My favourite part of this week’s Centrelinked came during our first community announcement break. On a sugar-themed show, and having just played the Archies’ most famous number a somber voice came on to warn North West FM listeners of the perils of diabetes. This was swiftly followed by the Four Tops’ Sugar Pie Honey Bunch which, when I was a kid was used in an advert for Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, one of the most sugary cereals on the market. You couldn’t make it up etc.
The other spoonfuls of sugar helping the Centrelinked medicine go down were…
Brown Sugar – the Rolling Stones
Hit – the Sugarcubes
Spin Spin Sugar – Sneaker Pimps
Sugar Sugar – the Archies
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – the Four Tops
Rappers Delight – the Sugarhill Gang
Sugarman – Rodriguez
I Want Some Sugar in My Bowl – Nina Simone
If I Can’t Change Your Mind – Sugar
Lips Like Sugar – Echo and the Bunnymen
Sugartown – Nancy Sinatra
Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
Things I ran out of time for included Beth Orton’s Sugar Boy, Neil Young’s Sugar Mountain and something by the Sugababes. Thanks to whoever texted in for Def Leppard after 30 seconds. You and I are now related.
Fans of Rodriguez should keep an eye out for Searching for Sugar Man, a 2012 documentary film about two South Africans who go looking for the man who provided the background music to their youth during apartheid. It looks rather splendid. Check out Rodriguez’ website www.sugarman.org for more on the film and the man himself.
Next week: anxiety attack!