Tonight Glasgow belongs to Rick Witter, as he prepares to lead Shed 7 in a show at the 1,500 Glasgow Academy that’s been sold-out for months. We like to think this incredible renaissance was kicked off by Rick’s Guest DJ set at Pin Ups in 2007, which was a pretty rowdy evening. Almost every Guest DJ we hosted were a joy to meet, but Rick was especially fun. Completely free of any rockbiz bollocks, he seemed rightly proud of Shed 7’s popularity (fifteen Top 40 UK hits as well as a Christmas No. 1 in Thailand!) and thoroughly enjoyed posing for pictures and handshakes, even joining the dancefloor briefly during Disco Down (yes, of course he played it – there is rare VIDEO footage of the Disco Down Woodside Social Club action below).
Rick served up probably the most straight-down-the-line-Guest DJ set we ever had, which included a first ever play at Pin Ups for Oasis (and, er, Jet). There was also a strange episode where Rick told us he was going to play the best song ever and show us up at our own disco – and then played The La’s. However the rest of the tunes were out of the top drawer, with a spectacular last 4 song crescendo of She left Me On a Friday, Panic, Regret and It’s the end of the world as we know it. On the night we awarded a special Witter-themed Goody Bag (maracas, shades, flares, wig) for the person with the funniest tiebreak question answer. The question was “Feel like you’ve been to every single disco all around?”. Sadly there is no record of the winning answer!
Our live bands on the night were also particularly good – the always fabulous sounding Sonny Marvello, Marlow (who inspired what we called “Marlow Mania”)and Craig Casey (a brave solo performance in front of a big crowd). Enjoy the video and pictures below and if you’re going to the Academy tonight, make sure you enjoy A Maximum High.