GOT A THING ON MY MIND
When we first heard the Dap-Kings, most of us had no idea who we were listening to. In 2006, the ten-piece New York soul outfit was the nameless session band who backed the late Amy Winehouse on her breakthrough second album, Back To Black. A year earlier, locals were none the wiser to have heard their own song, Got A Thing On My Mind, featuring singer Sharon Jones, when it was used in a Cadbury’s commercial. Though still relatively obscure, the cult of the Dap-Kings grew when they toured Australia in 2008, then in 2010 and now again in 2014. “Don’t let nobody tell me / My thing it won’t come true / ’cos I ain’t lyin’ down / Till I get my due”, sang Jones, 58, who took last year off as she battled (and beat) cancer. The band’s recorded output has kept pace with its reputation as an outstanding live act, their most recent album rejoicing under the title of Give The People What They Want. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings play the Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, on Friday.