Sex and drugs and jelly roll! – Hot Ginger Radio Show #30

Our first radio show to come with a content warning. Today, Andy and Lorna present a selection of the rudest and most controversial songs from the Roaring 20s, Dirty 30s, Naughty 40s and Shifty 50s.

Every track contains coded (and sometimes not so coded) references to either sex or getting tremendously high on drugs. We’ve got double entendres, single entendres and euphemisms galore. Big ones! So send the kids outside and get a load of this…

Sex and drugs and jelly roll! – Hot Ginger Radio Show #30

Hot Ginger Radio Show no. 30

TX date: 26 September 2010

Track listing:

01 – Mills Blue Rhythm Band – Reefer Man (1932)
02 – Bessie Smith – I Need a Little Sugar in my Bowl (1931)
03 – The Ink Spots – Java Jive (1940)
04 – Cats & The Fiddle – Killin’ Jive (1939)
05 – Elsie Carlisle – My Man O’ War (1930)
06 – Fats Waller – All That Meat and No Potatoes (1941)
07 – The Meltone Boys – Mary Jane
08 – Harry Roy & his Band – She Had To Go And Lose It At The Astor (1939)
09 – Harry Roy & his Bat Club Boys – My Girl’s Pussy (1931)
10 – Georgia White – Hot Nuts (Get ‘Em from the Peanut Man) (1931)
11 – Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys (v. Rosetta Howard) – You’re a Viper (1936)
12 – Louis Armstrong – Sweet Sue, Just You (1932)
13 – Elsie Carlisle – My Handy Man (1931)
14 – Julia Lee – I Didn’t Like It The First Time (1949)
15 – Roy Brown – Butcher Pete, Pt. 1 (1950)
16 – Chick Webb (v. Ella Fitzgerald) – When I Get Low I Get High (1937)
17 – Bull Moose Jackson – Big Ten Inch (1952)
18 – Connee Allen – Rocket 69 (1951)

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Non-stop Balboa beats special – Hot Ginger Radio Show #29

Today we’re getting you all dancing with an hour of non-stop Balboa tunes. This beautiful dance style is growing in popularity and we’ve got 20 Bal-Swing classics to practice your dance steps to – so grab your partner real close and start skipping…

Non-stop Balboa beats special – Hot Ginger Radio Show #29

Hot Ginger Radio Show no. 29

TX date: 19 September 2010

Track listing:

01 – Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy – Puddin’ Head Serenade
02 – Billie Holiday – Nice Work If You Can Get It
03 – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – All The Cats Join In
04 – Cats and the Fiddle – Gang Busters
05 – Al Bowlly (with Lew Stone And His Monseigneur Band) – My Woman
06 – Bob Howard & His Orchestra – You Fit Into The Picture
07 – Eddy Duchin – Anything Can Happen [1936]
08 – Dorsey Brothers (v. Smith Ballew & Chorus) – Button Up Your Overcoat (1929)
09 – Mildred Bailey – Lover, Come Back to Me
10 – Slim Gaillard – Tutti Frutti
11 – Henry Hall’s BBC Dance Orchestra – One, Two, Button Your Shoe
12 – Lani McIntire – Hula Blues
13 – Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra – Big John’s Special
14 – Django Reinhardt – Minor Swing [1937]
15 – Duke Ellington – Love in Swingtime
16 – Lil Armstrong – Let’s Get Happy Together
17 – Count Basie – Topsy [1939]
18 – Nat King Cole – Just You, Just Me
19 – Charlie Barnet Orchestra – Night and Day
20 – Mills Blue Rhythm Band – Savage Rhythm

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The ‘Mad Men’ look

If you’ve not seen it yet, you’re probably wondering what our upcoming ‘Mad Men Party’ is all about. Well, we know a lot of Hot Ginger swingers are big fans of the TV show that follows the fortunes of the Madison Avenue ad agency in the late 50s/early 60s.

But it’s the fashions that have caught the imagination and started to influence the catwalk. So here’s a selection of Mad Men looks to give you some ideas for how to dress up for our Mad Men Party (as always, though, you can just come as you are).

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Balboa, the swing dance that rocks

IMG_0082You may have heard our  Hot Ginger Radio Show Balboa dance special.  Listening to the tunes makes you want to move, right?  Here’s how.

You might have seen lots of couples dancing ‘Bal’ at Hot Ginger, usually to the faster numbers, and it’s definitely growing in popularity. We’ve been teaching Balboa dance classes in Birmingham for the last couple of years, so we’re trying to grow the scene as much as can.

Balboa is a street swing dance that developed in Southern California in the 1930s.  Characterised by its close hold, Pure Balboa is a dance designed for small spaces on busy dance floors and is particularly suitable for faster rhythms where a nuanced lead and follow connection through the body is essential.  Bal Swing is noticeably different as the partners break apart and dance in a more open style, which has similarities to Lindy Hop.  For more information on Balboa see Bobby White’s excellent blog ‘Swungover’. (That’s Bobby in the photo on the right, with Mette Herlitz at BalBreak 2013)

To get you in the mood, here are a few Bal-Swing videos we really love…

Bobby White and Kate Hedin’s fantastic routine as seen around the world!

Nick Williams and Nelle Cherry winning the Invitational Jack & Jill Final at Lindy Focus in 2011.

Laura Keat and Jeremy Otth winning All Balboa Weekend’s American Classic Balboa Championship in 2013: 

You can read more about Balboa on Dan Guest’s site and on Wikipedia.

Once you’ve mastered the basic steps at our classes, you can use our Non-Stop Balboa Dance Special to practice your moves.

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Non-Stop Lindy Hop Special – Hot Ginger Radio Show #28

Today we’re getting you all dancing with an hour of non-stop Lindy Hop tunes. We’ve got 20 swing classics to practice your dance steps to (starting slow and getting faster) so roll up the carpet, push back the chairs and grab your dance partner!

Non-Stop Lindy Hop Special – Hot Ginger Radio Show #28

Track listing:

01 – Duke Ellington – Stepping Into Swing Society
02 – Mildred Bailey – Rock It For Me
03 – Lionel Hampton – On The Sunny Side Of The Street
04 – Doris Day – Tacos, Enchiladas and Beans
05 – Jimmie Lunceford – For Dancers Only
06 – Glenn Miller – I’ve Got a Girl in Kalamazoo
07 – Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra – Apollo Jump
08 – Tommy Dorsey – Yes Indeed
09 – Freddie Stack & His Orchestra – Mister Five by Five
10 – Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy – Little Joe from Chicago
11 – Tommy Dorsey – Swingin’ on Nothing
12 – Count Basie (v. Jimmy Rushing) – Money Is Honey
13 – Slim and Slam – Jump Session
14 – Gene Krupa (v. Anita O’Day & Roy Aldridge) – Let Me Off Uptown
15 – Benny Goodman – Sent For You Yesterday and Here You Come Today
16 – Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy – Toadie Toddle
17 – Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy – Wednesday Night Hop
18 – Four Clefs – I Like Pie, I Like Cake
19 – Duke Ellington – Swingin’ On The Campus
20 – Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra – C Jam Blues

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