Portishead’s debut album Dummy retains its mesmeric, majestic, menacing qualities, almost two decades after it first lodged itself deep in our psyches. Tracks such as Sour Times, Numb and Glory Box are so familiar and ubiquitous that even our music-stopped-at-Glenn-Miller gran could probably recognise them. There’s ne’er a duff note on the entire album, and it deserves the overused label of ‘classic’.
It also deserves to be listened to. Like, properly listened to. Which is where Classic Album Sundays comes in. Simply turn up, sit back and listen to the entire vinyl album played on a seriously impressive sound system.
The event takes place on 4 November at the Hanbury Arms in Islington. It begins at 5pm, with a more casual mingling, pizza noshing, and playing of other songs from that era, with the main feature starting at 8pm. Tickets are £6 on the door or in advance.