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Teddy Pendergrass: Workin' It Back (Asylum)

Randall Grass, Spin, January 1986

ONCE, IN church, the lady next to me, looking plain and 30 and man-less, felt the rapture so powerfully that she made Jesus her lover, gasping and moaning, "Jeeesus... ooh, JE-sus, Jesus, Jesus, JEESUS!" in orgasmic exhalations. Love of the flesh and love of the spirit have tended to get confused at times. So when Teddy preached about love's healing power, the ladies threw their panties onstage. And he played along, giving "women-only" concerts and passing out chocolate Tootsie-Roll pops for those ladies overcome by the urge to suck on something brown and sweet.

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