The Song: Built on a Roland TR-808 drum machine beat, "Sexual Healing" signaled a new direction in Gaye's music: not only was he being more forthright in his lyrics, he was embracing new technology to make his music. Aside from the guitars (which were played by Gordon Banks), Gaye played and programmed every note of "Sexual Healing." Released in 1982, the song was Gaye's debut on Columbia Records (he had split with Motown the year before). His death in 1984 was a profound loss, and "Sexual Healing" hints at what Gaye could have accomplished with the advent of synths, samplers and other electronic gear.
The Video: The video above is still-screen with audio due to the fact that the original video is unable to be embedded (watch it here, though).
Hipster Cachet: The song fades out before Marvin's final couplet: "Please don't procrastinate / It's not good to masturbate." What is the hipster lifestyle if not one long, continuous wank?