Stevie Wonder’s new fuss

Barry (played by Jack Black): Rob, top five musical crimes perpetuated by Stevie Wonder in the ’80s and ’90s. Go. Sub-question: is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins, is it better to burn out or fade away?
(from imdb.com)

My top 5 of Stevie’s crimes in the 80’s and 90’s would be:

  1. I Just Called To Say I Love You (’84)
  2. Ebony And Ivory (’82)
  3. Part Time Lover (’85)
  4. Jungle Fever (’91)
  5. For Your Love (’95)

Be that as it may, I still consider him as a musical genius (and I’m not alone), and he’s definitely in my top 5 of favourite artists. He’s the one that came up with Master Blaster, Superstition, As, Sunshine of my life, Higher Ground, Sir Duke, … and I still forget loads of classics. I can still remember the goose bumps I got listening the first time to Original Musiquarium. Dennis playing by himself, man!”

So it made me very happy when I heard his new single: “What The Fuss?” and realise he’s finally back. Back with a funky synth bass, kick ass drums and intelligent lyrics:

Should I be drivin’ thru a klantown,
find a restaurant to get me some food
And someone says “hey boy, we don’t serve your kind”
Shame on them
And if we live in a democracy and
you don’t use your power to vote
Knowin’ some would like to turn back the hands of time
Shame on us
(from stevie-wonder.com)

Looking forward to the new album, A time to love, out in July 2005!

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2 thoughts on “Stevie Wonder’s new fuss”

  1. Stevie!! Let’s bring MUSIC to the people there…get some musical acts down there to perform for the poeple…music will bring them together and get their minds of the suffering…some rap, or blues, or jazz, SOMETHING!

  2. Oh what a Wonder, there is a beautiful, warm photograph of Stevie Wonder that’s been published on OOM Gallery website in Britain. It was taken in 1989 by the respected filmaker Pogus Caesar…i did’nt know of this photo’s existence, it’s a welcome addition to the legacy of this musical giant – wish Stevie would tour more often sic!!

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