This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

July 4, 2009

Holiday Edition OSF: Lead Us Into Temptations…

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…and deliver us from subpar vocal groups.

I am a day late on the Old School Friday theme: from band/group to solo (or vice versa), but I still did not want to miss the opportunity to highlight my own choices.

play-ville-de-lumiere-by-goldOf course the Jackson 5—and any one of its solo acts—would have been an obvious choice. But I thought it would be nice to focus on a precursor to J5. Without The Temptations, there could have been no Jackson 5. It is hard for me to pick favorites from this group, but three of them would definitely be “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do.” The first song in this list has to be one of the most perfect pop tunes ever written and recorded.

The Temps had revolving lead vocals, as well as several personnel changes. But the Temp vocalist I love the most is Eddie Kendricks. Probably one of the last memories to leave my mind when I am in my last years will be my parents and other relatives lined up doing the Bus Stop to  his “Keep On Truckin.” And few songs typify for me the political and racial tumult of the 70s like “My People, Hold On.” And “Girl, You Need a Change of Mind“—just classic.

Have a happy Old School Friday Independence Day weekend!

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As always, a big thank you to OSF hostesses, Marvalus at Conversations with Marva

and MrsGrapevine.

Please check out the rules for joining and list of other OSF participants here.

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