About ten years ago I decided I was too old to wear a hooded top. Its association with David Camerons hugging activities and with it being the go to outfit for petty criminals and casual drug users in our area persuaded my to offload all my “hoodies” to the charity shop. I needed a replacement and not being fond of a round neck, sweatshirts were out and jumpers seemed a little too formal. It was a little old lady down the street who persuded me to try a fleece.” Oooh there as warm as toast, love ” was her recommendation. I bought my first, bottle green XTC English Settlement fleece shortly afterwards and havn`t really looked back. They are warm , need minimal ironing and the half zipped items I prefer usually have a high collar keeping the cold breezes off my neck. A few years ago I discovered Craghoppers teddy bear fleeces. Although a dull grey or green colour they were light and soft to the touch and then they brought out the Bear Grylls teddy bear fleece… in electric blue!. Well I just had to have it as I hate the dull shades of mens clothes. Last Year » Continue Reading.
So we take it for granted that Irma Thomas is a great singer. (See Jorrox’s post below). The question is – which of these two albums is best? Simply Grand – great songs and extraordinary accompanying fro exceptional pianists. Crystal clear production from Scott Billington. Or My Hearts in Memphis – of course good songs and Dan Penn production – superb horns and that Memphis bottom end. In my mind the second one edges it – she’s so comfortable in that context. The ending of Zero Willpower says it all. If you haven’t heard either of these – why not?