Friday, April 27, 2007

In Rotation - Friday's Frivolity (Part VII)

It's Friday afternoon, the week is almost over and I will let my iPod get me in the mood for the weekend. I've decided to let my "100 Least Played" Playlist do the trick. These are songs from lesser played playlists, but favorites of mine nevertheless... enjoy!
  1. "It's Your Thing" from the Isley Brothers Live LP by The Isley Brothers

    This is a live version of the oldie standard by the Isleys.

  2. "I Belong To You" from the I'm Your Baby Tonight LP by Whitney Houston

    Back when Whitney was Whitney... please come back to me, baby!

  3. "Sweet Sticky Thing" from the Gold LP by Ohio Players

    Takes me back to the days when bands used real instruments like trumpets, saxophones, pianos, and real drum sets... almost want to pull out that old Afro wig for old time sake.

  4. "Jungle Love" from the Ice Cream Castles LP by The Time

    This LP was basically The Time's part of the "Purple Rain" soundtrack... these boyz were tight and are right up there with The Revolution in my book!

    "Junge Love. Oo-ee-o-e-o! Think, I wanna know ya!"

  5. "The Rooster" from the Speakerboxxx LP by Big Boi (Outkast)

    I'm not quite sure what was going on with this 2 album set... were they feuding when each member of Outkast did his own LP or was this by design? I'd love to get the lowdown. But in the meantime, I'll just bop my head to the beat of "The Rooster." Cock-a-doodle-doo!

  6. "Da Da Da" from the Emancipation (Disc 3) LP by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

    This is what rap should sound like.

  7. "The Makings of You" from the A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield LP by Aretha Franklin

    A cover of the Curtis Mayfield song... I love these treatment by Aretha Franklin.

  8. "Eric B. Is President" from the Paid in Full LP by Eric B. & Rakim

    Old Skool Rap: no b*tches, no hoes, no gun play, no n-word... none could do it better. "Nominated my DJ the President."

  9. "'Round and 'Round (Merry Go 'Round of Love)" from the Guy LP by Guy

    Teddy Riley getting his chops with that New Jack Swing back in the early 90's.

  10. "Dance (Disco Heat)" from the The Original Hits LP by Sylvester

    Damn, I love this song ... that unadulterated, pulsating beat and the need to work up a sweat in the Disco Heat.

  11. "Who'd She Coo?" from the Gold LP by Ohio Players

    Who did she coo?!? What does it mean? I have no idea. But that opening fanfare by the horns is worth the price of admission.

  12. "The Show (Live)" from the The Art of Story Telling LP by Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh

    More Old Skool Rap from the masters of the genre... I remember steppin' to this with my frat brothers when I was in college!

  13. "Our Love" from the On The Radio - Greatest Hits LP by Donna Summer

    More disco-era music from the Queen of Disco... those tight-ass polyester pants, stacks, silk shirt, and a gold chain... HOLLA! NOTE: audio from "I Feel Love"

  14. "Clouds" from the Life is a Dance: The Remix Project LP by Chaka Khan

    All of the remixes on this LP are the jam... you can throw on this CD and have an instant party.

  15. "Shout" from the Fanmail LP by TLC

    TLC at their best... one of the last efforts by the group before they were broken up by the death of Left Eye Lopez. How soon we forget what an impact these three young ladies had on the music industry before Destiny's Child.

  16. "Yeah!" from the Confessions LP by Usher f/t Lil' John & Ludacris

    Usher gettin' in the hip hop game with a lot of help from some of Atlanta's finest.

  17. "777-9311" from the What Time Is It? LP by The Time

    An all-time personal favorite of mine... I'll take this over just about anything written or sung by anyone! And at just 8 minutes, there's plenty of time to get your groove on.

    "baby, what's your phone number. i know i'm kinda fast, but i can't waste time!"

  18. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP by Beatles

    In elementary school, our music class actually "studied" the Beatles and their music until they broke up in the late 60's. This album features a number of musical styles and is a personal favorite of mine... I love "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds" and its not so veiled reference to hard core drug use.

  19. "New Position" from the Parade LP by Prince

    "Gotta find a new position... something that will make it alright!"

  20. "Standing On The Top" from the Bustin' Out: The Best of Rick James LP by The Temptations & Rick James

    An oft-neglected collaboration between Motown stablemates, The Temptations and Rick James. Obviously, it was a Rick James vehicle that employed the tight harmonies of the fading Temps.

  21. "Sensuous Whisper" from the Conversation Peace LP by Stevie Wonder

    When I think of pure musical genius, only two names come to mind: Prince... and Stevie Wonder!

  22. "Cause I Love You" from the Spark of Love LP by Lenny Williams

    This has got to be SADDEST love song in the history of R&B... seriously!

  23. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" from the Hot Rocks: 1964-1971 (Disc 2) LP by The Rolling Stones

    Their longevity doesn't rival that of The Isley Brothers, but in the annals of Rock, they have to be up there at the top. Rockin' with the Stones!

  24. "Step by Step" from the The Preacher's Wife LP by Whitney Houston

    From the soundtrack for the movie that starred Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington... only fitting to start and end my list with Whitney Houston.

Well, now it's off to an end-of-year conference with my daughter's teacher... I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

BLOG UPDATE (04-28-2007): plezWorld added embedded audio for select songs, courtesy of


Dave said...

Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh. That is a blast from the past! ^^

plez... said...

...also, if you didn't know, this is called "The Show"! *smile*

David Sullivan said...

I know you are from ATL especially with all your Ga. Tech love. I corrected it on my post and I added you to my must read list.

CapCity said...

Plez, u've got to start adding sound bites! this list is such a "tease". LOL! thanx for the blast!

plez... said...

Yes, ma'am... actually, i had planned on doing it with this post, but ran out of time and had to go to my daughter's school for a conference with her teacher (which went very good!)... if i get some free time, i'll update this blog entry with some more sound bites or videos from YouTube. Thanks for the suggestion!

i hate being a "tease"!!! *smile*

Anali said...

Great list! I swear every time I hear "Eric B is President" it sounds better and better.

CapCity said...

Glad to hear all was well at school with your li'l girl! I know u weren't surprised, though;-).

Hmmm, u've just made me think of a survey I need to put on my blog! thanx:-)

plez... said...

anali and capcity,
i just added some embedded audio files so you can HEAR your favorites!

Lori said...

Hey Plez,
Love your list! Talk about some back-tracking memories.

Just the other day as I was driving my son to baseball practice, I asked if he wanted to hear The Show (Doug E. Fresh) or Last Night A DJ Saved My Live (Indeep). You'll be happy to know he opted for The Show. I think I've kinda worn him out on the latter (LOL).

plez... said...

oh wow! haven't heard "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" in long time: "i can fix it, in the mix. i can fix it, in the mix... in the mix... in the mix!"

Anonymous said...

OOOOHHHH, THANX, Plez:-) I NEED to learn how to do that! Can U "learn me a thang or two"...about adding to & enhancing my blog? U know I'm still "tripping off" of Sistah Alexyss & her southern drawlll. LOL!

u shouldn't be surprised that the first clip I listened to was Sweet Sticky Thang! LOL!

And thanx for coming through my spot & participating in my survey!

CAP (who's too lazy to log in tonite;-)

plez... said...

i've started deleting Anonymous posts, but i'll give you a pass! *smile* it's easy to add the music links, just go to and enter the song or artist in the search box. just paste the EMBED link on the right side of the page into your blog! INSTANT MUSIC!

SWEET STICKY THING, huh?!? you're a bad, bad girl! *smile*

CapCity said...

Thanx for the pass & the info. on how to add music, Plez. I'm not "so" bad;-) - check out my newest poem:
About Being Pretty. Then let me know what u think:-).

mark said...

Yo Plez I am suprised to that you have the beatles seargent pepper lonely hart clubs band. I thought I was the only black person who loved the beatles, anyway Sgt. Pepper is a nice song. By the way for your weakest 100 list it Taint bad at all. Peace brotha Plez.

plez... said...

very nice poem... see my comments on your blog.

my love for the Beatles was compulsory! Mr. Marchasani (my elementary school music teacher and band director) was a fanatic about the Beatles, so for at least half of one school year, we sang, we studied the words, and interpreted songs by the Fab Four! it just so happens that Sgt Pepper was probably the most reviewed album because of the controversial songs (especially the not so veiled reference to drug use in "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" which was about trippin' out on LSD and Ringo's only lead vocals on "I Get By With Alittle Help from My Friends" which was about copping some marijuana from his "friends"). pretty heavy stuff for some 11-year olds and 12-year olds, huh?!?

but as i always say, education isn't always found in math equations and english books!

CapCity said...

"education isn't always found in math equations and english books" ... hmmmm, NOW who's the 'bad' one? (raised brow:-)...thanx, as always for stopping through my blog & leaving encouragement!

mark said...

Yo Plez try this version of sgt pepper

Also the beatles have a song I love called I am the Walrus

Supposedly John Lennon was spacing of the acid when he wrote this song.

Amazing how they put messages for all kinds of things into music, I heard that dylan said Smokey Robinson was the greatest poet alive for the songs tracks of my tears which I was told meant herion tracks on ones arm also the supper (RIP) Rick James was talking about marajauna in the song mary jane from what I hear.

And we all know the poetry of curtis mayfield.

Good post plez my brother.

plez... said...

thanks for the YouTube link for the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... it was soooo freakin' psychadelic... i loved it!

and about Rick James, i saw him in concert over 20 years ago AND his whole persona was built around his love of those "left handed" cigarettes ... and most of the people in the audience loved them, too. i am sure that i got a CONTACT HIGH at that concert! and i recall that his stage decorations included two life-size joints that smoldered during his his entire show. and if you listen to several of Rick James's songs, you'll hear reference to the Mary Jane: "Fire It Up", "Give It To Me", and "Busting Out (of L-7)".

mark said...

Yo brotha Plez not to beat dead horse but I love the beatles beacause they always gave love to thier musical roots black american music, also they were prolific song writers and george harrison just happens to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time.

" Something is a true love and ballad that works on so many levels especially that unique guitar playing of George Harrison I cant get his guitar style out of my head.