I spent the final night of my 2-week European tour DJing with Coconut Jim at Brass Monkey, a beautiful low-lit, bamboo-covered tiki bar in Copenhagen. And I remember this specific moment—when Coconut Jim played Ted Taylor’s “Somebody’s Always Trying” and a gang of us danced together in the tight spaces between the tables and chairs. I thought, this is a record I’ve heard in New York, Helsinki, London, Boston, Baltimore, LA, and now Copenhagen. This lil’ soul record from 1964! Unknown to the majority of the world, yet cherished and adored by a select few music lovers and record collectors, and played at soul parties across the globe. And that really summed up the magic of spending two weeks traversing the European continent, meeting folks in London, Helsinki, Budva (Montenegro), Copenhagen, and Paris, who, like me, love digging up old records and sharing them with the people.
DJ Coconut Jim sorting his 45s at Brass Monkey, Copenhagen
Joining me on that final night of my tour was Mick Patrick and Phil Chapman (who had flown over from London), my fellow Danish girl group lovers Peter Andreasen + Per Frederkisen, Sofie Jekel, who used to run French ye-ye blog, Dans Mon Cafe, musician Alex Puddu (who, the next morning, hand-delivered a copy of his XXX soundtrack LP The Golden Age of Danish Pornography), and DJ Henriette Ronneberg, who arrived with my fabulous Copenhagen host, DJ + 45 collector, John Berchtold. The previous night I had DJ’d with John at his hot n’ sweaty party at Mesteren & Laerlingen (also in attendance was New York go-go girl Anna Copa Cabanna!). John has one of the finest 45s collections I’ve ever laid eyes on and he introduced me to the best record I’d heard on the entire tour—Annisette’s “Livet Er Nu,” a Danish yé-yé record from 1966. Annoyingly there’s no YouTube link for the song, but I did play it on my radio show, “Sophisticated Boom Boom,” which you can check out here.
Clockwise from bottom left: DJ Morticia, Phil Chapman, Peter Andreasen, Mick Patrick,
DJ Coconut Jim, Joan, Dean Bradley, Anna Copa Cabanna, Sheila B., Martin Jensen,
DJ Morticia gifted me a copy of this impressive cover of “Son Of A Preacher Man” by Swedish singer
Sylvia Vrethammar (dig that sleeve!)
With Sh-Boom go-go-girl Anna Copa Cabanna!
DJs John Berchtold, Henriette Ronneberg, the lovely man who sold me his Annisette 45 + friend
at outdoor street party in Copenhagen
So many 45s, so little time at Mint Records, Copenhagen