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Friday Random 10

June 20, 2008, 11:09 am

I haven’t done one of these in a while, for some reason:

1. Losing My Religion (R.E.M., Out of Time)
2. Baby Be Good (The Smithereens, 11)
3. He’s Misstra Know It All (Stevie Wonder, Innervisions)
4. Universe Next Door (Wes King, Room Full Of Stories)
5. Who Did You Think I Was (John Mayer Trio, Try!)
6. Hidden Charms (Howlin’ Wolf, His Best: Chess 50th Anniversary)
7. Time Stand Still (Rush, Hold Your Fire)
8. She Came In Through the Bathroom Window (Beatles, Abbey Road)
9. Wind and Spirit (Chris Rice, Past the Edges)
10. Somebody To Love (Queen, Greatest Hits)

The standout from this particular list is Stevie Wonder’s “He’s Misstra Know It All”. Here’s a live performance of this from 1974, when Stevie was at the height of his powers:

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=zgnGhjoQ0lg]
People tend to identify Stevie with either his child-star days or the banal soft-pop stuff he did in the 80′s, and forget that the man was a genius in his day, particularly in live performances.

As a bonus, here’s a clip of Stevie from about the same time period doing “Superstition” live… on Sesame Street! If only all kids’ music could be so good. Take that, Hannah Montana.

[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE]

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