Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Opinions on Drive-By Truckers & Torres

Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their sound, and for their groundbreaking glamour. This week, Jim and Greg talk to Mary Wilson of The Supremes about her days at Motown, and how the group became international ambassadors representing an entire community. Jim and Greg also review new records from the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers and indie singer-songwriter Torres.

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Mary Wilson


Mary Wilson's latest book, Supreme Glamour, details her legendary career at Motown Records (and her legendary collection of glamorous costumes). This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Mary Wilson of The Supremes about the beginnings of the group, their dizzying hit-making highs, and what it took to keep the group together after the exit of Diana Ross.


Torres Silver Tongue

This week, Jim and Greg review the new release from indie singer-songwriter Torres. Silver Tongue is Torres's fourth album, but she's no stranger to Sound Opinions, having been a guest on the show back in 2015. Greg loves this album and how Torres blends synths with finger picking guitar. She also ups the hook quotient in her writing, making for a great record. Jim agrees, and loves Torres's literary, lyrical tone. They both find her genuine and transparent songs to be refreshing and enjoyable.

reviewDrive-By Truckers The Unraveling

Drive-By Truckers American Band

Drive-By Truckers have been at it since 1998, but on their 12th studio album, The Unraveling, Jim and Greg agree they‘ve found something new to say. Coming three and a half years after their“most political album,”2016’s American Band, The Unraveling goes all-in on topical songwriting in a way the Truckers have never attempted before. Jim says the effort works because songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley focus first on the victims of the current political climate and let that animate their writing. Greg points out a sub-group of songs that focus on characters who feel like they're fugitives in their own country: "Rosemary with a Bible and a Gun," "Armageddon's Back in Town" and "Slow Ride Argument." Jim calls "Thoughts and Prayers" an earworm with an insideous hook.


Featured Songs

  1. Diana Ross & The Supremes, Someday We'll Be Together, Someday We'll Be Together (single), Motown, 1970
  2. Diana Ross & The Supremes, Reflections, Reflections, Motown, 1967
  3. Lena Horne, Stormy Weather, Stormy Weather, RCA Victor, 1957
  4. Sil Austin, Slow Walk, Slow Walk (single), Mercury, 1956
  5. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Why Do Fools Fall In Love (single), Gee, 1955
  6. The Temptations, Isn't She Pretty, Meet The Temptations, Gordy, 1962
  7. The Supremes, Your Heart Belongs To Me, Meet The Supremes, Motown, 1962
  8. The Supremes, Where Did Our Love Go, Where Did Our Love Go, Motown, 1964
  9. The Supremes, You Keep Me Hangin' On, You Keep Me Hangin' On (single), Motown, 1966
  10. The Supremes, Things Are Changing, Things Are Changing (single), Advertising Council, 1966
  11. Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations, I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations, Motown, 1968
  12. The Supremes, A Change Is Gonna Come, We Remember Sam Cooke, Motown, 1965
  13. The Supremes, The Happening, The Happening (single version), Motown, 1967
  14. The Supremes, Baby Love, Where Did Our Love Go, Motown, 1964
  15. The Supremes, Floy Joy, Floy Joy (album version), Motown, 1972
  16. Mary Wells, My Guy, Mary Wells Sings My Guy, Motown, 1964
  17. The Supremes, Up The Ladder to the Roof, Right On, Motown, 1970
  18. The Supremes, Come In To My Life, Mary, Scherrie & Susaye, Motown, 1976
  19. The Supremes, Bad Weather, Bad Weather (single), Motown, 1973
  20. The Supremes, We Should Be Closer Together, Mary, Scherrie & Susaye, Motown, 1976
  21. The Supremes, You Can't Hurry Love, The Supremes A' Go-Go, Motown, 1966
  22. The Supremes, Automatically Sunshine, Floy Joy, Motown, 1972
  23. Torres, Good Scare, Silver Tongue, Merge, 2020
  24. Torres, Last Forest, Silver Tongue, Merge, 2020
  25. Torres, Dressing America, Silver Tongue, Merge, 2020
  26. Torres, Good Grief, Silver Tongue, Merge, 2020
  27. Drive-By Truckers, Thoughts and Prayers, The Unraveling, ATO, 2020
  28. Drive-By Truckers, Grievance Merchants, The Unraveling, ATO, 2020
  29. Drive-By Truckers, Heroin Again, The Unraveling, ATO, 2020
  30. Drive-By Truckers, Babies In Cages, The Unraveling, ATO, 2020
  31. Drive-By Truckers, Slow Ride Argument, The Unraveling, ATO, 2020
  32. Drive-By Truckers, 21st Century USA, The Unraveling, ATO, 2020
  33. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Shallow, A Star Is Born Soundtrack, Interscope, 2018
  34. Cymarron, Rings, Rings, Entrance, 1971
  35. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds, Pet Sounds, Capitol, 1966
  36. The Beach Boys, God Only Knows, Pet Sounds, Capitol, 1966
  37. Luniz, I Got 5 On It (feat. Michael Marshall), Operation Stackola, Noo Tribe/Virgin, 1995