Sheffield band's comedy version of classic song finds humour in life during lockdown – and it’s raising money for the NHS

A Sheffield band has raised more than £1,000 for city hospital patients by recording their own comedic version of a classic song.
Atomic's F:dog in the fundraising video. Picture: Atomic/Facebook.Atomic's F:dog in the fundraising video. Picture: Atomic/Facebook.
Atomic's F:dog in the fundraising video. Picture: Atomic/Facebook.

The members of Atomic – a five-piece group that plays covers of 1980s hits – have created an online music video for Isolation Days, a satire of life during lockdown set to the tune of Lou Reed’s hit Perfect Day.

As well as jokes about the lack of essentials in shops, and feeling pressure to complete sundry DIY tasks, the track features guest spots from well-known local personalities such as BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Toby Foster, Boy On A Dolphin’s John Reilly, former Eurovision contestant Lindsay Dracass and Shaun Doane of the Everly Pregnant Brothers.

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Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, frontman of 80s pop act Curiosity Killed The Cat, appears too.

Atomic described the video as ‘a little quaran-tune to pass the days’.

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“We are hoping to raise some money in the meantime, so please donate as much as you can afford,” they said.

The appeal had raised £1,033 for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity at the time of writing, with the video having more than 16,800 views.

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Perfect Day has past form with fundraising. In 1997 Reed sang with the Bono, David Bowie and Elton John on an all-star version of the song – which originally soundtracked a corporate film promoting BBC music coverage, but was then released as a single for Children In Need.

Visit to watch the video.

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