Rock band’s comedy version of classic song raises vital NHS funds

A Sheffield band has raised over £1,000 for the NHS after their comical version of Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’ went viral.

‘Isolation Days’ by rock group Atomic has racked up thousands of views in just over a week by injecting humour into lockdown life.

Their adapted lyrics poke fun at the lack of essentials in shops while reiterating the message of keeping two metres apart. 

Lead singer Dean Froggatt said: “We have received so many messages of support and are delighted to know we have brought joy to so many people.

“We settled on the idea of covering the Lou Reed classic with some quirky new lyrics. Two weeks and plenty of coffee later we released the song,” he added.

The song has put smiles on faces across the city and raised priceless funds for patients at Sheffield Hospitals. 

The band describe the track as “a little quaran-tune to pass the days.”

The five-piece band, consisting of members F-dog, R-dog, J-dog, A-dog and S-dog, reeled in the help of local musicians to produce the track.

Curiosity Killed The Cat singer Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, BBC Sheffield presenter Toby Foster and former UK Eurovision contestant Lindsay Dracass made guest features in the song.

Atomic, who normally perform 80s pop rock songs, built their popularity by circuiting pubs and clubs across South Yorkshire.

They have since played in front of thousands at VW Festival in Leeds and a sellout hometown gig at Sheffield City Hall. 

Atomic say they will be back out gigging once music venues reopen

The band have tasted much success since their formation in 2014 but they believe this is their biggest achievement yet.

“The reaction has been unbelievable. We could not have done it without the support of local musicians and want to send a big thank you to them for making this donation possible,” frontman Froggatt said. 

“Atomic will be back out gigging once Boris lets us,” he added.

The song they chose to cover has a history with fundraising. In 1997 an all-star cast of singers including Bono, David Bowie and Elton John came together to release ‘Perfect Day’ as a charity single for Children in Need.

Atomic’s track has raised £1,147, with the video receiving more than 20,000 views.