SONGS OF OBSESSION: DIONNE WARWICK’S "YOU’RE GONNA NEED ME"


Dionne Warwick: You’re Gonna Need Me
From Just Being Myself (Warner Bros, 1973)

Dee Dee Warwick: I’m Glad I’m a Woman
From 7″ (B-side of “Suspicious Minds”) (Atco, 1971)

This Dionne Warwick is one of the most amazing songs I’ve heard in a long, long, long time. I put it on repeat and literally was listening to it over and over for hours. I was trying to figure out how to articulate just what makes it so perfect – Holland-Dozier’s amazing arrangement, Dionne’s piercing vocals – but really, you just know it’s […]

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SONGS OF OBSESSION: THE ELECTRIC PRUNES’ "GENERAL CONFESSIONAL"



The Electric Prunes: Holy Are You & General Confessional
From Release of an Oath (Reprise, 1968)

David Axelrod: Holy Thursday
From Songs of Innocence (Capitol, 1968)

I’ve more or less been avoiding writing this post for weeks even though I had the songs ready to go all along. It’s not that I have nothing to say about David Axelrod – it’s the inverse. He’s a musical figure who, once you start with simple platitudes, inspires you to ramble on incessantly about how underrated and truly remarkable […]

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SONGS OF OBSESSION: AMERIE’S "1 THING" (SIIK RX) + OTHER SUMMER BREEZES



UPC All-Stars: Don’t Get Discouraged
From 12″ (Soul Cal, 1971/2005)

Amerie: One Thing (Siik Remix)
From Siik.org (Siik, 2005)

Shuggie Otis: Inspiration Information
From Inspiration Information (Epic, 1974)

Given that the 4th of July is already upon us, I’m trying to kick off a mini-meme by asking folks the simple(?) question: What does a summer song sound like to you?

I don’t mean songs that happen to become popular during summer, though I respect the institution of the summer hit. I’m talking about songs that invoke […]

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SONGS OF OBSESSION: BILL WITHERS’ "CAN WE PRETEND"



Bill Withers: Can We Pretend & Stories
From +’Justments (Sussex, 1974)

For some reason, Bill Withers has the reputation as someone whose songwriting was better than his singing. I always found this a strange accusation – Withers was certainly a genius writer (“Ain’t No Sunshine” anyone?) but it’s hardly as if he had a terrible voice. It’s true – he didn’t have the range or purity of tone like Marvin Gaye or Sam Cooke but Withers was comforting and familiar – like a good friend to share an afternoon with. For some reason, he reminds […]

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