I’m still reeling from a really wonderful second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee.
People were dancing from the moment we started till the very end. It was busy and friendly and inclusive and just generally fucking lovely. So thanks.
Guest DJ Giovanni Spatuzzi totally got the Jumpin’ ethos and played three storming sets, very much appreciated.
You know the night is going well when the bar staff are running down for a dance. Thanks to Rosie and the Ernest team.
And thanks to the loyal and gorgeous Swing Tyne crowd, who showed everyone how to do The Madison
The next Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee is on April 29th, when Rob Heron will be the guest (and I’ve got a nice list of other cracking DJs who want to join us in the coming months).
Here’s some of what I played, in no particular order. It won’t be complete because I hit the Patron Cafe by midnight and after that… well.
Harry J All Stars – Liquidator
Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
Heavy Trash – Jibber Jabber
Joe Bataan – Subway Joe
Mongo Santamaria – Yeh Yeh
Brian Auger Trinity – Kind Of Love In
The Full Experience – Young, Gifted and Broke
Dick Dale – Misirlou
King Khan & The Shrines – Luckiest Man
Nancy Sinatra – Boots
Bo Junior – Coffee Pot pt 2
Clarence Carter – Snatching It Back
Sandie Shaw – Sympathy for the Devil
Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket
Toots and the Maytals – Do The Boogaloo
Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La
Xavier Cugat – Watermelon Man
Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist
Betty Davis – If I’m In Luck
Inez Foxx – You Hurt Me For The Last Time
The Meters – Hey Pocky A-Way
Nappy Brown – Skidy Woe
Le Tigre – Hot Topic
Ike And Tina Turner – A Fool For You
Spanky Wilson – Little Things Mean A Lot
Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing
The Box Tops – The Letter
Equals – Police On My Back
Dr John – Rite Away
Eddie K Doe – Mother In Law
Amy Winehouse – You’re Wondering Now
Irma Thomas – Don’t Mess With My Man
Etta James – Tell Mama
The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say
Corduroy – Motorhead
Jackie Lee – The Shotgun And The Duck
Earl Grant – House of Bamboo
And in the section I like to call “I’m really pissed and I’m going to play those end of the night bangers I always play even though I promise myself I won’t” :
King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew
Archie Bell – Tighten Up
Robert Parker – Barefootin’
Staples Singers – Slippery People
Shirley Ellis – Soul Time
Melba Moore – Magic Touch
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Ray Bryant Combo – The Madison
Joe South – Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Frankie Valli – The Night
Ray Charles – Don’t Need No Doctor
Elvis – Suspicious Minds
Dobie Gray – Out On The Floor
Bobbie Gentry – Mississippi Delta
Millie Jackson – My Man Is A Sweet Man
So that’s soul, funk, ska, reggae, garage rock, surf, Latin, country, rhythm and blues, Gospel, jazz, rocksteady, New Orleans brass, rockabilly, mod, sorta-punk and a bunch of things that don’t really fit a genre. And that’s without Giovanni’s selections.
And to me, THAT’S what Jumpin’ is about. Not wilful obscurantism, not genre rules, not “two strollers followed by two boppers”. Just great tunes…
See you in April
Here’s a short mix to give people a flavour of the kind of tunes I’ll be playing on Saturday at the second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest.
- Aretha Franklin – Soulville
- What’s Happening – Hot Buttered Buns
- Harry J Allstars – The Liquidator
- The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
- The Wanderers – Shadrack, Meshack & Abednego
- Nappy Brown – Skiddy Woe
- The Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La
- Ramsay Lewis Trio – Wade In The Water
- Sugar Pie DeSanto – In The Basement Pt 1
- U-Roy – Wear You To The Ball
- The Frightnrs – I’d Rather Go Blind
- Them – I Can Only Give You Everything
- Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist
- Sonia – Aqui En Mi Nube
- The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb
- Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing
- Betty Davis – Born On The Bayou
- Honey Cone – One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
- Dusty Springfield – All The King’s Horses
- Jackie Wilson – Soul Galore
A bit late with this – Christmas malaise and all that – but I’m back at Ernest next weekend (Saturday 21st) for the second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee.
It’ll be the same excellent blend of soul, rhythm & blues, reggae, funk, gospel, ska, psych and such as usual, and this time we’ll be joined by the mighty Giovanni Spatuzzi.
And I’ll definitely be playing this
It’s been a bit quiet of late but there’s a fairly hefty list of new gigs coming up you should know about.
On December 10th, the Tea Pad are presenting another of their annual Ho Ho Hokum events and I’ll be joining Marc ‘Slap Ya Mama Big Band’ Griffiths on the decks. This is a blast every year, so don’t miss it. Details here
The following Saturday I’ll be back at the Cumberland for the third Soul Finger. Ethan has had to drop out so I’ll be his glamorous but elderly stunt double for the evening (hence not being on the flyer). These are also always a lot of fun. Details here
Then, I’m really pleased to announce I’ll be spending another New Year’s Eve in my home-from-home of the Calder Valley. The Country Club / Trash Manor crew are taking over the mighty Golden Lion in Todmorden again, and I’ve been asked to join the hotter-than-hot DJ bill upstairs – Pete Dillinger, Wa Ka, Red Tin Dave and myself being an almost complete reunion of the 2014 NYE Three Wise Monkeys party line-up. No idea what I’m gonna play yet, but it’s gonna be funky. Details here
Then we’re into the new year. The second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee will be at Ernest on January 21st (guests tbc) and the third will be on April 29th (with Rob Heron joining me).
Finally – for now – there’s going to be a new reggae night at Ernest called Riddim on April 1st. It’ll cover the best of JA sounds from rocksteady to roots, dub to dancehall and all points in between. Rob Heron will be joining me for that too, and if it goes well there may well be more.
Sharon Jones is still being mourned round these parts, expect to hear something from her at a fair few of these gigs.
So the very first Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest was a lot of fun – there was drinking and dancing and a fair amount of daftness.
And the good people of Ernest have asked me to do it again, so I’ll be back on January 21st and April 22nd for more of the same. Get those dates in your diary…
just a quick heads up that the start time for this has slipped back from 9pm till 10pm, still running till 2am. But if you want to come down before that, the front bar will be open to the public for good booze and great food. And from 10pm, great music (SO many new records to play you…)
The fantastic and inimitable Star & Shadow Cinema / arts venue / cultural hub has taken over its new location in Heaton but needs £50k to get everything done.
With that in mind, they’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign with a whole host of really amazing offers. Including, erm, me. You can hire Stagger Lee for 3 hours to play reggae, soul, ska, r&b, country, whatever, for any event you like. A birthday party, a wedding, your living room. And it’s just £125 (I’ll bring the decks, you just need to sort out a PA or something).
So get buying.
So summer is drawing to a close (you can come join Rob Heron and I at the Cumberland Arms on Sunday 4th to bid it farewell) and up here in the north-east I’m already looking at knitwear.
But let’s fight off the darkness together with another Jumpin’ mix. This one features new tracks from ridiculously good new albums from The Handsome Family and Black Angel Drifter (a new incarnation of Morton Valence), as well as a new(ish) Charlie Parr tune. There’s a key track from the flawed but watchable The Get Down TV show, a couple of shonky mixes of my own devising and the usual mix of soul, reggae, R&B, country and more.
- The Graham Bond Organisation – Wade In The Water
- The Contours – Just A Little Misunderstanding
- The Revells – Indian Ropeman
- Hollywood Persuaders – Drums A Go Go
- Handsome Family – Gold
- Al Green – Love & Happiness
- Lee Scratch Perry – Jungle Lion
- The Nextmen – Piece Of The Pie
- CJ & Co – The Devil’s Gun
- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Sun Country
- Laurel Aitken – Skinhead Invasion
- Duke Of Iron – Fifty Cents
- EC Arinze – Freedom Highlife
- Soul Brothers – Mantombazane
- Roy C – Shotgun Wedding
- Ike & Tina Turner – Can’t Chance A Break-Up
- Nolan Porter – If Only I Could Be Sure
- Glenn Miller – Where Is The Love?
- The Four Epics – How I Wish That I Was Single Again
- Lloyd Charmers – Oh Me Oh My
- Shy FX ft Liam Bailey – Soon Come
- The Melodians – I Will Get Along Without You
- Grinderman – Palaces Of Montezuma
- Mina – Se Telefonando
- Black Angel Drifter – Black Eyed Susan7
- Emmylou Harris – Two More Bottles Of Wine
- Charlie Parr – On Marrying A Woman With An Uncontrollable Temper
- Earl Lee Grace – Kitchen Girl
- Lonnie Irving – Pinball Machine
- Merle Travis – Dark As A Dungeon
- Country Teasers – Spiderman In The Flesh
- Blaze Foley – Let Me Ride In Your Big Cadillac
- The Handsome Family – Green Willow Valley
- Sons Of The Pioneers – Out California Way
- Laurel & Hardy – On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine
- Nilsson – I’d Rather Be Dead
- Leslie Sarony – Ain’t It Grand To Be Bloomin’ Well Dead
- Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes
- Big Star – Nature Boy
A little bit last minute this one, but Rob Heron and I will be dragging ourselves and our rekkids down to the Cumberland Arms for one last outdoor gig to say adios to the summer.
September 4th, 2pm-7pm, free.
We can cry into our beer and wonder where our summer (and our youth) has gone