teena marie - c/d, s/d

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this hasn't been done so fuck

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Monday, 11 April 2005 13:15 (sixteen years ago) link

in 87 i'm only just single. my local cut out shop has emerald city - i buy it for the bootsy connection.


a few years later i read chuck eddy i can't believe it. someone else in the world loves this mongrel of a record. loves it in extreme. like me.

but - yeah lovergirl, jammin ok - what else has she done that hits this intensity? this ridiculous greatness?

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Monday, 11 April 2005 13:19 (sixteen years ago) link

lips to find you

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Monday, 11 April 2005 13:20 (sixteen years ago) link

"Behind The Groove" (1980) and "Since Day One" (1990) - both sublime.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 11 April 2005 13:59 (sixteen years ago) link

"Square Biz" (1981) is sublime and a bit silly.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Does a really good comp/greatest hits exist?

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:19 (sixteen years ago) link

We're all just waiting for chuck to find this thread ...

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Monday, 11 April 2005 15:00 (sixteen years ago) link

s: "I Need Your Lovin'"

Seb (Seb), Monday, 11 April 2005 15:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't know of a comp, but the used LPs are fairly easy to find cheap.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 11 April 2005 16:11 (sixteen years ago) link

my top ten albums by her would go something like this; after #6, they get kinda iffy. (there are a couple best-ofs, but i've never listened to them, since she's always struck me as somebody who makes solid albums. also, r&b addicts -- i.e., her primary audience -- tend to like the ballads WAY more {and the rockers way less} than me, so the best-ofs tend to emphasive lots of stuff that isn't her best stuff.)

1. emerald city
2. it must be magic
3. lady t
4. robbery
5. naked to the world
6. starchild
7. ivory
8. wild and peaceful
9. irons in the fire
10. la dona

xhuxk, Monday, 11 April 2005 16:52 (sixteen years ago) link

I knew Chuck would be here

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 11 April 2005 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm one of those suckers (there must be DOZENS of us!) who never woulda bought Emerald City had it not been in "Stairway To Hell" and had I not found a used copy for sale. As it is, I like it fine ('specially Side One) while noting that it's not nearly as guitar-heavy as Chuck claims (and the cover implies) it to be, even by "Stairway"s arcane standards. And speaking of guitar, I wonder why Chuck didn't take note of the presence of Teena's labelmate Stevie Ray Vaughan. Maybe his name wasn't as droppable as that of Bootsy Collins, even tho '86 Bootsy was no match for the '76 version. Or maybe those insane hieroglyphs in the liner notes were just too hard to decipher.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Monday, 11 April 2005 18:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I just picked up a 12" of Jammin in greenpoint last weekend and really love it.

wordyrappington (wordyrappington), Monday, 11 April 2005 18:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Is she the female Prince?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Monday, 11 April 2005 19:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Well, part of the point in putting *Emerald City* in the metal book is that, even if the guitars are not as the heaviest on earth, the music (especially in "Lips 2 Find U") rocks so fucking HARD that it doesn't matter. As hard (in that one song) as any other music that came out in the '80s. Definitely harder than anything by Prince or Sonic Youth, who people reading *Stairway* never complain about for some reason. Not to mention harder than anything by Iron Maiden, who everybody whines because I left them out (though mainly, obviously, I left them out because I don't LIKE them). All of which I still think justifies the album's inclusion in the book. As for not mentioning Stevie Ray....good question, Myonga, but I think your hieroglyph theory may well make a lot of sense. Maybe I just never noticed at the time that he was on there! Or maybe I meant to mention him, then forgot. I definitely didn't exclude him on purpose, that's for sure.

xhuxk, Monday, 11 April 2005 19:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Sadly, my introduction to her was that "Lover Girl" single as a kid.. and I only recently learned of how neat her earlier material was. I have that one single on Motown produced by Rick James.. "Love Sucker"?

Also, she duets with Rick James on Street Songs.. ("FAAAYA AND DEZAAAAAYA-A-A-A-A-AH!")

donut debonair (donut), Monday, 11 April 2005 19:37 (sixteen years ago) link

I picked up her Sucker For Love 12" on Motown for 99 cents a month back. The A-side is a duet with Rick James and it is totally hot featuring lines like "Hey Freaks, Give it up to Lady T" and "You're a very sexy dame with sophisticated game, you know I like my Candy very sweet, and you know all the best restaurants to eat"! Seriously, how do you top lyrics like that?

The beat is pretty much primitive rick james synth funk, with solina strings, latin percussion, and p-funk like backing vocals. The b-side is hot as well. It is an instrumental version of the a-side with sax replacing the vocals and a stripped down arrangement. It is _VERY_ sample friendly.

She still works the oldies black concert circuit. She used to come through Detroit every summer playing with your usual classic soul suspects. Also, She has the distinction of being the first white women to be signed to Motown. I think she is very very under-rated.

Disco Nihilist (mjt), Monday, 11 April 2005 19:46 (sixteen years ago) link

six months pass...
I just got It Must Be Magic but I don't have a turntable to play it on! :(

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 23 October 2005 22:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Saddest thing I've heard all day.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Sunday, 23 October 2005 23:53 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

When you're dancing to "Lovergirl" during the line "my second verse might be a bit old hat but..." do you point to your head on "hat" and then slap your butt on "but?"

Cuz I do.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 18 October 2007 03:29 (fourteen years ago) link

I've always fancied doin' those things the other way round. I mean, first point my butt and then slap my hat.

t**t, Thursday, 18 October 2007 10:23 (fourteen years ago) link

"behind the groove" is fucken incredible

max r, Thursday, 18 October 2007 11:04 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

KJB thanks so much for turning me on to this woman's music. She is too much.

The Ungrateful Dead (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Monday, 27 October 2008 22:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Glad her lips found you!

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 27 October 2008 23:13 (thirteen years ago) link


You know, the thing about her to me, is that she's just so in-your-face and confident. She's like "yeah, I happent to know how to sing really well and I'm just gonna belt it out and flatten all the competition, so get outta the way, ya'll!" and she's like totally on the dime, you know? She would make an amazing tap dancer on Broadway or something like that. More talented than Janet Jackson or Madonna, for sure.

The Ungrateful Dead (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Monday, 27 October 2008 23:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I still don't own Emerald City...

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 27 October 2008 23:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Used to love playing "Square Biz" on my college radio station way back when.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 02:45 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

I cannot believe I am only now discovering that I like some of her songs that I know, and that there are a bunch more that sound like they would be good.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 1 May 2010 03:43 (eleven years ago) link

"Sucker for Your Love" is great, but then I guess it's more a Rick James song.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 1 May 2010 03:44 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I thought she was the one you famously included in Stairway to Hell, but I've always been kind of scared to find out who she was (only to find that of course I already sort of know, at least by way of having heard some of her songs). Also I may have gotten her mixed up with some others with similar names. Anyway, belatedly discovering who did what or re-discovering completely forgotten old songs is fun in its own right.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 1 May 2010 03:53 (eleven years ago) link

This came out of deciding that Gloria Estefan's "1,2,3" (see current GE poll) reminded me of "Lovergirl" (except I had to search a little before finding the title), and then finding out who that was by, etc.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 1 May 2010 04:00 (eleven years ago) link

Her first five albums range from pretty good to great, and her recent comeback albums are no embarrassment. Don't hold back!

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 1 May 2010 04:15 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, Congo Square last year (especially the title track), was not bad at all, if still fairly spotty.

Anyway, here's an interview I did with her for Vibe in '94:


(And a few posts above I meant "in Spin".)

xhuxk, Saturday, 1 May 2010 13:08 (eleven years ago) link

Dress in your finest and get familiar.

The Time Reunion with Teena Marie will play the Fox Theatre on Friday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m.

The Time Reunion will have all original 7 members performing: Morris Day, Terry Lewis, Jerome Benton, Jellybean Johnson, Monte Moir, Jesse Johnson, & Jimmy Jam.

The Time released four albums during the course of their career including The Time, What Time Is It?, Ice Cream Castle and Pandemonium. The band also hosted a roster of hit singles "The Bird," "Jungle Love," "777-9311," "Get It Up," "Gigolos Get Lonely Too," "The Walk" and "Cool".

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Teena Marie made her Motown debut with her hit duet with Rick James "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love." Since, the Motown performer has delivered hit singles "Behind the Groove," "I Need Your Loving," "Lovergirl," and "Still In Love."

Tickets ($68 and $88) go on sale at Saturday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. and may be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) and at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

Zimbabwe Lefsetz (Andy K), Saturday, 1 May 2010 13:57 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

A little birdie told me that you feel the sa-ee-ame.

timellison, Friday, 1 March 2013 00:59 (eight years ago) link

Time Reunion was slept on.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 March 2013 01:39 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

I had forgotten about the saxophone thing at the end of "Ooo La La La."

timellison, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:30 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

The first thing she sings in "Lovergirl" is "Coffee, tea, or me, baby" - in all this time I don't think I realized that

Josefa, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:01 (one year ago) link

only got round to listening to the 'emerald city' album fairly recently and that's pretty good if you need some tight and banging prince-y funk in your day

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:15 (one year ago) link

this one - fuck yes:


Boris the Spreader (NickB), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:17 (one year ago) link

^^^ amazing

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:17 (one year ago) link

I agree with Chuck Eddy that her best albums are Emerald City, It Must Be Magic, and Lady T (though I haven't heard her post-1990 releases)

Josefa, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:34 (one year ago) link

The posthumous album is freaking great.

timellison, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 21:47 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

no. 1 otm

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 November 2020 04:31 (eleven months ago) link

"Behind the Groove" and "Portuguese Love" would be high on my list

Josefa, Monday, 9 November 2020 14:35 (eleven months ago) link

100%! I love how she not only has that voice but you can actually hear in it her excitement and delight at what a unique and powerful instrument she has at her disposal.

Supposed Former ILM Lurker (WeWantMiles), Monday, 9 November 2020 17:25 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

thinking bout the times the magnet turned me on

the adventures of pavlo and schrödis (geoffreyess), Monday, 20 September 2021 02:02 (one month ago) link

Yeah, xxxxetcpost Congo Square is remarkable: first few tracks initially seemed like she was trying too hard to reassure herself, but then (this entry point and transition fit the backstory) she found her truth again through the music:"I've been through quite a few trials and tribulations over the last two years. I spent many of those hours in prayer and felt like God was putting his arms around me. I started thinking about the music I grew up on—how inspired it was. Each song I was coming up with began to sound like the style of some favorite artist of mine from the past... Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, Billie Holliday, the old Chicago soul of The Emotions and the new Chicago vibe of Kanye West... Ice Cube's bumpin' in the trunk vibe and of course, Rick James. It's all in there."

dow, Monday, 20 September 2021 17:55 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Somehow I slept on “Deja Vu” and “Now that I have you” being such epic jams. The extended live version of Deja Vu is good too, fleshing it out into some kind of prog-soul/post-disco world that she rarely recreated on studio records.

Is the 20+ minute live version of “Fire and Desire” w/ Rick James available anywhere in high quality audio? There’s a version on YouTube but the audio is only in one ear.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 10 October 2021 21:05 (two weeks ago) link

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