Here I am, a few hours later than usual for a Sunday and with a slightly sore head. Last night was a blast, even though someone did bring The Birdie Song and expect it to be played. I suspect there could be people all over Sheffield this morning thinking ‘he didn’t play my record last night’ but everyone seemed to have a good time. The charity shops of south Yorkshire have sold out of 7″ singles. The Cramps cleared the floor completely, whoosh, everyone scattered. And I have a pile of singles that could be labelled ‘extremely camp’.

I need something mellow and soothing before I have to lug all the gear back to the loft and start to put my records away. This is Chris Helme’s cover version of Irma Thomas’ Anyone Who Knows What Love (Will Understand), both mellow and soothing.

Something a bit odd is going on- my readership and page view stats have quadrupled over the last two days with no obvious reason. Can’t see where all these extra readers have come from. But Hello anyway, whoever you all are.



A while back this caused a brief spike in internet traffic and Twitter buzz- Dolly Parton’s Jolene slowed down from 45rpm to 33. It is really rather good.

Mediafire continues to cause problems- they don’t send a message or anything, just slap a big letter C for Copyright Protected on the file at my end so it can’t be downloaded. The Prisonaires last Friday and Wendy and Lisa got hit straight away but the Orb didn’t. I don’t know how they do it or what qualifies. I’m hoping this one might get through but can’t guarantee it- Irma Thomas’s Breakaway at 33, all bluesy and gravelly.

Breakaway (33rpm)

Anyone Reprise

A while back I posted a youtube link to Jessica Brown Findlay singing Irma Thomas’ Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) from Charlie Brooker’s excellent TV series Black Mirror (technology and its attendant madness was the overall theme). Jessica’s beautifully sung cover version was the centrepiece of episode 2, 15 Million Merits. A different youtube uploader (Paulosham2) has since put together a cleaned up version– no voices from the show, intro and fade out sorted neatly, very nice job.

Does anyone fancy an mp3?
Does anyone fancy JBF?

Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)


If you’ve been enjoying Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series on Sunday nights you might want to go over to this youtube page where someone has uploaded actress Jessica Findlay Brown singing on last week’s 15 Million Merits episode. I’d be quick as well, as Channel 4 have shut down other youtube pages with the song on. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) was originally recorded by Irma Thomas and as such is close to untouchable but Jessica gives it a rather good go.

I Have Learned What My Lips Are For

It’s hard to resist any song that starts off…

‘Tonight for the first time
I have learned what my lips are for
And darling, now that I’ve kissed you
I’m craving to kiss you more’

…especially when it’s a up tempo blast of Northern Soul, like this from Irma Thomas in 1964.

18 Long After Tonight Is All Over.wma