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

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Yes master.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 October 2011 17:56 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

amazing tune

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:04 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

My hunch is that more votes = higher position.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

Ismael Klata, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, my first tiebreaker was # of votes.

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:09 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just kept mine as ties fwiw.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

In the last one, I really had no choice.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:14 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

hmmm dont rly care for big brother. love lhya though and voted for it p high iirc

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

damn. BIOTS, UYCBTM and It's A Shame are all too low. all three are on a short list of his greatest contributions to mankind

gospodin simmel, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

The most annoying thing about this poll has been the recognition of so many songs by their samples, instead of the original tunes. This one for example:

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

can't think of too many Stevie samples tbh, besides the two already mentioned (and the brief vocal snippet in Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos). Kinda assumed Stevie was largely anti-sampling

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shakey, surely you've heard the "I Can't Help It" sample in De La's "Breakadawn."

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually, Stevie has supported hip-hop from the beginning.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wild Wild West?

gospodin simmel, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Shakey, surely you've heard the "I Can't Help It" sample in De La's "Breakadawn."

thought this was a Michael Jackson song - is Stevie on it?

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

he wrote it, right?

gospodin simmel, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

apparently - this is news to me. altho I guess I really shouldn't be surprised whenever an MJ song turns out to not be written by MJ lol

but let's not derail this thread with that discussion...

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

He cowrote it.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

he = Stevie

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Here are some more (ex)samples.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 October 2011 18:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rocket Love seems a p big one imo.

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oasis - "Step Out"

btw lol at calling this a "sample"

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wild Wild West?

I'll try not to reveal much about the results here, but I will say that "WWW" got (at least) 1 vote.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wild Wild West?

thankfully I have never heard this song

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

the Will Smith one that samples "I Wish"

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

30. JESUS CHILDREN OF AMERICA (Innervisions, 1973) -- 148 points, 9 votes

best songs that mention jesus

"Jesus children of America" by Stevie Wonder and "They aint makin' Jews like Jesus anymore" by Kinky Freidman
― Michael Bourke, Wednesday, March 7, 2001 7:00 PM (10 years ago)

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah I know I looked it up. Will Smith is an abomination.

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

JCOA is p dope

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Friday, 7 October 2011 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Jesus Children of America" is probably the quintessential Stevie deep cut.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love the tone in his voice in the verse after the key change so much.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

29. LOVE'S IN NEED OF LOVE TODAY (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 155 points, 7 votes, 1 #1 vote

POLL IN THE KEY OF LIFE

My vote went to "Another Star," though if you'd asked me in fall 2001 it would have been "Love's in Need of Love Today."
― Joseph McCombs, Friday, December 14, 2007 11:09 PM (3 years ago)

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 19:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll say it. I think "Love's In Need" is maybe one of the weakest opening salvos of any classic album ever.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Love "Love's in need of Love", my #2. It's incredibly soothing. The vocals are beautiful (and endlessly varying). I can remember one day in particular, wrung out and overtired, when I had it on repeat and couldn't listen to anything else.

misty sensorium (Plasmon), Friday, 7 October 2011 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

28. TOO HIGH (Innervisions, 1973) -- 167 points, 14 votes

michael assbender (Eric H.), Friday, 7 October 2011 19:38 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

some dude, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:20 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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