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  • Birthday November 16

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    REL Maunsell and O V Bullied Trust Writing a book on the artists and history of Wand Records
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    West Sussex

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  1. Suspected that some DJs are at this. Changeover times, first DJ is facing the crowd or cueing up record, second is opening box and pulling stuff out, faffing about with his back to the audience, very easy to lift at that time if the second DJ is dodgy. There is no other explanation and the idea of random punters wandering up, and doing it in full view of everyone in the room seems somehow less plausible. Maybe need two tables, one for DJ1 and one for DJ2. I am convinced, unpleasant as it sounds, they walk amongst us.
  2. Voted best disco in the world by Billboard magazine in 1978
  3. If you take a backing track and put new words over it, 9 times out of 10 the original writers / producers will be gone in my experience looking at other independent records where that has happened. Maybe he wasn't told those details by whoever he got the tracks from, we just don't know 52 years later. He is certainly a larger than life character but as to it all being about "him", yes I agree on that but it is hardly unique in this business. The sueing of Lennon was just one of a number of episodes in his life.
  4. It is of course more than entirely possible that McGregor resold the backing track to Sam Coplin. Wouldn't be the first time that type of thing happened and he was a bit of a wheeler dealer character. I did speak to Sam a few years ago and he couldn't remember much about the origins of the track, but he could remember the group and how the record got to Wand.
  5. Actually Coplin told me he had recorded the group but they didn't have a name at the time. He played the track down the phone to Florence Greenberg and she said "great, what is the group's name?". Coplin, needing an answer, looked out of his window and saw the freeway and that is how he came up with the name. That was obviously before it came out on Karma, and also before it came out on Wand. Soon after the record came out (within weeks) the lead singer of Stemmons Express died.
  6. It all depends on the nature of any agreement reached with the EU. My prediction is that despite the hot air and rhetoric, we will have a close trading agreement with the EU at the end of the transition period.
  7. Customs are short of staff. I think part of this at least depends on the volume of goods coming into the country. January is usually a quieter month so more time for staff to check things coming in. December by contrast is manic, and although I believe they put more staff on it, a lot of stuff slips through. There is no rhyme or reason to it as far as I know.
  8. I'd doubt it Rod. Customs are set in clearing centres near the airport. the PO is just the collection agent. ATB Steve
  9. It is so strange that people think the PO should receive your parcel, ship it to your local P.O, store it, notify you of its arrival, collect the duty the government insist on from you, pass it on to HMRC, validate the accounts, and do all this for free.
  10. It is certainly true that many people who have "had an influence" don't have an overactive ego gland, but others are almost professionals at self publicity.
  11. Interesting and puts a different dimension on things.

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