Various Artists

There’s a good chance that if you grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, at some point, having heard a Motown song via your parent’s record collection, the telly, a youth club disco or through a film, you bought one of these Motown compilations. You’ve probably got some of them and their companions in your house. Our parents generation bought the singles. We bought these bumper albums, stacked with up to twenty songs, as many as the grooves could take and still be audible. The cd boom of the 1990s saw the Chartbusters series released on shiny digital disc, often knocked down to a quid or two in HMV. Pound for pound some of the best purchases you could make.

We all like to find the songs hidden away in the corners- the B-sides, the remixes, the album tracks, the ones that only we know about. With Motown it’s all about the hits. And a bumper Motown Various Artist compilations post means a bumper song selection today; The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Temptations.

Automatically Sunshine

I Can’t Help Myself

Cloud Nine


Small Time Hustler

Sorry to be getting repetitive in recent posts, what with four Weatherall posts this week and several Stone Roses related posts, but sometimes that’s the way it goes round here. This is another Stone Roses related post.

This youtube clip shows the intro track that the band used to take to the stage to back on the tour they did in 1989. Rolling bass and drums, looped screeching noises, very late 80s and very cool.

Turns out that this is looped version of a 1987 hip-hop track called Small Time Hustler from New York’s Dismasters, and a classic piece of mid 80s hip hop it is too.

I don’t own Small Time Hustler in any format as far as I know and haven’t been able to find an mp3 to date either. Obviously there are ways to rip youtube audio but the quality’s never brilliant so if anyone’s got one I’d be very grateful. Small Time Hustler was itself based on a sample from the song Lightnin’ Rod by Kool And The Gang, and since ’87 both Gang Starr and Nas have used the same sample for their own ends.

At the Warrington gig three weeks ago and the pair of gigs in Barcelona last week The Roses entered to the incomparable Stoned Love by The Supremes, which I thought I had on my hard-drive. But I don’t, so here’s a video of a studio performance of Stoned Love.

Now that the internet/Twitter storm about Reni ‘storming off stage’ and Ian calling him in front of an Amsterdam audience expecting an encore has died down, the opening boom of drum and Diana Ross should be the signal at Heaton Park in just under two weeks time that it’s showtime, followed by those opening bass notes of I Wanna Be Adored. It would be nice to hear the ’89 intro track though.

I’ve Got This Burning, Burning, Yearning

Soft Cell’s 1981 hit Tainted Love has so many hooks- that beat, Marc Almond’s delivery, its marriage of the new (electro-pop) and the old (Northern Soul), those handclaps, and all the sleaze that went with their image. A massive hit and a groundbreaking record that sold in millions. Those people that bought it on 12″ got an added treat- an eight minute plus version with a hissing drum machine segueway and a drop-dead cover of The Supremes hit Where Did Our Love Go? to go with the Gloria Jones cover of the 7″. Utter brilliance.

Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?