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?

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

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

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