The Motor City quartet, branded with a menacing moniker - initially Murder Incorporated, Black Murder and finally settling up on the less quarrel-inducing Black Merda—originally served as backing for agent of soul, war-groovster Edwin Starr. Later, they snubbed offers from Motown producer Norman Whitfield and Temptations’ first tenor, Eddie Kendricks, eventually signing with Chicago-based Chess records – home of their favorite album, Muddy Waters' Electric Mud (1968).
In 1970, Chess released Black Merda’s self-titled long player to little fanfare. A killer slab of bullet-laced funk somewhere in between Hendrix-like wailing, scrapyard grinds and the high octane p-funk of Parliament. Patients, Black Merda should have been a stone cold knockout.
The double-barreled bombast of debut single “Cynthy-Ruth” (2095) is the cut rocking our rock ‘n roll stethoscopes. This is a bonafide classic, stamped with its hard-boiled encroaching haze of wah-wahs, soulscarring grunts and ‘Hoo-Hoo’ uppercuts.
Black Merda: Anthony Hawkins; guitar, Charles Hawkins; guitar, VC Veasey; bass, Tyrone Hite; drums
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MP3: Black Merda – “Cynthy-Ruth”
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