First Hit #1: September 28, 1974
Rock Me Gently is not too far off from Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, in theory. Both are songs about sex set to enthusiastic dance beats. While that might be the case, there is a clear difference in delivery and content that makes them very different. Essentially, Barry White is a confident lover, and when he talks about making love to a woman he knows he can deliver and that with his partner they’re going to have a mind-blowing sexual experience. Andy Kim, by contrast, is singing a song that’s basically about being sexually intimidated. Kim always has a touch of fear in his voice, but the chorus is the real indication of this: Rock me gently rock me slowly, take it easy don’t you know, that I have never been loved like this before. I don’t know exactly what is going on in that bedroom – possibly freaky stuff – but it’s clear that unlike White, Kim is not at all confident in being able to deliver on his end. It’s a fun song, and the odd subtext adds a bit of a strange conflict to the lyrics. He wants what’s going on, but it kind of afraid of it too. I suspect most people fall closer to this than the extremely confident White.