Friday, December 26, 2008

What I did on my Winter Vacation



I made a playlist!!

Message From a Black Man--Don Julian and the Larks
Message From a Black Man--The Spinners
Message From a Black Man--The Heptones
Message From a Black Man--The Temptations
Message From a Black Man--The Whatnauts & The Whatnaut Band
RZA--You Can't Stop Me Now
Anti-Matter--MF Doom
Mos Def--Undeniable

10 comments:

Blimpy said...

Hmmmmmm, am I sensing some sort of theme here...?

steenbeck said...

Yeah, but who flipped it best? as they say.

Japanther said...

i listened to all versions....difficult to pick a winner...ah...they are all winners! (But I did like The Heptones version a lot!)

Incidentally, which (if any) is the original?

steenbeck said...

Thanks for listening, Japanther. I agree, I like them all, too. I got the new(ish) RZA album for Christmas and that one song set me on a quest to find all these others, and I got ridiculously excited about it. I'm not sure which is the original. Apparently it's by Whitfield/Strong. Dunno.

ejaydee said...

That's Norman WHitfield who died earlier this year and Barrett Strong (he sang I Want NMoney), so I reckon the Temptations sang it first.

ejaydee said...

I should have put up a pedantry alert prior to that, but I just couldn't help myself. I'm sorry.

steenbeck said...

It's okay, Ejaydee, I was hoping someone would know. I'd suspected the Temptations from what I read about Whitfield and Strong, but I just wasn't sure.

May1366 said...

That's right - it was one of the socially-conscious Tempts numbers that legend suggests Whitfield foisted on a reluctant group, who were happier singing their mighty songs about love. I'm sceptical about both assertions - makes Whitfield out as some swivel-eyed ideologue and the group as a cluster of X-Factor himbos. I think it's more likely both parties sensed the market was changing but there might have been a difference in opinion about whether this kind of tune was primarily stuff for the studio rather than the live set.
Either way, you don't come up with a statement like this without everyone involved meaning it.

Blimpy said...

i like the MF DOOOOOOOM song the best, that one was the flipping best (did I get the slang right?)

steenbeck said...

You're just saying that cause he was born in England.