Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sugar Pie DeSanto- Do I Make Myself Clear?


Heads up, Amy Winehouse fans. This 1965 song by Sugar Pie DeSanto is a virtual blueprint for the English soul revivalist. With its wails, moans and threats, the performance is so tough that it'd give Diana Ross nightmares. It features Etta James, the woman who's always somewhat overshadowed DeSanto. But this gritty song, as well as "Down In the Basement," her biggest hit, have aged incredibly well. This seems to be the only DeSanto compilation of her classic work for Chess, and it's out of print.

Kansas City is well over twice the size of Little Rock, yet I'm very familiar with the sense of independence and isolation captured in the trailer for the music documentary Towncraft.

Kansas City Click: I'm a wimp. My multi-year string of consecutive Warped Tour attendance will be broken today. It was only 90 degrees last year on the Verizon parking lot where most of the stages are erected, and I still spent $15 on Gatorade. It'll be over 100 today. Forget it. It's too bad- I'd been looking forward to P.O.S., K-Os, Coheed and Cambria, Gallows, Pepper, Circa Survive and Tiger Army.

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