|Song by Stevie Wonder|
|Single by Sunlightsquare|
|from the album Urban Latin Soul|
|Genre||Soul, Latin music|
"Pastime Paradise" is a song from the 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life by grammy winning artist, Stevie Wonder. The song has been known for being one of the first to use a synthesizer (the Yamaha GX-1) to sound like a full string section.
The lyrics attack the materialistic and pleasure seeking society of the modern times. The song is said to have a religious tone due to its use of a choir and Hare Krishna chanters. Lyrics such as these represent behavior that Wonder finds as sin: "Tell me who of them will come to be. How many of them are you and me? Dissipation of race relations, consolation, segregation, dispensation, isolation, exploitation, mutilation, mutations, miscreation, confirmation to the evils of the world."
Covers, samplings, and parodies
Some of the artists who have covered Pastime Paradise include, Patti Smith, Ray Barretto, Najee, Eläkeläiset, Sunlightsquare. (The latter had released it as a single in 2008). The song had been sampled by over a dozen artists, some including Time by Mary J. Blige, Crack by Scarface, and Jailbreak by Dirt Nation. Most notable is hip hop artist Coolio's cover "Gangsta's Paradise" that samples the chorus and music.