667. The Marvelettes: “Anything You Wanna Do”


Tamla RecordsTamla T 54126 (B), November 1965

B-side of Don’t Mess With Bill

(Written by Stevie Wonder, Clarence Paul and Ronald Miller)

BritainTamla Motown TMG 546 (B), January 1966

B-side of Don’t Mess With Bill

(Released in the UK under license through EMI / Tamla Motown)

Label scan kindly provided by Lars “LG” Nilsson - www.seabear.se.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!The recent slow pace of updates here on Motown Junkies has nothing to do with the music, and everything to do with my busy work and family life, but it’s interesting to see the effect it has on the actual project itself. Way back in the day when this blog was just an idle thought, I buzzed through the whole of the eight or nine volumes of The Complete Motown Singles that existed at the time and made some brief notes on the way through, which I go back to now and again when I come to revisit those songs to look at them properly. In my notebook from 2008 is a comment about Anything You Wanna Do which praises it for being “fun and confident and sassy”; listening to it now, more than five years on, I don’t think I’d call it any of those things.

This is a throwback in more ways than one. It had lain unused on the shelf for a year and a half by the time Motown dusted it off for use as a B-side here, but compared to the intricate, grown-up brilliance of the topside Don’t Mess With Bill, it feels more like four or five years. Continue reading


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