Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cramped and Curmudgeonly, No. 4

The Supremes

10 comments:

Sgt. Cockring said...

Great. A blog about bands you don't like and chicks that don't give you boners.

Mister Parker said...

I'd agree with you assessment of The Supremes except that they sang "Where Did Our Love Go" and "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me" and "Stop! In The Name Of Love" and "You Can't Hurry Love" and "You Keep Me Hanging On" and "Reflections." Other than those, I probably have no use for them.

Actually, it's Diana Ross's post-Supremes career that doesn't work for me ...

The Jestaplero said...

I agree with Parker that those are admirable tunes, but there is something about The Supremes that always left me cold. I find they lack all the warmth and charm I attributed the other day to Phil Spector's pre-Beatles work.

I respond to their music the same way I react to Diana Ross's looks. She's slender and glamorous with great bone structure - my brain tells me I'm looking at an attractive woman while my hormones remain completely unmoved, the same way my ears tell me I'm hearing a classic band but my heart isn't touched.

BTW I don't think this fits into "Cramped and Curmudgeonly": Why would I be the least bit surprised to hear you don't like the Supremes when you've never professed any enthusiasm for any similar music?

Its when you try to deny that Imagine and Let It Be and All Things Must Pass are great albums that it raises an eyebrow.

Sir George Martin said...

BTW I don't think this fits into "Cramped and Curmudgeonly": Why would I be the least bit surprised to hear you don't like the Supremes when you've never professed any enthusiasm for any similar music?

Surprise is not at issue. I quote from the "Comments" section of No. 2 in this series:


You have been misled by my curt summary. You ask for criteria; they are:

(1) beloved music;
(2) that you don't really like.

Mister Parker said...

Can't disagree with a word jestaplero said. I think The Supremes were designed as unobtrusive background music -- if it's on the radio, you sing along, but I suspect nobody puts on a Supremes record and says "I'm going to drop everything and listen to this."

Still, it's well-crafted background music that, to me, has stood the test of time better than the sacks full of background music artists who have vanished ...

lupner chick said...

Agree re:The Supremes -- they lacked passion. Never sounded really interested in what they they were singing about to me, despite the great song material/production. But they did have great clothes . . .

Anonymous said...

yer insane!
clothes indeed..
4 words.. I'm Living In Shame-lacked passion?? chuyuhh!

go suck an asparagus root.

however i do agree w/ parker on the
post-supreme assessment.

Anonymous said...

Have you listened to love child??

are you people insane????
no passion??

Sir George Martin said...

No passion. How can you dispute this point, you anonymous person?

lupner said...

That's funny. Thought to myself later "except for 'Love Child', that had some passion." I like that one. But was talking in general terms. In general, their sound lacked passion, IMO. Perhaps it was Diana Ross's voice, which is too fragile for my taste.

And c'mon -- they did have great clothes.