Marvin Gaye ‎– Sexual Healing

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CBS ‎– BA 223007
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Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
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(P)1982 CBS Inc.
Made in Australia by CBS Records Australia Limited.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): MX202182
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): MX202183

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CBSA 2855, A-2855 Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing(7", Single, Big) CBS, CBS CBSA 2855, A-2855 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
CBS A 2855 Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing(7", S/Sided, Single, Promo) CBS CBS A 2855 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
38 03302 Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing(7", Single) Columbia 38 03302 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
AS 1587 Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing(12", RE, Unofficial) Columbia (2) AS 1587 US Unknown Sell This Version
CSR 1221 Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing = Cura De Amor(7", Single) CBS CSR 1221 Peru 1982 Sell This Version

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onelittle

onelittle

September 16, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
In 1981 Marvin Gaye's biographer David Ritz visited his subject, hiding from a capsizing career and fighting drug addiction, in Ostend exile. Spying a cache of S&M porn in the singers' flat, the writer suggested the Gaye should be seeking 'sexual healing' rather than what he felt to be aggressive stimulus. So, Gaye asked Ritz to script lyrics for a hit (one which later ended in writs, Ritz uncredited).

As a "healing" act, the songs lyric fails close scrutiny beautifully. First, the banal rhyming (oven/lovin', longer/stronger, feeling/healing, tonight/right, morning/stormin'). Then, their message: less about mutual respect through loving than 'my emotional stability is leaving me' so come round here and give us a fuck cos that will make me feel better 'bout myself.

However, the song, backed by the smooth chatter of a TR-808 rhythm track, is so seductively performed with a peerless vocal, that its faults can be glossed over. Just give thanks that the single edit fades right before the moment where Gaye can be (mis?)heard rhyming "procrastinate" with "it's not good to masturbate"…