Sunday, 10 February 2008


I've come over all nostalgic...well, nostalgic and hungover, actually, which is a peculiar combination. The reason for the nostalgia (because I just know you're dying for me to tell you), dear reader, is a flexidisc. It's funny to think that there's now a HUGE percentage of the population who don't know what a flexidisc is. Just in case you fall into this deprived group, I'll explain.

Flexidiscs were very common a couple of decades ago. They were one-sided seven-inch singles pressed on thin plastic which were usually made to be given away (often on magazines) for promotional purposes. Now, few things excite me as much as a bit of free music, and I can still feel the little frisson of excitement I'd get when I got a flexidisc. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost all but one of them, but what a little floppy gem it is!

The Mo-dettes were one of my favourite bands when I was in my early teens. I'd seen them a couple of times at the Saturday Morning Madness gigs at the Hammersmith Odeon and had played their first two singles to death. I was also completely besotted with their lead singer, Ramona, who remains one of the finest bits of totty to ever grace a stage.

Anyway, my big sister had been to see them and bought this flexidisc home with her. It's a cover of Twist & Shout (Mode 1 1/2) and it's really quite good.


John Spithead said...

"Well, shake it up baby, now..."

penguindevil said...

I too have a fondness for the rare flexi-discs that I have encountered over the years. The best one I ever got was also my first one, "It's A Super-Spectacular Day" from Mad Magazine with the multiple endings! I haven't heard it in decades, but the song, and the memory of its funny little disc, have remained with me.

irishdave said...

A beautiful piece of post punk joy! 2 things for nostalgia freaks - in seperate distros last week I noticed a tape only distro - tapes? - and on a seperate distro list no less than 5 flexies! It's like the future never happened :-)

Malisha Old 666 said...

Just stopped by to say hi.
Vedran from Croatia here. I don't know if you remember, but we exchanged a couple of letters when Spithead was alive and kickin' + thanx for sending me "Swag" tape when it came out.
Found this link on Irishdave's blog where I found out that I've missed your split w/Travis Cut. Fuck it.
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and that Spithead is one of the few ska punk bands that I can still listen to. Cheers.

John Spithead said...

Hi Vedran, great to hear from you. I can clearly remember sitting in a field on a beautiful sunny day writing to you back in '95 or '96.

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