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Tamla Motown’s First Supergroup: The Miracles.

Tamla Motown’s First Supergroup: The Miracles.

Above Photo: Screenshot of The Miracles’ lead singer, Billy Griffin singing Love Machine on US TV. When I look at these images, I wonder how this band would be marketed today – no doubt as heat-packing badass rappers.

I mention The Miracles’ single, Love Machine in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, as it remains a stand-out single from the mid-1970s discos I was going to in suburban Liverpool, long before I got into Punk.

A look that worked in the 1970s. Screenshot of The Miracles performing Love Machine on US TV.

A look that worked in the 1970s. Screenshot of The Miracles performing Love Machine on US TV.

The Miracles were phenomenally popular in the US, where they were often referred to as Tamla Motown’s first Supergroup, and they had over fifty chart hits in less than 20 years.

The relevant sentence referring to Love Machine from the book.

An extract from Bombed Out! mentioning the track.

Love Machine was released in 1975 and proved to be the band’s gateway to much wider international success, the single reaching Number 3 in the UK charts in 1976, where it became the band’s only chart entry following the departure of Smokey Robinson.

When I look at these images now, I wonder how this band would be marketed - no doubt as heat-packing badass rappers.

Another screenshot of  the same TV performance.

The song has been used in countless films and has been covered by many artists including Wham on their 1983 album ‘Fantastic’, which their cover most definitely wasn’t. I didn’t think it added anything to The Miracles’ version, but that’s another story…

Below is a You Tube links to Love machine.

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My recently discovered, dusty copy of the Love Machine single.

My recently discovered, dusty copy of the Love Machine single.

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