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Just as the overwhelming euphoria of a newly blossoming romance can provide fertile ground for artistic expression, creativity energy can also come from the all-encompassing anger and sadness of a love gone bad. And few relationships ever went south with as much tumultuous intensity as American singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye’s marriage to his first wife. Facing a major loss in divorce court that forced him to give her half of his earnings from his next album, Gaye took all the pain and suffering the two had caused each other and used it to forge a scathing rebuke in the form of 1978 cult classic soul release Here, My Dear. Comedian Roy Wood Jr. is no stranger to troubled matters of the heart, though, and analyzes this album with the same dry wit and brutal honesty that led him to become a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and the host of This Is Not Happening.
00:15 – Intro
07:30 – Happy couples don’t listen to Mary J. Blige
11:00 – Trolling of the highest order
16:15 – Easy 5th degree murder
22:15 – Break ups are like car crashes
29:00 – It’s hard to be a fighter if you never want to fight
34:45 – Chick-fil-A v. Popeyes
40:00 – Sometimes dick is smooth and sometimes it’s bumpy
48:15 – Coke by the mound
51:45 – Facts!
54:45 – Under the influence of love
57:45 – Sometimes you play the villain
1:02:00 – Outro
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