If there ever was a seductive-jam to lock in one’s vault it would be our pick of this week. This week’s From The Vault selection is Marvin Gaye‘s infectious ‘Sexual Healing.’
The classic was released during Fall 1982 and saw the crooner venture further into grown-and-sexy territory. Written and produced by Gaye, it was the first offering from his seventeenth and final album ‘Midnight Love’ – his sole under Columbia after leaving Motown – and is undeniably the artist’s signature song.
From a musical stand-point the jam was a departure from the Motown sound – which at that time was very – Disco-oriented – and lyrically, it is an unapologetic “baby making” track.
Commercially, the song peaked at #3 in the US, #4 in the UK and hit the top spot in Canada.
The video for ‘Sexual Healing’ presents the artist first as a nightclub singer assisted by four female dancers and later on a patient of a sexy lady-doctor who only has eyes for him after drinking the Midnight Love Potion. Fun times.
Throughout his career, Marvin Gaye managed the art of “balancing”, hence why it never felt contrived witnessing him sing about social issues but at the very same time dealing with matters of the sexual persuasion. Indeed, even the “dirtiest” song of his repertoire boasts an air of class.
We wish more artists – especially today’s male R&B stars – would take notes from The Master and express their sexuality in more a tasteful fashion.