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Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)

December 9, 2011

[Album 1/1001]

One of my favourite music industry stories growing up surrounded Sloan’s brilliant
1994 record Twice Removed

Sloan’s 1992 album Smeared featured distorted guitars; Record label Geffen loved that ‘grunge’ sound.  The record label was at a loss with Twice Removed, unable to package it neatly under the ‘grunge’ umbrella.  Not grunge, but not too shabby either.  Twice Removed would go on to top multiple ‘best Canadian album of all time’ lists.

Rewind 24 years.

Motown boss, Berry Gordy, refers to Marvin Gaye’s song What’s Going On as “the worst record I ever heard in my life.”  Label has no interest at first; record eventually gets made, ends up topping many ‘best album of all time’ lists.

It’s worthy of such accolades. 

The title track is far from the worst record I’ve ever heard, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) is beyond catchy, and this continuously flowing album gets better every time I listened.  I’ve been having trouble moving on to another album!

One for the books.

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5 Comments
  1. What about the connection to the Mercer condos in Toronto?

    • “Mercer, Mercer, me, oh the Mercer’s where I want to be” – alas, terribly catchy as well, but I’ll still take Marvin’s version!

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