What'cha Gonna Do / Down, Down

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  • Artist: Ikettes
  • A Side: What'cha Gonna Do
  • B Side: Down, Down
  • Label: London
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

Key: View



It didn't take long for UK Decca to acquire the rights to this ferocious August 1966 Ike Turner powerhouse of threatening Sister dismissiveness.

A girl group enforcer with few equals, Ike Turner's menacing guitar bass guitar intro, invites "The Girls" into a sneering stomper of impending sister independence. You can only push a girl so far, then she'll be gone. An age-old narrative ,that Ike himself has become all too familiar as he paints a vivid picture of growing petticoat self-assurance.

Ike only picked the harshest vocals with the capability to convey his menacing productions with convincing belligerence. "What'cha Gonna Do" is all that and more; which girls performed on this session is a matter of conjecture, but Ike had a stable of fine fillies to call upon. Although during this period the Ikettes line-up could have been any 4 of these gifted girls, take your pick from Rose Smith, Pat Arnold, Ann Thomas. Shelly Clark or the mighty voices of Pat Powdrill, Paulette Parker in there somewhere along with maybe Jean Brown, and Juanita Hixson.

But the voices on this classic session, will delight Motown & girl group scholars; were P. P. Arnold (on lead), Patrice & Brenda Holloway and Tina Turner herself, on supporting vocals. Revealed during an Mick Patrick interview with P.P. (additional info courtesy of Andy Rix)

No wonder this Ikettes 45 is their most wanted Northern Soul recording with those NS coveted songbirds in the studio.

Before you today is a play perfect 14th of October British demo, a highly seductive performance from these charismatic ladies...A timeless Twisted Wheel anthem, that is still ramming the British dancefloors today.

Condition Report

Two clean promo labels, running time 308 rubberstamped on label, glorious Mint minus vinyl, still housed in birth-sleeve. A Top Top Copy...

A Side

  • Title: What'cha Gonna Do

    B Side

  • Title: Down, Down
  • Year: 14th October 1966
  • City: United Kingdom