My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Tuesday starts out with a parenthetical love song with Frank Wilson’s “Do You Love You (Indeed I Do)” which leads into the title track from the newly released Spoon album (reviewed here). Mary Wells takes it from there, leading into another Weller-creation with “My Ever Changing Moods” from The Style Council. Lloyd Cole And The Commotions bring the Music to 5 with “Perfect Skin”, which completes our Tuesday Music Obsessions of the Day.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” :: Frank Wilson

“The very thing that I want most,
is just to have and hold you close.
Do I love you?”

“Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” was first pressed in 1965 on the Motown subsidiary label named Soul. Approximately 250 demo 45’s of the song were originally pressed and scheduled to be released in December of 1965. Owing to a combination of Frank Wilson deciding he’d rather focus on producing, and Motown’s Berry Gordy’s rumored lukewarm reception of the vocals, and also supposed prevention of his producers having recording careers, the demos were almost all destroyed.

At least two survived, maybe five. One fetched £25,742 from a collector, in 2009. Another is supposedly owned by Gordy himself. Due to its scarcity it remains one of the most collectible 45’s, especially by followers of Northern Soul.

Owing to the demand for the song caused by DJ’s playing it at the famous UK Northern Soul nightclub, the Wigan Casino, it was first “officially” released in the UK in 1979 on the Tamla-Motwon label, and again in 2004 with a version of the same song by Chris Clark on the “b-side”.

2. “Hot Thoughts” (live) :: Spoon

“Hot thoughts melt in my mind,
could be your accent,
mixing with mine.”

Fresh off the new album from Spoon, “Hot Thoughts” is the title track, and one of the strongest songs on the band’s ninth album. The above video is a live version recorded on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Listening to this live version has me wishing and hoping that I’ll get the opportunity to finally see Spoon play live this year.

3. “You Beat Me to the Punch” :: Mary Wells

“That day,
I first saw you passing by
I wanted, to ask your name but I…
was much too shy.”

This Music Obsession Song actually started late yesterday afternoon when I found myself hitting replay, over and over. I listened to the track again early this morning, as I woke with it playing on a loop in my head.

The song was released in 1962, and was co-written by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, who were responsible for the majority of hits released by Mary Wells while she was a Motown artist.

The song was produced with a “mock-calypso” beat which inspired an “answer” song by soul singer Gene Chandler called “You Threw a Lucky Punch” which used the same music, but with different lyrics. Chandler’s “answer” became a Pop and R&B chart hit that same year.

4. “My Ever Changing Moods” :: The Style Council

 

“The cool before the warm,
the calm after the storm.
I wish to stay forever,
letting this be my food,
but I’m caught up in a whirlwind,
and my ever changing moods.”

This was the first Style Council song I ever heard. My first Weller, actually. I remember going to the Music Plus that was down the hill from my school and buying the cassette of the album Cafe Bleu (titled My Ever Changing Moods here in the U.S.) and playing it over and over again. It was the 5th released single from The Style Council at that time.

“My Ever Changing Moods”, backed with the Hammond organ instrumental “Mick’s Company”, reached # 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song remains Weller’s greatest success in the US (including his efforts in The Jam and as a solo artist).

It will always be one of my all-time favorite songs.

5. “Perfect Skin” (live) :: Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

“Louise is a girl,
I know her well.
She’s up on the pavement, 
yes she’s a weather girl.
And, I’m staying up here so I may be undone.
She’s inappropriate,
but then she’s much more fun.”

A few years back I went through a Lloyd Cole obsession, playing his Music, his albums, while I was working on a memoir. The name Louise stuck out in this song, especially with the lyric “she’s inappropriate, but then she’s much more fun”. I had to gift one of the characters the name because this song, and that lyric, fit her so well, and I was in need of a handful of “re-names” to give these non-fictional people.

“Louise” can be found a bit in the title song from the album “Perfect Skin” is off of — “Rattlesnakes”.

That was Tuesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

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