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10 minutes of Stevie Wonder awesomeness
July 22, 2007 3:15 PM   Subscribe

Watch Stevie Wonder play the talk box and the drums. Don't you regret that you stopped playing that instrument as a child, hmm? [Via]
posted by Foci for Analysis (35 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
I love my Stevie! What's he doing these days anyway?
posted by snsranch at 3:32 PM on July 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Man does that guy have soul. Innervisions is one of my favorite albums. His talk box solo is fantastic.

Higher Ground on BBC (1995).
posted by ageispolis at 3:45 PM on July 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Peter Frampton- Guitar Talkbox.
posted by ericb at 3:47 PM on July 22, 2007


Superstition live on Sesame Street
posted by carsonb at 3:48 PM on July 22, 2007


"Around the World" | "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" -- Daft Punk.
posted by ericb at 3:53 PM on July 22, 2007


The talk box was created by Bill West in 1971 for Joe Walsh for his song "Rocky Mountain Way."

The Eagles perform Rocky Mountain Way.
posted by ericb at 4:00 PM on July 22, 2007


BTW -- Peter Frampton sells his own line of custom designed "Framptone" products, including a talk box.
posted by ericb at 4:02 PM on July 22, 2007


Stevie Wonder on the 'Cosby Show,' signing 'I Just Called to Say I Love You .'
posted by ericb at 4:04 PM on July 22, 2007


*signing*

Oops. Typo alert. Since he's blind and not deaf, he wouldn't be 'signing,' but 'singing.' ; )
posted by ericb at 4:18 PM on July 22, 2007


First, great post. I've been kicking around the idea for a FPP about T.O.N.T.O., which I became aware of after viewing this Stevie Wonder video (includes parts of Superstition and Living For the City). Didn't mean to derail, thanks for the links.

"How great it is at a time when technology and the science of music is at its highest point of evolution, to have the reintroduction of two of the most prominent forefathers in this music be heard again. It can be said of this work that it parallels with good wine. As it ages it only gets better with time. A toast to greatness... a toast to Zero Time... forever."

- Stevie Wonder
posted by Sailormom at 4:20 PM on July 22, 2007


So, what happened to Stevie Wonder in the 80's, anyways? I have a theory that somebody stole his Clavinet one day in the late 70's while he was on the road and he just never recovered.
posted by lekvar at 4:20 PM on July 22, 2007


needs more talk box - Zapp & Roger - "Computer Love"

needs more stevie - "Living For The City"
posted by the painkiller at 4:22 PM on July 22, 2007


Oh, and that talkbox solo... goddamn. That's the real stuff right there.
posted by lekvar at 4:23 PM on July 22, 2007


Polysics keepin' the Vocoder and Voicebox alive.
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 4:40 PM on July 22, 2007


And of course David Gilmour's plays the talkbox in "Keep Talking" from the Pink Floyd Pulse tour. (Starting at about the 4.5 minute mark.)
posted by The Deej at 5:11 PM on July 22, 2007


Stevie Wonder exists in the coolness of cool. I managed to squeeze his face into a recent video I made for some friends of mine.
posted by ZachsMind at 5:24 PM on July 22, 2007


Actually, the drum solo clip is a double: it's shown up in this FPP and has been linked to in a comment at least once before in another music thread. But what the hell, you just can't have too much Stevie. Well, pre-80's Stevie, anyway.

BTW, check out how the drummer (who vacates his drum chair for Stevie) keeps a very watchful eye on Wonder while he sits at his kit. I think he might've been a little worried...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:35 PM on July 22, 2007


It's really cool how this thread is turning into a compendium of talkbox links.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:37 PM on July 22, 2007


Good lord, he just tears those drums up!
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 6:50 PM on July 22, 2007


Drum clip at 5:15. Couple of broads totally gettin' it.
posted by Prince Nez at 7:43 PM on July 22, 2007


Jammin' on the one.
posted by Oriole Adams at 8:12 PM on July 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


I will never get tired of that Sesame Street link, or the kid in it who's rockin' out like nobody's business.
posted by hue at 8:14 PM on July 22, 2007


Let's turn it into a link farm of old Stevie Wonder performances instead. In my opinion, his overwhelming talent mandates that this not turn into a ghastly retrospective of cheesy 70s guitar effects.

My submission: Uptight

Let's do Ray Charles tomorrow!
posted by zapatosunidos at 8:17 PM on July 22, 2007


Let's do Ray Charles tomorrow!

why wait?
posted by the painkiller at 8:29 PM on July 22, 2007


Mother of god, that Sesame Street clip... I'm shaken to my core... Stevie Wonder at the apex of his power. Magnificent!
posted by Scoo at 8:34 PM on July 22, 2007


Well thanks a lot for the great Stevie links, Foci! The drum solo just blew my mind! He goes off on some long tangents there and I can't help but think of Eddie Murphy saying 'shut the f*ck up Stevie!' ... buy hey it still works in the end - I was cheering!
posted by mctsonic at 8:53 PM on July 22, 2007


Keep. This. Thread. Coming. Stevie is a goddamned genius.

Also, fuck Anthony Kedis for attempting this song and blowing it royally.
posted by Mikey-San at 10:03 PM on July 22, 2007


Let's turn it into a link farm of old Stevie Wonder performances instead.

Okay! This clip (Superstition, live in the studio) is the total shit. The. Total. Shit. I included it in this FPP on 70's funk a while back.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:04 AM on July 23, 2007


Surely this is the definitive talkbox video?
posted by theothersteve at 12:45 AM on July 23, 2007


Mr Wonder did do an album a couple of years ago; there was a single called So What The Fuss - it must've escaped your attention.
posted by chuckdarwin at 1:44 AM on July 23, 2007


"Mr Wonder"? Are you looking to get a job with the New York Times, chuckdarwin?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:02 AM on July 23, 2007


Love the Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder clip! The rough edges are certainly shorn away, but the underlying soul is still there.

As for the Superstition clip, the shit indeed, as was your previous FPP. Thanks for that research.

I realized recently that Anthony Kiedis has murdered two of my absolute favorite songs: "Higher Ground" and "If You Want Me To Stay" by Sly and the Family Stone.

I always knew I had a mortal enemy.
posted by zapatosunidos at 5:08 AM on July 23, 2007


TAKE THAT DAFT PUNK (pair of overrated musical thieves).
posted by domdom at 3:24 PM on July 23, 2007


You know, I was planning on making some snide comment along the lines of drum solos being so uninteresting that even Stevie Wonder, as cool as he is, can only make one interesting in the sense that "I didn't know Stevie Wonder played drums".

But after watching it, that was pretty cool.
posted by Flunkie at 5:06 PM on July 23, 2007


teh Master Blaster (1982)
posted by Fupped Duck at 10:03 PM on July 23, 2007


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