This week we welcome Producer, DJ, and record store co-owner Zaf 'Love Vinyl' aka The Mighty Zaf to the Dusk Dubs family.
Zaf has been responsible for compiling the Americana/ Private Wax series on BBE and has done many productions and edits alongside Phil Asher. They are just about to launch their new label ‘80s'.
"All the songs in this mix are taken from albums which were ingrained into my musical psyche at a very early age. Every part of every song, every pause or non pause were embedded into me through countless hours of listening and re-listening when they there were no distractions like there are today, so they were etched into my musical DNA and are part of me just like a lung a limb or a thumb.
Yet I could have chosen a hundred or more different songs and I would have equally been happy with the selections however this is how it is and I am more than happy with how this mix ended up" (Zaf)
You can find him HERE
1. Supertramp - Easy Does It
2. Supertramp - Sister Moonshine
3. Steve Miller Band - Swingtown
4. Joe Walsh - Theme From Boat Weirdos
5. Joni Mitchell - Shades Of Scarlet Conquering
6. Steely Dan - Black Cow
7. The Cars - Bye Bye Love
8. The Cars - Shoo Be Doo
9. The Cars - Candy-O
10. The Stranglers - Walk On By
11. Supertramp - Take The Long Way Home
12. Kate Bush - The Man With The Child In His Eyes
13.Japan - Ghosts
14. Joe Jackson - It's Different For Girls
15. The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
16. Prefab Sprout - Bonny
17. Hall & Oates - Wait For Me (Live version)
1 & 2) Supertramp - Easy Does It/Sister Moonshine
Many an evening was spent in my front room during the '70s listening to my 2 elder brother’s record collection. There was a 14 year difference between my eldest brother, Hamayun, who sadly passed away one year ago, almost to the hour of me writing this right now. My second brother, Chow as he was nicknamed purchased most of the records but they both had very similar tastes. Supertramp were one the first bands I really started digging. Their 1975 LP famously titled "Crisis, What Crisis" was one of their finest. The way the first two tracks on the LP segued into each other was musical magic to the ears of a 9 year old. The intro track "Easy Does It" starts off with a man whistling alongside the sound of footsteps, followed by the sound of a car bleeping a horn. These sounds fascinated me then and listening again 40 years later evoke such strong feelings. Musically both tracks are harmonically flawless. I still think Supertramp are one of the most underrated bands of all time.
3) Steve Miller Band - Swingtown
This was taken from his 1977 LP "Book Of Dreams". The rolling funky bass line and drums were moulding my ears of things to come, as my brothers tastes although funky, was in essence strictly drawn to white artists, but not completely. Saying that all my selections here are by white artists, not that it matters of course. The Steve Miller Band were my first ever concert when they performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1982. I listened to this LP over a hundred times that year & in years to come as well as the "Fly Like An Eagle" & "The Joker" albums, which are both '70s classics.
4) Joe Walsh - Inner Tube/Theme From Boat Weirdos
If I had the chance to go back in time, 1978 is where I would go. I was 11 years old and music was as important to me at that time as much as skateboarding, football & fashion. My obsessions were developing at a rapid rate, all consuming. I grew up in Northfields, Ealing, a short skateboard ride away from to a newly built skatepark gloriously named Rolling Thunder in Brentford. Money was always a barrier, but fortunately both my elder brothers also got into skateboarding so many an evening was spent skating to the sounds of whatever was playing through the house sound system at Rolling Thunder. There was so much music being released in 1978 that is now considered classic. Well in my opinion Joe Walsh's "But Seriously Folks" LP is up there for me as one of the best rock LP's ever made. Again it was played extensively at home, but they also caned it at Rolling Thunder. The instrumental tracks I have chosen from this LP are so unique. "Inner Tube" starts with a keyboard synth I can't recall hearing anywhere else similar, the accompanying piano is almost Prince like, then as it breaks into "Theme From Boat Weirdos" I remember one night listening on big 1970's headphones and having my first ever musical trip, literally like a drug infused experience, something I will never forget. The whole album is amazing and I used to look at the artwork for hours. Bless Joe Walsh.
5) Joni Mitchell - Shades Of Scarlet Conquering
And then came Joni to take us to a higher level, perhaps to the highest level possible to go in music for me. My favourite ever male artist may have written "Nothing Compares To You" about Joni Mitchell. We knew he was a fan, obviously it wasn't about her, but the sentiment rings true. My brothers bought all the Joni LP's from the early '70s and her records were constantly on in my house. Although between the age of 5-10 I couldn't really appreciate her genius, her superiority was subliminally fed to me, and only when I was older did I truly realise that Joni was on another echelon to everyone else. Lyrically she is unsurpassable, and however clever I try to be about how good she is, the English language hasn't got enough superlatives to do Joni justice. Just google "Joni Mitchell-Shades Of Scarlet Conquering lyrics" and see for yourself if you're not familiar. I could have chosen any Joni track from this or any '70s LP to be honest.
6) Steely Dan - Black Cow
The poignance of writing this just a few days after Walter Becker's passing makes it all the harder. However, what he left us is an incredible legacy, and similar to Joni, the highest praise isn't enough. Black Cow is by far my favourite ever Steely Dan track and one I never get bored of listening to. I have started playing it regularly again in my DJ sets after picking up the Spanish 12" which is loudly cut. My favourite parts in this song are where the girl backing vocalists come in especially at the end singing "So Outrageous!", and of course the unreal keyboard & sax solo's. Although released in 1977, Aja was another LP I remember being played at the skatepark Rolling Thunder in 1978, my musical playground.
7, 8 & 9) The Cars - Bye Bye Love/Shoo Be Doo/Candy-O
It's difficult to fathom sometimes how creative the years 1975 to 1980 were musically across all the different genres of music many of us are into. Hence groups like The Cars, although quite big in the USA were never heralded or universally appreciated for how good they really were, and even when they were acknowledged or popularised it was in their latter years for music that wasn't as good as their earlier material. The Cars first two albums released in 1978 & '79 were and still are two of the best rock LP's released, both as good as the other, and outrageously under rated despite both making the top 10 albums of the year in the hugely influential Rolling Stone magazine. I played these two records to death, and could have easily picked out any tracks from either LP. In 1978 my brother was one of the first people to buy a Sony Walkman and I used to freak my friends out by playing a recording of an aeroplane going past and then watching them look over their heads and shit themselves. Listening to music changed from then on in, and The Cars were heavily listened to on that first ever Walkman.
10) The Stranglers - Walk On By
Not many bands were as good as The Stranglers, period. My oldest & best mates Lee Hiom & Jamie Robinson were massive Stranglers fans and we used to go to Jamie's shed and pretend we were in the band, taking turns on who we were, Hugh Cornwell, Jet Black, Dave Greenfield or the bassist JJ. Burnel. On this particular classic there was an abundance of choice, the mental keyboard solo, the funky bass, the sick drumming or the wicked guitar licks. The Stranglers were so unique, no other bands in this ilk even came near to how good they were.
11) Supertramp - Take The Long Way Home.
1978 again...Supertramp released their classic album "Breakfast In America". Another record I listened to a thousand times from start to finish. In the era where Lp's were like a a journey and every track was as good as the last. "Take The Long Way Home" was the opening track on when you turned the Lp over, a special track on brilliant albums, always.
12) Kate Bush - The Man With The Child In His Eyes.
I could have easily have included many Kate Bush tracks especially "Wuthering Heights" which evokes such deep feelings & memories that it's sometimes difficult to listen to such are the emotions.
I'm an absolute sucker for strings & piano, and Kate Bush is one of the few Tories who gets a pass. Bless her...
13) Japan - Ghosts
We're into the '80s now and high school came into play. I wasn't a massive fan of Japan at this time but in retrospect this particular song again brings back such memories of circa 1982 that my stomach cramps up sometimes when I listen to David Sylvian's haunting voice in this totally unique song. I should at this point state that many Roxy Music and David Bowie songs could easily have made my list, both of whom were hugely influential to Sylvain's style.
14) Joe Jackson - It's Different For Girls
On our trips to the Sunsplash Festival myself and my best boy Phil Asher used to share rooms and inevitably listen to music from our youth days. I remember one particular early evening after we had an unforgettable day Phil played this through the stereo and within seconds the pair of used were so overwhelmed by the memories we both started crying uncontrollably! Can you imagine that happening in 25 years time to any of the youth of today to a song that is in the top 10 right now? Joe Jackson's "Stepping Out" also is up there for me in the category of my all time classics.
15) The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.
Again, I could have chosen a few of out of The Police's repertoire, but this one really is my favourite ever Police song. I still feel the urge to listen to it at least every few months, and even then I will listen to it a few times in a row. It really reminds of a particular memory of when I was 14 years old, going to play Saturday morning football with the school and listening to this on the radio or my Walkman on the way back. Also, I loved the video, back in the days whenI used to record Top Of The Pops and watch everything on repeat a million times. Musically this song is fucking incredible.
16) Prefab Sprout - Bonny
There was a re-release of this amazing second Lp a few years back on CD. I got a copy to play in my car and admittedly I hadn't listened to this album for maybe 10 years or so prior to getting this deluxe edition CD. From the first bar it hit me like a ten-ton lorry. The whole LP is breath-taking and I remember listening to Bonny about 5 times in a row. Nostalgia is can be delightful & painful in equal measure when you get that yearning for a return to your youth.
17) Hall & Oates - Wait For Me.
I love Hall & Oates from an early age, they had that perfect combination of AOR & soul in many of their songs. Their Rock N Soul compilation released in 1983 was purchased by myself from Our Price in Ealing Broadway, home taped and then listened to hundreds of times on my way to school & back. Again, I could have picked any track from it, but opted for the live version of "Wait For Me" which actually on appeared on the tape version I think, so I must have bought the tape as well as the vinyl.