Tuesday 31 May 2016

5 Songs About: Infidelity

'Contagious' by The Isley Brothers
Eternal, 2001, DreamWorks Records
Probably most notable about this song is how a story was able to stretch over the course of four songs and seven years, 'Contagious' features the two main protagonists in this story, R Kelly and Ron "Mr Biggs" Isley, marking their third outing with a spat over Chante Moore.  The tension reaches critical levels as, in true soap opera fashion, the two lovers are caught in the act.

'S##t D##N M##### F####R' by D'angelo
Brown Sugar, 1995, EMI Records
Undoubtedly the darkest song taken from the bible of what was neo-soul music.  The genius of this somber jazz number lies in its simplicity.

'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' by Gladys Knight & The Pips
1967, Motown Records
Most associated with Marvin Gaye, we thought it would be fun to include Gladys Knight's version, which came out a year before Gaye's.  Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, the song was initially recorded by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, as well as The Isley Brothers - both versions of which were not passed for release.

'Smooth Operator' by Sade
Diamond Life, 1984, Epic Records
Sade's first top ten hit in the US, this is probably the song that depicts the ultimate playboy fantasy - a man who flies across the world leaving a broken heart at every stop.

'Just Be Good To Me' by The SOS Band
On The Rise, 1983, Tabu Records
Another song that's had its fair share of covers, this time by Mariah Carey, Beats International and Shayne Ward, the list couldn't be complete without this definitive 80s classic.

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