Did I Hear You Say HOTTER THAN JULY Poll?

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So it appears we covered Talking Book thru Songs in the Key, et al, but stopped short of covering this or Music of My Mind. For my money, this is the most rawly enjoyable album in his entire career, even if it's maybe stripped of the sophistication of Innervisions or Fulfillingness.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Master Blaster (Jammin') 7
Lately 6
Happy Birthday5
All I Do 4
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It 3
Do Like You 2
As If You Read My Mind 1
Cash In Your Face 1
Rocket Love 0
Did I Hear You Say You Love Me 0


Eric H., Tuesday, 19 August 2008 01:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Only undeniable dud track for me is "Happy Birthday." Really totally torn between "Did I Hear," "All I Do," "Rocket Love," "Do Like You" and "Lately." And then the other four are really great too.

Eric H., Tuesday, 19 August 2008 01:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

you might want to try this on ilm.

chicago kevin, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 01:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oops.

Eric H., Tuesday, 19 August 2008 01:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

shouldn't this be an ILM?

Anyway, "Do Like You" and "Cash In Your Face" blur together. You're right about "Happy Birthday." The rest is pure craft, and damn proud of it. I can vote for "All I Do," "Master Blaster," or "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" (which is still underrated for being one of his biggest hits).

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 01:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

Mod request filed.

I don't expect too many who weren't exposed to this album before grade school as I was would have as much connection to "Do Like You," but there it is.

Eric H., Tuesday, 19 August 2008 01:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Lately" is the one here that is up on par with his brilliant 70s work.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 01:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Master Blaster...so spooky and perfect.

musically, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 02:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Any answer is right, short of "Birthday" and maybe "Cash in Your Face."

Eric H., Tuesday, 19 August 2008 11:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

I WOULD-NOT-DO-THAT-TO-A DOOOOGHHHHHHHHHG

The Reverend, Thursday, 21 August 2008 07:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Actually, I take that back and vote for "Lately", but damn I think this may be my secret favorite Stevie record. Alf otm about this being his craftiest album. There should have been seven singles off of this.

The Reverend, Thursday, 21 August 2008 07:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wow, looking at the tracklist this really does look like one of his absolute best! I should put it on more often. Um um. Really tough to choose between:

Rocket Love
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
Master Blaster (Jammin')
Cash In Your Face

"Master Blaster" is probably stuck in my head more than any of the others, but I really really love the hook on "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It"... Can't decide.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's like, yeah I know the whole point of this album, so critical history has written it now anyway, was to reiterate his pop chops after Life of Plants. Calculation never sounded so good, tho.

Eric H., Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Doesn't help that I adore disco and post-disco dance music.

Eric H., Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sorry, doesn't HURT

Eric H., Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wow. I'm stunned at the "Happy Birthday" hatred. Would that all message songs were so funky, soulful, and ebullient (see also "Don't Drive Drunk"). It's like "Master Blaster (Jammin')" trying to pass into that universal, authorless state of "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow" and the no-longer-authorless-just-ask-the-stormtroopers-at-Warner-Chappel-Music "Happy Birthday to You" (you do know it's sung at tons of birthday parties right after the Warner Chappel one, right?). The USA Govt. Inc. should hire Wonder to rewrite various national anthems and holiday favorites (oh don't worry, Warner Chappel - all performance and synchronization rights will revert to you).

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 21 August 2008 14:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

I don't disagree with that. "Dud" might be a bit harsh. It's just not quite up to the rollicking standards of the rest of the album for me.

Eric H., Thursday, 21 August 2008 14:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

I don't mind the sentiment behind "Happy Birthday," but even for 1980 the arrangement is incredibly dinky.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 21 August 2008 15:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

'happy birthday' is awesome you fools, the dinkiness of the track, sounding like a bontempi preset, is all part of the charm!!

stevie, Thursday, 21 August 2008 16:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

cant believe no one voting 'as if you read my mind'

deej, Thursday, 21 August 2008 16:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

between that and rocket love, all i do and master blaster

deej, Thursday, 21 August 2008 16:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

'lately' wins my vote tho

stevie, Thursday, 21 August 2008 16:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm actually looking forward to the results of this one (I mean, assuming that more than 8 people vote) because I don't presume either "Master Blaster" or "Lately" will just run away with it to the extent that "Superstition" did the Talking Book poll...

Eric H., Thursday, 21 August 2008 21:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

cant believe no one voting 'as if you read my mind'

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oh, I love it, but you can only choose one

The Reverend, Friday, 22 August 2008 02:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bump

Eric H., Monday, 1 September 2008 03:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lately easily.

ablaeser, Monday, 1 September 2008 06:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Five votes for "Happy Birthday"? Disappointed that my two strongest runners up for my vote -- "Did I Hear" and "Rocket Love" -- were the only two that racked up zilch.

Eric H., Thursday, 11 September 2008 01:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Boy, have I never been able to get into this. And I've tried.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 11 September 2008 04:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's his most easily get-into-able album!

Five votes for "Happy Birthday"? Disappointed that my two strongest runners up for my vote -- "Did I Hear" and "Rocket Love" -- were the only two that racked up zilch.

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― Eric H., Wednesday, September 10, 2008 6:25 PM Bookma

yaah wtf

The Referee (The Reverend), Thursday, 11 September 2008 05:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Kind of amazed nobody went for "Rocket Love," such a great hook, or maybe I just can't separate it from the interpolation on GZA's "Cold World."

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 17:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Those "Happy Birthday" votes still burn.

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 May 2013 17:59 (five years ago) Permalink

About time to initiate another year of spinning this for 3 months solid.

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 May 2013 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

heatwave music

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 July 2018 23:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

alll iiii doooooo

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 July 2018 23:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

isthinkaboutyouuu

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 July 2018 23:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Did I Hear You Say You Love Me 0

this is outrageous

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 July 2018 23:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Rocket Love at 0 votes also a crime.

that's not my post, Friday, 6 July 2018 02:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

total Brad music

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 July 2018 02:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The amount of votes this one got ... also a crime.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Friday, 6 July 2018 03:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is a 100 vote album, you monsters.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Friday, 6 July 2018 03:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The correct song topped the poll. Great album, though - still bizarrely underrated by some.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 6 July 2018 06:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

feel like this one might have been during a service outage or sandbox period or something? or we'd done it recently?

This is a total Jeff Porcaro. (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 7 July 2018 02:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

All I do is think that All I do is the best track on here

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Happy Birthday!!!! 5 votes!!!! FFS

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I remember throwing a bbq back in the pre-streaming days, and I thought it was safe to just leave my iPod on shuffle as a playlist.
Then "Happy Birthday" popped up on the shuffle, and everyone stopped mid-conversation to demand "wait, what the fuck are you playing?" It was like I tried to spin the teletubbies theme song or something.
I think it was after that that i started curating my party playlists.

enochroot, Monday, 9 July 2018 19:37 (one week ago) Permalink

happy birthday is good jfc

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 9 July 2018 19:48 (one week ago) Permalink

ok brad, i'll give 'hotter than july' a spin today with fresh ears. i don't think i've actually listened to 'happy birthday' since that ipod shuffle debacle.

enochroot, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 12:55 (one week ago) Permalink

I have always been a huge fan of Lately. The cover Jodeci did for MTV Unplugged in 92 was the first time I ever heard it, since Hotter than July came out before I was born. I remember being 10 years old and hearing the Unplugged version on the radio, and immediately taping it onto whatever cassette I had in my boombox at the time. I wasn't able to tape the whole song, but I played the hell out of the part that I was able to get. I know Stevie is king, but I stilly actually prefer the Jodeci version to TBH.

Chantilly Bass, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:30 (one week ago) Permalink


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