another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Sunday, 8 January 2012


 sunday see's dangerous, stu and me heading to the traditional autojumble and for this year, bike show at newark showground, i've got everything, wallet, cash money, cheese and tommy pack-up, guess what i forgot? yep,  camera, put it on charge last night, it's still there, bollock's, no show photo's i'm afraid, [shame, some nice bikes there] but, on a more positive note, i got a whole lot of stainless stock, some duralumin at a bargain price and i unchained the loveless stash and purchased a lush shorai racing battery, it's a lithium, five times lighter than a traditional lead battery, check the photo's, on the left, weighing in at a massive five point seven kilogram's is varta 'mr hevvvvy mother fu careful' on the right is super fly weight 'beast from the east' lithium, third more cranking power, carbon fibred body shorai and weighing in at a staggering, [wait for it, i can't believe it myself] nought point nine, nine, seven kilo's, fuckingellthatsalmostfivetimeslighterthanthestandardbattery! stu got me a signed photo of tt legend steve plater, he signed it to #51 and apparently kept a straight face even when stu told him i was a racer too..............
i just went down the step's to the slightly damp vinyl vault and randomly opened one of the storage boxes, stuck my hand in and plucked out this gem, ' rosemary what happened' by richard 'popcorn'wylie, originally released on the karen label, the song was loosely based on the film 'rosemary's baby' the 1968 film starring mia farrow and john cassavetes, directed by roman polanski and dealing with satanism, hardly a recipe for a huge northern soul floor-filler but, there you go, 'popcorn' wylie was a highly respected detroit bandleader and producer who had an almighty fall out with berry gordy at motown, he left the famous label and went on to work with j.j. barnes, edwin starr and jamo thomas, [famous within the northern soul scene themselves] the grapevine label operated between june 1977 and early summer 1980,  releasing proper rare soul vinyl, each release numbered around five thousand copies, this one is a rarity as it's a 'demo' copy, highly sought after by soul collectors and not to be confused with the 'pressings' that were released, [bootleg copies of the original items, even 'pressings' are fetching stupid money, they are, after all, almost forty years old themselves] i'll tell you how i came about owning a load of demo copies of 'grapevine' label vinyl another time, and i might just tell you how much i paid for them.......................