Trouble Up The Road

Jackie Brensten - Trouble Up The Road

mp3: Jackie Brensten - Trouble Up The Road

Trouble Up The Road started as a song called You've Got To Lose. It was written by Ike Turner and recorded by him and his Kings Of Rhythm in 1958 for Cobra Records, but never released. In 1961, between takes at an Ike & Tina recording session, Jackie Brensten, who sang on the original, had another crack at it. This time his vocals had added agitation, the guitar riff was extra electric, the beat more persistent, and the whole arrangement was a lot heavier - the result is this masterpiece.


Let's Twist Again

Ahead of the Heavy Sugar Twist Contest, I play an hour's worth of back-to-back Twist records. Turn on, tune in and twist out.


Heavy Sugar's annual Twist Contest

Heavy Sugar Twist Contest 2015 - Friday July 24th, The Alibi

Heavy Sugar's annual TWIST CONTEST will be held on Friday July 24th in Dalston - don't miss it! Later that same night, Fritz and I will be inspiring all sorts of dance craziness alongside two top French DJs, Rene La Dynamite from Marseille and David Baker from Paris.


A Heavy Sugar session from Turista Bang Bang

We were thrilled to have the fast talkin', slow walkin', good lookin' Turista Bang Bang as our special guest DJ at Heavy Sugar in May. Turista runs Barcelona’s Thursday night rock’n’roll Mecca, the A Wamba Buluba club. Every week he keeps a mixed crowd of Catalan punks, old school rockers and wide-eyed tourists dancing till 5am with a savage selection that flagrantly ignores the musical boundaries of scenes past. This recording includes chunks from his opening and middle sets. The Alibi went crazy at the time. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

James Booker - Cool Turkey
The Imperialites - Have Love Will Travel
Z Z En De Maskers - Dracula!!!
Billy DeMarco - Dracs Back
The Kingsmen - Give Her Lovin’
Angelica Maria - Brebaje De Amor
Marty Wilson - I’m All Woke Up
Darrell McCall - What’ll I Do
Lee Dresser - El Camino Real
Charlie Rich - Mohair Sam
Jimmy McCracklin - I’ll See It Through
Bo Diddley - I Can Tell
Tommy Raye - You Don’t Love Me
Turista - Instrumental 45
The Knockouts - Fever
Turista - Instrumental 45
Calvin Carter - What’d I Say
Turista - Instrumental 45
Turista - Instrumental 45
TT Syndicate - Abu Dhabi Twist
Sugar Pie DeSanto - Soulful Dress
Little Johnny Taylor - Sometimey Woman
Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
Jackie Shane - Comin’ Down


What'd Calvin Carter Say

Calvin Carter - What'd I Say

mp3: Calvin Carter - What'd I Say

Calvin Carter's dynamite string-laden instrumental version of What'd I Say was released in 1961, just a couple of years after Ray Charles's original hit. It was put out by Vee-Jay, a label his sister (Vivian, the Vee in Vee-Jay) co-founded and he worked for as an A&R man. Carter also wrote songs. His biggest, I Ain't Got You, was recorded by everyone from Jimmy Reed and Billy Boy Arnold to The Blues Brothers and Andrew Dice Clay in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.

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My Radio Show and I

Here I am, back on the radio playing a stack of newly acquired 45s, most of which have featured on this blog over the last six months. However, listening to this you get the added bonus of me interrupting every few songs to garble factoids at you, which is surely hard to resist.


Heavy Sugar: Barcelona-Marseille

A Wamba Buluba - June 18th 2015 Hip Shakin' Baby - June 19th 2015

I'm off on a European mini-tour this weekend as Heavy Sugar DJs play three shows in two countries. Thursday 18th June Fritz and I are in Barcelona at Turista Bang Bang's brilliant A Wamba Buluba club. Then Friday we fly to Marseille to shake it up at Hip Shakin Baby with René La Dynamite, followed by a splendid Saturday spent spinning records at L’ébénisterie. Three nights of wild music alongside top DJs in hot cities - it's going to be a blast! If you can make it along, be sure to come say hello, hola or bonsior.


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