b/w Poor Girl
Canadian singer-songwriter R(ichard) Dean Taylor, who we’ve not seen here on Motown Junkies for the best part of two years (since the heartily stupid but sneakily likeable novelty rocker My Lady Bug Stay Away From That Beatle, a record Taylor himself has since disowned), probably wasn’t expected to resurface. But resurface he did; he’d go on to become a valued writer and stalwart recording artist in the late Sixties and early Seventies, and Motown were surely glad to have him around.
Still, there’s precious little evidence of what’s to come on Let’s Go Somewhere, which is awful. R-Dean (as I’m going to call him from now on) re-emerges from his long hibernation, bleary-eyed in the dazzling light of Motown’s Golden Age (which had sprung into life without him), clutching a new song co-written not only by the label’s golden boy Eddie Holland but also introducing one of the most underrated of all Motown writers in James Dean, and proceeds to make an embarrassing, cheesy stab at getting “down with the kids” delivered in the exact vocal style of Howard Crockett. If there was ever an R. Dean Taylor record that deserved to be disowned by its creator – every tape wiped, every music sheet burned, every vinyl copy buried in a landfill in Arizona – it is surely Let’s Go Somewhere. Continue reading »