“Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren (1972)/The Isley Brothers (1974)

“It’s important to meeeeeeeeee…that you know you are freeeeeeeeeeee…” “Hello, It’s Me” is  dedicated to someone who wants to be a free spirit. I can appreciate the lyrical sentiment; wanting to love and enjoy someone for the time you share as opposed to thinking of them as belonging to you. It was the first song… Read More “Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren (1972)/The Isley Brothers (1974)

“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)

“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)

“(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)

There was one major factor that separated L.T.D. from the glut of funk bands that populated the music scene in the mid ‘70s; their lead singer, Jeffrey Osborne. Although Osborne is best known now as a balladeer, he’s an expressive and versatile vocalist who is equally capable with slow jams or funk workouts. I’d actually… Read More “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” by L.T.D. (1977)