|9. The O’Jays, “Used Ta Be
My Girl.” Best smooth-jazz electric-guitar song-opening riff
this side of Steely Dan; what’s more, would Steely Dan have
the ‘nads to open a song with the line “Good lovin’/the
girl’s got plenty good lovin’?” Well, yes, OK, maybe,
but this song retains its power to soften even the hardest heart.
“Not only good-lookin’/the girl was so smart!/you can’t
beat her cookin’/Ahhhhhhh.” What time is it? About