Articles tagged motown

How to Make Political Pop Without Trying

"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.

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The Month in Pop Entertainment: May 2013

See previews of this month’s biggest pop entertainment.

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29 Apr 2013 // 11:03 PM

Har Mar Superstar: Bye Bye 17

A change of direction which sees Har Mar Superstar ditching the synths and sex in favour of soul and sax.

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After Mary Wells Dared to Leave Motown, Did She Fall Off the Face of the Earth?

Back when Martha (Reeves) and the Vandellas and the Marvelettes would have one big hit and then nothing much for months, and the Supremes didn’t have a hit among their first nine releases, Mary Wells was Motown’s reigning pop star, queen and cash cow.

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Various Artists: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love

The music is uniformly solid, even groovy. But there’s a sweetness to the singles.

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In Appreciation of Nick Ashford: Love Songs, Unsung

Nikolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson stood for all that was true and eternal and clear-eyed about adult love and relationships. Romance resounded in every note.

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24 Feb 2011 // 10:00 PM

El Debarge: Second Chance

The former '80s star says goodbye to his former life and hello to the future. Welcome back!

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7 Oct 2010 // 10:00 PM

Phil Collins: Going Back

It's the album that shows Phil Collins following his heart. What more could you ask for?

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The Ruffin Brothers: I Am My Brother’s Keeper

The confused sexual politics of the era can be found in the mixed messages of the 1970 release. There’s everything from the patient and respectful to the down and dirty.

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The Supremes by Mark Ribowsky

Without these players actually telling the story firsthand, it starts to read a bit like a Wikipedia entry.

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30 Jun 2009 // 7:07 AM

Michael Jackson’s iconic fame in the 1980s came under the watch of Epic Records, an arm of the CBS conglomerate. But his route there

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20 Questions: Nona Hendryx

In 1962, Nona Hendryx shared a bill with everyone from Bo Diddley to the Marvelettes. She took some time with PopMatters to talk about Buster Crabbe and her knack for fixing TVs.

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Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Smokey Robinson (Episode 13)

The great Smokey Robinson joins Elvis Costello for the final episode of the first season of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…, airing tonight at 9pm EST/

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Needles in the Haystack

To supplement our list of favorite 25 singles, we offer a quick look at a handful of under-appreciated gems in the Motown catalog.

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What It Was Like

In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?

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Yesterday’s Dreams: Motown in the 1980s

The music of Motown's third decade does not quite deserve the close attention that the label's first two decades warrant, but even a cursory look at the label in these years reveals that things weren't all bad.

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What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye’s Liberation from the Motown Sound

When Obie Benson of the Four Tops brought him a song he had co-written with Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye found something that had reflected the way he had been feeling ever since Tammi Terrell's death -- anger, sadness, and disillusionment about his friend's death and the chaotic world around him.

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These Are the Breaks: The Motown Sound’s Influence on Hip-Hop Sampling

For any influential group in the hip-hop game, specifically in the early 1990s, Motown's stamp of approval and its variety of subsidiaries were undeniably influential.

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Twirling the Dial: My Motown Memories

For those of us in tune with the sounds of the genre-redefining decade, a transistor radio was the seminal social sidekick. We loved listening to that little mono wonder, its tiny shrill speaker sparking a hundred journeys directly into the center of our mind.

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Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead

If "I've Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying" could work as a slogan for Motown, the song itself works as both a dance song and a tearjerker.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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