Sonny Knight & The Lakers, “Hey Girl”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.10.14 in Listen to This

“Hey Girl,” from the Minneapolis group Sonny Knight & the Lakers, has all the ragged, greasy pop and swing of the kind of raw soul rarities collected by quasi-legal compilations like Buttshakers and Twistin’ Rumble. This is music for the bar, not the concert hall, with tough stabs of organ and knife-point guitars slashing away around Knight’s mighty roar. “Hey Girl” is built to move, the kind of song fit for a 4 a.m. dance marathon at a too-packed watering hole, with every body in motion and the the lights turned super low.