“Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1)” by Marvin Gaye (1977)

OK, I’m going to say this now and not bring it up again. The lawsuit the Gaye family brought (and won) against Pharrell and Robin Thicke for “Blurred Lines” is ridiculous. Yes, “Blurred Lines” was clearly inspired by “Got To Give It Up”. But the two songs aren’t the same. The melody lines are different,… Read More “Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1)” by Marvin Gaye (1977)

“Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (1966)/Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“Got To Get You Into My Life” was The Beatles’ tribute to soul music. While the song’s Wikipedia page suggests Motown was an influence, the horn-heavy arrangement has more in common with the rougher soul sounds coming from further south. I’m not certain as to whether Wilson Pickett or Otis Redding ever covered this song,… Read More “Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (1966)/Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“Go-Go Gadget Gospel” by Gnarls Barkley (2006)

Gnarls Barkley was the perfect collision for the mid-aughts. Rotund futuristic soul man Ceelo Green joined forces with underground beat smith Danger Mouse and the result was magical, serving as a vehicle that increased the commercial and critical capital of both artists. They only released two projects together (a third has been discussed for years… Read More “Go-Go Gadget Gospel” by Gnarls Barkley (2006)

“The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E. (1984)

Prince’s demo version of “The Glamorous Life” (released on the Originals set earlier this year) is illuminating if only because it provided proof of what he brought to the table on this song, and what Sheila E. added. His soon-to-be protege shaded in what was already a monster track with her powerful percussion. The end result… Read More “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E. (1984)