Guest Selector: The Hot Club
1. Bo Diddley – Dancing Girl (from the album I'm A Man – The Chess Masters, 1955-1958)
There’s no Hot Club without Bo Diddley. His soulful yet anarchic and driving strum gets all the right juices flowing and has been a staple since the very beginning. I was introduced to Bo Diddley by my Dad, who claimed to have seen him in the very early sixties with Eddie Cochran supporting. For us, he's pretty much where rock'n'roll starts; taking blues licks (along with African-influenced rhythms) and playing them through over-driven home-made guitars made his signature sound more-or-less where rock music began.
2. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Dropout Boogie (from the album Safe as Milk, 1967)
Captain Beefheart holds a special place in our hearts and this is but one of the many Beefheart tracks we regularly bombard the Hot floor with. The Christmas Hot Club after Don Van Vliet's death in December 2010 (with Dave Maclean of Django Django guest DJing) saw much of the night dedicated to Beefheart numbers with such a catalogue, we probably could have kept that up until well into the next day if we'd had a chance. In fact, a doorman had ended up having to physically come and cut the power when Dave refused to stop the music at 3am.
3. The Cramps – You Got Good Taste (from the album Smell of Female, 1983)
Hot Clubbers have good taste, but ain't no Gucci bag carriers. The Hot Club is all about the dirge and the dirt, and The Cramps sum that up for sure. We love them and this live track really captures them at their seediest and best. Lux and Ivy are (or were: LUX RIP) the High Priest and Priestess of that Hot Club Hoodoo.
4. Roy C – Shotgun Wedding (from the album That Shotgun Wedding Man, 1966)
In a recent Phantom Band interview, Duncan (guitar) cited this as his record that reminded him of another band member – myself. I (Wako) bought two copies of this record from a charity shop in Perth some time around 1997, whilst in town to visit a friend in prison. It was recommended as a solid purchase at the time by a friend who was the first person (other than the youth club discos I'd been doing in Fife) to give me a go DJing at a night – Beat Quest in Dundee – and it has remained on heavy rotation ever since. It's a Mod classic and, without going into detail about the background of that chap who was in the clink, its strange propriety to that day's visit is what makes it stick to me somehow. Featuring shotgun ricochet samples and the wedding march, it's quite bombastic for its time, and works a treat for breaking up the tempo of the night.
5. Link Wray – Mustang (from the album The Original Rumble, 1958)
Any track from this Guitar God will do. Link Wray has informed so much of the contemporary music The Hot Club is all about – Uncle John & Whitelock/Jacob Yates ATPGLP, Tremolo Beer Gut, Big Ned, Django Django. His gritty and menacing guitar sound is unmistakeable and from the outset, when we met to talk about starting a club night, the growling guts of The Hot Club were designed around just that Rumble.
6. Django Django – WOR (from the album Django Django, 2012)
I think Django Django made their Scottish debut live at The Hot Club and some girls took it upon themselves to get naked during this track, which soon became a Hot Club heavy spinner. If that's not a sign that things were on the up for these guys then I don't know what is. I hope they remember those babes (and us) when they're hanging out in Karl Lagerfeld's house with the Chanel girls.
7. The Tremolo Beer Gut – Every Minute Alone (from the album Under the Covers with..., 2011)
The TBG are Danish surf legends (and Jon Spencer favourites) as well as childhood friends of Rafla. For our second birthday they came and caused chaos and bliss in equal measure with their dangerously fantastic performance. And to their credit, these racehorses from hell involved much more tremolo than beer gut. Buy all their records, start your own Hot Club that's better than ours.
8. Them – Baby Please Don't Go (from the EP Them, 1965)
This really needs no comment other than the fact that neither of us have ever played this (at The Hot Club or elsewhere) and not seen everyone dance. It makes me picture David Lynch's Wild At Heart every time I hear it, and that's something we've always wanted The Hot Club to do too.
9. Indómitos – Sangras Amigo (from the album Indómitos, 2008)
The name means the 'Untameables' and for a brief spell this Spanish punk garage explosion lived here in Glasgow and played a fantastic set at The Hot Club, alongside Sparkling Shadazz. Sangras Amigo has been played at most nights ever since and it sounds as raw as if they are on the stage themselves.
10. The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog (from the album The Stooges, 1969)
At the first ever Hot Club we decided to play this at the end, but it caused such a riot that we had to put it back to the start – bringing the jungle rewind to the rock'n'roll world, if you like. Since then, we've done the same every time and it's become our signature song. It's our only opportunity to dance together over the night, so we get on the dance floor, jumping back up to the decks only to put the needle back to the start because, let’s face it; it’s simply too short.