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Of course when I first heard my eventual favorite Stevie Wonder song, it was just the shortened single version on KYNO-AM, which they didn’t even have to edit to make a single, as there is a repeated chant of “living for the city” about halfway through which was perfect for the single fade.
So I’ll just say that I don’t exactly remember when I heard the full album version, but I know it was over the radio and I know that it blew my mind, and I know this apocalyptic art-funk cautionary tale is not just the greatest thing that Wonder ever recorded, but one of the greatest things anybody ever recorded. And except for “other voices” in the middle, every single fucking note was Stevie Fucking Wonder.