Friday, January 23, 2009

OSF: Hot Enuff to Smoke the Radio!

Learned at Mrs. Grapevine that today's Old School Friday theme is too hot for radio. Like her, I immediately thought I should find a Prince song, mainly because I've been listening to his "Adore" and "Luv U in Me" today and comparing some Alicia Keys tunes, but the video for one of her Prince-like songs, "Like You'll Never See Me Again," isn't sexy like the song. It's a touching tale of near-tragedy. Still, Keys loves her some Prince for inspiration.

Hmm, it's enough to make a celibate run down the street and strip buck naked.

Anyway, the next person that came to me, out of the blue, was the late, incomparable Marvin Gaye. He was a freak who started showing his colors to listeners in his latter years. When I say Marvin was a freak, I mean it. Have you read about his sex life. He's gone now, but we still have his music to get us hot and sweaty.

I know, you're thinking "Sexual Healing." But I'm posting "You Sure Love to Ball."

If old school included Macy Gray, I'd choose her "Caligula," but she's out of date range and "Caligula" is too spicy for OSF guidelines anyway. Don't click that link unless you want to singe your ears.

I had to find me a female mistress of heat for this post, though, and I'm going way back to some real grown folks music, as Revvy Rev would say. Aretha, the Queen of Soul, singing "Dr. "Feelgood." After this song, the live version below, someone may need a cigarette. Listen to the female voices in the audience singing along with her, "Don't send me no doctor, filling me up with all those pills, 'cause I got me a man named Dr. Feelgood and oh oh oh yeah he takes care of all my pains and ills."

There's a communal Big O at the end of the song. And then it turns into church. I almost spit out my coffee because this is the first time I've heard the live version.

Whooo! Now I feel like calling up my old boyfriend, a very bad idea as in Jill Scott's "Cross My Mind," also not eligible for the old school groove.

And what did you think of Aretha's hat at The Inauguration Tuesday? I read the designer has been swamped with orders.

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Pop Art Diva! said...

I had to laugh so hard at your comment on my Smothers Brothers/Pete Seeger pick for this topic - you said you went right to 'sexy hot'. . . . I think I'm getting too old cause I went right to 'controversial hot', lol!!!

Oh, woe is me - I have skipped over sexy for controversy. The Diva is dead - long live the old fogey, roflmao!

Mahoganydymond said...

Hi... I am on Twitter.. Thanks for stopping by.. I didn't play this week.. I just got home from work.. I will be back into it next week..

Lovebabz said...


You are a BADD ASS!

I love sexy! Although I like my separation of Church and orgasm...LOL!

LaKeshia said...

HeHeHeHe! You are too much! Love your choices! SMH

MrsGrapevine said...

These are great choices, they are too hot for radio, but still not too racy.

Like you I thought about sexual healing, but it's just a good song, but I thought most people would chose Marvin.

Aretha is classic, never thought of this song as racy, but I guess it was for its day.

Vérité Parlant said...

Mrs. Grapevine. Yep, Dr. Feelgood was a racy song for its day, as you said.

I used to watch my mom's and aunts' response when they played it on the stereo, but I didn't get it completely until I was older and had had sex myself.

Aretha's clearly talking about wanting privacy so she can have sex with her man, and is willing to escort her mother, brother, or sister out to find lovers of their own just so she can be alone with her man who "takes care of business," a common euphemism from my parent's generation for being good in bed. Back in her time, talking about sex at all was considered taboo, which is why so many old songs just don't come out and say it plain, which would have been "good sex is good medicine."

To add to the words, she uses complexity of soulful phrasing, long extensions of the "o" sound, and sensuous blues movement to make sure no one mistakes her meaning.

I know. I'm olllllld school. LOL.

Sorry to go into so much analysis. I'm working on a piece for another site on the inaugural poem and it's gotten me into the analysis frame of mind.

I read what you said about how hard it is to find a Prince song. I guess his people think they're protecting his interests. But I wish they'd release some of the good ones.

Thank you and Marvalous One for creating this meme. It helps me unwind.

Vérité Parlant said...

Pop Art Diva, we ever too old for sensuality, but I really like that you went in a different direction.

Vérité Parlant said...

Mahogany, I look forward to the next time you play, and I found your Twitter page too. Thank you.

Babz, ha! It's the kettle calling the stove "black."

LaKeisha, L'il Kim is a mess, huh? LOL. Thanks for dropping by.

Regina said...

I love everything Marvin Gaye! Great pick!
By the way welcome to OSF! I've added you to my links.

Marvalus said...

I love me some Dr. Feelgood...I can certainly understand where Auntie Ree is coming from on that one!

Your postings are awesome! I love your POV!

Tha Connoisseur said...

See now, that was the only thing stopping me - the OSF guidelines. Otherwise, I would have gone buck

Marvin was a freak alright, a sexy, sultry one at that. :)

Vérité Parlant said...

Regina, thank you for the welcome. I didn't know I would enjoy it so much.

Marvalus, thank you for that compliment. This was a memorable theme. Who chose it?

Connoisseur, I am a Marvin Gaye fan from way back, and when I read Marvin's story online I was saddened that he grew up with his father treating him so badly, but I also thought after reading some passages, DANG! He was Mr. FreakDeaky definitely.

Thank you all for visiting and commenting.