Seein’ The Bad Side

After Smokey Robinson’s genre-naming 1975 album A Quiet Storm, his music became more hit and miss.  I score “Why You Wanna See My Bad Side,” from 1978’s Love Breeze, as a hit. Smokey acknowledged disco’s existence as early as 1973’s Smokey, but this is one of his sturdiest nods to the sound that ruled pop in the second half of the 70s. It’s firm on the low end, with plenty of insistent, ticking percussion. The bass bludgeons it’s way through the hook, but Smokey glides–“chiiiiiiiiiiild, honey, honey chiiiiiiiiiild.” He may have become more inconsistent, but he never lost his knack for melody. Youtube doesn’t have the song on it’s own, but its the first song in the video below, which sounds like it was ripped from a frequently-played version of this Motown Special Disco album.

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