Download or Listen To The Persuaders – Thigh Spy from the ATCO Records 45
And here we are another Monday down, and another month coming to a close. Let’s not forget the Asbury Park 45 Sessions which will be on Friday Oct. 3rd at the World Famous Asbury Lanes. See the flyer on the upcoming shows page. It will be a line up of the usual suspects and a guest selector, which of course is always a blast. Before I get into this side, my thoughts go out to Travis Barker and DJ AM, as they start their recovery from the tragic plane crash over the weekend in South Carolina. Condolences to the families who lost loved ones in as the crash killed 4. People can say what they want about either of them, they are great musicians in their own right, and played a FREE show right before this. Stay strong brothers. This particular record I have up today, is neither a huge hit, or remotely hard to find. Brought to my attention by midwest digger and drum killer Aaron Soma, I was pleasantly surprised when The Persuaders “Thigh Spy” showed up at my spot on ATCO Records.
Although my favorite Persuaders record “Love Is Gonna Pack Up and Walk Out on Us” (plus the Love Gonna Pick You Up cover by Sugar Minott), might have been the obvious choice, I decided to go with a different choice. Hailing out of New York, this smoothed out Soul collaboration formed in 1969. They were comprised of members Douglas “Smokey” Scott, James Barnes, Willie Holland, and Charles Stodghill. Their biggest hit, which was on Atlantic, was “The Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (later covered by the Pretenders) and the aforementioned Pack Up, both charting sides. They were on Win and Lose before moving to ATCO in 1973, and then on to finish their careers at Calla, which I think is a great fit. Calla always had a superb line up of Soul acts. Before they switched, they put out “Some Guys Have All the Luck” on ATCO, later made popular once again by Rod Stewart. Most of their early stuff was cowritten by Richard and Bobby Poindexter, who also produced their records as well. The Persuaders also did the original version of “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” made popular by Gladys Knight and the Pips. They still perform today, and even released a record as late as 2006, continuing their tradition of smoothed out, sweet Soul.
Thigh Spy is a little upbeat Soul number, that explains the benefits of the mini skirt. “Take off that Maxi!” How can you not agree with that question? A decent drum beat coupled with some jangly guitar and a great piano riff illustrate the Persuaders point a little further on the finer points of Women’s fashion. I’d definitely recommend this fun slice of sweet Soul out of the Empire State. Keep Diggin’!