Ignored Obscured Restored
Back in 1987, Terence Trent D’Arby released an album of organic, neo-soul tracks that stood out from the other R&B of the day due to its lack of artificial sounding instruments and his warm vocal style that reminded listeners of classic soul voices like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye.
The album – Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby – was a huge commercial success internationally and in the US. It was an exceptional album that touched on soul, funk and even a little rock, but it was also hampered by D’Arby’s hubris and conceit. In interviews he called himself a genius (though not a stable genius) and claimed his album was the most important record since The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The album contained “Wishing Well” that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as their Soul Singles chart, and is today’s SotW.
When I was a club DJ in Boston in the mid/late ‘80s, I always enjoyed spinning this number. It was a sure fire crowd pleaser, guaranteed to fill the dance floor… and something the DJ could also appreciate.
Enjoy… until next week.