Searching for Motown background info
When ever I feature a song in my postings I will search the internet for any interesting background information I might be able to use. One of the best sites is not surprisingly Wikipedia. Last week I was searching for information about a Motown track, and Wikipedia was unusually of little help. I typed the name of the song in to Google, and was directed to the most amazing blog called Motown Junkies (see link below).
The greatest Motown blog ever written?
This blog is quite amazing, and I wonder if there’s anything out there in Blogland, that comes anywhere near it for sheer background information. The aim of the blog was to write a detailed review of every Motown track ever released, starting from 1959 – I hadn’t realised that Motown went back that far. The reviews themselves are so detailed and are written with a passion for Motown that goes way beyond my own.
The level of detail is astonishing
It is a real labour of love and the amount of detail is astonishing. It gives details of the original USA record label – as well as the Motown label Berry Gordy released tracks on a whole bunch including Tamla, Miracle, Gordy, Mel-o-dy, VIP, and Soul. Interestingly when EMI got the rights to distribute the Motown catalogue in the UK, it used two of these names to create the Tamla Motown label most of us are familiar with.
The information includes release dates, the writers and producers, and detailed background to the artists themselves. There is then a very detailed review of the track itself which showed the writers passion for this wonderful genre of music. I thought I knew a lot about the history of Motown, but I’ve just read the review of This old heart of mine by The Isley Brothers, and I feel very humbled by just how much I didn’t know about this greatest of Motown hits.
Sadly the blog ends before completing its mission
The blog was started in 2009 and ran for six years, with sadly the job only half completed. The last posting was the above mentioned review of This old heart of mine on 29 June 2015. Thankfully the reviews, that were completed, include those tracks released in Motown’s classic period between 1964 and 1966. Background information to recordings by The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and a whole lot more familiar groups and singers, are all there to be read over and devoured by Motown junkies like myself. I can’t wait to get stuck in.
The Comments section is equally revealing
The blog appears to have had a very passionate following, and this is shown by the comments people have left at the end of each review. Reading these comments you realise just how much Motown touched people lives, and it seemingly left impressions that they want to share with the rest of the world. One of the great things about the internet is how it has allowed people with the same interests and passions to find each other and this blog has given an amazing forum to the lovers of Motown.
Background to the blog
As yet I’ve not been able to find out much about the person who created the blog, other than his name is Nixon, and he’s British. I’ll try and find out a little more information about his own background. In the meantime please use the link below to indulge yourself in the fascinating history of this greatest of dance music genres.
Great News. The creator of the Motown Junkies Blog has been in touch to say that he’s just taking a break, and hopes to complete his reviews of every Motown track ever recorded (see comment below). I’m sure I’m not the only one who will look forward to reading the stories behind their favourite Motown tracks in the future.