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Any Major Sugar

February 24th, 2022 Leave a comment Go to comments

Any major health update: recently I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, so with this collection of songs about sugar, honey, candy and sweet things I’m saying goodbye to sugar, honey, candy and sweet things.

Before you make funeral arrangements for me, however, be reassured that my diabetes is of the more managable Type 2. I’m responding well to medication, and my healthier lifestyle is helping shed a few excess pounds (not that I had been struggling with it, but my body was taking on a decidedly middle-age form). So while I’m not exactly thrilled about the diagnosis — this shit can kill you, as it did one of my siblings — I’m rather upbeat about how this condition has forced me to adapt my diet and exercise regimen, to good effect. Plus, my severe reduction on beer and wine consumption is helping keep the bar fridge filled. And before you ask, I take my coffee without sugar.

The songs here may talk about sugar, honey, candy and sweet things, but in most of them, these things are euphemisms, usually for sex or romance or drugs — even my new national anthem, Sugar Free. In fact, if Sammy Davis’ Candy Man isn’t about drugs — and the jury is out on that — the most innocent metaphor here is the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. When I asked my doctor if I should take a spoonful of sugar with my diabetes medicine, she humourlessly replied: “No”. Or maybe she laughed; who knows what goes on behind those Covid masks?So here are 24 sweet songs, timed to fit on a standard CD-R with home-xylotoled covers. PW in comments.

1. The Archies – Sugar Sugar (1969)
2. Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (1965)
3. The Searchers – Sweets For My Sweet (1963)
4. The Strangeloves – I Want Candy (1965)
5. Brian Poole & The Tremeloes – Candy Man (1964)
6. Rodriguez – Sugar Man (1970)
7. Ernie Hines – Sugar Plum (Gimme Some) (1972)
8. Sugar Billy – Sugar Pie (1975)
9. Vivian Reed – Brown Sugar (1976)
10. Luther Vandross – Sugar And Spice (1981)
11. Juicy – Sugar Free (1985)
12. Don Downing – Sugar & Spice (1978)
13. Stevie Wonder – Sugar (1970)
14. The Beach Boys – Wild Honey (1967)
15. Nancy Sinatra – Sugar Town (1966)
16. Lynsey De Paul – Sugar Me (1972)
17. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey (1985)
18. Joseph Arthur – Honey And The Moon (2002)
19. Brandi Carlile – Sugartooth (2018)
20. Leonard Nimoy – Cotton Candy (1968)
21. Nina Simone – I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl (1967)
22. The Astors – Candy (1965)
23. Sammy Davis Jr. – The Candy Man (1971)
24. Julie Andrews – A Spoonful Of Sugar (1964)

Plus a bunch of sweet bonus tracks by acts like Sam Cooke, The Cure, Mungo Jerry, David Ruffin and more…


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  1. amdwhah
    February 24th, 2022 at 08:38 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. David
    February 24th, 2022 at 21:32 | #2

    Hey Dude. Longtime reader. I have really enjoyed your taste and your voice over the years and as a retired music blogger myself, I appreciate you keeping at it. Wishing you the best with your health.

  3. February 25th, 2022 at 14:15 | #3

    Ha! Great idea for a theme. I’ve been type 1 for about 27 years now, and it ain’t killed me yet, though it keeps taking swings at me. Just keep after it, and check your blood sugar a lot. I highly recommend a continuous glucose monitor, if your insurance will cover it. I was surprised what my sugar levels were between checks. And it hurts less than a million finger pricks. Next theme suggestion: Any Major Bloodwork! :)

  4. Harold
    March 3rd, 2022 at 06:04 | #4

    Dont forget Nancy Sinatra’s “Sugar Town” for volume 2!
    For the best coffee try Califia Farms(refrigerated)Almond Milk unsweetened Creamer and Sweet Leaf ‘Sweet Lea’ English Toffee flavored Stevia drops. Do you know about Stevia? Great to sweeten ice tea! thanks for all you do

  5. amdwhah
    March 3rd, 2022 at 18:13 | #5

    Stevia is good. I use xylotol, which is a bit cheaper.

    Oh, and Sugar Town is track 15 here.

  6. Hermann
    March 9th, 2022 at 11:30 | #6

    my fav. is Cold Blood- All my honey

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