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Monday, August 25, 2008

A Song Too Raunchy to Have Sex To?

posted by on August 25 at 16:07 PM

Back in February, I compiled a list of what I thought were the best songs to soundtrack sexual encounters in OC Weekly (my employer at the time). Space restraints limited me to 17 tracks, but one strong contender for the pantheon that I excluded was Joe Tex’s “I Gotcha.” (You may know it from the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs; older folx may have heard it blazing up the airwaves during the ’70s.) In the piece, I asserted that it’s too raunchy to score your scoring.

How can that be? Well, some songs are so over-the-top with their libido-stoking properties that you feel virtually outgunned by their sounds. Plus, with a tune like “I Gotcha,” its outrageous carnality actually distracts you from the task at hand (or tongue, or some other appendage) and it makes your actions seem almost like a spoof or cartoonization of sexuality. You’re both liable to burst out in uncontrollable laughter, which has been known to throw one off one’s rhythm.

So, yeah, Mr. Tex really gilded the lily with “I Gotcha.” He multiplied James Brown by Wilson Pickett and out came “I Gotcha”—the musical equivalent of a Viagra overdose and busted pubic bones.

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Holy fuck! What are those back-up dancers wearing? What a very funky time that must've been...

Posted by Eric Grandy | August 25, 2008 4:29 PM

Also, yeah. That song's just too damn much.

Posted by Eric Grandy | August 25, 2008 4:30 PM

Laughter enhances sex, Segal.

Posted by paulus | August 25, 2008 5:45 PM

Or so you've heard, Paulus.

Posted by segal | August 25, 2008 9:51 PM

as a testament to the way i don't pay attention to the meaning of songs, i must've played this two dozen or more times out and never really thought about it more than being a solid funk song with an easy to mix opening.

ps. when is clarence carter's 'strokin'' going to make it's triumphant comeback?

Posted by cosby | August 26, 2008 8:56 AM

i always thought "I Gotcha" was mad rapey.

Posted by lar | August 26, 2008 12:34 PM

Yeah, I can see that, lar. It is a tad obsessive and creepy.

Posted by segal | August 26, 2008 3:42 PM

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