Well, shake it up baby now… and twist your fork into spaghetti, gorgonzola, pancetta and, yes…, sprouts!
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Twist And Shout is probably already stuck in your head by the mere act of reading the song title – you’re welcome!
Written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns in 1961 for the Top Notes, it became a hit when re-released a year later by the Isley Brothers. Many other cover versions have followed (including by The Who, The Tremoloes, Alvin And The Chipmunks and, erm, Chaka Demus & Pliers) but the 1962 Beatles version is most likely to be the one bouncing round inside your skull right now. Famously performed at the 1963 Royal Variety Performance and on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, this is the song that arguably launched Beatlemania.
A musical about The Beatles seems like it should be a sure-fire hit given the music and behind-the-scenes drama and there have been a few attempts. Twist And Shout was included in the 2012 “theatrical concert” of Beatles hits, Let It Be, which opened in the West End for a short run; the production also had a limited engagement on Broadway and is still touring in North America, now reframed as an imaginary Beatles reunion. The song also features in Backbeat: The Musical, an adaptation of the 1994 film set in the band’s pre-Beatlemania days in Hamburg, focusing on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (their original bass player who abandoned the group for love) and John Lennon. The show opened in the West End in 2011 and in LA in 2013 (as Backbeat: The Birth Of The Beatles) but, to my knowledge (read, “extensive googling”) the planned Broadway transfer never happened.
All well and good, but is it just me or are the lyrics a little bit creepy in this post-Weinstein era?
You know you twist your little girl (Twist, little girl)
You know you twist so fine (Twist so fine)
Come on and twist a little closer, now (Twist a little closer)
And let me know that you’re mine (Let me know you’re mine)
So… sprouts! [nice segue – Ed]
Regular readers with elephantine memories will recall that I’ve previoulsy combined sprouts with blue cheese in a sandwich and also created a sprout spaghetti dish (both feature Whistle Down The Wind), but this an entirely NEW and ORIGINAL recipe (that perhaps combines elements of both and doesn’t AT ALL sounds a bit like I’ve just cooked up random ingredients in my fridge…).
You probably don’t need a recipe for this, but here’s one anyway. Cook the spaghetti in a pan of boiling salted water as per the packet instructions, adding the sprouts when 4-5minutes from the end. Meanwhile, fry up some pancetta cubes. Drain the spaghetti and sprouts and mix with the pancetta, double cream, gorgonzola and a generous amount of black pepper. Stir through until the cheese has melted.