It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for The Analog Kid Blog to go back in time and feature some of the funkin’ grooviest R&B/soul songs of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes I’ll feature songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I might go all Michael Zager Band on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

Terence

You remember the hype. You remember the ego (“My album is better than Sgt. Pepper.”). But do you remember the music? Almost thirty years later, the truth is still simple: Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby is one fantastic album. I still play it all of the time, and I am constantly bewildered as to how someone so talented seemed to disappear so quickly.

Maybe it was the hype and the ego that brought Terence Trent D’Arby down. Maybe it was simply the pressure (much of it self-inflicted, obviously). Whatever the cause, it’s a shame that a performer as gifted as D’Arby has been reduced to almost an afterthought when discussing ’80s and ’90s pop music. Terence did release some good stuff after his disastrous second album, but nobody seemed to care anymore.  The man who was hyped as the next Madonna or Michael Jackson turned out to not even be the next Rockwell, and that still depresses me.

Take one listen to this fantastic 12″ single, featuring three different versions of “Dance Little Sister.” Listen to the voice. Listen to the groove. Listen to the $%#@ing KILLER vinyl transfer (pats self on back in a most self-congratulatory manner, which seems somehow extra-appropriate on a post about Terence Trent D’Arby). The hype was indeed justified: this man should have been a superstar.

 

Dance Little Sister [U.S. 12_] [320 kbps]

Terence Trent D’Arby: Dance Little Sister [U.S. 12″]

Columbia Records, 1987

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

1. “Dance Little Sister” [Shep Pettibone Long Version] (Terence Trent D’Arby)

Dance Little Sister [Shep Pettibone Long Version]

2. “Dance Little Sister” (Terence Trent D’Arby)

Dance Little Sister

3. “Dance Little Sister” [Parts One And Two] (Terence Trent D’Arby)

Dance Little Sister [Parts One And Two]

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

 

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles: “Getting Better” (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)

From the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Capitol Records, 1967

Getting Better

 

Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby

Terence Trent D’Arby: “Seven More Days” (Terence Trent D’Arby)

From the album Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby

Columbia Records, 1987

Seven More Days

 

Somebody's Watching Me

Rockwell & Michael Jackson: “Somebody’s Watching Me” (Rockwell)

From the album Somebody’s Watching Me

Motown Records, 1984

Somebody’s Watching Me

Vinyl rip courtesy of The Analog Kid

 

True Blue [U.S. 12_]

Madonna: “True Blue” [The Color Mix] (Madonna/Stephen Bray)

From the U.S. 12″ single True Blue

Sire Records, 1986

True Blue [The Color Mix]

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3 responses »

  1. YerLifeguard says:

    I absolutely love TTD! His first album blew me away. I actually like his second one, too. It’s not great, but it would be hard to have Introducing the Hardline… as your bar. He was bound to fall. Symphony or Damn also a really good album. He’s still making music under a strange name, and he seems to a VERY different person, but apparently still wildly talented.

    Another great post. Thanks for bringing up one of my favorites. Again!

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