Wednesday 29 November 2023

Friday 17 November 2023

whispers (gettin' louder)


dusty singing we're doing fine on top of the pops popped out of the shuffle... dusty singing live on top of the pops... would you trust beautiful revolutionary dusty to sing we're doing fine live on top of the pops without sneaking anything sneaky in there? did you hear what she said? do you hear what she sneaked through? beautiful revolutionary dusty... oh dusty... 0.32... how much she cares... wishful thinking? oh dusty... (it's a brilliant thing regardless)


Sunday 12 November 2023

it's a review

friday night in a very awkward to get to manchester suburb a shop front bar with a tiny back room a lovely shop front bar with a lovely tiny back room but still a very awkward to get to lovely shop front bar with a lovely tiny back room with someone who has made some of my all time favourite records of all time of all time in it... one of the world's greatest if not THE world's greatest safari suit and sandals wearers... here we were with twenty or so other people with the (like edwyn) taller (much) than you'd think still floppy gloriously silver haired brand new to my wide adoring eyes james flipping kirk just there wandering about all tall and unsafari suited and unsandalled and then playing us (about 20 maybe 30 of us) his songs with warren starry sky who did most of the chatting and singing and encouraging and was smashing at all three... there were beautiful you supply the roses and get on boards and a whole bunch of what's a new lp and we were at the bar again after half an hour absolutely  beaming ... glorious

Friday 10 November 2023

hold the front page

in stunning news... i'm going out! tonight! at night! in the dark! not just to put the bins out but actually out... to see people playing pop music... and not just any people but james "tremendous" kirk... yes that one... in a tiny backroom of a tiny boozer... so of course i'm going out! it being the northern poorhouse the last bus there is at five past seven and the last bus back with quite a bit of a walk is half past ten so it's two busses one completely the wrong way... where's my crossrail... but james kirk people james "terrific" kirk... only got to see the orange juicers after he'd gone so i'm thrilled (obviously)

there should be a song i know but my music files are totally buggered and i can't seem to get you tube things to copy on here anymore ... bloody hell... anyway i've been singing get on on board a lot so go and find that it's super 


Saturday 4 November 2023

she's been a scrubber all her life

a week of kitchen sliding stepping joy seeking in handfuls of 45s moving and doing it like a like a old lady high off a hugely satisfying pile of washing up... washing up how i love you always in the morning teatime pots and pans soaked the surreal baffling babbling of the alan brazil sports breakfast coffee hitting a job actually started and miraculously finished... satisfaction guaranteed... 

gene waiters - shake and shing-a-ling pt1

(there's a dishwasher i scowl at viciously even though it's a handy home to an old radio cassette player and a big bag of tapes assorted leads and some baking trays)

Friday 27 October 2023

lost frequencies

thinking of old friends somehow lost... phones not picked up messages not replied to invitations unattended lots of we really must... 

bill charlap trio - what are you doing the rest of your life


Friday 20 October 2023

hot good refreshing

fighting back against the hellish horrors and rotten rotters with astounding amounts of booze and cheese and kitchen swirling... i hope this cheers you as much as it does me only came upon it a bit ago still suprised it's dj shadow but hell well done mr shadow... keep on swirling petals


Saturday 7 October 2023

lost indie corner

the floppiest flickiest fringe.. the bobbiest bob... andy diagramesque trumpet... everything to make a beanoraked swinger sway... on the bill everywhere for a while and for reasons that still mystify i've never knowingly heard a benny profane song

the room - new dreams for old



wonderful biography of the group by singer dave jackson here

Friday 29 September 2023

stand up straight and tall

birthday last week... blown to bits by the losses defeats failures... sleep and kind words turned the brightness back up...

armouring up with awesome wonders

the independents - lucky fellow


Friday 15 September 2023

if i should fall behind

well this was supposed to be a thing about stuff  but oh bugger there's been distractions and it's been sunny and i've got new spectacles that have buggered up my arms length  distance and i thought i had the record i wanted to play but it's not there so i'm going to have to try and remember what lead goes goes where to record it and oh ....

must try harder

three tops - do it right

Friday 1 September 2023

good grief

i know i said every friday i know i did but hell if you didn't know you were in for feckless wasterelness by now... well... good grief the clamour...

anway current distractions... trip to edinburgh saw the sights .... there's butterflies about which is lovely... in total denial of incoming autumn... watched two episodes of hijack and it's completely ruined by idris elba geting on a plane with no stuff ... he's got no stuff... a phone doesn't count as stuff... where's all his stuff (well in the hold hopefully but who knows) sorry if that's ruined it for you but hell who goes anywhere with no stuff...

i've shushed now...

a dancer...

the broadways - you just don't know


Friday 18 August 2023

lost indie corner

desert island discs... it's not anyone's desert island discs is it it's let's go through your life chronologically with the top hits of the day the most obvious flipping things you know backwards.... or you don't know backwards cos you've had the bloomin sense to turn that horror off the second you'd heard it twice.... i'm looking at you oh gawd help us ... everyone... i have a long long long list of the famous/influential/inspiring that would be roasting on a spit along with their "discs" five seconds after i was marooned with them.... this is the kind of fuckery my insomniac ruined noggin grasps at to blank out the true terrors it really wants to get into through all the wriggling hours so i'm forever grateful... everyone really knows the desert island discs are impossible to choose... it might even be better to have no songs than just eight... and besides all the ones you truly love every scratch and crackle and 1234 are always there to whistle and to bawl.... but... if really pressed i'd want things i've still not ever quite got to grips with... the jazzers that go deeper than i've ever dared... the swingers that the words still escape me after a million goes.and a hipswaying fringe flicking tremelo trembler to boot...

the raw herbs - so wired 


Monday 14 August 2023

modal monday

another of the astounding wonders hiding in the huge pile of astounding wonders shared by the long gone inspiration informationers ... could've been a wordless wednesday smash but hell at my age who can wait till wednesday? 

wishing you every comfort petals

yusef lateef - titoro


Friday 4 August 2023

beat girl

am i the last to know?  all those times at the stockport vintage village scooter rally full of fat anything but modernists (apart from a handful of beautiful old dandies) with their xxxl parkas full of patches of groups they've forgotten stood against everything they've turned into .... as we sneered and played impressions records when they asked if we'd got any "mod music" it turned out one of those patches was even more astoundingly amazingly revolutionary than they (and me) could ever have imagined... and the wankers would've hated it... 

that beat girl beat logo ... the girl pictured dancing with prince buster... brigitte bond... a trans woman...

how absolutely wonderful

gawd how i wish i'd known all those years ago

how absolutely wonderful

she even had a record out on blue beat... this is the b-side...

brigitte bond - oh! yeah baby

all this revelationary/revolutionary news is all down to the amazing work of miss upsetter... watch and learn dear hearts...

(still can't get the enbed thing to work... bugger)

oh and seeing as it's you here's the beat off the c81 cassette...

the beat - twist and crawl (dub)


Friday 28 July 2023

oh tony

still playing tony bennett records... the above is one you should all have a charity shop classic an absolute tear you aparter and such a wonderful wonderful go at quiet nights (corcovado)... but .. (stop me if you've heard this one before)... 

"my world was dull each minute

before i found you


can't not hear it ... enchanted wondermented all the way till then and then it's gone gone ruined ruined

tony bennett - quiet nights (corcovado)


(we've definitely had this before but i'm not looking it up if you're not)

Thursday 27 July 2023

lost indie corner


always a sucker for a country tinged heartbreaker a backing singer the singer singer should've let sing it song... 

another of those i've no idea where it came from another gift from the shakers and sharers... actually looked up the group and it's some family cat connection another lot who despite being around and about folks i knew i've never knowingly heard so oh told you before and you should know by now there'll be no yr heart out insight and learning and all here... 

it's a lovely song a grower and a very fine way to start lost indie corner

jack adaptor - everyone talked about us


Sunday 23 July 2023

oh tony


oh tony... fucking hell you were ace... (eloquent as ever but heck he was) ... two of the most wonderful shows i've ever been at... my only visit to the albert hall... the show at madame jojo's i mssed and still haunts me... the beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful beautiful records... oh tony... that muppet show for gawd's sake... thankyou mr bennett x

tony bennett - maybe this time


Friday 21 July 2023

oh mister bennett


(oh tony bennett... going to take a breath before we even think of really talking about tony because oh hell you know,,, what amazing joy he brought us...)

as ever thank heaven's for football (which today's whatsit was supposed to be about)...  i don't really care about the teams the leagues the all sorts expept when i do... but the radio noise distraction of choice is always football... on talksport today they were all what a brilliant trans ally neville southall is ... and in a isn't that ace way.... imagine that... well done hawksbee and jacobs (the best show on radio)

but the main thing is the joy of the match commentary how it takes me away from the grim foul horridness of news and events and rotters and most of the time when it's finished having absolutely no idea what went on at all...

which brings us to the greatest football song ever...  

gordon banks and friends - we'll be together


Monday 17 July 2023

modal monday

what's the song you've heard most versions of ?  this must be high... very high...  all the way high ... 

Friday 14 July 2023

comfort break


often at this time of day particularly on a cold wet windy day the shelter of davy h's soft seventies is a wonderful place to be ... it sounds quite like this... (but with lots of things i know all the words to but haven't heard for decades and leave me in floods) ... come on in the water's lovely...

laura allan- opening up to you


Friday 7 July 2023


well i thought we'd start off with really easy something for everyone ones... that'll teach me... sorry it's been a struggle petals... hopefully you'll be kicking yourself when you hear them... next time i shan't dumb it down so much (ahem)

let us know which ones you got and which ones you're screaming at... ta for helping to keep me out of trouble


the intros of doom answers

the beat - twist and crawl

dusty springfield - in the winter

patrice rushen - forget me nots

stereolab - french disco

tony bennett - once upon a time

untit 4+2 - concrete and clay

marvelettes - in my lonely room

the clash - charlie don't surf

bobby darin - don't rain on my parade

peter paul and mary - 500 miles

easy x

Wednesday 5 July 2023



 well a three and a four are where it's at so far... them damn intros are easy when you know what they are... i was going to do longer clips but oh that's a lot of bother for the two of you... not that you're not lovely and super and hugely appreciated nor nothing but oh you know ... so clues it is... bloody hell...


1... you don't deserve a clue it's too easy

2... chilly lesbian heartbreaker

3... come and get your black bin bags (sorry to our far away viewers and heck anyone not familiar with daft northern comedy shows

4... i mean how many bloopy beepy organy droney groups could it be?

5... you've not been paying attention to the goings on here at all have you?

6... one of kevin's beauties

7..  a classic action cover

8...the horror the horror

9... inevitable bank holiday carnival weather reaction

10... how far to the folk festival?

there you go... expecting ten out of tens now 

see you friday for the oh how can you bear the suspense results



Sunday 2 July 2023

the intros of doom

exhausted after a morning of squirrel madness (well that's my tomatoes done for) now playing records deep breaths tasty lager hearing some things that would've been in our old lock down quizzes... 

so here's a new batch for you

answers on friday

i'll trust you to score yourselves and you can let us know what you got then

there might even be a prize

have fun sweethearts

the intros of doom july 2023


Friday 30 June 2023

double decker

oh crikey... not entirely sure i've had a deadline for ....ahhhhhhhh.... 40 years..? i suppose you could count printing t-shirts for portobello desperate to head down the kings of clerkenwell of a friday evening but frankly that got abandoned with alarming regularity and a desperately cavalier attitude to my (dire) financial state... but hell i said i'd be here and i'm here... phew...

this gene and debbe number came on on a shuffle and i was humming the lost sound of young leytonstone post loft very lovely sleeve wishing stones number almost but not quite in time /straight after... they make a lovely pair  

gene and debbe - playboy

wishing stones - beat girl


i can feel lost indie corner coming on

Sunday 25 June 2023


for a minute there a schedule an order (order! discipline! the trains don't run on time!) almost seemed like a plan... maybe a way to hope for some kind of immediacy some kind of hanging about and it went monday wednesday friday but then where would a torment tuesday go if a torment tuesday ever wanted to go somewhere... or a thelonious thursday for gawd's sake... so let's at least try and do something of a regular friday... i say let's i mean i'll try and do a something on a friday heck perhaps on other days but i shall try and order! discipline! a friday something... hopefully... so on the off chance you've got bugger all else to do pop round...

jimmy james and the vagabonds - open up your soul


Monday 19 June 2023

cold turkey


all the nice people are doing their nice things and all the horrid people are doing their horrid things and arrrrggghhhhhghhhhhhhhhh... yeah yeah i know the nice people's nice things will be ace but stopping myself looking at the dreadful people's dreadfulness .... arrrrrrggghhhhhhh... 

now i've got to stop looking at that front pages of the papers on the bbc news... i know there's terrible things coming ... worse than section 28 things coming... arrrgggggghhhhhhhh.... 

not twittering has made me feel better i think.... oh gawd

let's have some gloriousness...

jesse james - are you gonna leave me?

Tuesday 6 June 2023

oh astrud

oh astrud... for an eternity the only bossa the only brazil... hell until sunday afternoons at dingwalls really for me that blue brazil compilation before then gawd... that sinatra... she was it... and my word she was it astoundingly... stay has been on more tapes than i can imagine... always will be... that tears cover ... bloody hell... thankyou astrud 

astrud gilberto - beginnings


Saturday 3 June 2023

double decker

foul and infected and swollen and scabby and horrid... bugger... but marvelling between the groans and the cursing and the smothering in ointments and the gargling with burning fire at the sonic snuggling of the heartbreakiest heartbreaker and the yodeliest squacker... 

once upon a timea girl with moonlight in her eyesput her hand in mineand said she loved me so

peace is a united effort for co-ordinated control
peace is the will of the people and the will of the land
with peace we can move ahead

tony bennett - once upon a time

pharoah sanders - hum-allah-hum-allah-hum-allah


Sunday 28 May 2023

how? what? why?

well cos i couldn't not look at the horrible horrible horrible horrors on the twitter could i ... i tried not to then i didn't try not to then i looked on purpose then i called the nazis nazis  and then i had had to stop before it all overtook me and hell i had nowhere else to go so here we are... it's all your fault horrible horrible horrible twitterers... not the nice twitterers obviously i miss you desperately but sadly i would turn into one the things that ruined it for you if i came back so.... here we are...

sing it dan

television personalities - a sense of belonging


Sunday 21 May 2023

welcome home

not to get all yr heart out and what not (cos obviously no-one can do the amazing things kevin can do) but the original of welcome home is very brilliant also oh walter jackson oh... but dear dear ever sneakily (and obviously not so sneakily) subversive dusty drops the man and wife line you beautiful subversive springfield you ... 

there's an ace garnet mimms go at it too but you can find that your lovely selves... do though it really is ace...

walter jackson - welcome home

Friday 19 May 2023

hello stranger


well i never did... imagine this old thing remembering me after all this time... heck even still being here after all this time ... i wish i could remember how it all works but ahhh bugger it ... take a left a sharp left and another left meet me on the corner we'll start again...

one of my very very very favourite dusty to get us going (hopefully)

dusty springfield - welcome home