Song of the Day #3,706: ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ – Marvin Gaye

My top ten 1971 albums represent some of the best music of the whole era, but that year was loaded enough to produce even more albums worth mentioning.

This week, I’ll feature tracks from five celebrated 1971 albums I don’t know very well. Some I’ve heard before, some I’m hearing for the very first time. They might not have cracked my own top ten list, but they all help round out the musical portrait of 1971.

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Song of the Day #332: ‘What’s Going On’ – Marvin Gaye

marvingayeOne of my musical pet peeves is songs about current events, particularly protest songs. Even worse are songs that name-drop political figures.

A classic example, in an otherwise good song, is this verse from Sting’s ‘They Dance Alone’:

Hey Mr. Pinochet
You’ve sown a bitter crop
It’s foreign money that supports you
One day the money’s going to stop

Hey Sting… spare me.

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