Your Love


Jamie Principle and Frankie Knuckles’ Your Love is one of the cornerstones of modern music- the two note bassline, that sequenced arpeggio part, the gospel vocals, the four-four beat. Back in the mid-80s Jamie Principle put it together in his Chicago bedroom on cheap and homemade machinery. Frankie Knuckles then sprinkled his magic over it. It was played off cassette for ages in Chicago warehouses before it got a vinyl release. It’s been a record of uplift and ecstasy ever since, especially since it then went and got magically spliced with Candy Staton.

At a recent Radio 1 session The Horrors covered Your Love. Do not worry. It is fucking superb.

Your Love (Radio Session)


Turn The Heater On

This is New Order’s gorgeous cover version of Keith Hudson’s reggae tune Turn The Heater On, done for a Peel session in 1982. The marriage of early 80s New Order and dub works really rather well, Bernard’s melodica especially.

Turn The Heater On (Peel Session)

s far as I’m aware, it’s also New Order’s only recorded cover version.

1. Yes, I know they used to cover Sister Ray, but that appears on live albums and bootlegs only (including the very brilliant mid 80s Glastonbury gig they released. Bernard’s ¬†between song banter including the legendary ‘Big songs, small dicks’). There’s also a US gig where they did Anarchy In The UK I used to have a recording of. Was it any good? No, it was shit.
2. Yes, I know they covered Jimmy Cliff’s Vietnam for a War Child compilation. But that was the reconvened New Order minus Gillian Gilbert and while I saw them live several times during that period and always massively enjoyed them I’m getting to a point where as far as being a recording band is concerned, I don’t include the stuff without Gillian. Sorry Phil Cunningham but that’s how it is. On the other hand, I do really like at least half of Get Ready, their 2001 comeback album, so I’m contradicting myself. Maybe the line above should therefore read…

As far as I’m aware it’s also New Order’s only recorded cover version apart from their 2003 cover of Jimmy Cliff’s Vietnam.¬†

I’m Five Years Ahead Of My Time

This garage rock nugget from 1967 by The Third Bardo could well be the very best 45rpm single of it’s kind- nasty, short, distorted, snotty, arrogant and with one of the best song titles/choruses committed to vinyl. It’s got everything you need to shake you up this morning.

I’m Five Years Ahead Of My Time

Follow Through

Sunday morning- time for a 12″ remix that I bought having seen it referred to on the NME’s club page back in 1991, then as now a sucker for the words ‘Andrew’ and ‘Weatherall’ and ‘remix’. The band were called Airstream, signed to One Little Indian, and if I remember right were the first recorded output of at least one future Chemical Brother, Tom (or Ed) playing guitar (I think) in an indie dance group. But I might have made that up. For the remix Weatherall chops up sections of the vocal and scatters them along with some strange noises, some of which sound suspiciously like didgeridoo, over a drum track. If you want to be a bit reductionist about it. The Weatherall remix bears little relation to the original which is a catchy, piano led Flowered Up style groover.

Follow Through (Nine O’ Clock Drop Mix)

I once saw (and very nearly bought) a vintage brown leather motorcycle rider’s jerkin, similar to the one the man in the picture is wearing.

No, of course I’d never have worn it. I mean, what circumstances could possibly require such a garment?

Saturday Night Live

New Order in imperious form live in Japan in 1985. In fact this show was filmed exactly twenty nine years ago this coming Friday (2nd May). Shockingly long ago. This was released by Factory as a video entitled New Order PFD (Pumped Full Of Drugs), a most un-Factoryesque title and so typically New Order.


A new (to me) thing I found on the internet recently- Mick Jones doing a funky electro-pop 12″ excursion in 1982.

Blind Lead The Blind

The Return of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 145

Imelda May has been doing the chat shows promoting a new song and presumably a new album too. A few years ago Imelda and her band played a few radio sessions and often included their take on The Johnny Burnette’s Trio’s The Train Kept A Rollin’, one of the cornerstones of rockabilly. This one is from a BBC Radio London session and is blistering.

Considering this has been a short week, it’s felt like a long week. Join me for a drink if you like.

The Train Kept A Rollin’ (Session)