4 The Temptations are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included “Ball Of Confusion” is also noteworthy for its overtly political themes, something that Motown songwriters were generally encouraged to shy away from throughout the company’s 1960s heyday. 1 "Ball of Confusion" is among the Temptations' most covered songs, with versions by the It was famously covered by Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Wickes, Kathy Najimy, and other actresses in the film Sister Act 2.
It was also used in the intro of the film Tropic Thunder. "Cleveland Rocks" was written by an Englishman. It reached #3 on the US pop charts and #2 on the US R&B charts.
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"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" is a 1970 hit single for the Gordy (Motown) label, recorded by The Temptations and produced by Norman Whitfield.
Whitfield took "War" and reworked it as a single for Gordy solo artist Edwin Starr (for whom it became a #1 hit), while he and lyricist Barrett Strong wrote the more subtle "Ball of Confusion" for the Temptations.When they first saw the sheet music for the song, The Temptations didn't think they would be able to pull off the rapid-fire delivery required for the song. It can also be considered a kind of proto-rap song, as many of the lines are spoken or intoned, rather than sung.
"Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" is a 1970 hit single for the Gordy …
Like "Psychedelic Shack" before it, "Ball of Confusion" delves head-on into psychedelia, this time with a strong political message.
The song has been covered by a number of other artists, including Tina Turner in 1982 and English alternative rock band Love and Rockets in 1985.
This was one of the many psychedelic soul records that Norman Whitfield wrote and produced for the Temptations between the late '60 and early '70s.
We are witnessing the ball of confusion gaining momentum as it steamrolls downhill at frightening speed. Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song.
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