One Love

Just up the road from us later on today a concert will take place at Old Trafford cricket ground, where Ariana Grande and a host of pop stars will perform with all the proceeds going to the families affected by the bombing at the arena two weeks ago. The One Love Manchester concert has shown the best side of human nature- fair play to Ariana Grande for coming back so soon and bringing so many people with her- and also some of the worst- ten thousand people applied for tickets either they weren’t entitled to (free ones for those at the arena gig) or to sell on at a profit. The line up includes Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Take That, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.

A smaller scale fundraiser is taking place at the Deaf Institute on the same day including Marshall Jefferson, Mr Scruff, Graeme Park, Steve Cobby, Dave Haslam, Peter Hook and The Light, ACR, Denise Johnson, Badly Drawn Boy.

This city has shown what it’s made of in the last two weeks (and I’m sure any other city would have done the same) and it’s moving and heartwarming to see. I’ve been moved to tears I don’t know how many times during the last fortnight.

Say Something, Say Something

I heard this song out in a pub recently, one of those moments where you really tune in and hear a well known song properly. Could You Be Loved is so recognisable from the off, that muted guitar part and the uptempo reggae rhythm while Bob Marley asks the questions and gives salient advice, ‘the road of life is rocky, and you may stumble too, so while you point the finger someone else is judging you’.

Could You Be Loved

Three Johnnies

Tuesday brings three Johnny songs, none of which I own in any format and all suggested by friends in the comments boxes. Simon went for Lucille #1 by Prefab Sprout and Echorich concurred. It’s from that moment in the mid 80s when some of the indie heroes went all sophisticated and adult. This performance is from the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1985.

Very nice. I had the Steve McQueen album on cassette but never replaced it after the tape died out.

Johnny #2 is from Drew and his almost annual pilgrimage to see Stiff Little Fingers, usually at this time of year. Simon loves this one too. SLF do a rip-roaring cover of Bob Marley’s Johnny Was. This version from a 1999 tour is seven minutes long and causes punk pandemonium.

Thirdly, Ctel, chronicler of all things dance music related at Acid Ted, requested Motorhead or Hawkwind doing Lost Johnny. The internet is sharply divided into those who favour Motorhead’s fast and angry version and those who go for the earlier, trippier and heavier Hawkwind one. Out of the two I prefer Hawkwind’s stoner rock, distorted bass and reverb-laden vocals. Lemmy it should be noted played bass and sang on both.