Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How can you stand to be so cruel?

Whew... lotta Britishness 'round these parts lately eh?

Let's clean house (and system) a bit with a good soul cut.

The Spinners - It's a Shame
It took the Spinners roughly 17 years to find the hits they'd forever be defined by with "I'll Be Around," and "Could it Be I'm Falling in Love," but the arduous buildup to that was merely a case of bad timing. After spending much of the 1950s trying to get a break, they were signed to the Motown label in 1963. Unfortunately there wasn't much interest in their own music at the time and while Motown enjoyed its exposion in popularity that rivalled only the British Invasion in terms of 1960s chart dominance, the Spinners were acting as road managers and chaperones to other groups. As the '60s wound down Motown threw them a bone and got behind their album 2nd Time Around, which featured this - their only predominant hit on the Motown label (charting at #14) - which was penned by Motown powerhouse Stevie Wonder. Shortly thereafter, Aretha Franklin suggested the boys take a look at Atlantic and 17 years after forming, the boys finally found their breakthrough. This song is a great number though and proved they had the chops and talent to run with the likes of the Supremes, Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder in the 1960s, but ah vell... as they say... it's a shame.

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