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Up Another Level’s suggested soundtrack for loft conversion installers

Loft conversion tunes radio image by oTTo-supertramp (via Shutterstock).

Wired for sound: our selection of loft conversion themed tunes. Selena Vega transistor radio image by oTTo-supertramp (via Shutterstock).

Earlier this year, the construction industry received its own radio station, Fix Radio. It is available to listen to online and, in Greater London, on DAB. One thing the radio station has is targeted programmes aimed at our industrial sector. Thankfully, Can We Fix It? by Bob the Builder isn’t played every hour. Its musical output is more diverse. One thing the station lacks is a Chart Show. Supposing they did, here’s which tunes would be top of the Loft Conversion Hit Parade:

  1. Freak Me, Another Level;
  2. Up on the Roof, The Drifters;
  3. Up the Ladder to the Roof, The Supremes;
  4. Room in Your Heart, Living in a Box;
  5. Our House, Madness;
  6. Don’t Jump Off The Roof, Dad, Tommy Cooper;
  7. If I Was a Rich Man, Topol;
  8. Fixing a Hole, The Beatles;
  9. I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top, The Hollies;
  10. Don’t Look Down (The Sequel), Go West.

How do we start this loft conversion countdown? Well, with a song by Another Level. The boy band picked up their first UK Number One with Freak Me. In the summer of 1998, it knocked Billie’s Because We Want To off the top spot. Before you ask, we didn’t call ourselves after the late 1990s group.

The next two are more literal. The Drifters’ song (Up On The Roof) could eulogise the joys of an extra room in your house. Somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle. The Supremes’ number, Up The Ladder To The Roof, is appropriate to our end of the job. The hard work in scaling your roof, adding a dormer window or a roof light.

As for Room In Your Heart, this could be your newly converted loft. Our House of course is self explanatory. The next piece and the final one (Don’t Jump Off The Roof, Dad, and Don’t Look Down (The Sequel)), similarly so though on a safety note. The former was made famous by magician Tommy Cooper.

The reason for Topol’s addition? His tune, If I Was a Rich Man, was used in the musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Fixing A Hole follows Getting Better on the first side of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP. It is actually one of the least leftfield songs on the album and, based on roof repairs, is self explanatory.

For any loft conversion job, being able to tell the bottom from the top is a must. This inspired our inclusion of The Hollies’ tune (I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top) from May 1970. It is also worth noting that a young Elton John played piano on that single. Amazing stuff.

Up Another Level, 27 July 2017.


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