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

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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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man, that would've been a great get.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:30 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

I speak VERY FLUENT SPANISH

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can actually lip sync to that whole bit now.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:59 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

anorange (abanana), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:08 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bleh, more album filler :)

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:27 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

My favorite poll so far.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:16 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just don't like "Ebony & Ivory."

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

"As" is great. There've been some appalling cover versions of it though.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

04. SIR DUKE (Songs in the Key of Life, 1976) -- 381 points, 18 votes

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow neither Sir Duke nor As at number 1? surprising!

piscesx, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

o rly?

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

superstition v. uptight v. living for the city, right? genuinely can't tell what will win but all are good enough to.

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Guess "I Don't Know Why" won't make it. Bummer. Was in my top 5.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hope Living for the City is not number one

gospodin simmel, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

yyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp I love it of course, but Superstition and Uptight feel like better choices for the top

gospodin simmel, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm kind of surprised at the direction this top 5 is taking. I would never have guessed 'As' would place this high. But I'm pretty sure 'Uptight' will win.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

As - TOO LOW

Melle Mel and the Coconuts (thewufs), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was kinda resigned earlier to 7 minutes of bathtime gurgles being #1. So yay ILM.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hate when people jump in and start listing the top three or whatever, even if we don't know the order--let us enjoy the g.d. results in real time!

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Heywhatabout "Tell Me Something Good"? Fuck y'all if you forgot about that one.

Melle Mel and the Coconuts (thewufs), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

'Race Babbling' anyone?

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hope Living for the City is not number one

03. LIVING FOR THE CITY (Innervisions, 1973) -- 483 points, 22 votes, 3 #1 votes

Yep, Innervisions went 9/9. I call it "the Innervisions effect.'

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've no problem with that (the 9/9). I think I voted for more songs from Hotter Than July though, which is evidently the most underrated Stevie LP around these parts.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

TS: Album or single version?

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 18:04 (2 years ago) Permalink


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