Year: 2015
Original Format: mp3

It goes on and on.


Beat Lou Johnson
Lou Johnson was a journeyman soul singer who had this one transcendent moment thanks to writer and producer Allen Toussaint.

Let’s Do It Today (Procrastination) US
“Like a lot the pseudo-creative, I was a terrible procrastinator — by which I mean that procrastination was something I was terribly good at.” —The Documents of Hector Maze

Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms) Detroit Emeralds
This weekend I saw the movie Civil War (disappointing), which somewhat bizarrely used De La Soul’s “Say No Go” to score a chaotic battle scene. TIL that “Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)” was one of the elements Prince Paul used to assemble “Say No Go.” It’s all connected.

Supernatural Thing Ben E. King
That’s right, Ben E. King was also funky.

Papa Killed a Chicken, Pt. 1 Willie Tolliver
This isn’t an answer to Lee Perry’s song (the timing doesn’t work), but it could be.

Tell Me Something Good Rufus
Wait, this song was written by Stevie Wonder? I had no idea.

Show Me Something Beautiful Trombone Shorty

1612 Vulfpeck Feat. Antwaun Stanley
“Jack Stratton said in a Reddit AMA that ‘1612’ was the alarm code of an AirBnB.” —

The Deacons Dave Hamilton
“In the early 1960s Hamilton played on such recordings as John Lee Hooker’s ‘Boom Boom’ (1961), as well as many recordings for Gordy’s Motown label and associated labels. He was an early member of the loose aggregation of studio musicians at Motown who later became known as ‘The Funk Brothers.’ He played guitar on Marvin Gaye’s ‘Stubborn Kind of Fellow’ (1962), and vibes on Mary Wells’ 1964 hit ‘My Guy.’” —Wikipedia

Liquidator The Harry J. All-Stars

I’ll Take You There The Staple Singers
“Stax Records vice-president Al Bell (born Avertis Isabell) wrote this after attending the funeral of his little brother, who was shot to death. Said Bell: ‘I went out in the backyard in my father’s home. He had an old school bus there parked that was not running. I went back there and sat on the hood of that bus thinking about all that was happening. And all of a sudden, I hear this music in my head. And I heard these lyrics: ”I know a place, ain’t nobody worried, ain’t nobody crying, and ain’t no smiling faces lying to the races, I’ll take you there.” I heard it, and I heard the music. And it wouldn’t leave, it stayed there. kept trying to write other verses, but I couldn’t. Nothing worked – there was nothing left to say.’” —

What You Gone Do with That? Aceyalone
I’ve been listening to Edwin Maximilian “Eddie” Hayes, Jr. — a.k.a. Aceyalone — for a quarter-century now but I’ve never seen him live. Putting that on the wish list.

Word Crimes “Weird Al” Yankovic
I agree with everything Al says here, but I still find myself saying “I could care less,” though I know “couldn’t” is logically right. Somehow it’s just snappier as a phrase, and I could care less whether it’s correct or not.

Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1 Marvin Gaye
“The 2013 hit single ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and song co-writer T.I. was the subject of a lawsuit for allegedly copying ‘Got to Give It Up.’ Thicke originally told the public both he and Williams were in the recording studio, and suddenly Thicke told Pharrell ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove’ and they wrote the song in less than an hour. However, Thicke later claimed this was all a lie, and the song was written entirely by Pharrell. Thicke stated ‘I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio.’ On March 10, 2015, a federal jury found ‘Blurred Lines’ infringed on ‘Got to Give It Up’ and awarded nearly $7.4 million to Gaye’s children. Jurors found against Williams and Thicke, but held harmless the record company and T.I. While damages were reduced to $5.3 million, the jury’s decision was upheld on appeal. As an additional remedy, Gaye was credited as a songwriter for ‘Blurred Lines.’ This in turn affected ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s parody of ‘Blurred Lines,’ titled ‘Word Crimes,’ where Gaye has been added as a songwriter.” —Wikipedia

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