Schrödinger’s Chart

Ravestabs at the ready!
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September 29th 1979, Record Mirror

At the beginning of 1979 James Hamilton invented BPMs as a way of describing music that would become a fundamental tool in a DJ’s assortment. These numbers helped to categorise and sort music, and could help a DJ craft a set on theme and pitch. Anyway, these numbers didn’t go away.

Ask for Maurice
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September 30th 1978, Record Mirror

I’m seven years old now, some of this becomes familiar on reading.

Status Quo

The editorial direction of the paper now is kind of boring, Travolta, Abba & Status Quo are flavours of the month I guess, but not really my bag man. And the tone of the paper is a bit aggressive, but maybe that’s the Punk attitude. But I doubt it, it’s the newest counter culture and I can’t see it well represented in the press, only looked back on.

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September 27th 1975, Record Mirror & Disc

Gonna Make You A Cover Star

This cover date was the day I turned 4 years old. The paper has had another makeover, dropping the Popswop association and merging with Disc. The last issue of Disc was August 30th, 1975. (The last Record Mirror & Popswop branded issue was May 17th, 1975). (Scans courtesy of World Radio History again.)

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September 21st 1974, Record (& Popswop) Mirror


And now I am almost three years old. Another relaunch, the (& Radio) Subtitle? Midtitle? was dropped in August and the paper left the Billboard organisation in early July moving to Spotlight Publications. Can’t imagine that went down too well with Editorial as they were housed in Carnaby Street before moving to Benwell Street into a building that seems now to be the Jamie Oliver Cookery School. Magazines as before courtesy of World Radio History.

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September 23rd 1972, Record Mirror

This is the music that would have been contemporary when I was approaching 1 year old.

Record Mirror, September 23rd 1972 Front Page
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September 25th 1971, Record Mirror

Longtime readers of the site would, well, no, there are no long term readers any more are there? I’ve bee sporadically active and the landscape has changed. RSS is out of favour, content is pushed to one site and replicated to the other five or six. Maybe you’ll see me dancing my way through this on tikety-tok in future.

So now I’m going to back to amusing myself, as if I didn’t do this in the first place. I’ve found a motherlode of old music press and charts at World Radio History, so let’s have a look at the charts in Record Mirror dated for the week of September 25th, 1971. I was born that week, have always been kind of curious about the music that was around at the time as no amount of film stock and bands on the roof would really adequately describe what was out.

Keith Moon,
Record Mirror, September 25th, 1971
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