Stevie Wonder's Superstition clavinet, dissected


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#2

I love love love Big Brother from the same album that introduced me to Superstition: Talking Book. That whole album is really special.

Thanks for the reminder.


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Just because a bunch of kids like myself had their brain forever changed and it's too great not to link again: Stevie doing Superstition on Sesame Street.


#4

All hail FUNK!


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The contentID system and abuse of copyright claims has once again shut down public participation in criticism and instruction : http://i.imgur.com/Ugksspx.jpg


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I could swear I've seen Stevie Wonder breaking this song down himself. Does anyone have better google-fu than I do?


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If no one had done so, I would be linking this. You're dead right on this being a brain-changing moment.

My favorite bit of this clip is the kid in the red shirt at the top of the stairs at about the 4:10 mark.

Kid is definitely feelin' the rhythm.


#8

The video is working for me.


#9

TIL about 'Track separation and instrument recognition'


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It's obvious that the "live video" is bogus. Stevie is not playing the main clavinet riff. If it's live, someone else is playing it off-camera. There seem to be a lot of left-handed guitar players on the session. That might be possible (there's one shot with two guitar players, one left-handed and one right-handed). But the bass player is right-handed in some shots and left-handed in others.

The analysis is interesting, but it would have been more interesting if he had isolated and played the different parts.


#11

Is that sax player Lou Marini, who was in the Blues Brothers as well as about a thousand other awesome bands? Looks a lot like him.


#12

Yup!!


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Say what? I agree that Stevie doesn't appear to be playing the clavinet riff. But I see only right-handed guitar and bass players through the whole thing. You're talking about the Sesame Street video, right?

Also, holy speedup, Batman! Starts around 95 bpm, finishes around 115.


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I too was totally gonna post the Sesame Street jam. 70s gold.

...Here's a thought; I reckon this song could totally use re-writing to be a bit more topical...

With lines like,

*Very superstitious, scumbags in control
Very superstitious, justice has devolved
NSA motherfuckers, spying on your ass
Everyone on Earth, in their looking glass*

And so on. Any takers?


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