This Sunday I’m back on the decks down at the Southern Cross for one of their regular Sunday “Recovery” Sessions. Trying something different this time though – a DJ set dedicated to the wonder of Stevie – the magic of Stevie Wonder.
I’m a long-time fan of this musical genius, I grew up with his music – the good and the bad – and though I won’t apologise for some of his worst material in the 1980s (nor will I be playing any of that) I reckon he did a lot more than just that incredible run in the early/mid-70s. For a start there’s his start – as a hit writer and teenage prodigy for Motown, the “Little Wonder” that was Little Stevie Wonder. And if you think only of his small handful of great 70s albums you’re forgetting the incredible Songs in the Key of Life, you’re ignoring the (mostly) terrific Hotter Than July and you’ve perhaps not combed through the weird but sometimes wonderful soundtrack album, Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants.
Well, I won’t be ignoring those bits – and if there’s a request I just might play one of the truly awful mid-80s atrocities (I’m enough of a fan to own pretty much everything by Stevie Wonder). But I will be playing my favourites – all those hits and killer-good album tracks from the 1960s and 70s (and very early 80s).
It’s going to be a great, fun set I reckon – Stevie Wonder on a Sunday afternoon, a beer-garden, good food…this is a DJ set I’ve been hoping to do for a while now.