Every Single Motown 'A-Side': The Last Show
Episode date - October 23, 2009
We’ve spent such a long time covering Motown that it’s difficult to not see the label in anthropomorphic terms.
Motown has been like a friend who lived an exceptionally active life. In its youth, it provided immense happiness for all who knew it, but things got complicated as the label aged, and we eventually grew apart. It took us 69 one-hour episodes of “How Music Changed” to adequately cover Motown’s complex history, but today we hammer the nails into the proverbial coffin.
By the mid-90’s, Motown hardly bore any resemblance to the label it once was.
Rather than dwell on the wheezing wrinkled hag that Motown grew into, I find it much more appropriate to flip through the old album and remember the old girl as she was at her peak. So for our final (final!!) look back at Motown, we play a few highlights (and low-lights) from the last years, and wrap it up with a medley of over 30 Motown classics that define the reason we felt compelled to cover Motown with such love and attention to detail.
Super Freak – Rick James
Let It Whip – The Dazz Band
Nightshift – The Commodores
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Who’s Johnny – El Debarge
Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis
End of Our Road – Boyz II Men