Tuesday, May 10, 2005

play i some muzik: fecundmellow's all time faves.


it's tough to have a favorite song (though mine is 'human nature' by michael jackson). for the most part, i'll have favorite songs by a particular artist. sunday, while in the car with my homegyrl, deshi, i heard my 2nd fave stevie wonder song on the radio. so i thought it'd be cool to list my favorite songs by particular artists (no set list, just whatever comes off the top of my head). i'd love to hear yours, too.

stevie wonder
fave song: 'never dreamed you'd leave in summer'
don't sleep on: 'superwoman (where were you when i needed you?)'; 'heaven is 10 zillion light years away'
fave album: innervisions. though i despise how long 'living for the city' is, 'visions', 'he's misstra know it all,' and of course, 'golden lady' make this album a classic.
summer m. says: if you play those two songs (never dreamed... and superwoman...) back to back, you're sure to have a melancholy night. 'somebody give me a gun!!!!'

bob marley
fave song: 'waiting in vain'
don't sleep on: 'natural mystic'
fave album: rastaman vibration
summer m. says: though, like i said in an earlier post, exodus is the greatest album of all time, rastaman vibration is my shit. it has 'rat race' 'johnny was' and 'war'--i want to start a revolution e'rytime i hear the latter song.

michael jackson
fave song: 'human nature'
don't sleep on: 'stranger in moscow'
fave album: the highly underrated, off the wall
summer m. says: 'stranger in moscow' is the best song michael jackson has written outside of his golden days. it's an impeccable song. if you've never heard it, you should listen to it. play it at night (preferably on a rainy one) turn off the tv, computer, etc., and turn off the lights. experience that shit.

carole king
fave song: 'it's too late'
don't sleep on: all the shit carole king has written
summer m. says: carole king is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. really, you might be surprised.

roberta flack
fave song: 'where is the love' w/ donny hathaway
don't sleep on: 'feel like making love'
summer m. says: i've said it and i'll say it again. i've never had warm milk before, but i'm pretty sure roberta flack's voice is like warm milk: soothing, calming, effortless.

tracy chapman
fave song: 'fast car'
don't sleep on: 'the promise'
fave album: new beginning
summer m. says: one of the most talented and underrated musicians out there. it bothers me so much that folks don't fuck with tracy. jewel: wack. india.arie: mediocre in comparison. tracy chapman: the fucking truth.

erykah badu
fave song:
a.d. 2000
don't sleep on: mama's gun and the new danger
summer m. says: saf, she maybe be on her earth mother goddess, but badu is solid. gotta love the 'love of my life' remix.

madonna (yeah, madonna)
fave song: 'live to tell'
don't sleep on: 'la isla bonita'
summer m. says: i'm a child of the 80s, i can't hep but love madonna.

meshell ndegeocello
fave song: 'bitter'
don't sleep on: 'earth'
fave album: bitter
summer m. says: what can i say about the fact that i love bitter? i just got a thing for immense sadness on wax.

sade
fave song: 'sweetest taboo'
don't sleep on: 'kiss of life'
fave album: love deluxe, of course.
summer m. says: sade is beautiful. i mean that in an 'i don't wanna sleep with her' kind of way.

james taylor (my mama loves him, and so do i)
fave song: 'fire and rain'
don't sleep on: 'sweet baby james'
summer m. says: james taylor was a pretty muthafucka back in the 70s. his son's pretty cute, too.

d'angelo
fave song: 'the root'
don't sleep on: 'africa'
summer m. says: voodoo is waaaay better than brown sugar, i promise.

maxwell
fave song: 'lonely's the only other company'
don't sleep on: maxwell's 2nd album
summer m. says: there are several songs on maxwell's sophomore album that should be on your 'in between the sheets' mixtape.

prince
fave song: 'little red corvette'
don't sleep on: 'money don't matter' or the prince/rosie gaines version of 'nothing compares 2u'
fave album: sign o the times
summer m. says: prince is a musical genius!!!!!

marvin gaye
fave song: after the dance
don't sleep on: here, my dear: divorce never sounded so good.
fave album: i want you
summer m. says: ohhhhh i want you/and you want me/so why don't we/get together after the dance?

nina simone
fave song: see line woman
don't sleep on: be my husband
summer m. says: for many of you, nina simone will be/is an acquired taste. i'm telling you, keep playing that shit. one day, it'll click, and you'll play her all the time.

bill withers
fave song: 'ain't no sunshine'
don't sleep on: 'grandma's hands'
summer m. says: nahmix told me this cat is the most sampled artist. you have no idea how many hits this dude has. get his greatest hits and be enlightened.

errr...sorry for the length of my shullbit.

who the fuck is that new black chick on mtv news?


language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. language alone is meditation. ~toni morrison

18 Comments:

Blogger Nick Davis said...

Me'shell is a killer at the sad songs, though my pick would easily be "Wasted Time." Still, I'm psyched people are into Bitter, because I thought that album deserved more hype than it got.

My favorite Me'shell song might be "Hot Night," though, even though Peace Beyond Passion is my favorite of her albums. "The Way"? "Leviticus: Faggot"? "Who Is He and What Is He to You," speaking of Bill Withers? Shoot.

10/5/05 22:30  
Blogger summer m. said...

word up, nick. didn't you think your cd was fucked up when you heard 'wasted time' for the first time? i did.

'hot night' is a great sample. i'm sure you and deshi would have a lot to talk about when it comes to meshell. i'ma see her live for the first time in june.

10/5/05 22:33  
Blogger nahmix said...

Since you didn't ask, here are mine anyway!!!!

stevie wonder
fave song: reggae woman

bob marley
fave song: is this love

michael jackson
fave song: human nature

carole king
fave song: far away

roberta flack
fave song: feel like making love

tracy chapman
fave song: fast car

erykah badu
fave song: cleva

madonna
fave song: get into the groove

meshell ndegeocello
fave song: outside your door

sade
fave song: love is stronger than pride

james taylor
fave song: don't think I have one

d'angelo
fave song: untitled

maxwell
fave song: whenever, wherever, whatever

prince
fave song: adore

marvin gaye
fave song: you're all i need to get by (w/ Tammi Terrell)

nina simone
fave song: four women

bill withers
fave song: lovely day

10/5/05 22:50  
Blogger deshi said...

aah yes. bitter. my "stranded on an island" cd. the best fucking album i've ever heard start to finish. love it. my fave off that album is a tie between faithful and beautiful (which just makes me... moist).
nina... how about some here comes the sun or angel in the morning or young gifted and black or 22nd century...
and tracy chapman's the promise? you know it. my personal fave.
and of course the stevie wonder song i heard with you in the car was very nice. i'd never heard it before. my fave is "as".
i'm downloading bill withers onto my ipod as we speak. :) how about lovely day?
i should do my own post, yeah?

10/5/05 23:00  
Blogger summer m. said...

@maegen: i did ask. hence the last line of the opening paragraph, 'i'd love to hear yours, too.'

read, nigga.

11/5/05 00:20  
Blogger nahmix said...

ouch! my bad a sistah didn't read carefully! :-(

11/5/05 09:35  
Blogger Jdid said...

stevie wonder
fave song: overjoyed

bob marley
fave song: draw bad card

michael jackson
fave song: man in the mirror

roberta flack
fave song: killing me softly

tracy chapman
fave song: fast car

erykah badu
fave song: On and On

madonna
fave song: papa dont preach or one of those old ones

d'angelo
fave song: bron sugar

prince
fave song: When the Doves cry

marvin gaye
fave song: whats going on

11/5/05 09:40  
Blogger Miss Jessi said...

stevie wonder
fave song: ribbon in the sky

bob marley
fave song: is this love

michael jackson
fave song: baby be mine

roberta flack
fave song: killing me softly

tracy chapman
fave song: fast car

erykah badu
fave song: next lifetime

madonna
fave song: cherish

d'angelo
fave song: me and those dreaming eyes of mine

prince
fave song: the beautiful ones

marvin gaye
fave song: whats going on

meshell ndegeocello
fave song: love song #1

sade
fave song: bulletproof soul

maxwell
fave song: till the cops come knocking

yeah, I think that's it....

11/5/05 11:39  
Blogger Safire said...

The new black girl on MTV's name is Elisha Davis. She used to be on E! Cute, no?

My picks:

Stevie Wonder: As

Bob Marley: I Shot The Sheriff

Michael Jackson: Stranger In Moscow

Carole King: I Feel The Earth Move

Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly

Tracy Chapman: Talking 'Bout A Revolution

Erykah Badu: Green Eyes

Madonna: Power of Goodbye

Meshell Ndegeocello: Love Song #1

Sade: Tie - Slow Bullet & After All This Time

James Taylor: You've Got A Friend

D'Angelo: Higher

Prince: 3-Way Tie - 4 The Tears In Your Eyes, She's Always In My Hair, and 17 Days

Marvin Gaye: Sexual Healing

I know it's probably blasphemy, but I don't have a favorite Nina Simone.

Bill Withers: "Ain't No Sunshine"

Additions:

Fleetwood Mac (if you don't fuck with 'em, you don't know what you're missing): Dreams

Dave Matthews Band: Crash

Ani DiFranco: Gravel

Res: Tsunami

Pearl Jam: Black

Hole: Miss World

and one of my all-time favorite artist/songs...

Tribe Called Quest: Electric Relaxation

11/5/05 12:01  
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11/5/05 12:02  
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11/5/05 12:02  
Blogger btrfly_locs said...

Quick Picks

Stevie Wonder: All I Do. Ribbon in the Sky, Overjoyed (sorry, I couldn't pick just one!)

Meshell: The whole Bitter album and

Prince: Adore and Erotic City

Fleetwood Mac: Landslide

Madonna: Borderline

Nina Simone: ...like you said, an acquired taste

Bill Withers: Ain't No Sunshine

Erykah Badu: Green Eyes

Sade: Stronger Than Pride

Etta James: At Last and I'd Rather Go Blind

Bonnie Raitt: Dimming of the Day

Isley Brothers: Voyage to Atlantis

Tracy Chapman: For You

...I need to buy a damn iPod, soon!

11/5/05 12:59  
Blogger summer m. said...

@saf: yeah she (elisha) is cute and all, but i hate the way she reports. a bit sing songy in her delivery. but maybe that's just me.

of course you know i fucks w/ fleetwood mac.

btw, you need to check that remix of electric relaxation i was telling you about. i'ma email it to you.

@deshi: keep your comments clean and dry. they're kids reading this blog!

@e'rybody: great pix. i should make a mix tape just from your comments.

11/5/05 14:26  
Blogger fuss said...

Oooh, let me:

bob marley – waiting in vain

michael jackson – dirty diana

carole king – so far away

roberta flack – the first time ever I saw your face

erykah badu – tyrone!

madonna – dress you up

sade – all of them? How about cherry pie, war of the hearts and is it a crime?

james taylor – you have to hear him do woodstock. It is rare and beautiful

d'angelo – how does it feel

maxwell – gravity: pushing to pull

prince – I could never take the place of your man or thieves in the temple

marvin gaye – trouble man

nina simone – I put a spell on you

bill withers – lovely day

fleetwood mac – any Christine song!

jimi hendrix – crosstown traffic

ella fitzgerald – love for sale

fave song ever – strawberry letter 23” – I’ll take the Shuggie Otis or Brothers Johnson version. Hell, catch me on the right day and I’ll take that Tevin Campbell shit

11/5/05 14:34  
Blogger summer m. said...

@fuss: oh shit!!! shuggie otis. yet another reason to think you're the illest.

strawberry is friggin' hynoptic. musical perfection. it's like number 4 (or so) on my top ten all time fave songs.

i gotta go play that shit.

11/5/05 15:25  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

Now everyone's said all my others, but...

Prince - Erotic City, Kiss, or Gett Off

D'Angelo - The Root (runner up: Chicken Grease)

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car and For You
(Why won't she release that cover of "Imagine" from the 1990 Grammys??)

Me'shell NdegeOcello - Wasted Time and The Way

Erykah Badu - Green Eyes and the two-set of Otherside & Danger

Madonna - How'm I gonna pick something like that? My fave albums are Like a Prayer and Bedtime Stories, but I love 'em all.

Ella Fitzgerald - Cheek to Cheek

Maxwell - Get to Know Ya

Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Carole King - It's Too Late

Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon, but I dig Stevie solo a lot more

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean, hands down

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

I'm under-educated on Nina Simone, but in the same class, I'd go
Cassandra Wilson - Harvest Moon

@Saf: Pearl Jam - Black or Elderly Woman...

Hole - Doll Parts or Boys on the Radio

And where is

Aretha Franklin - The House that Jack Built and Baby, I Love You

Lauryn Hill - The Sweetest Thing and Selah

or my fave
PJ Harvey - Working for the Man, but really almost anything

11/5/05 18:31  
Blogger nahmix said...

well, since we're adding extras, here's a few more...

aretha franklin
fave song: day dreaming

isley brothers
fave song: atlantis

minnie ripperton
fave song: inside my love

the commodores
fave song: zoom

12/5/05 13:27  
Blogger Alii said...

stop stealing my list of fave songs

12/5/05 14:47  

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