person two: yeh, didnt you hear? sam dumped her.
person one: ohh. sexual healing.
2. a euphenism from a classic 1983 Top 10 hit by that name by the late great soul superstar Marvin Gaye.
2. On the TV comedy "10 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter" Katie Sagel asked John Ritter (R.I.P.), "Do you believe in sexual healing?".
3. When I saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band live in Columbus, Ohio in 1999 Bruce and Little Steven sang the lines "It takes 2 baby
It takes 2 baby
For me and you..." at the tail end of the 1981 hit "Two Hearts" as an obvious nod to Marvin Gaye. At a later song the band detoured into playing the Al Green/Talking Heads hit "Take Me To The River" and in a ritual he often performs on time Bruce told a fictional story of how he got started in the rock'n'roll business and how the E Streeters came together. He talked about how he went to "the river of redemption with the healing waters of sexual healing". Then he shouts, "I ain't bullshitting you!" Then he went on, leading to band member introductions and finally goading us with "Do I have to say his name?" to introduce the "Big Man" Clarence Clemons.
This dialog is repeated night after night in some form. It's featured on the double CD release "Live in New York City" from the same tour I saw them on. That album's show was also broadcast on a HBO special.