From The Vault: Marvin Gaye – ‘Sexual Healing’

Published: Sunday 14th Jun 2015 by Joe

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.

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  1. Stephy. June 14, 2015

    FINALLY! A post worth clicking on! Love this song. His voice was everything to me. Luther was another one. RIP to great male singers…

  2. Sandra June 14, 2015

    What a coincidence, I’ve heard this song multiple times out in different places in the last few days. Marvin Gaye is truly a legend!

  3. Fleetwood Mac stan June 14, 2015

    Woooooooooo! this is my jam baby S*** and classy without coming off as a dirty s** crazed hussie (waddup grey thongz)

  4. Fancy BISH June 14, 2015

    This has to be one of the greatest songs of all time…everything about this song is so smooth and sexxy…that unforgettable groove! That amazing voice! So classy and sensual…masterpiece.

  5. You wanna love it right bettor like you do then my funky money June 15, 2015

    His voice is everything and wonderful spirit music of his

  6. Barb-wire June 15, 2015

    And Robin Thicke thought he could do it like Legend Gaye.

  7. burton brooks October 5, 2017

    I knew one of the background dancers name Monique to his right we grew up together . . Very pretty young lady who we never seen after that!

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