Among the many bits of wisdom my friend Mustang attempts to impart to me, one of them comes into play in this week's musical presentation. When it comes to music he says he may not know much about styles or genres of modern music, but he knows what he likes. We know that from the Colonel's yesterday's swoop though PYY, he doesn't like the Black-Eyed Peas.
So being the kind of guy that I am, I will not stray into BEP's waters. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little funk around here.
Here are some tunes from artists one short generation after soul artists like Smokey Robinson were tearing up the charts. These are but a few of which I would like to share.
The first artist has won several awards along the way in his career. His mother played Helen Willis on the 70s sitcom The Jeffersons, his father was a big shot in the NBC news department. But IMHO, his most interesting relative was his uncle -- who was a Korean War hero.
This 1991 smash hit blends some old Motown style with modern technology -- for a much more distinctive sound. If I had to come up with something concrete to say about this one, I'd have to say the background string and brass arrangements are what makes this one so appealing:
Next.... we have a song that I always thought was so damned catchy. It is infectious.
It comes via a guy from Orlando, who once won a Golden Gloves Championship in the lightweight division. He did a stint in the Army to box. But I guess he didn't like the soldiering part because he was administratively discharged before his enlistment was up, all for going AWOL (something that irks me to no end).
But I think he can sing a little. He has a great blend of musical funk, accentuated by some raw vocals. I know his 1988 mega hit was a Billboard #1, so I am not the only one that dug his sound:
Finally, of the three artists featured here in this post, I'd have to say I like this one the best. I had thought that he once had a car wreck, but I later found out that he has an auto-immune disorder that causes his facial scarring. As superficial as the entertainment establishment is, I am glad they didn't ignore his incredible talent.
He has several good songs that I like and feel are quite worthy to post here. And others may vehemently disagree with me, but I think this tune was his best.
Here a a great live version of what I think is a timeless classic: