19 January 2022

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Just these few lines to thank everyone who joined “Defend Vinyl Pirate Radio” from all around the world, on an afternoon in Patagonia to the late afternoon in Stoke-On-Trent, from early evening St. Petersburg, Russia to very early morning in Tokyo.

I was spinning records – sometimes at the correct speed and playing music from “The Boy Named If” and songs new and older pals.

Thanks go to Graham and Paul and everyone who helped me have a big time down the little basement of “Defend Vinyl” – superb independent record shop at 395 Smithdown Road, Liverpool 15.

I urge you to check out the riches of the racks in this shop and the many other independent record emporiums around the globe.

That “Defend Vinyl” is located just over three minutes from my Ma’s first house, in Holmes Street, off Smithdown Road in Liverpool 8 was not lost one me.

My mother left school at 14 in 1943 and took a job as what was then called a “Gramophone Record Sales Assistant”. She loved music all her life and passed almost a year ago in January 2021.

Like a lot of families, we were obliged to accept that we were only able to have a rather surreal virtual memorial service, so I have to thank everyone at Defend Vinyl and everyone who dialed us in on Saturday night for joining me at Lillian’s virtual wake.

For those of you who might have wondered what songs were playing, here is a list of the songs and the albums on which you may find them.


Magnificent Hurt – Elvis Costello & The Imposters – from “The Boy Named If”

No Flag (Parlé) – Iggy Pop & Elvis Costello – From “La Face de Pendule à Coucou”

What If I Can’t Give You Anything But Love? – From “The Boy Named If”

I’ve Got A Feeling – The Beatles – From “Let It Be”

Truth Drug – Elvis Costello & The Imposters

See See Baby – Freddie King – From “Freddie King Sings”

Lonesome Whistle Blues – Freddie King – From “Freddie King Sings”

In-Between – Judy Garland – From “Complete Decca Masters’

The Boy Named If – Elvis Costello & The Imposters

On The Steps Of The Burnt Out Church – Silent Sleep – From “Stay The Night,Stay The Morning Too”

Se Esta Perdiendo La Inocencia (Running Out Of Angels) – Vega from “Spanish Model”

Dio Come Ti Amo – Vega & Elvis Costello from “Non Ho L’età”

Mistook Me For A Friend – From “The Boy Named If”

Seven Skeleton Found In The Yard by Lord Executor

What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend – The Special AKA – From “In The Studio”

Penelope Halfpenny – From “The Boy Named If”

Revolution #49 (Parlé) – Isabelle Adjani & Elvis Costello – From “La Face de Pendule à Coucou”

Adieu Paris (L’Envie Des Etoiles) – Elvis Costello & The Imposters – From “Look Now”

Alligator Boogaloo – Sandy Nelson – From “Boogaloo Beat”

Wang Dang – Bob Destiny – From “Habibi Funk 007”

Hetty O’Hara Confidentiel – Etta Somatis & AJUQ – From “La Face de Pendule à Coucou”

Diego – Ian Prowse – From “One Hand On The Starry Plough”

Timeless Melody – The Las – From “The Las”

Almost Liverpool 8 – Mike Hart – From “Mike Hart Bleeds”

The Curse – Doomshakalacka – From “Doomshakalaka”

James Asleep – Doomshakalacka – From “Doomshakalaka”

My Most Beautiful Mistake – From “The Boy Named If”

Mind Eraser – Nicole Atkins – From “Memphis Ice”

Detonantes – La Marisoul & The Attractions – From Spanish Model (2021)

Losing Game – La Santa Cecilia with Elvis Costello – From “Treinta Dias”

Cinco Minutos Con Vos – Elvis Costello and the Roots with La Marisoul – From “Wise Up Ghost”

Shipbuilding – Robert Wyatt

Cinco Minutos Con Vos – Karriem Riggins Remix Featuring: Black thought, Elvis Costello, La Marisol and The Roots – From “Wise Up: Thought (Remixes & Reworks 2013)”

Skeletons and Statues – From “Dopamine” – Produced by T Bone Burnett With D.J. Premier, Black Thought, Elvis Costello, Cassandra Wilson, Nathaniel Ratecliff, Rhiannon Giddons, Nathaniel Rateliff, Francesco Turrisi, Keefus Ciancia & Jade Vincent

Bowin’ Swingin’ Slam – Slam Stewart – From “Bowin’ Singin’ Slam”

Beer Blues – Fito Paez & Elvis Costello – From “Los Años Salvajes”

Radio Radio – FIto Paez & The Attractions – from “Spanish Model” (AWOL)

Jumping At The Deuces – Slam Stewart – From Bowin’ Singin’ Slam”

Shut Him Down – Michael Leonhart Orchestra Featuring Elvis Costello, JSWISS and Joshua Redman – From “The Normyn Suites”

Mystery Boogaloo – Sandy Nelson – From “Boogaloo Beat”

The Death Of Magic Thinking – From “The Boy Named If”

Cotopaxi – Biluka y Los Canibales – From “The Paths Of Pain”

Cortor– Raquel Sofia Featruing Los Macorinos – From “Cortor”

(Yo No Quiero Ir) A Chelsea – Raquel Sofia, Fuego, Elvis Costello And The Attractions – From “Spanish Model”

Some Other Guy Now – The Big Three

Farewell OK – Elvis Costello & The Imposters – From The Boy Named If

Now play on…