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Marvin Gaye — Inner City Blues
Album: What's Going On
Avg rating:
8.5

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Total ratings: 1793









Released: 1971
Length: 2:52
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Dah, dah, dah, dah
dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah
Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have nots
Money, we make it
Fore we see it you take it
Oh, make you wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
This ain't livin', This ain't livin'
No, no baby, this ain't livin'
No, no, no
Inflation no chance
To increase finance
Bills pile up sky high
Send that boy off to die
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah
Hang ups, let downs
Bad breaks, set backs
Natural fact is
I can't pay my taxes
Oh, make me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Yea, it makes me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Crime is increasing
Trigger happy policing
Panic is spreading
God know where we're heading
Oh, make me wanna holler
They don't understand
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah
Dah, dah, dah

Mother, mother
Everybody thinks we're wrong
Who are they to judge us
Simply cause we wear our hair long
Comments (215)add comment
 Soopertimes wrote:
Total rip off of Inner City Pressure by the most socially conscious band of their time 'Flight of the Conchords'
 I sure hope you're joking...
c.

Sad that this song, after nearly 50 years is still so relevant.
Its that bass. Its quite hypnotic while being provocative.

Hey...I just described my girl friend.   
Total rip off of Inner City Pressure by the most socially conscious band of their time 'Flight of the Conchords'
Genius. Timeless. Just as apt, if not more so, than when it came out. Can I bump to 11?
 ziggytrix wrote:

Wrong. Comparing the absolute best of one genre to the worst of another? That's disingenuous at best. 


 

I should have probably given an example of something I feel comes close to this song from that genre.

Now if you hate all rap as a rule, you'll hate this, so don't bother, but if you think some rap is OK, check out Madness by Deltron 3030 off their self titled album. It's on a concept album (all the songs are set in the year 3030) but it is (IMO) a masterpiece of hip hop and evokes many of the same feelings as Gaye's Inner City Blues.
Ahhh for the Love of Marvin!!!!!!!!!!!!
its the bass. 
A perfect 10. But Bill, there is a five-minute edit you should be playing.
One of the best songs ever made!
Musical Magic!
 flyboy50 wrote:

Right...?

 
Wrong. Comparing the absolute best of one genre to the worst of another? That's disingenuous at best. 


And to think that his record company didn't want him to record this album. Unbelievable!

Yea, it makes me wanna holler
And throw up both my hands
Crime is increasing
Trigger happy policing
Panic is spreading
God know where we're heading

Yowza!

 

 Shmelo wrote:
 old_shep wrote:
Hard to believe this kind of stuff has been replaced by Rap, Thug music, and Hip Hop.

"Replaced"? "Thug music"?  

 

"You kids and your hippity hop thug raps,  get off my lawn!"   *shaking cane*

 



 
I know a guy who can handle 'em.  In his spare time he talks to chairs.
 maryte wrote:
Out of 1164 votes, 86 people have rated this a 6 or lower.

There's having an opinion, and then there's just pure stupidity.

 
6 is "Pretty Good". Just saying.
 maryte wrote:
Out of 1164 votes, 86 people have rated this a 6 or lower.

There's having an opinion, and then there's just pure stupidity.

 
Once my plan for World Domination is completed, there are 86 people I'll be visiting. Actually I think I'll just send round Marvin's Dad instead.
Out of 1164 votes, 86 people have rated this a 6 or lower.

There's having an opinion, and then there's just pure stupidity.
As far a music History goes one of the top albums produced do to its music,lyrics and recording technical quality. Each song lead to one another and told a story and made a statement of the times. Yes a 10 ! 
 old_shep wrote:
Hard to believe this kind of stuff has been replaced by Rap, Thug music, and Hip Hop.

 
Right...?
 old_shep wrote:
Hard to believe this kind of stuff has been replaced by Rap, Thug music, and Hip Hop.

"Replaced"? "Thug music"?  

 

"You kids and your hippity hop thug raps,  get off my lawn!"   *shaking cane*

 


WHY IS THERE NO WAY TO RATE THIS AN 11!?
 vesta0424 wrote:
It really does not get much better than this, does it?

 
No...
The definition of SOUL....unbelievable stuff.
 old_shep wrote:
Hard to believe this kind of stuff has been replaced by Rap, Thug music, and Hip Hop.

 
First of all,  Rap is an element of the Hip Hop genre and not a distinct genre unto itself. Secondly, thug music is also just a term for a style of hip hop music originated by the late, great rapper Tupac Shakur. Thirdly, the sub genre of hip hop that you're probably aiming your critical finger at is "gangster rap."

In any event, hip hop didn't replaced 70s R&B or Funk any more than 80s college music replaced new wave or punk. Genres don't kill others genres,  they simply make them feel less relevant to new audiences. Also,  a nasty coke problem and an ornery father sped up Marvin Gaye's death, not hip hop. 

 
If anyone is guilty of rating this any less than a "10"....well....whatever! {#Bounce}
love Marvin's work, awesome 
It really does not get much better than this, does it?
Amazing how timeless this (and other) tunes are today as the day they were written and recorded.
 old_shep wrote:
Hard to believe this kind of stuff has been replaced by Rap, Thug music, and Hip Hop.

  True that. He used the universal and timeless language of jazz. He insisted on some of the best jazz musicians and had a very chill atmosphere in the studio. Wonder what he'd sound like today?


I play the What's Going On album every week, and it never fails to impress upon me how this tune, written many decades ago, is still a commentary on our current society.

What happened to the generation of the 60s-70s that fought for social change? (This includes me)
They sold out or gave up. 
Groovy days
 frandoms wrote:
The lyrics are like they're written yesterday
 
Written 44 years ago . . .

"Trigger-happy policemen"


. . . Hmmm, sadly, it would appear that some things never change.
The lyrics are like they're written yesterday
glad i caught this—sends me…ahhh marvin
later gonna put the old vinyl on 
thanks! 
Hard to believe this kind of stuff has been replaced by Rap, Thug music, and Hip Hop.
this sounded fantastic following the track by TOR----sometimes you guys hit the right spot! what a beautiful set of songs!
 Bleyfusz wrote:
Seems like the previous track sharpened my ear for this song. Have heard it a thousand times already, but now it seems the very first time to me.

 
I was just thinking similarly. Every time I hear this is it seems fresh, timeless, and unfortunately, relevant.  Eventually we have to stop attributing it to coincidence.
{#Bananajam}{#Fire}{#Clap}{#Fire}
 old_shep wrote:
Sorta like Smoky Robinson, only good.

 
How old are you shep?

Opinions are like.....holes, and everyone is entitled to one, but a rip of freakin' Smokey Robinson - the genius who gave us, in no particular order:
You've Really Got a Hold on MeThe Way You Do the Things You DoThe Tracks of My TearsThe Tears of a ClownMy Girl I Second That EmotionGet ReadyAin't That Peculiar 
Seems like the previous track sharpened my ear for this song. Have heard it a thousand times already, but now it seems the very first time to me.
My favorite MG song... Timely.  Relevant.
Sorta like Smoky Robinson, only good.
As good a theme track as there is for the urban '70s. I see almost every movie of the time flash before my eyes.
 LizK wrote:
Drugs.  
 
Firearms. 

Easy 10, this one, tho.  
One of the best basslines of all time!
{#Fire}...{#Fire}...{#Fire}...!
What's going on?  Still a very relevant question.

beautiful and profound song from a truly great album...  love it...
 
Lowers my blood pressure so nice and organically
Nice way to start my work day.  My fav MG song!!   {#Cheers}
"Make me wanna holler - throw up both my hands"  RIP Marvin {#Notworthy} 10

that's mood music right there...makes you ache with ectasy


fine work mixmaster, these are above effective tunes you have brought to us this evening, oh my and now the Stones! Many bows
Smooooth brotha
Favorite Marvin Gaye song...
Brilliant. That's all there is to say.
The best album from the best soul singer of them all...the opening chords of this song still give me goosebumps after all these years...
Wow ... very nice segue after Gotye—Smoke and Mirrors—yeah! {#Sunny}
 WonderLizard wrote:

While it's true that for a time, had a severe cocaine addiction, that isn't what killed him. He was shot to death by his father.
 
Check out the Wikipedia entry on Marvin. His father did a number on Marvin and the family that spanned decades. The gunshot was just the final insult. 
was a fucked up day until the beginning of this song comes through the speakers, and  then I have to raise the volumn, listen and revere this special contribution to our musical history

really love it, thank you RP
 ziakut wrote:
Marvin Gaye is pristine with soul and musicality. I only wish he didn't live such a short life. Such is a shame. 
 
LizK wrote:
Drugs.  
 
While it's true that for a time, had a severe cocaine addiction, that isn't what killed him. He was shot to death by his father.


This song puts a spring in my step this spring night...

 
 ziakut wrote:
Marvin Gaye is pristine with soul and musicality. I only wish he didn't live such a short life. Such is a shame. 
 
Drugs.  
 BigIslandBlues wrote:

Who is Martin....and why do you hate him?  {#Ask}
 
Yeah....do you mean marvin, i think he is pretty good
 sandyclaws wrote:
 

 {#Yes}  One of the best albums ever recorded, IMHO.  {#Notworthy}
 
Well put. I totally agree with this!
Marvin Gaye is pristine with soul and musicality. I only wish he didn't live such a short life. Such is a shame. 
 DoctorHooey wrote:
As much as Marvin and this album are untouchable to me, I just can't resist posting this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLEK0UZH4cs 
 
Hoot! Make me wanna hollah!!

 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 
 Axelito wrote:

Hate Martin

 
Who is Martin....and why do you hate him?  {#Ask}


 Axelito wrote:

Hate Martin
 
Too much hate in the world today, enjoy life instead.
 Dave_Mack wrote:
Love Marvin.
 
Hate Martin

Love Marvin.
 ejmusik wrote:
This song is so relevant today and not just in the inner city. The best music from Mr. Gaye was his consciousness period. The social-economic state must get better for everyone in the USA!!!
 


Well said...  this is a great song...

 
This song is so relevant today and not just in the inner city. The best music from Mr. Gaye was his consciousness period. The social-economic state must get better for everyone in the USA!!!
The Seattle PBS recently ran a great documentary on Marvin, I think it was the American Masters series.
Mercy mercy - the man gives me chills
 WonderLizard wrote:
  DeeCee1109 wrote:


Clear Channel will end free over-the-air radio.  Can't wait until I can get streaming Internet "radio" in my car . . . .

You can now if you have an iPhone or Droid and download the Radio Paradise widget. Simply connect the earphone output from the phone to your car's MP3/minijack input. Et voila! I do this with my Droid. Very cool. 
 
Doesn't work so great on long car trips when you hit the Edge (2G) wastelands in the midwest though.  I wish the Interstate highways were blanketed in 3G, but that's what podcasts and mp3s are for.  :)

After the first couple notes, I think 'Ahhh, Marvin'. So perfect, so sad.

This is what the 'Godlike' rating is for. Damn.
 nate917 wrote:

Getting shot by your father is not a very rockin' way for a great musician to die.  So much cooler to die like Paul McCartney in a terrible auto accident.

 


nice one

 On_The_Beach wrote:

So good.

A timeless classic.

  

 {#Yes}  One of the best albums ever recorded, IMHO.  {#Notworthy}
No one cares, no one sympathizes. You just stay home and play synthesizers - Inner City Pressure.

 DeeCee1109 wrote:


Clear Channel will end free over-the-air radio.  Can't wait until I can get streaming Internet "radio" in my car . . . .

You can now if you have an iPhone or Droid and download the Radio Paradise widget. Simply connect the earphone output from the phone to your car's MP3/minijack input. Et voila! I do this with my Droid. Very cool. 


As much as Marvin and this album are untouchable to me, I just can't resist posting this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLEK0UZH4cs 

Outstanding selection
{#Music}


We be dancing to this smooth groove...  love it...


God I'm glad I grew up in the soul music era of the 60's and 70's. This white boy be groovin'. Really sad to see this sound disappear and  get replaced it seems by poetic junk called rap that has no peaceful feelings to it like this stuff, and wow, RP follows it up wiht Gimmer Shelter, the Stones, but ever heard Grand Funk Railroad's version. Yeah man. Far out man.
 helgigermany wrote:
Nice!
 

Yes, this is fantastic...


 Coaxial wrote:
There needs to be a 12 for this .
 
BUMP!!:)
{#Music}
There needs to be a 12 for this .

When I was a kid with a transistor radio, listening to this on CKLW out of Detroit, it sounded like he was singing "throw up on my hands."

Getting shot by your father is not a very rockin' way for a great musician to die.  So much cooler to die like Paul McCartney in a terrible auto accident.

Incomparable!!!!!!!
10 to the 10th power.
Nice!
Still true today, 30-odd years later...
Brilliant!



So good.

A timeless classic.


MARVIN!  My Man!

{#Devil_pimp}

 RedGuitar wrote:
Man, I like how RP can go from Tom Petty to U2 to Steven Wilson to Marvin Gaye to ....
Love it - it's like radio in the 60s.
 
Totally agree! This is a very nice rotation!

Hey I like some Prince 'n some Marvin Gay{#Roflol}
Man, I like how RP can go from Tom Petty to U2 to Steven Wilson to Marvin Gaye to ....
Love it - it's like radio in the 60s.
This is pure perfection.  Such a sad story, and one that continually needs to be told.  No one did soul music better, ever.

10, you betcha.
Everytime I hear this song, I smile...can you hear Lem Barney, and Mel Farr in the backround?...short sweet pop music perfection
 paddydolan wrote:
One quibble: Use What's Going On as the album for this cut. It's only the greatest soul album ever, but it's as good as any album ever, in any genre.
 

Wouldn't it be massive to hear the entire series of songs, the suite?

PLEASE OH PLEASE BILL!


This song is soooo good for the ears...


 DeeCee1109 wrote:


Clear Channel will end free over-the-air radio.  Can't wait until I can get streaming Internet "radio" in my car . . . .
 
Nephew uses his iPhone with the audio out connected to the AUX IN on the head unit.

A masterpiece - will outlast 99.99% of the songs out there.

Riff


 kcar wrote:
This song still works today—but the blues are about all of America now, and not just the inner city.
 
You really think things are as bad out in the middle-class suburbs as in the inner city?  Try living there.  You have no idea.  The strength of the folks (mostly older women) who quietly hold together life in the inner city puts the rest of America to shame.

Puts nearly everything else to shame.
 Flashdog wrote:
Never can be tired of this one, Sad that these lyrics still speak to the same problems from 30yrs ago.
 
Problems which are eternal to the human race, unfortunately.

a GREAT track.... and also not likely to be covered by raisins... {#Lol}
The hollering is diminishing.

   — B. Obama
One quibble: Use What's Going On as the album for this cut. It's only the greatest soul album ever, but it's as good as any album ever, in any genre.
Reading the comments about how radio used to be, I feel cheated. I am not young (39) but not old enough to say I remember radio in those days. What I remember of 'good radio' was the local college in NE Iowa and how the music there was so much more varied than 'mainstream' radio. Not that I didn't listen to KOKZ or KFMW or even win concert tix from them. But even some 1330 Am was a stretch differnt. My peers don't get my fascination with RP.

They don't look for the more abstract stuff on Rhapsody when loading their MP3 player.

I just played this while I took my Christmas tree down a couple of days ago —very loud!  He was so great.
Oh yeah.....thanks Bill!
 Deadwing wrote:


I feel your pain- here in Cincinnati there is a station called WEBN, In the early 70s it was the most amazing radio anyone could ever wish for- they played Zappa, Kottke, Floyd, Monty Python, just amazingly eclectic and cutting edge. Now Clear Channel owns them and they play tired crap like Freebird all day every day (like ANYONE needs to hear that old bloated whore of a song one more time). Frickin shame...
 

Clear Channel will end free over-the-air radio.  Can't wait until I can get streaming Internet "radio" in my car . . . .
{#Roflol}