I'm With The "5" Royales

The 5 Royales - I'm With You The 5 Royales - Don't Give No More Than You Can Take

mp3: The 5 Royales - I'm With You
mp3: The 5 Royales - Don't Give No More Than You Can Take

The "5" Royales are one of those seminal groups whose popular success never quite matched their musical contribution. They're right there when you scratch below the surface of many household name recording artists. But, unlike James Brown, who's early work was very much influenced by them, it's unlikely anyone will make a biopic about The "5" Royales. I'm With You and Don't Give No More Than You Can Take were both written by the group's guitarist and bass singer, Lowman Pauling. They were put out by King Records in 1960 and are among their last releases for that label, due to a conflict over James Brown's cover of Think. Of the two sides, I'm With You will get more spins from me, but Pauling's stinging guitar on Don't Give No More Than You Can Take needs to be heard.

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Heavy Sugar Halloween 2014

Heavy Sugar Halloween 2014

As Halloween steadily approaches, me and Fritz up at Heavy Sugar HQ are busy preparing a night of spooky delights. From the evening of frightening Friday 31st October we will haunt the The Alibi in Dalston till the very early hours with devilish DJs, demonic dancers and petrifying costume competition prizes. The Transylvania Twist is back! Don't stay home!

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Charlena, don't you know I care?

The Sevilles - Charlena

mp3: The Sevilles - Charlena

The Sevilles were a vocal group from Los Angeles and Charlena was their first, biggest and only hit. Released in November 1960, it had climbed up the charts to #84 by February, but that's as high as it got. With an off-beat, shuffling rhythm, Charlena almost sounds like Ska. A very rough version is played by Lou Diamond Phillips and his mates in the '80s Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba. Thankfully, Los Lobos covered it nicely for the soundtrack.

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Nasty Bartender's Heavy Sugar session

Nasty Bartender joined Fritz and I as a special guest Heavy Sugar DJ towards the end of August. He travelled all the way from Belgium to entertain the crowds at our club night in Dalston and entertain them he did. A hard working man, we squeezed three sets out of him. This recording is of the middle one, just around the time the club really started to buzz. From his big box of tasty 45s, he pulled out dancefloor thrilling song after song. Huge thanks to Nasty and everyone who came out for the party.

Roy Head - Treat Her Right
Little Esther Phillips & Big Al Downing - You Never Miss Your Water
J.B. Lenore - Mama Talk To Your Daughter
Annisteen Allen - Rough Lover
LaVern Baker - It's So Fine
The Tokens - A-B-C, 1-2-3
Bobby Lee Trammell - Twist Everybody Twist
Ruth Brown - Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)
Googie Rene - Bigfoot
The Four Tophatters - One Arabian Night
The Nite Riders - Looking For My Baby
Emmet Davis - How About It Baby
Clarence Henry - Troubles, Troubles
Pike Cavalero - Black Hearts Club

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Ted Taylor doesn't care

Ted Taylor - I Don't Care

mp3: Ted Taylor - I Don't Care

The heart-breakingly high vocals of Ted Taylor feature on today's selection, a b-side from 1961. I Don't Care is rhythm & blues with soul from an Oklahoman icon who left this world in 1987 after a car accident following a gig in Louisiana. I first heard it when Lady Kamikaze played it at my Heavy Sugar club night early last year.

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Work It Out

Nathaniel Mayer - Work It Out

mp3: Nathaniel Mayer - Work It Out

Nathaniel Mayer was a singer from Detroit. Along with his Fabulous Twilights, he scored a big hit on the Fortune label with Village Of Love in 1962. Work It Out was released a year later as a b-side and is cut from a similar mold. Impassioned, raspy vocals, a doo-wop setting and a solid beat; it's a winning combination. I actually met the man once in the lobby of a Holiday Inn in New Orleans. It was the day after I saw him perform at the Ponderosa Stomp and he was checking out. Sadly he checked out for good a few years later, but we have his records and we can work it out.

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Where's My Radio?

I was joined in the NTS radio studio this week by Sister Cookie. She's got a new single coming out, her first, called Where's My Money, so we played a whole hour of songs that pose a question. This isn't the place to come looking for answers, we're just interested in the where, what, why and who of the situation.

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