The Supremes: Floy Joy (1972)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Supremes: Floy Joy (1972)

In the mid Sixties when people were earnestly looking to Bob Dylan for answers, someone asked him who his favourite poet was.

"Smokey Robinson," he replied.

Fair call. Smokey's songs like Got a Job had wit and Tracks of My Tears had heart. You can't add or subtract a word from My Guy or You Really Got a Hold On Me.

But even poets have their off days and you'd have to think Smokey was at a low point when he scribbled down Floy Joy -- and so were the Diana Ross-less Supremes to accept it.

Mary Wilson gamely does her best with the banal lyrics but there's not a lot to be said for it other than it at least sounded like the Supremes of the mid Sixties thanks to the Funk Brothers.

But it was a top five hit (because of its simplicity?) . . . and perhaps it was an early example of bubblegum pop (because of its simplicity?).

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

The Soft Boys: That's Where Your Heartaches Begin (1978)

The Soft Boys: That's Where Your Heartaches Begin (1978)

How about these for song titles? It's Not Just the Size of a Walnut; Wading Through a Ventilator; Have a Heart Betty, I'm Not Fireproof; I Want to Be an Anglepoise Lamp; Sandra's Having Her Brain... > Read more

Chris Farlowe: I Just Don't Know What To With Myself (1967?)

Chris Farlowe: I Just Don't Know What To With Myself (1967?)

The British r'n'b singer Chris Farlowe enjoyed a number of hits in the Sixties -- notably his cover of the Stones' Out of Time -- and this Hal David-Burt Bacharach song is much better known in... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Mi-Sex; Original Album Classics

THE BARGAIN BUY: Mi-Sex; Original Album Classics

Given just how much synth-pop is around these days, maybe it's timely to note this cheap reissue of three albums by a New Zealand band that bridged post-punk New Wave and synth-pop, and garnered... > Read more

CHRISTOPHER GUEST, MICHAEL McKEAN AND HARRY SHEARER INTERVIEWED 2003: Tap into folk

CHRISTOPHER GUEST, MICHAEL McKEAN AND HARRY SHEARER INTERVIEWED 2003: Tap into folk

It was less a mighty wind which briefly blew through town than a brisk breeze in the form of actors Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean. The trio may not be glossy-page stars... > Read more