Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band are pretty unfuckwitable at this point, but this is even better than expected. This song was done for a free SPIN compilation of Nevermind covers; Bradley & Co could’ve easily done a straight forward soul version and called it a day. It probably would’ve been good too. Instead they take it a few steps beyond, and come up with a heavy mean proto-psychedelic garage soul number (Bo Diddley’s heavy rock period comes to mind). Which isn’t just good as hell, it’s also fairly clever conceptually – you can make a decent argument for this sound being an early progenitor that eventually led to grunge as we knew it.
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