The millennials have their rap and hip-hop; we had Motown and funk and I believe we got the better deal. Marvin Gaye is everything a Kanye West might always want to be – and never can. Sorry, Kanye, but the truth is hard sometimes.
2. Marvin Gaye – “Mercy Mercy Me” (1971)
Editor’s Note: Over the spring and summer we launched the PJ Lifestyle Music at Midnight feature, highlighting reader suggestions for great songs worth featuring. One contributor’s infectious enthusiasm and good nature won us over. He’s since expanded his music recommendations to a series of list-article-mix tapes. Now in this daily feature we’re going to start drawing from his lists (and growing an archive of them) to discuss the songs and artists included. Who should be included next? What ideas do you have for music or other culture or lifestyle ideas you’d like to see discussed at PJ Lifestyle? Get in touch DaveSwindlePJM AT gmail.com or @DaveSwindle on Twitter. Here’s Allston’s archive so far that will launch this feature, but he’s got more list-mix-tapes in the works (coming tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PST is his collection of violin masters):