Presenting the first in a series of posts celebrating the legacies of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Damien of KO and King Midas of HISD teamed up to cover Marvin, while Flash Gordon Parks of HISD provided the same treatment for Stevie.
Today we give you Marvin. Friday, Stevie’s coming to town.
Breakdowns and track listing after the jump.
It started with a phone call a few weeks ago. I looked at the caller ID. Midas. When I answered, he responded with a question: “Marvin or Stevie?” I didn’t really know what the question meant, but without thinking twice I replied “Marvin”. It seems like i’d caught the tail end of one of HISD typically animated “arguments”, with each party extolling praises upon the artist that influenced them the most. I have no idea how this discussion began, but I go caught up in it.
To avoid boring you with all the details, i’ll cut to the end: everybody was so fired up that we decided to split into teams and cover both artists. Midas and I chose Marvin; Flash volunteered for Stevie. The goal was to create two podcasts that highlight each side’s favorite tracks, along with discussion about what each artist contributed to the world of music.
To be clear, this is not a “who’s better than who” series. It’s generally accepted that each was great in their own right, with Stevie being one of the most revered artists in the world, and Marvin being one of the greatest singer / songwriters that ever lived. This series is an appreciation of both, with insight from the people that live, create, and play music because Marvin and Stevie laid the groundwork for them.
For the Marvin podcast, Midas and I honed in on what drew us to Marvin: in my eyes, Marvin had the same aesthetic qualities as Hip Hop, in both rhythm and persona. He plastered his life on a wall for everyone to see, and was unapologetic in his honesty. For Midas, it was the “Jam Factor” – Marvin’s innate ability, much like James Brown before him, to put you in a trance with the rhythm. (He explains it in his own words on the podcast.) In creating this podcast, we stayed primarily in the 70s. He had a string of hits on the 50s and 60s, but we didn’t even take it there. We went right into his “Golden Years”. Hope you enjoy-
Track Listing for Marvin Appreciation Post #1:
- “I Want You”
- “Soon I’ll Be Loving You Again”
- “You Sure Love To Ball”
- “Just To Keep You Satisfied”
- “Trouble Man”
- “Cleo’s Apartment”
- “Sad Tomorrows”
- “What’s Going On”
- “Anna’s Song”
- “Anger (Extended Alternate Take)
- “Closing Theme / I want You (Live)”
And in case you thought we left something out – wait till part 2 to see if we catch it then…