“Don’t You Want Me? (single remix)” by Jody Watley (1987)

In the mid ‘80s, it became commonplace for songs to get “freshened up” for single release, so that the version played on the radio was similar but not exactly the same as the version you’d hear on the album. “Don’t You Want Me”, the third single from Jody Watley’s Grammy-winning debut album, is one song that benefitted greatly… Read More “Don’t You Want Me? (single remix)” by Jody Watley (1987)

“Don’t You Know That?” by Luther Vandross (1981)

Luther’s first official solo album, Never Too Much, is a great album. Luther was pretty well-formed for a debut artist; but of course he’d had ten years of experience behind some of the greats (Bowie, Midler, Chic) and released two albums as a member of the band Luther. So he wasn’t really a debut artist.… Read More “Don’t You Know That?” by Luther Vandross (1981)

“Don’t Mess Up This Good Thing” by Janet Jackson (1982)

I’ve already discussed how Janet’s 1982 debut album is a low-key jam. “Don’t Mess Up This Good Thing” is probably the album cut that’s most suggestive of the itchy funk that she’d go on to perfect with the assistance of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. It’s produced by Foster Sylvers, whose big brother Leon defined… Read More “Don’t Mess Up This Good Thing” by Janet Jackson (1982)

“Do It Again” by Steely Dan (1972)/”Dirty Work” by Steely Dan (1972)

My quandary: I just rated “Dirty Work” four stars, but I like that particular song about as much as I like “Do It Again”. Do I down-rate “Do It Again”? Or do I call a do-over on “Dirty Work” and give both songs five stars? Well, it’s obvious which decision I went with. “Do It… Read More “Do It Again” by Steely Dan (1972)/”Dirty Work” by Steely Dan (1972)