘Man in the Moon’ (available on 7″ from our e bay shop)

The 2008 reunion prompted the re-mastering of this great, lost record, but more live dates and even fresh recording sessions are in the works as The Rockingbirds try their method on a new generation. To echo a line from ‘Gradually Learning’, being late is better than never.

14 April- St. Bonaventures – Bristol £11 Adv – Doors: 7.30 pm- Tel: 0870 4444 400 or here
15 April – Norwich Arts Centre – £9/£7 concs – Doors: 8 pm, Tel: 01603 660352
16 April The Musician – Leicester £ 10 Adv Doors: 8 pm, Tel: 0116 251 0080 or here.
Friday 17 April – The Engine Room Brighton £ 10 Adv Doors: 7.30 pm – Tel: 01273 728999 or here
18thApril–London –The Dome £12.50- doors 8.00pm


SEVENLY a celebration of the 45!

It will be 60 years to the day that Eddy Arnold’s ‘Texarkana Baby’ was released by RCA, pressed in translucent green vinyl it was the first ever 45 record released, so never shy of a celebrating anything worth celebrating we’re throwing a birthday party at The Social for the beloved 7″ record.

Djing on the night will be some of our friends who we deemed wholly holy qualified to come down and play you some of their favourite 7’s from the last 60 years.

Digging through their crates to unearth you some gems and provide back to back 3min slices of Sevenly music will be ;

EDWYN COLLINS (7″ label champion!)
EMMY THE GREAT (music sounds better with her)

YOUNG & LOST CLUB (Great label, great 7’s)


(keep your ears posted on here for a Superb &  exclusive 7″ mix that Andy’s done for us, coming v. soon!)

HEAVENLY JUKEBOX ( 7evenly music)
ROUGH TRADE (They sell 7’s, they play 7’s!)

& BOB STANLEY (Vinyl guru, is it you?)


There will also be a mini Rough Trade stall selling 7’s on which you will be able find some exclusively signed  for the early birds and in between sets there will be some Heavenly freebies to give away.

Come celebrate with us & hear some of the finest music ever cut to 7″ of vinyl, doors 7pm & its well free to get in! @ THE SOCIAL, 5 Little Portland St, W1w 7JD

Both Bob and myself managed to pick up a copy of ‘TEXARKANA BABY’ on Gemm for under $10 within minutes of finding out about the track.  I love the fact the first 45 came on translucent green vinyl which was designed to colour

reference musical genres, ahh the innocence of product marketing back in the day . . .  literally!

Until we get set up in the new office and wire up the vinyl/,p3 thing you can make do with a youtube version of Eddy Arnolds 45, which sounds better than my copy in any case.