He's Misstra Know-It-All
|"He's Misstra Know-It-All"|
|Single by Stevie Wonder|
|from the album Innervisions|
|B-side||"You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover "|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Length||6:08 (full-length version)|
|Stevie Wonder singles chronology|
"He's Misstra Know-It-All" is a UK hit single by Stevie Wonder for the Tamla (Motown) label, from his Innervisions album, which reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1974. The song takes the form of a mellow ballad with a steady beat, principally a solo performance with Wonder providing lead vocal, background vocal, piano, drums, handclaps and congas. Ethereal flute-like sounds are provided by his TONTO modular synthesiser. Willie Weeks, on electric bass, is the only other musician. Towards the end of the song the mood changes, to a stronger feel, more strident singing and with hand-claps emphasising the beat, half-beat and quarter-beat.
The song was released again, in 1977, in both the UK and US, as the B-side to "Sir Duke".
The song is essentially a long description of a know-it-all confidence trickster character who is a "man with a plan", who has a slick answer to all his critics and who has "a counterfeit dollar in his hand."
- Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, piano, drums, handclaps, TONTO synthesizer, congas
- Willie Weeks – electric bass
- Danny Grant, from the album The Light Of Day
- Moxy Früvous, from the album Fruvous Live
- Heleen van den Hombergh, from the album Here, There & Everywhere
- Eric Van Aro, from the album Friends
- The Synthesizer Rock Orchestra, from the album Classic Trax of Stevie Wonder
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