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Look at this thing. It's so beautiful. We have it right here, you can come and see it whenever you like. The photo doesn't do it justice. Let me tell you about it:

It was probably made in the late eighties, early nineties most likely. We first met each other in 2010 when I took over a music venue in Swindon. It had been unloved for many years and was being used as prop, basically, alongside a piano screwed halfway up a wall at a jaunty angle, ho ho ho. It hadn't been used by the previous owners because the noise it produced was wretched, ear splitting and barely recognisable as music. Most of the light bulbs were out. The decoration on the front lattice was invisible because of decades worth of crisp packets, fag packets and beer mats stuffed inside and coated over time with dust and tar. There were even a few coins when I reached the bottom, so I was quids in right off the bat.

I guess nobody had tried to make use of it in the recent past because there were some burnt CDs in there, but none from this century. They'd printed the CD covers themselves on a steam-powered printer. The album titles were barely readable because each pixel was a half inch square. I recall Vengaboys (1999), the Rage Against the Machine album with the self-immolating monk (1992), and Madonna's Ray of Light (1998). The only decent album in there was RATM and I like them but c'mon, two or three songs is plenty - a whole album for a pub jukebox is somewhat overkill, he said, ignoring the presence of a Vengaboys album, for God's sake. Although I suppose the best way to enjoy Vengaboys is to play it through a jukebox that's so unloved and tired it skips half the songs, and the other half comes out of a sound system so broken that the feedback and shrieking tones produced actually improves the tracks. The other CDs were equally horrendous and disposed of as soon as possible.

Luckily for me, the manufacturers, Sound Leisure, are still going strong and I was able to order replacement parts and get advice to get the jukebox up and running again. It was a true labour of love. Slow and methodical, one bit at a time over a few weeks. It finally sounded great.

I set it on freeplay and filled it up with new music - a combination of local bands; small to medium touring bands: Don Broco, Little Fish, Reel Big Fish, Twisted Wheel (cheeky buggers cancelled on me twice, not a fan); and best of albums for international bands that I may have had upcoming tribute gigs happening at my venue. So it wasn't a jukebox in the truest sense, it was more an ego stroke for the local bands (who were great, actually) and subtle marketing for future gigs.

After Swindon the jukebox rejoined me in London to be a proper pub jukebox again. I tried to be current and put in a handful of albums from artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Royal Blood and they went down like a lead balloon. You've gotta stick to the classics when it comes to jukeboxes.

Now it's at the Copper Room, the tech is still old, slow and prone to the occasional glitch. Even so, I reckon a curated choice of albums is far superior to the internet-connected tablet-inside-an-enormous-gaudy-box jukeboxes some places have now, where you're either paralysed by choice or suffering while one person puts on Bieber and another chooses obscure sitar music. However, there are problems inherent with old technology:

  • CDs will skip every so often.

  • The selected tracks are played in the order they appear in the carousel [pictured], not in the order you selected them.

  • It's a real mission to change more than one or two albums at a time. 

  • Nobody remembers how to use these jukeboxes any more!















I wanted to copy/paste the albums (not tracks) we've got on the jukebox but I can't find the list anywhere. Oh God, give me a few minutes and I'll write it out again. It's so late at night. But that's it after that, blog post is over. Bye!

100    Counting Crows Films About Ghosts

101    Pink Floyd A Foot in The Door, Best of

102    Supergrass Is 10, Best of 94-04

103    Elton John Rocket Man, Definitive Hits

104    The Stranglers Greatest Hits 77-90

105    The Jam Very Best of

106    U2 U218 Singles

107    Ramones Greatest Hits

108    The Smiths The Sound of

109    Radiohead Best of

110    Bon Jovi Greatest Hits

111    Bee Gees Their Greatest Hits

112    Simon & Garfunkel The Definitive

113    Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler Private Investigations, Best of

114    Blur Best of

115    The Police Greatest Hits

116    Johnny Cash Best of

117    Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits

118    Green Day International Superhits!

119    The Doors Very Best of

120    The Verve This Is Music - Singles 92-98

121    Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks

122    The Blues Brothers Music from the Soundtrack

123    Thin Lizzy Waiting for an Alibi, The Collection

124    Meat Loaf Hits Out of Hell

125    Robbie Williams Greatest Hits

126    Oasis Best of

127    Status Quo Rockin’ All Over The World

128    Guns N Roses Greatest Hits

129    Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits

130    Motorhead Aces up My Sleeve

131    Iron Maiden Somewhere Back in Time, Best of 80-89

132    Black Sabbath The Collection

133    AC/DC Back in Black

134    Metallica Metallica

135    Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

136    Michael Jackson Number Ones

137    The Kinks You Really Got Me, Best of

138    The Rolling Stones Jump Back, Best of

139    Queen Greatest Hits

140    The Prodigy Their Law, The Singles 90-05

141    Nirvana Nevermind

142    Pearl Jam Ten

143    Madness Ultimate Madness

144    The Beach Boys Very Best of

145    Bob Dylan The Blonde Collection

146    Genesis Turn It On Again

147    T-Rex Get It On

148    The Beatles Mix

149    The Who Then and Now 64-07

150    Abba Gold

151    The Beat & The Specials    

152    Eric Clapton Clapton Chronicles, Best of

153    Fire The Jimi Hendrix Collection

154    Lou Reed Transformer

155    Aerosmith Big Ones

156    David Bowie Best of Bowie, CD 1

157    Barry White The Collection

158    Elvis Number 1 Hits

159    The Killers Hot Fuss

160    Foo Fighters Greatest Hits

161    The Commitments

162-169   Various Artists: Levellers, Pulp, Pogues, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, The Clash, Def Leppard etc. And of course RATM Killing in the Name. I’ve had it pointed out to me that there's no KISS on the jukebox, so I'll be rectifying that in the future.

- Liam

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