A Night of Wonder

Well, I watched Friday Night with with Jonathan Ross at the weekend.

It was great to see Steve Coogan looking so happy and even Abby Clancey seemed like quite a nice girl. But I was only really watching for one reason. Stevie Wonder was playing live.

He started out on Motown Records as Little Stevie Wonder back in 1961 when he was just 11-years-old and co-wrote the music for ‘Tears of a Clown’ when he was sixteen.

Sir Duke, Superstition, Master Blaster (Jammin’), Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours, My Cherie Amour, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, You Are The Sunshine of My LIfe, Higher Ground. From around 1967 to 1980, he delivered one brilliant hit single and top 10 album after another. 

I know what you’re thinking: what about ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ – that was mawkish rubbish. Well, I would certainly agree with that. But Stevie Wonder is by all accounts a very spiritual and sentimental man. So he’s allowed one turkey in amongst all the mountains of gold. It’s ironic that this mediocre ballad was his biggest hit, but it seems to be the way with so many great artists.

Duke Ellington is often misquoted as saying, ‘There are only two sorts of music, good music and bad music. What he actually said was the exact opposite, ‘There are only two sorts of music, music you like and music you don’t like’  So I’m not here to convert anyone. Music is a very personal thing. If Stevie’s not your bag that’s okay with me. 

Having said that, Duke Ellington died before Westlife released their first album. So he might well have amended that quote to include a third sort of music – the kind used by the US Forestry Commission to humanely stun grizzly bears.

You need to be careful with the dosage though.  Just half a track up to the first chorus is enough to stupify the creatures into submission. But a whole track can send them shreiking off into the woods to take their own lifes.

Of course, the Communist bloc had this whole sonic noise torture perfected decades ago. It’s a little known fact that the only reason East Germany knocked the Wall down in 1989 was to gain access to West Berlin’s branch of HMV – and their lethal Sinitta 12″ remixes.

But back to actual music.

Stevie Wonder is renowned for the quality of his live performances and his live band from the mid 90’s has to be one of the best around. It’s worth watching the clip above just to see his backing singer Panzie Johnson (far right) – back then the most beautiful woman on planet Earth. She doesn’t sing with Stevie Wonder anymore though … 

It is said that Hindu god Lord Krishna saw this concert and immediately upon setting eyes on her, incarnated into human form. Crouching down on his hands and knees, his head bowed, his heart the size of an ocean briefly silenced – he asked her to marry him. She turned him down and, I think, married some fat record producer. Even the gods can’t win ’em all.

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6 Responses to “A Night of Wonder”

  1. nursemyra Says:

    ok, the girl on the left is very pretty but I prefer Syreeta Wright.

    do you know what stevie wonder said when someone once gave him a cheese grater for xmas?

  2. charliemingles Says:

    something about its being the most violent book hes ever read?

    panzie is on the right though nursey

  3. daveselectricblanket Says:

    NM – Do you practice lesbionics?

    Oh, and that Stevie Wonders alright I suppose but I’m more interested in Myra’s flighty interest in her own fair sex.

  4. charliemingles Says:

    these aussie chick are all part-lesbo dave. its the excessive sunshine and the fact theyre descended from deported cockney criminals – corrupts the genetic code. basic science really

    Dr Charles Mingles
    Mingles Institute into Hot Lesbo Action
    (currently awaiting govt grant)

  5. nursemyra Says:

    I meant “right”…… 🙂

  6. charliemingles Says:

    its okay. youre australian. everything looks different upside down.

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