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Monday Tuesday Memes Mutterings IV

Stevie Wonder's Classic Album Talking Book

Here's a music meme that I copped from EJ (via Mister JT and Megan). Of course, I had to flip the script, so I "tweeked" the questions just a "liddle" bit. They are marked with an *asterisk.

* 1. Your favorite song(s) with the name of a city in the title or text.
"Living For the City" -- Stevie Wonder
Aren't we all living just enough for the city?

"Straight Outta Compton" -- N.W.A.
A boisterous street anthem from the true gangstas of Compton, Calif.

* 2. A song An album you've listened to repeatedly when you were depressed at some point in your life.
When my ex-girlfriend dumped me for another man, I went into a state of depression. I played Stevie Wonder's Talking Book repeatedly until the cassette tape popped. The album is my all-time favorite and it's a great recording. Talking Book should be in everyone's music library. (Choice cuts: "Blame It On the Sun"; "Tuesday Heartbreak"; "You and I")

3. Ever bought an entire album just for one song and winded up disliking everything but that song? Gimme that song.
Shoot, that's almost every rap album in the stores today.
The only album I can think of is MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em. I only bought the tape because of "You Can't Touch This." The rest of the collection is straight bullshit. And yes, Hammer is the worst rapper in hip-hop history, dammit!!

4. A song whose lyrics you thought you knew in the past, but about which you later learned you were incorrect.
I'm stumped on this question.

5. Your least favorite song on one of your favorite albums of all time.
Just for the record, I interpret "favorite albums of all time" as classic recordings. Therefore, in my opinion, classic albums never have bad (or least favorite) songs on them. So, it's kind of hard for me to pin down an album. But Run-DMC's Raising Hell album featured two so-so songs, "Perfection" and "Dumb Girl."

6. A song you like by someone you find physically unattractive or otherwise repellent.
Any song by Lil Jon -- but at least he is keeping it crunk in the clubs. Yeeeaauh!

7. Your all-time favorite song that has expletives in it that's not by Liz Phair.
"Fuck the Police" -- N.W.A

8. A song that sounds as if it's by someone British but isn't.
I'm with EJ on this one: "Somebody's Watching Me" -- Rockwell. Fake, fake, fake fake fake.

9. A song you like (possibly from your past) that took you forever to finally locate a copy of.
It was a rare John Coltrane 45 single, and I forgot the name of the song. I know it was on Prestige Records, John's first recording label.

* 10. A song Songs that reminds you of spring summer but doesn't mention spring summer at all.
"Big Poppa" -- Notorious B.I.G.
"It Takes Two" -- DJ Rob Base and EZ Rock
"Ms. Fat Booty" -- Mos Def

11. A song that sounds to you like being happy feels.
"Happy People" -- R. Kelly

12. Your favorite song from a non-soundtrack compilation album.
"Shake It" -- Little Brother (from Okayplayer Compilation, True Notes, Vol. 1)

*13. A song Songs from your past that would be considered politically incorrect now (and possibly was then).
"Pop That P***y" -- 2 Live Crew
"The Bitch Sucks D***" -- Too Short
"I Wanna Kill Sam" -- Ice Cube
"Casualities of War" -- Eric B & Rakim

*14. Song(s) sung by an overweight person.
"Sorry 2004" -- Ruben Studdard
"Superstar" -- Luther Vandross
"Just A Friend" -- Biz Markie

15. A song you actually like by an artist(s) you otherwise hate.
That corny-ass song "F*** You" by Eamon. I can't explained it, that crude ballad grew on me for about a minute. Otherwise, Eamon is wick-wick-wack!

*16. A song by a band(s) (whose members actually play instruments) that features three or more female members.
"Manic Monday" -- The Bangles
"Ladyfingers" -- Luscious Jackson
"Crush On You" -- The Jets

17. One of the earliest songs that you can remember listening to.
"Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move)" -- West Street Mob
"Mama Used To Say" -- Junior

* 18. A song (or an album skit) you've been mocked by friends for liking.
The "washing my balls bathtub" skit on Ghostface's "Pretty Toney Album."
I think it's the funniest skit I've heard this year, so far.

"I Don't Wanna Know" -- Mario Winans
I feel his pain! (Please refer to Question #2) I didn't want to know either. Although, I never sat in the bathtub full of water with my clothes on.

19. A really good cover version you think no one else has heard.
Legendary soul crooner Donny Hathaway performed a cover version of Stevie Wonder's tender ballad "Superwoman" live in concert. No one else has heard this song yet because it's featured on "Donny Hathaway: These Songs For You, LIVE!" It's a live concert CD, which hits in stores on June 8 via Atlantic/Rhino Records. I have an advance copy of the disc. Also, the song has never been commerically released until now.

* 20. A song An album that has helped cheer you up (or empowered you somehow) after a breakup or otherwise difficult situation.
Love Supreme -- John Coltrane
After my ex-girlfriend broke my heart, I listened to this album repeatedly everyday to help me get through the heartbreak and rediscover my love for music.

Death Certificate -- Ice Cube
This album empowered me through my college years. It was my hip-hop guide to being young, black and angry during the 1990s. Especially, after the Rodney King trial, in which four officers were acquitted of viciously beating Rodney King like he stole something. After the Los Angeles riots, I was a very anger young man. Cube's Death Certificate helped me understand that there wouldn't be any justice for black folks until we have peace and equality. No vaseline, bitiches!

From Unconscious Mutterings::

  1. Lover:: My Midwest babe
  2. Ridiculous:: (Some of) Bill Cosby's comments during his speech at a NAACP gala.
  3. Oscar:: Mayer
  4. Tennis:: Serena Williams
  5. Account Balance:: $0
  6. Hickey:: Doo
  7. License:: To Thrill
  8. Breathmints:: Tic Tacs
  9. TexMex:: Chevy's
  10. Stepmother:: N/A