Monday, February 28, 2011

the "REAL" Best Break-Up Songs - #3: Bobby Womack - If You Think You're Lonely Now

Coming in at number three on our list is Bobby Womack’s “If You Think You're Lonely Now” (from 1981's The Poet). Unlike the other songs on this list, this has balls (for lack of a better word). Bobby’s tired of his trifling, no-good, gold-digging woman, and walks out. No sad goodbyes, no regrets.

“I’ll be looooong gone (and you’ll never find another man to treat you right)!”


Thursday, February 24, 2011

the "REAL" Best Break-Up Songs - #4: Marvin Gaye - When Did You Stop Loving Me...

I first wrote about this song 4 years ago. You can read the longer synopsis here, but to summarize:
  • Marvin Gaye ended up stepping out on his wife with a 17-year old woman by name of Janis Hunter (his muse for the delectable I Want You album).
  • Anna (his then wife) files for divorce and Marvin is forced to pay a large sum of money.
  • Marvin is going through the nose candy like Tony Montana; as a result he can’t pay everything.
  • The lawyers negotiate an agreement that some of the payment would come from Marvin’s next album.
  • That next album is Here, My Dear, where he puts his relationship with Anna on front street (the romance, the problems, the new relationship with Janis).Enjoy.
While the album is a mixed bag of disco and instrumentals, there are a few gems – like “Anna’s Song” and our number 4 break up song.

"When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You" (besides maybe having the longest title in soul music history), is a 6 minute ode to Anna and Marvin’s break-up. He’s uncomfortably transparent in the song, singing lyrics like: "But I can’t understand, is if you loved me, how could you turn me into the police?", "You’ve got judgment on your side, you’ve said bad things and you’ve lied", and "If you ever loved me with all of your heart, you’d never take a million dollars to part".

To paraphrase the late, great Notorious B.I.G. – "Damn, why she wanna stick me for my paper?"

Monday, February 21, 2011

the "REAL" Best Break-Up Songs - #5: Isley Brothers - Let Me Down Easy

Ok, I'll be the first to admit; I got it wrong when I posted that Guy's "Goodbye Love" was the best break-up song ever. My brother immediately called b.s. on it, and he's right; it's not the best break-up song ever recorded. Heck, it's not even in the top 5.

So to rectify that mistake, I'll count down my top 5 (or so). First up is the Isley Brothers' "Let Me Down Easy" (off 1976's Harvest For The World). I love this song; it's one of their most underrated tracks (off one of their greatest albums).

Friday, February 18, 2011

Old School Fridays - "a-k-a James... Todd... Smith"

Sampled from Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers "Ashley's Roachclip" - which might be funkier that LL's track.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Podcast Episode 1 - The Valentine's Day Special

I’m happy to announce the first podcast from The Life and Times of Coltrane Jenkins. I’ve been kicking around the idea for a while, and while the end result isn’t perfect (I hate the sound of my voice), it is pretty neat to put some of my favorite songs in a form that makes it easy to download. Plus, it’s kinda cool to see my podcast available in iTunes.

So, this first podcast is a tribute to Valentine’s Day music – not that syrupy, needy stuff you hear on the radio. You know better than to expect that from us at The Life and Times… Instead, you’re getting sexy and sophcticated music – with dashes of movie excerpts from some of my favorite films.

Enjoy it. Hopefully it’ll be the first of many. Listing after the bounce.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Best Break-Up Song EVER - Guy's "Goodbye Love"

I know, I know... it's been a while... I've been busy... both at the 9-5 and a new feature that I'm rolling out sometime in the new few weeks (rhymes with sodmast).

In the meantime, here's my favorite break-up song - just in time for all the Feb 15th breakups!

Friday, February 04, 2011