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#905: little stevie wonder - fingertips pt. ii (1963, live at the apollo)

today is a day for celebrating america’s presidents, and not its child stars who at 12 years old were already performing with full-speed, shocking, complete virtuosic splendor, but little stevie’s moves were were so good they were simultaneously senatorial, gubernatorial and presidential, so it’s alright.

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how stevie felt about little suzy is almost exactly what america woke up today feeling about thomas j., abraham l., and even poor old james g., except america’s love is even stronger and not as well art directed. happy presidents day!

how stevie felt about little suzy is almost exactly what america woke up today feeling about thomas j., abraham l., and even poor old james g., except america’s love is even stronger and not as well art directed. happy presidents day!

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#587: stevie wonder - i was made to love her (1967)

the oedipus rex of glistening, giddy, enormous, foot-stomping, perfect late-60s motown pop: stevie wonder wrote i was made to love her with lula may hardaway, his mother.

the roll of blindness is a little bit different, though.

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the original tamla motown album cover for i was made to love her looks fairly handsome, but i just edited it into this words-only version that i hope you’ll agree takes the cake.
then again, it’s not as sharp as the original tamla motown logo, which itself isn’t as sharp as that old photograph of stevie wonder singing in a turtleneck.

the original tamla motown album cover for i was made to love her looks fairly handsome, but i just edited it into this words-only version that i hope you’ll agree takes the cake.

then again, it’s not as sharp as the original tamla motown logo, which itself isn’t as sharp as that old photograph of stevie wonder singing in a turtleneck.

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what in tarnation was grizzly bear thinking when they sold a song for a super bowl commercial? truly, the wonderful piano plunks on two weeks will never sound as innocent. (although, on the plus side, i’ll forever associate drew brees with grizzly bear piano plunks). volkswagen should know that if you feature stevie wonder punching someone in your ad, you might as well just play a stevie wonder song. and plus they should have just quit while they were ahead with that nick drake ad.

what in tarnation was grizzly bear thinking when they sold a song for a super bowl commercial? truly, the wonderful piano plunks on two weeks will never sound as innocent. (although, on the plus side, i’ll forever associate drew brees with grizzly bear piano plunks). volkswagen should know that if you feature stevie wonder punching someone in your ad, you might as well just play a stevie wonder song. and plus they should have just quit while they were ahead with that nick drake ad.

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#522: willie nelson - mr. record man (1965)

the fact that all five of last night’s grammy rock nominees are older than 50, and that their average age, according to my calculations, is 61.4 years, would lead a reasonable viewer to conclude that young people were not interested in (or good at) making superlative rock music last year. that is wrong.

so in january 2011, instead of nominating bob dylan, john fogerty, bruce springsteen, eric clapton, steve winwood, jeff beck, stevie wonder, booker t. jones, david byrne, elvis costello, levon helm, rambin’ jack elliott, loudon wainwright iii, willie nelson and (of course) neil young for grammys again, the academy should spend some of the ceremony showing clips of these glorious veterans in their prime (see above), take a few minutes to bring everyone up to speed on what they’ve been up to lately, and then dedicate the rest of the broadcast to serious quality time with the gloriously gaga and grizzly youth of today.

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#352: stevie wonder - boogie on reggae woman (1974)

the good thing about knowing girls who like to boogie is that you get to constantly be surrounded by sparkly women in green bathing suits and shower caps who like doing synchronized dance moves with giant orbs and are sometimes willing to grow butterfly wings while suspended in outer space, and may or may not be game for trying a little pattycake on the runway. only kidding. that’s what it’s like to be trapped in the opening 47 seconds of a stevie wonder video, one that unexpectedly turns into a montage about the women’s liberation movement.

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turtleneck sweaters are not a good idea, and “boogie on reggae woman, let me do it to you" is not a good lyric, and yet stevie wonder can do no wrong.

turtleneck sweaters are not a good idea, and “boogie on reggae woman, let me do it to you" is not a good lyric, and yet stevie wonder can do no wrong.

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