OSW: Seeing Clearly, Volume II

I don’t think I’ve had so many smiles or so much laughter this week. Thanks
for all the appreciation. I can’t stop smiling, and just decided that I’m gonna
keep being me (sans headaches, that is).

I decided I’d ask a couple of questions last this week, just to stir up some
questions. I think I had a mini-revolt going on in instant messaging, which
is hilarious, even when you’re trying not to laugh so hard while working.
The two main questions I asked, which I am now bringing to the general public,

1. What’s your favorite Hall and Oates song?
2. What’s your favorite Stevie Wonder song?

I’m gonna try to keep a general tally of the answers, so put your thoughts in.
I could tell you mine, but they’d change twice a day, trust me. But hey, I’ve
got things for you right here that should make you smile

School Wednesday: Seeing Clearly Part II.

01 – EX Girlfriend – Searching To Find The One. This cut was
first released by Unlimited Touch, but not being able to find their album in
time for this OSW was cause for me to think about dropping this cut all together,
but then I remembered this remake of the song that was a spot-on remake of the
classic hit (and of course, the executive producers of their album being Full
Force didn’t hurt either), so it fit right in. Then I had this song in my head:

02 – Intro – So Many Reasons,
because even though their debut album went
gold, and Kenny Greene was a consummate writer, it was always his voice and talent
that got me, as
it did the last time
(right, Will)?.
May he rest in peace. But that was always a nice segue into the very first release
from a particular band,

03 – Mint Condition – My Dear
, that was an awesome track off of an
awesome soundtrack to a not-so-awesome movie, Mo’ Money. Besides, I had to tease
The song reminded me of something along the veins of….

04 – Al B. Sure! – Touch You
, which was one of those songs off of the
second album, Private
Times and The Whole 9
, that, upon my first listens, made me sit there and
wonder what he was trying to accomplish. The more and more I heard it, the more
it stuck, primarily because of the background vocals and unique arrangements.
And then I thought I’d start asking a
some questions, which brought up this track:

05 – Stevie Wonder – As.
All I ask you is to not blame me for swaying
back and forth at work, okay? And then we went back to 1980, for….

06 – Seawind – What Cha Doin’.
See, there’s this guy named Qamar, who’s
shown nothing but appreciation and the more and more we talked about Seawind,
the reminiscince of George Duke’s produced album Seawind, conjured up this top-20
R&B hit. Awesome stuff. The horn arrangement from this setup had me think

07 – Sheila E – Loverboy
from Sex Cymbal, which had a tight horn arrangement,
coupled with the percussion arrangement, and guitar solo. And yes, I had a crush
on her when I was in high school. Don’t hate me. Since I was feeling instrumentation,
I slowed it down a bit with…

08 – Joe Public – Anything
, which also had a solo, a little scratching,
and a little rapping, with a couple of hip-hop nods in the back. [EDIT] This
also brings me to the following question: in this track there are three vocal samples played
continuously through the song. I recognize the second and third one, but I’m drawing
a blank on the first one that according to Godizus, the vocalist states, "one
of a kind, it shocks your mind." Does anyone, anyone know where that sample
comes from?! It’s driving me crazy! [/EDIT]
Then, since the vibe was slowed
down a little, I thought that I’d pull this out…..

09 – Gina Thompson – The Things That You Do (Bad Boy Remix).
I don’t
know if people remember this remix but it has Gina, along with Missy rapping,
112 doing background vocals, and even Puffy in it, just when Bad Boy was starting
to take off. I remember hearing this track and having it on cassette. Twice. But
then, I thought about three vocalists,

10 – Jade – Every Day Of The Week,
off of Mind,
Body, and Song
. The album was their second, and final,
effort together. Of course, when I’m still getting IMs from three
people and
thinking about the OSW I reach back and pull out….

11 – Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
because some dude named KB told me it was essential. But then, you know, I had
to pull something else out again that was fits perfectly into this tune, and
it had to be played…..

12 – Lee Ritenour – Is It You?
You see, back in 1981, this had to be
one of the pop and R&B songs that had to be played. I even had this song
on 8-track, I’m not afraid to say. But then, back in 1985, living down south,
this track…

13 – Mary Jane Girls – Shadow Lover
was played every single
night on the quiet storm. From Only Four You. But
then I had to go back and liven it up with….

14 – Rude Boys – Heaven.
I’m still of the opinion that they’re one
of the understated vocalists back then, as was….

15 – Jevetta Steele – All In Time.
Remember Baghdad
? A particular track named Calling You? Well, that
a capella track made me find this
especially since her brothers and sisters The Steeles,
Prince, and Levi Seacer, Jr. graced this album as well.

Enjoy it.

24 comments on “OSW: Seeing Clearly, Volume II

  1. AB says:

    Once again – you’ve done it! I’ve been lurking on your site for a while, and I truly appreciate the good music that you post from week to week. You take me back with some old favorites and expose me to great artists I hadn’t previously experienced – thank you.
    So glad to know that you are feeling better.
    My favorite Hall and Oates song? Sara Smile.
    Stevie Wonder – Knocks Me Off My Feet.
    Peace and Blessings

  2. Godizus says:

    I knew there was a reason I automatically navigate to this site first thing Wednesday morning! (if not Tuesday night) You keep the heat coming.
    …So you know my favorites have changed, again! But I’ll stick with my original responses because with Hall and Oates and Stevie I’ll be remembering another favorite every few minutes for a month.
    Once again, the question is just plain unfair!

  3. Frank says:

    Old School Wednesdays is off and a’runnin’ man. Nice eclectic mix if I do say so myself. The Darryl Hall & John Oates inclusion in itself is pretty tight. Nice job. I didn’t know that “Searching” had been remade.
    I loved the Unlimited Touch version alot. Glad to see you’ve recouped well from you GMS man. Gots to have the Moon Man in full effect and to echo the words of Diddy & Mase “Can’t Nobody Hold me Down, No-Ohhhh!” Represent brotha..

  4. Todd Kelley says:

    AH!!! HOT LIST!!!
    I keep forgetting that Stevie Wonder cut! ANd you can’t go wrong with H&O.
    Keep banging!!!!

  5. Carla says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is HOT!

  6. saga says:

    Banging! as usual..you pulled out some cuts I’ve never heard, dang….
    Useless trivia: I went to school (Elementary and High School) with one member of Joe Public, and dated another.
    Related Juicy gossip: I was XXXXX’s first kiss. he was such a NERD (well, we all were back then). Anyway, we were sitting on the hood of my dad’s car when he kissed me. After he kissed me, he leaned back on the car, and his THING poked out from under his running shorts (NO UNDERWEAR). I was so grossed out I dumped him and never told him why ….
    note to XXXXX: if you happen to read this, you were SO adorable, and I was such a b**** for not telling you that!

  7. Nikki says:

    I bought that Baghdad Cafe soundtrack back in the day specifically for the Jevetta Steele track. Saw the movie and that haunting theme just made me want to listen to it over and over.

  8. Hopluv says:

    Coolness! Intro…one of my all time favs!
    Hall and Oates – I Can’t Go For That
    Stevie Wonder – Knocks Me Off My Feet

  9. Qamar says:

    Another great one! That Jade cut still sounds good. Had no idea “Searching to Find the One” was remade… loving the extra bounce on this version.
    Stevie: “That Girl” (every wannabe producer should listen to how this record is put together… immaculate!)
    H&O: “Your Imagination” (from the Private Eyes album)
    Picking a favourite cut by Stevie is almost impossible. Man is a genius.
    Thanks for the love, EJ.

  10. djdiva says:

    Hall and Oates : Sara Smile
    Stevie Wonder: Love Rocket
    I’ve missed u…Love this list…will be playing it!!!!

  11. KB says:

    I would tell you my favorites but you’ve already used both of them! I’m willing to do the following up arby to this next week, based on the comments posted here. “Method of Modern Love” and “Overjoyed” got honorable mentions.

  12. ManNMotion says:

    What’s your favorite country western music song?

  13. ej says:

    Looks like we have a little work for next week.
    Saga: I’m still laughing at this whole thing, and KB: I’m holding you to this.
    MnM: Which decade? (Heck, I can barely think of 5. Forreal. I tried to wash myself clean from that).

  14. jdid says:

    the gina thompson joint was the first time i ever heard missy elliot. i’d say it was her first big time appearance but i’m not sure. all i remember is this chick in baggy sweats going heee hee heee hee ha hee hee hee hee ha in the video and thinking its weird but kind fly.
    favorite stevie song overjoyed, favorite hall and oates i’m not that big a fan but i’d probably i cant go for that

  15. Favorite Hall & Oates song?
    DON’T CHANGE from the album “Beauty on a Back Street.”
    This was the follow up album to “Bigger Than The Both of Us,” which included the #1 smash “Rich Girl.” “Don’t Change” was the first single is a pure Hall and Oates.
    Stevie Wonder?
    Easy. “Living in the City.”

  16. Tazzee says:

    Favorite H&O song – I can’t go for that.
    Favorite Stevie Song – that’s a hard one so I’ll pick one that hasn’t been mentioned, ‘All I Do’

  17. Xquizzyt1 says:

    Favorite Hall & Oates song – Sara Smile.
    Favorite Stevie? All in Love is Fair. *sigh*
    Loooooove As… *swaying*

  18. Thierno says:

    Great list, EJ. U never stop, do you?
    1 – H&O: Out of Touch. Ah, that big 80’s sound
    2 – Stevie: It’s You (The Woman in Red soundtrack); although it’s really a duet. But if one’s gonna get technical about it, then I’ll pick ‘That Girl.’.

  19. Will says:

    Damn… this made my Thursday. I will get back to you with my faves.
    Still grooving to As. Love it!

  20. gwen says:

    I don’t check in for a couple days & look what happens! I am so glad you’re all right, I can’t do without your friendship & excellent music.
    H&O — I Can’t Go [put up the extended for you]
    Stevie: Isn’t She Lovely [that’s my girl’s song. I get all sniffly every time I hear it.]

  21. **RPM** says:

    Man…oh man…
    You did not bring up Al B.’s ‘Touch You.’ My Dear from the Mint is classic. Classic.
    My favorites?
    Stevie: Tie between “As” and “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing.”
    Hall and Oates: “Sarah.” Brilliant.

  22. white silk says:

    Hall & Oates – that’s easy – their smoothest, straight up dusty classic is “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do” Nothing comnpares to that smoothness – that inro alone is enough to complete the task! Not even Sara Smiles comes close.
    As for Stevie, that’s just too damn hard – you could find me giving a different answer any day of the year, let alone week. But today, I’m gonna go old school Stevie and throw down with
    “I Was made to Lover Her” – pure uplifting joy that always puts a smile on my grill!
    Yo EJ – glad to hear you’re doing better – keep up the work playa!
    White Silk

  23. Brotha Buck says:

    For some reason “Isnt she lovely” is the only Stevie Wonder song that comes to mind. I don’t think its my favorite,but just the one that comes to mind. I cant think of one Hall and oats song.

  24. LondonLee says:

    Hall & Oates – She’s Gone (easy choice)
    Stevie – He’s Misstra Know It All (tough choice)

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