'WTNC' Thursday: Catchin' Wreck at the Discotheque

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by Oliver Wang

"WTNC": Thursday

Eddie Kendricks: Girl You Need a Change of Mind. Available on The Eddie Kendricks Collection. [1]
Rare Pleasure: Let Me Down Easy. [2]
Skye: Ain't No Need. [3]
Day three on "WTNC" gets down in a disco mood. If you hate disco, this may change your mind. And if it doesn't, I question your taste level. Diss disco and you diss yourself.


Notes:

[1] As noted in the podcast, I do adore this song for its arrangement and Kendrick's singing BUT one thing has always bugged the crap out of me. Early in the song, Kendricks sings, "now I'm for women's rights/I just want equal nights." I mean...what the hell is that supposed to mean? Obviously, Kendricks is singing this in the early '70s and responding to the feminist movements of the time but there's something annoyingly retrograde about the line. Of course, it's not quite as bad as listening to Kanye rap about white women but...

[2] It's not better than the source material but David Morales puts those pianos to great use on his house jam "Needin U".

[3] I couldn't succinctly explain this on the podcast but Skye's "Ain't No Need" came on a 7" with two versions. The "original" was a fairly straightforward song in terms of structure (verse, hook, verse, bridge, etc.) but the "long version" on the flipside just skipped to the end and then looped it for five minutes of pure groove. What I did was combine the two into a "unity edit" but just so we're clear, this version on the podcast doesn't exist in any actual recorded form.

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