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True story.

First semester, freshman year at Mizzou, fifth floor Hudson dorm. I stop by Mike & what’s-his-name’s room because they had a TV and I didn’t, and between the two of them a very nice collection of records they could play on a very nice stereo which I also didn’t have.


I’d just arrived and am standing there in the doorway when MTV played Terrence Trent D’Arby’s “If You Let Me Stay” as the Hip Clip. I stood there until it was over, left without having said a word, walked down to the record store and bought the whole album, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby. It might not have been “the most important album since Sgt. Pepper’s,” as D’Arby had boasted, but most of it was pretty darn good. This cut and “Wishing Well” have both held up nicely, and Michael Bublé just covered “Who’s Lovin’ You” on his recent new album.

In fact, I was going through the track listings before I played the new Bublé and said out loud, “‘Who’s Lovin’ You?’ The old TTD song? No way.” Didn’t think anyone but me still listened to that one.

So Bublé’s still a fan, too, it seems. Not bad for a half-crazy kid who went AWOL from the Army to go make some records.


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