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

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Still hoping "You Will Know" will place

Everything else is secondary (Lee626), Monday, 10 October 2011 21:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

If you haven't heard the bootleg of SW at the Rainbow Room, NYC in 1973, it's unsurprisingly incredible
http://bootlegsfrombucklberry.blogspot.com/2009/03/stevie-wonder-new-york-1973.html

Iago Galdston, Monday, 10 October 2011 21:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

...Sir Duke... I've had the tune stuck in my head forever, but never actually found out what it was until this poll (I'd been 99% sure it was Stevie, I'd just never pinned it down before).

Ditto, but for Master Blaster

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 10 October 2011 22:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

11. HE'S MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL (Innervisions, 1973) -- 317 points, 13 votes, 2 #1 votes
12. YOU HAVEN'T DONE NOTHIN' (Fulfillingness' First Finale, 1974) -- 278 points, 17 votes
13. I BELIEVE (WHEN I FALL IN LOVE IT WILL BE FOREVER) (Talking Book, 1972) -- 274 points, 15 votes, 1 #1 vote
14. IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME (Where I'm Coming From, 1971) -- 268 points, 13 votes, 2 #1 votes
15. I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER (I Was Made To Love Her, 1967) -- 254 points, 15 votes
16. SUPERWOMAN (WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU) (Music Of My Mind, 1972) -- 247 points, 13 votes
17. WE CAN WORK IT OUT (Signed, Sealed & Delivered, 1970) -- 231 points, 12 votes, 1 #1 vote
18. CREEPIN' (Fulfillingness' First Finale, 1974) -- 225 points, 14 votes
19. MY CHERIE AMOUR (My Cherie Amour, 1968) -- 221 points, 11 votes
20. THE TEARS OF A CLOWN (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Make It Happen, 1967) -- 216 points, 10 votes
21. BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN (Fulfillingness' First Finale, 1974) -- 204 points, 13 votes
22. VISIONS (Innervisions, 1973) -- 204 points, 9 votes
23. DO I DO (Original Musiquarium, 1982) -- 190 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote
24. ANOTHER STAR (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 185 points, 7 votes
25. MASTER BLASTER (JAMMIN') (Hotter Than July, 1980) -- 181 points, 8 votes
26. HEAVEN IS 10 ZILLION LIGHT YEARS AWAY (Fulfillingness' First Finale, 1974) -- 174 points, 9 votes, 1 #1 vote
27. YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE (Talking Book, 1972) -- 170 points, 11 votes
28. TOO HIGH (Innervisions, 1973) -- 167 points, 14 votes
29. LOVE'S IN NEED OF LOVE TODAY (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 155 points, 7 votes, 1 #1 vote
30. JESUS CHILDREN OF AMERICA (Innervisions, 1973) -- 148 points, 9 votes
31. LOVE HAVING YOU AROUND (Music of My Mind, 1972) -- 140 points, 7 votes
32. BIG BROTHER (Talking Book, 1972) -- 140 points, 6 votes
33. IT'S A SHAME (The Spinners, 2nd Time Around, 1970) -- 137 points, 6 votes
34. PASTTIME PARADISE (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 135 points, 9 votes
35. (tie) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (Aretha Franklin, Let Me in Your Life, 1973) -- 131 points, 7 votes
35. (tie) BLAME IT ON THE SUN (Talking Book,, 1972) -- 131 points, 7 votes
37. SUMMER SOFT (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 128 points, 9 votes, 1 #1 vote
38. FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE (For Once in My Life, 1968) -- 111 points, 9 votes
39. ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR (Innervisions, 1973) -- 103 points, 7 votes
40. ORDINARY PAIN (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 100 points, 8 votes

michael assbender (Eric H.), Monday, 10 October 2011 22:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is "You Haven't Done Nothin'" Stevie's most openly political song?

― justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, October 10, 2011 4:15 PM (2 hours ago) Book

"Skeletons" too.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 October 2011 22:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

"It's Wrong (Apartheid)"
"Livin' for the City"
"Higher Ground"

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 October 2011 22:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Also, "Happy Birthday" and "Cash in Your Face."

michael assbender (Eric H.), Monday, 10 October 2011 22:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Also: I'm gay, so every love song is political.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 October 2011 22:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

More like sci-fi to me. A solid match with the Clavinet lines.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Monday, 10 October 2011 22:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Was out golfing, so missed today's countdown...I think four of my top five showed up today.

clemenza, Monday, 10 October 2011 23:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Alright. Last 10 coming your way momentarily.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was having a think about this last night and could only name six nailed-ons for the top ten.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oops, just noticed an error. "Misstra Know It All" got 316 points. Which only matters in that ...

10. I WISH (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 317 points, 18 votes

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Don't all jump in with comment at once.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

One of the problems with discovering a whole body of work at once is having to remind yourself what half of these things are. I didn't vote for this. Turns out I didn't vote for a lot of things I'd thought I'd cast for.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

I always remembered the middle verse as:

"..writing something nasty on the wall (you nasty boy..)
You grow up and learn that it's not the thing to do
but while you were doing it, boy did it feel good?
I wish those days...."

Then I heard it again and realised I'd remembered an English version, and not the original American version!

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

^ OTM

Nice autobiographical lyrics - his childhood was pretty hard (just reading about his mother's first husband gives you the chills). I like this observation:

"Tryin' your best to bring the water to your eyes
Thinkin' it might stop her from woopin' your behind"

I also have to take a look at that Classic Albums episode - looks cool!

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

(The 'OTM' was for Ismael.)

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and speaking of the lyrics, that line break in

Why did those days ev-
er have to go

is UGLY.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

The biggest problem with that VH1 special is that the story behind the making of the album ... isn't really all that interesting.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

09. SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED I'M YOURS (Signed, Sealed & Delivered, 1970) -- 318 points, 17 votes

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

XP I guess they don't interview Margouleff and Cecil, who don't have a lot of good words for the album, or its production, in the biography I read.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man, that would've been a great get.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

There are times when I really love the sound of SITKOL, tho. I kind of like the claustrophobic, cramped mix on "Another Star."

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cecil has a great quote in that book, something about how Stevie didn't know how to program a synthesizer and only used factory presets on SitKoL.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sadly, the remainder of his career would tend to confirm that claim.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Haha, right.

For those few lost souls who don't recognize the greatness of the early singles, here's the original version for archival purposes. And because it ROCKS of course!

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

You don't know how close I came to posting Michael McDonald's "Signed, Sealed."

08. DON'T YOU WORRY 'BOUT A THING (Innervisions, 1973) -- 337 points, 15 votes, 1 #1 vote

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

I speak VERY FLUENT SPANISH

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I can actually lip sync to that whole bit now.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Craigery Morgan : Kristen Wiig characters on SNL :: Me : Stevie Wonder

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

07. HIGHER GROUND (Innervisions, 1973) -- 366 points, 16 votes, 1 #1 vote

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

So I guess we can safely say all of Innervisions will place?

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

i voted for 7/9 of them. i approve.

anorange (abanana), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

Now, that one would have been my Number One. Except maybe for.... (soon come, I guess)

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

06. GOLDEN LADY (Innervisions, 1973) -- 368 points, 16 votes, 2 #1 votes

Good job, ILX voters. This one bobbed in and out of the top 10 for awhile. Then it began bobbing in and out of the top 5 before settling just outside. <3 all those who voted for it.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Bleh, more album filler :)

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think you're kidding. But then again, you didn't vote for it.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

And I hold anyone who doesn't vote for this in suspicion.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think it was pretty clear from the start that our tastes are not very alike ('Summer Soft'??). And I didn't vote for it because I think it's the worst song on Innervision.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love the bass and piano at the beginning. Like a lot of Stevie's songs from this period, it could go anywhere.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm learning that other people rate Stevie's non-funk stuff way higher than I do

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cecil has a great quote in that book, something about how Stevie didn't know how to program a synthesizer and only used factory presets on SitKoL.

― ArchCarrier, Tuesday, October 11, 2011 11:37 AM (1 hour ago)

Sadly, the remainder of his career would tend to confirm that claim.

― michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, October 11, 2011 11:39 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

But were there such things as factory presets on analog synths in 1976?

Eric H OTM. My first thought (which I think I've posted elsewhere) when I heard "I Just Called..." was, "Oh, he wrote a song around the 'demo' button on a Casio." My second was that he must've thought, "Hey, I don't have to play the drums anymore! This keyboard plays them for me!"

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

XP - If by "non-funk stuff" you mean his ballads, that's about 2/3 of his output - even on his greatest albums - right there. And if you don't love at least a few of Stevie's ballads...well I don't mean to judge, but gosh. I feel sorry for your ears.

Melle Mel and the Coconuts (thewufs), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Higher Ground" = my #1. Surprised "Golden Lady" did slightly better, but I voted for that too.

Great top 10 so far.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think it was pretty clear from the start that our tastes are not very alike

Um, you voted in a Stevie Wonder poll. They can't be THAT far off.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

My favorite poll so far.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

05. AS (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 372 points, 17 votes, 3 #1 votes

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

If by "non-funk stuff" you mean his ballads, that's about 2/3 of his output - even on his greatest albums - right there.

there's plenty of Stevie ballads that I like, and some of the pre-70s stuff is okay, but they're all kind of secondary in my mind behind stuff like Superstition, Higher Ground, You Haven't Done Nothin, I Wish, etc.

"As"? more like "ass".

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm an equal-opportunity Stevie fan-maniac. I love his funk stuff as much as his ballads as much as his twee album filler.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:19 (3 years ago) Permalink


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