“Driving With The Brakes On” by Del Amitri (1995)

“Driving With The Brakes On” is a heavy song that tackles a heavy subject with the sensitivity one would expect from a songwriter as talented as Del Amitri’s Justin Currie. The song’s narrator is a passenger in a car being driven by his girlfriend. He has accompanied her to have an abortion (Currie confirmed the… Read More “Driving With The Brakes On” by Del Amitri (1995)

“Doin’ It” by LL Cool J featuring LeShaun (1995)

“Doin’ It” is one of LL’s most fondly remembered songs, and it finds the rapper indulging his playfully nasty side. Over a chunky sample of Grace Jones’ exotic smash “My Jamaican Guy”, LL and his lady (played here by LeShaun) get extremely freaky. The fact that there’s an actual male/female dynamic at play separates “Doin’ It” from the… Read More “Doin’ It” by LL Cool J featuring LeShaun (1995)

“Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones (1971)/”Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo (1995)

…it’s always nice when two entries blend together seamlessly. The Stones’ chart-topping classic “Brown Sugar”’s got a killer riff, a snarling vocal from Mick Jagger, and lyrics that some consider highly questionable. As for me, I consider the times and consider the context, and give the Stones a pass. Are the lyrics racist? I don’t… Read More “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones (1971)/”Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo (1995)