Saturday 10 June 2023

One lump or two?

Back in January 2022 some bright spark at the BBC began cajoling bands and artists into their Maida Vale studios to perform a couple of their own songs + a hand-picked cover and, with the help of the BBC Concert Orchestra, create more classical, and generally less frenetic, versions than the originals Radio 2 listeners are used to hearing. Playing the Piano Room has now become something of a badge of honour for yer Simply Reds and yer Pinks and anyone else who fits their daytime demographic. I blame Ken Bruce. 

With the station's flagship mid-morning show now anchored by Vernon Kay, the mercurial northerner invited Def Leppard in a couple of weeks ago to wheel the grand piano out and look earnestly down the lens of the BBC's cameras and bring some gravitas to a tune more usually heard in lap dancing clubs*

Def Leppard (feat. Emm Gryner) - Pour Some Sugar on Me (2023)

* Or so I've been reliably informed.


  1. I landed on this post first before looking back at the last one and first thought those cooling towers were lumps of sugar too.

    There was a big hullabaloo about KB leaving the flagship show but all blown over already and forgotten about I think. Roll on more slightly leftfield Piano Room offerings.

    1. I liked the Haircut 100 one; always had a soft spot for Nick Heyward.

  2. Love is like a bomb, baby, c'mon get it on
    Livin' like a lover with a radar phone
    Lookin' like a tramp, like a video vamp
    Demolition woman, can I be your man?

    I was never a Def Leppard fan and I'm not sure that this has won me over, but I liked Joe Elliott's shirt!

    1. I wouldn’t expect it to, K! You like what you like; I’m the same. You should DM Joe and ask him where he got it from!