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Taboo Love

Sunday, February 04, 2018

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No love song playlist would be complete without an ode to the prohibited. Sure, we all know forbidden love is wrong, but hey, sometimes it feels so good to be bad.

My Little Secret - Xscape
This second single from the group's third studio album Traces of My Lipstick was a smash hit produced by Jermaine Dupri and released in 1988. The song is made even more poignant because of the fact that it was the last official single by the group before they disbanded. Just goes to show, like the lyrics suggest nothing lasts forever.

“You're my little secret
And that's how we should keep it
It's everybody's everybody's mind, about you and I
They think so, but they don't really know…”

Me & Mrs Jones - Billy Paul
Found on Paul's 1972 album 360 Degrees of Billy Paul, the ballad delivers unbridled sultriness at the conflicted joy of the forbidden fruit.
“Me and Mrs Jones
We got a thing going on
We both know that it's wrong
But it's much too strong…”

If Loving You Is Wrong - Luther Ingram
This sizzler from the 70s saw many a raised eyebrow at the late singer's proclamation to the world that he was throwing caution to the wind and rocking it all for an adulterous love affair.
“If loving you is wrong I don't wanna be right
If being right means being without you, I'd rather be wrong than right…”

Secret Lovers - Atlantic Starr
Recorded in 1984, the duet between group members Barbara Weathers and David Lewis, tells the story of love in dysfunction junction, with the justification that their spouses have their own secret lovers, as well.

“Here we are
The two of us together
Taking this crazy chance
To be all alone…”

Creep - TLC
The Dallas Austin - produced hip-hop soul banger from the sassy trio's sophomore 1994 album was a sly nod taboo love, even if that love was only the slimmest of chances at surviving.

“So I creep, yeah just keep it on the down low…
So I creep, yeah, cause he doesn't know what I do…”

As We Lay - Shirley Murdock
No love song playlist would be complete without an ooe to forbidden love.
Murdock's 1986 release was stunning in the boldness of its lyrics wrapped in a soulful R&B groove.

“It's morning
And we slept the night away
It happened
Now we can't turn back the hands of time
Yes we've stolen this moment
We forgot to face one simple fact
We both belong to someone else
As we slept the night away…”

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