When I’m in a dark or anxious mood I usually listen to soul music, particularly the warm and smooth Philly kind. This is really hitting the spot right now.
Pity the picture quality of this is so crap because it’s glorious. Lightning in a bottle glorious.
I watched the terrific documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix last week and it reminded me what a riveting live performer she was. That voice of hers was spellbinding even when she was in one of her dark moods and spent more time berating the audience than singing. I wonder how she would have handled a modern audience taking photos and videos with their phones while she was performing.
Music can come from the most unlikely places. Take that gawky-looking white guy on the far left who looks like he should be selling dodgy used cars. That’s the great Rod Temperton who died of cancer last week and wrote some of the best dance records ever made.
Temperton grew up in the northern English seaside resort of Cleethorpes which is hardly ranked with Memphis or Detroit as a breeding ground of great black music, but as a member of the Anglo-American band Heatwave he was responsible for such classics as “Boogie Nights”, “Always and Forever”, “The Groove Line”, and “Gangsters Of The Groove” which would be almost enough for anyone to earn a place in the songwriters Hall of Fame. But he also wrote songs for other artists which included Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and “Off The Wall”, The Brothers Johnson’s “Stomp”, and George Benson’s “Give Me The Night” among many, many, many others. The list is quite ridiculous.
I imagine nearly everyone reading this blog knows who Temperton is, but he always kept a low profile and the average punter wouldn’t know his name from Adam. But you can bet if you’re a certain age you know all the words to several of his songs and he provided the soundtrack to your Saturday nights. For that he will always be remembered and loved.
Download: The Groove Line (12″ version) – Heatwave (mp3)
Not sure how I managed to have not seen this clip on YouTube until yesterday, but soon as I did I knew it was a no-brainer for today. Sublime performance of a sublime song.
Not had any Prefabs here for far too long. Pardon the pun but this song makes me swoon.
This record is 18 years old now (18!), but it still makes me stop what I’m doing and listen to it, hypnotized, all the way through.
Bonus: Fell down an EBTG hole on YouTube after watching the above and thought this was too good not to post too.
With Britain being wrecked by two old Etonians this song is now more documentary than allegory.
Haven’t watched any live Jam videos for a long time and it was a pleasure to be reminded how bloody great they were. I made the right choice of favourite band when I was a teenager.