Afternoon, kids. World Cup day, wooo! We”™re split at Spotisfaction Towers – personally, I”™m ridiculously excited and am now pretty much resigned to a month of lounging on the sofa to the despair of my ever patient wife (no change there, then). Thom, on the other hand, would rather gouge his eyes out with a rusty spoon than watch a bunch of girly blokes poncing around. Horses for courses, I guess, but I”™m totally the one in the right here”¦ I”™ve managed to luck out in the sweepstakes this time around – in the two I”™m participating in, I”™ve drawn England and Italy. Not the best, but better than Algeria and USA so in your face Pat, HAH!
Anyway, to business.
We”™ve got a few announcements to make next week and, to be honest, we really hope you like them. I don”™t want to give away too much, but we”™ve listened to your feedback and are ready to roll out some pretty cool things for you all. Come back next week for the scoop :)
Today”™s playlist is, quite simply, a pleasure. I always look forward to Woody”™s mixes and this one doesn”™t disappoint. I think it”™ll put a smile on your face. Unless your heart is cold and dead, or you”™re Rorschach from Watchmen. Freaks.
Love, hugs, and mealy bugs.
- Let”™s Wade In The Water – Marlena Shaw
- Mama Said – The Shirelles
- Sex Education: Ghetto Style – Gil Scott-Heron
- Johannesburg – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackon
- Soul Man – Sam & Dave
- Spooky – Dusty Springfield
- Inside My Love – Minnie Riperton
- Everybody Loves The Sunshine – Roy Ayers Ubiquity
- Good Taste Tip: Gift Receiving – The Shangri-Las
- Remember (Walkin”™ In The Sand) – The Shangri-Las
- California Soul – Marlena Shaw
- War – Single Version – Edwin Starr
- I”™m A Woman – Minnie Riperton
- Save Me – Aretha Franklin
- I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James
- Introduction – James Brown & The Famous Flames
- Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
- Street Life – Randy Crawford
- Baby It”™s You – The Shirelles
- Les Fleurs – Minnie Riperton
- I”™m Blue – The Shangri-Las
- Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
- I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free – Nina Simone
- September – Earth, Wind & Fire
- Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield
Ok, so I”™ve always loved Motown, Soul and old R&B music but apart from going to the odd Motown/Northern Soul night back in my home town 5 years ago and the odd night at Komedia in Brighton, I”™ve rarely properly looked up artists from that era so I decided to take it upon myself to educate my ears and to look stuff up for a playlist.
I was mainly inspired by the first song Wade in the Water by Marlena Shaw, which is horribly overlooked, which my flatmate played me (he”™s obsessed with this kind of music but I did not cheat and ask him for suggestions!) and so it kind of went on from there.
I think the biggest revelation for me on the list was Minnie Riperton. I watched a program years ago about her but never remembered who she was. So to dig up some of her tracks was amazing. As was Marlena Shaw. I think when you listen to those songs they speak for themselves in regards to how brilliant they are. I find it surprising they aren”™t as famous as say Nina Simone or Aretha Franklin because they clearly had some major hits in their time.
Song such as ”˜War”™ and ”˜I Just Want To Make Love To You”™ also are stand outs. Not even musically but culturally with obviously those coke (or was it pepsi?) adverts and ”˜War”™ which I suppose, rather regrettably, I knew from the Rush Hour films, both bring back quite funny memories. Also finding out who the artists were that sang all these songs was fascinating.
This time I tried to include some random interludes by artists as well. Mainly inspired by listening to The Score by Fugees the other day. I loved the interludes between songs on that album so I thought I would be cool to hear some on a playlist as well. The bizarre Gill Scott-Heron interlude being my favourite.
All in all, this has been my favourite playlist I have put together. I recommend you don a 60s inspired outfit, do the Watusi and enjoy a Martini for this one! I really hope you like it as much as I do.