WAR

Latest update on 05/05/2017

Artist: Temptations
Author: Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong
Label: Gordy
Year: 1970

On their lp Psychedelic Shack.

Covers:

1970:

Edwin Starr [with The Undisputed Truth on backing vocals; n°1 US; still faces radio bans any time a military conflict comes too close for comfort]

1982:

D.O.A.

1982:

Jam

1984:

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

1986:

Bruce Springsteen [introducing his live version with the message: "In 1985 blind faith in your leaders or anything will get you killed"; top 10 US]

1994:

Laibach

2002:

Joan Osborne

2007:

Boyz II Men

2010:

Sandrine

Motown wasn't the most obvious record label for an anti war song, not even in 1970. Berry Gordy's first choice was to launch it as an album track, not as a single. He didn't want to risk a good running band as The Temptations for what he considered an unpatriotic cause. That's why the single release was for newcomer Edwin Starr.

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