Growing up my Mum would often tell me about how she used to go to parties at Marvin Gayes' house - yes I hate her too. I'm guessing it's unusual for a child to hope that one day you would find out your Mum cheated on your Dad but I for a while I hoped that maybe...urgh that's dark, my Dad was amazing. Growing up he was always my favourite Motown artist and still is, in fact he's my favourite artist of all time. I used to think that being born in '83 had something to do with Sexual Healing being released in '82. Grim. Anyway, my sister and I used to watch Motown 25* daily, and the video below which is taken from it made me want to become a dancer...something about this speaks to my heart - like the way I felt the first time I saw the Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes. I have a big spot reserved on my wall for the signed print I keep meaning to buy.
The Lester Wilson Dancers performing to my favourite song of all time...
Lastly, I wanted to put this up because I am normally horrified by Marvin remixes but Waajeed & The Jazz Katz did a pretty good job on this one I think...I want u 2
*Motown 25 trivia - Marvin Gaye performed 1 song that night - What's Going On (Motown refused to release that album) & it was his last televised performance. Michael Jacksons' performance of Billie Jean - the moonwalk, fedora, sparkly socks & cuban heels was the template he used to perform it ever after & was the first time most people saw the moonwalk (unless you count James Brown doing it forwards way back when)...Lastly - James Jamerson had to buy a ticket from a hawker & sit at the back...he died less than a year later from alcoholism. If you don't own it you should - it's a piece of music history (we still have a VHS copy from the 80s)