“Hands To Heaven” by Breathe (1987)

There is an element of religious iconography present in the music of British sophisti-pop group Breathe. Of their five top 40 American hits, one is called “Say A Prayer”, another (the excellent and phenomenally sad “Does She Love That Man”) takes place during the Christmas season, and their debut single is called “Hands To Heaven”.… Read More “Hands To Heaven” by Breathe (1987)

“Groove Me” by King Floyd (1970)/”Groove Me” by Guy (1988)

Here are two funky songs with the same title. Both songs pointed towards a shift in Black music. I can explain the difference in the two songs using Soul Train gifs, which is pretty awesome. Here’s a gif that, to me, exemplifies King Floyd’s “Groove Me”. It’s dirty, backwoods funky. Which makes sense, because King… Read More “Groove Me” by King Floyd (1970)/”Groove Me” by Guy (1988)

“(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go” by Curtis Mayfield (1970)

Curtis Mayfield’s talent for writing plain-spoken songs that spoke reality was well-known by the time “Don’t Worry” came out. I was a few years away from entering this world when “Don’t Worry” was released, but I’d imagine that folks who were familiar with “Choice of Colors” and “Amen” freaked the fuck out when they heard… Read More “(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go” by Curtis Mayfield (1970)

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” by Culture Club (1982)

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”-you can’t really ask for a better debut single. Everything that made Boy George what Boy George is, is present here; vulnerability, that soulful croon. Some elements that push “Hurt Me” over the edge to 5-stardom; that sumptuous near-acapella intro, that dubby bass/drum breakdown in the bridge. Some folks talk… Read More “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” by Culture Club (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)