“Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder (1973)

You’re not going to get many statements of purpose more fervent than Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground”. It’s a song of faith that stands tall even amongst Stevie’s many excellent declarations of faith. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not an especially religious person. Not an unbeliever, just a skeptic. However, if there’s one person that is… Read More “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder (1973)

“Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5 (1973)

“Dancing Machine” was notable because after 18 months or so of J5 singles that weren’t exactly big hits, “Dancing Machine” (which turned out to be the brothers’ highest charting single in three years) seemed to right the ship. Turned out that “Dancing Machine” was only a temporary fix, and the Jackson brothers departed Motown less… Read More “Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5 (1973)

“Basketball Jones (feat. Tyrone Shoelaces)” by Cheech and Chong (1973)

Sure, “Basketball Jones” is a comedy record. It’s an incredibly dated, novelty comedy record. If you’re under 30, you very likely know who Cheech & Chong are (marijuana icons are forever), but you probably don’t know “Basketball Jones”, or the record it parodies, or the icons it references (Bill Russell & Chick Hearn, for starters.)… Read More “Basketball Jones (feat. Tyrone Shoelaces)” by Cheech and Chong (1973)