Remember a loooong time ago when I was supposed to start posting some kind of reminder of the near-distant past?
Yeah, me neither, but anyway, it was something I started a while back, and dropped the ball on. Since I’m up randomly at 2:30 on a Friday morning (the saga of the un-gainfully employed), I decided to give it a shot again. I didn’t have any ideas as far as what to post, until I remembered that I frequently watch videos on YouTube (aka- the portal to unproductivity). Today, you will see a few of the videos I have deemed buzz-worthy.
See what I did there? *chuckles*
First up, we have “Spread My Wings,” by Troop. Most of you know them by their single “All I Do Is Think of You” in the late 80’s, but did you know it was a remake of the 1975 song, originally recorded by the late (*sigh* I still can’t believe that one) great Thrillermaker and his brothers? Well, now you do. This video is the 90’s. The hair, the clothes, the impromptu dancing upon rooftops… just YES.
Next up, I have Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” You probably know Bill from either his duet with Grover Washington, “Just the Two of Us,” or the ever-popular “Lovely Da(aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa)y,” among other songs. I chose this live version mostly because I dig the opening, and how you just hear the whole song come together piece by piece. Also, can’t you see how stoopid funky fresh the drummer is? Just nod your head to this tale of a relationship one knows he must get out of, but it hurts so good.
Now, I have Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love” up next. If you don’t know this version, you probably know the 2Pac sampled version, “Do For Love.” This song was a staple in our household growing up, and I’m pretty sure I knew the words to it before I knew what it meant. Of course, I had my mind blown when I found out that this soulful voice that I bobbed to frequently belonged to a caucasian man, but let’s just say it changed the way I thought of White men from that day forward. HE FAHN- ponytail and all!!
If 8 year old Beez would have understood the finer points of catapulting undergarments at the time, let’s just say we may have had a Hottie McHotpants on our hands. 😉 I’ll just let you enjoy this one. By the way, I just found out that Boyz II Men (II Geezers) covered this song on a throwback album they did a year or so ago… FUH’ WHAT?! I’ll listen to it later (or not).
Finally, a song that has been sampled until the cows came home, got sick of being there, and decided to go out for ice cream: DeBarge’s “A Dream.” I find it funny that a lot of people don’t know this version, but they know the Mary J. Blige version, the 2Pac version (again), the Blackstreet version, or any other sampled piece. I like this DeBarge song in particular because the sister, Bunny, sings lead on it, which is just about unheard of in El land. Remind me to tell you of the time that I thought El was a woman- wouldn’t be too hard to believe listening to “I Like It,” or better yet, “Time Will Reveal” quite frequently as a little’un! Mind. Blown.
Following is a cool little video that basically condenses all of the songs I have highlighted above:
That’s all I have for this week. What are some old songs lurking in your YouTube favorites? Anything here surprise you?