Tuesday 28 November 2017

Hew's Misstra Know It All

I think it was Stevie over at Charity Chic Music that commented recently that us Bloggers tend to overlook classic, popular records by artists in favour of the more obscure tracks or singles that never really made it. I must confess and hold my hands up to this. Frequently I have heard something by some artist on 6Music or a track has been thrown up randomly on the Ipod and I have thought to myself "I will need to post something by them but not that, everybody knows that, I will need to find something a bit more, well less known"

So on Friday night when I had an urge to dig out the single of today's track I decided that even although it was a hit and everybody knows it I was going to post it. He's Misstra Know-It-All was released in 1974 for and reached number 10 in the UK charts, so it was pretty popular and was the final track on Stevie Wonder's wonderful Innervisions album that was released the previous year.

The track is basically a 5 minute description of a con-man, with a plan and an answer for everything which was aimed straightly at Richard Nixon, the then president of the United States and thoroughly dishonarable character but it could be equally aimed at many clowns in the public realm at the moment, take your pick it's not hard to find one it is apt for.

Stevie Wonder plays every instrument on this track and supplies every sound apart from Willie Weeks bass playing.

Stevie Wonder -  He's Misstra Know-It-All


The Swede said...

An absolute classic, that's for sure.

Charity Chic said...


Unknown said...

I think "He's Misstra Know-It-All" got overlooked because of other tracks on Innervisions such as "Higher Ground","Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" and "Living for the City". It's a fine anti-Nixon song, but it boggles my mind that there are still folk out there who think he was a great statesman.

Brian said...

Eerie, but I listened to Innervisions in its entirety last night.

Swiss Adam said...

I was singing this to myself the day before yesterday. Great tune.

Marie (Vintage Spins) said...

Frankly, I've never understood ignoring a great pop/soul classic for a (sometimes) mediocre, but rare track. I tend to post the songs that I love. If they're obscure, that's great, but if not it doesn't matter to me. I really enjoy it when other bloggers post "hits" that perhaps I haven't heard in a long time.