There are any number of crappy songs I never need to hear again, including the entire Styx and Steve Miller catalogs and, most of all, John Mellencamp's revolting "Our Country." Then there are some legendary songs that I'd like to go 10 years without hearing, if only because I've been subjected to them so many times over the years that I'm numb to their original charms. In that group, I'd include every single by the Temptations and the Four Tops. I don't want to hear their songs on the radio, as the backdrop to a credit card commercial or, especially, as a comeback vehicle for Rod Stewart or Michael McDonald. I don't want to hear them in the elevator, at the mall or in the supermarket grocery aisle. But, after a suitable period of Motown abstinence, I'd like to listen to "My Girl" all over again. I think then and only then will the Motown magic be rekindled, at least for me. The Temptations and the Four Tops take the stage at the Nokia Theatre, 1001 Performance Place in Grand Prairie, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $39.50 to $59.50 (plus $12 for parking). Call 214-373-8000 or visit
Sat., Dec. 30, 8 p.m.