“Pump It Up” and “Lipstick Vogue” reveal Elvis Costello’s songwriting skills had reached a higher level. His then-new band, The Attractions, also helped kick it up a few notches.
Haunting songs, a Bowie cover, and maybe a peek at the direction the band was heading until tragedy struck.
With this Motown hit, a new vocal style was born for Diana Ross, more pop than soul, but with a sensuality and sexuality unmatched at the time.
From the lengthy guitar-monster that is the title track to a sonic representation of the apocalypse at the close, “Maggot Brain” is Funkadelic’s best work.