POLLTIME PARADISE: ILM Artist Poll #9 Results -- Stevie Wonder

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Ordinary Pain starts out sorta lame and then becomes AWESOME

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

(I voted for it)

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

I should admit upfront that my ballot was basically just ranking the hits, almost no deep cuts. Oh well.

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

well, so many hits to choose from

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have one of those irrational attachments to "Superwoman" that goes back to adolescence--high on my own list, but not surprised to see it show up among the worst.

clemenza, Friday, 7 October 2011 17:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

is Ordinary Pain a deep cut? kinda feel like everything on the peak trilogy albums is a hit tbh

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'd never heard of it before the poll started.

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dunno. I think anything not on At the Close of a Century could count as sort of a deep cut.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Superwoman" is marvelous! It's sung so warmly that it makes the sexism creepier.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

38. FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE (For Once in My Life, 1973) -- 111 points, 9 votes

i've never been to rickross.com once in my life
― J0rdan S., Thursday, April 3, 2008 2:02 AM (3 years ago)

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

the year is 1968.

the first one of mine to show up

gospodin simmel, Friday, 7 October 2011 17:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

was gonna ask, that's from '73!?

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm going to be a treasure trove of C+P errors, for the record.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

never heard that one - may have avoided it due to associations with the Righteous Bros song of the same name, which I def. don't dig

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

One more and then I have to grab some lunch.

37. SUMMER SOFT (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 128 points, 9 votes, 1 #1 vote

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH BITCHES! MY #1 SONG JUST BARELY MAKES IT!
― michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, October 7, 2011 12:23 PM (0 seconds ago)

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

not really feelin that one

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Enjoy your SB.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

not really feelin that one
Sounds a lot like album filler to me. But I must admit that I haven't paid much attention to side 2 of SitKoL - sides 1 and 4 are far more interesting to me.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 October 2011 17:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

Seriously? I can think of no other Stevie Wonder composition (aside from "Golden Lady") that showcases his astonishingly complex changes and knack for embedding key changes into the songwriting in as non-gratuitous a way as imaginable.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah summer soft is a bit too twee for me iirc

voted for ordinary pain. could have voted for for once in my life on a diff day. all in love is fair is maybe my least fav song on innervisions and by that i mean it is just an 8/10 jam.

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

G-D you if I ever start listening to "Summer Soft" in the future and the word "twee" pops into my head.

I will hunt you down.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

:)

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

35. (tie) BLAME IT ON THE SUN (Talking Book,, 1972) -- 131 points, 7 votes

TS: Stevie Wonder's "Blame It On The Sun" vs Milli Vanilli's "Blame It On The Rain"

The winner is "Blame It On The Weatherman" by B*Witched.
― Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, August 16, 2006 8:55 AM (5 years ago)

35. (tie) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (Aretha Franklin, Let Me in Your Life, 1973) -- 131 points, 7 votes

this record has a real nice intro
― Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Sunday, May 29, 2005 11:41 PM (6 years ago)

one of the best stevie wonder songs made by another artist, evah.
― blahbariantheoriginal, Monday, May 30, 2005 3:29 AM (6 years ago)

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxp - I'm afraid key changes don't excite me very much, but a good hook does. And I don't hear one in 'Summer Soft'. Yet.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 October 2011 17:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

two of mine back to back

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

i never knew he wrote that aretha song. but then i am a numpty. would have voted for it if id known.

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Guess "Summer Soft" was one of those songs that got me to get beyond pop music just being "good hooks," but I hear tons of them in that song anyway so shut up.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes master.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 October 2011 17:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

34. PASTTIME PARADISE (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 135 points, 9 votes

Vergeet ook Ray's acht-en-een-halve-minuut durende wervelwind door Stevie Wonder's Pasttime Paradise niet. Que rico.
― GzZz (Gzz), Sunday, February 19, 2006 7:20 PM (5 years ago)

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

hmm never heard that Aretha before this poll (that "that's what I'm gonna do" refrain sounds familiar tho... hmm). not really into either too much, def prefer Stevie's version of Blame It on the Sun.

xp

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

I did vote for Pastime Paradise, but on reflection I don't find it a very pleasant listen.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 7 October 2011 17:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Pasttime Paradise is such a weird song - def something groundbreaking going on there with that odd synth-gospel-lurch feel

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 17:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

i feel like there was a great cover of UYCBTM in the late nineties/early 00s but I can't for the life of me remember who did it

oh wait i know it from this mazing version

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

I like 'Blame It on the Sun', but I wish the chorus was a little bit stronger; the verses are so lovely.

I hadn't heard that Aretha song, and I'm afraid Coolio ruined 'Pastime Paradise' for me.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

33. IT'S A SHAME (The Spinners, 2nd Time Around, 1970) -- 137 points, 6 votes

"Doh!" Best songs given away by the writer to another band?

Oh! Stevie Wonder gave "It's a Shame" to the Spinners and "Tell Me Something Good" to Rufus & Chaka. Those two have to be near the top.
― Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Sunday, March 26, 2006 10:24 AM (5 years ago)

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

amazing tune

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh shiiii another song i love and didn't know to vote for

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

OK, question time. When other polls want to split up ties, do they usually put the song with less votes/more passion higher up or the one with more votes/less passion?

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

My hunch is that more votes = higher position.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's usual, yeah, but go with your gut.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, my first tiebreaker was # of votes.

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh shiiii another song i love and didn't know to vote for

― Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, October 7, 2011 1:05 PM (2 minutes ago)

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

My first tiebreaker would've been if there were any #1 votes attached, but as it shook out, none of the ties involved #1's.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

So, yeah, I'm gonna let more votes = higher position.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

I just kept mine as ties fwiw.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

In the last one, I really had no choice.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

32. BIG BROTHER (Talking Book, 1972) -- 140 points, 6 votes

OK, I promise to stop posting weird videos of cute/awkward boys dancing to Stevie Wonder. Maybe.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

31. LOVE HAVING YOU AROUND (Music of My Mind, 1972) -- 140 points, 7 votes

I could have chosen any of the first four songs, but opted for Love Having You Around on the strength of Stevie's growly "baby, baby, bayby", followed by him doing the same thing through a vocoder. I LOVE that bit.
― Stew, Tuesday, August 19, 2008 8:02 AM (3 years ago)

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Last five will have to wait for about an hour now. Work beckons.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

I discovered 'Big Brother' just after I sent in my ballot - it would have been top 10 for me if the deadline had been extended just two more days...

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

I really need to start voting in these things. And also noticing when the results threads go up.

turfin' bird (The Reverend), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Many thanks to Eric for running this poll. There will always be a place for it in the Talking Book of my heart.

My Ballot:

He’s Misstra Know It All
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
Jesus Children Of America
Living For The City
Big Brother
Pastime Paradise
Golden Lady
Superstition
You Haven’t Done Nothin’
Higher Ground
Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
As
Please Don't Go
Sir Duke
It Ain’t No Use
Ordinary Pain
Ribbon In The Sky
Tuesday Heartbreak
I Was Made To Love Her
Village Ghetto Land

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

There won't be a poll for an artist I love as much as Stevie or Prince unless three years down the road there's an Erykah Badu poll or something tho. :/

turfin' bird (The Reverend), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hold on, where's 'They Won't Go When I Go'?!

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

^^^didn't make it!

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

48th! For shame.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

#1. Angie Girl
02. Golden Lady
03. He's Misstra Know-It-All
04. Ribbon In The Sky
05. Too High
06. Visions
07. All In Love Is Fair
08. Creepin'
09. Don't You Worry Bout A Thing
10. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
11. If You Really Love Me
12. Superwoman
13. Hey Love
14. Living For The City
15. Jesus Children Of America
16. Boogie On Reggae Woman
17. I Go Sailing
18. You've Got It Bad Girl
19. Signed, Sealed, Delivered
20. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
21. I Was Made To Love Her
22. More Than A Dream
23. As
24. I Wish
25. Nothings Too Good For My Baby
26. Ain't That Asking For Trouble
27. RUFUS - Tell Me Something Good
28. SYREETA - I Wanna Be By Your Side
29. SYREETA - Come And Get This Stuff
30. SYREETA - Spinnin' And Spinnin'

fave Stevie ALBUM (by a mile): INNERVISIONS

ranking beyond the top 10 or so was difficult, especially comparing the Rufus and Syreeta songs vs Stevie.
"They Won't Go When I Go" the main cut I thought of after I hit send. kinda burned out on Superstition by now!

Paul, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

surprised Hey Love was a no show in Top 50

Paul, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

wait Tell Me Something Good didn't place either?! BAH

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

It would have been top-3 for me if I'd been paying better attention to what he wrote for other artists.

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

mine

Superstition
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Higher Ground
Tears Of A Clown, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
We Can Work It Out
You Haven't Done Nothin'
Part-Time Lover
Living For The City
I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
Sir Duke
I Was Made to Love Her
Do Yourself A Favor
Isn't She Lovely
Look Around
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Four Tops
Boogie On Reggae Woman
He's Misstra Know It All
Summer Soft
Have A Talk With God
Lately
Ebony & Ivory
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
Maybe Your Baby
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Pastime Paradise
Golden Lady
I Just Called to Say I Love You
Love Light In Flight

Euler, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Rufus' "Tell Me Something Good" has got to be one of the most amazing "given away" songs ever. One of these great songs that sounds like nothing else.

Everything else is secondary (Lee626), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 21:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

my ballot:

Do I Do
Superstition
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
If You Really Love Me
Sir Duke
My Cherie Amour
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Living For The City
For Once In My Life
Please Don't Go
Fingertips, Part 2
Lately

You Haven't Done Nothin'
Never Had A Dream Come True
Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer

Tears of a Clown (Smokey Robinson)
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares
I'm Wondering
Tuesday Heartbreak

Golden Lady
We Can Work It Out
I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues Pt. 1
Funny How Time Slips Away
Hey Love
I Don't Know Why
Ebony And Ivory
Never Gonna Give You Up (with Raphael Saadiq)

Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
Shoo Be Doo Be Do Da Day

my favorite album:
Talking Book

my least favorite track:
Master Blaster (Jammin')

some dude, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Do I Do" was your #1, al???

Consider this love.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing
Master Blaster (Jammin')
They Won't Go When I Go
I Was Made To Love Her
Uptight
Superstition
Light My Fire
Another Star
Higher Ground
All In Love Is Fair
Sir Duke
A Fool For You
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
As
Golden Lady
Living For The City
Give You Love
Black Man

Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years
Keep On Running
Something Out Of The Blue
Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Creepin'
Nothing's Too Good For My Baby
Sunset

He's Misstra Know-It-All
Summer Soft
We Can Work It Out

Album: Innervisions
rotter: Superwoman

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

i'm not sure if i want some candy, Alfred, but i'll take the compliment

i assure you all that anything in bold on my ballot that you haven't heard is way more fun to listen to than boring old "As"

some dude, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

01. He's Misstra Know It All
02. Sir Duke
03. Superwoman
04. Uptight
05. Signed Sealed Delivered
06. Golden Lady
07. Don't You Worry Bout a Thing
08. I Wish
09. Superstition
10. My Cherie Amour
11. Creepin'
12. Living for the City
13. Boogie On Reggae Woman
14. Blame It On The Sun
15. Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer
16. I'm Goin Left (Syreeta)
17. You Haven't Done Nothin'
18. I Was Made to Love Her
19. Isn't She Lovely
20. Ordinary Pain
21. Don't Know Why I Love You
22. I Believe (When I Fall in Love)
23. Spinnin' and Spinnin' (Syreeta)
24. Joy Inside My Tears
25. Send One Your Love
26. Ribbon in the Sky
27. Please Don't Go
28. All in Love Is Fair
29. Hey Love
30. Jesus Children of America

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 23:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

I am -- honestly -- shocked that "Part Time Lover" didn't place at all.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 23:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

it's not as widely disliked as "i just called" but it is as widely dismissed

some dude, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

So much the better arrangement though -- the Vandross scatting, the long melody lines.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's also the randy stepbrother/antithesis of "I Just Called..."

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gary Byrd and the GB Experience - "The Crown" (Produced by Stevie Wonder)

I've always though that the overtly Stevie parts of this (roughly 4:22-6:40) belong in his canon.

But, the Gary Byrd "raps" are pretty awful.

san lazaro, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

anybody make a spotify for this? i mean i've heard most of these anyway but still

k3vin k., Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

k3vin k., Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

No "Fingertips"? Fuck this bullshit poll that I didn't vote in.

turfin' bird (The Reverend), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

WTF I was the only voter for "You Met Your Match." Happy to see 2 other people voted for "All Day Sucker."

billstevejim, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 09:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

ha rev otm, i thought "fingertips" was a lock

some dude, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp Aw, Gary Byrd's Are You Ready for Black Power? is great.

I thought Fingertips would be Top 10, easy. So much joy in that record.

Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

My ballot, non Top 50 bolded:

01. Higher Ground
02. Master Blaster (Jammin')
03. Sir Duke
04. I Wish
05. I Love Every Little Thing About You [Stevie / Syreeta]
06. For Once in My Life
07. Superstition
08. Do Like You
09. He's Misstra Know It All
10. Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing
11. Golden Lady
12. Living for the City
13. We Can Work It Out
14. Rocket Love
15. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
16. Happy Birthday
17. You Haven't Done Nothin'
18. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
19. Pastime Paradise
20. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
21. As
22. Black Orchid
23. As If You Read My Mind

24. Summer Soft
25. Too High
26. Isn't She Lovely?
27. Lately
28. Do I Do
29. Happier than the Morning Sun
30. I Can Tell When Christmas Is Near [Smokey Robinson & The Miracles]

Jeff W, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

So..."If It's Magic" didn't even place.

Cunga, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 23:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

I'm SO going to the Chicago show.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

only if he does Hotter Than July in its entirety.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

Maybe for an encore.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I'd vote "Heaven is 10 Zillion Light Years Away" #1 if we redid this. really I'd vote Stevie's drum playing #1, so into that today. do we have a thread just for Wonder as a drummer?

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:46 (45 minutes ago) Permalink


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