BLACK MERDA!(Pronounced "BLACK Murder")
The Internationally Acclaimed First Black Rock Band!
You Heard About Them! Now Hear Their Classic Albums! "Black Merda" and "Long Burn The Fire" On one CD "The Folks From Mother's Mixer" For The Very First Time!
Another sought after disk by collectors is the band’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Foxy Lady recorded on a local Detroit label in 1967, as the "Soul Agents", the first cover of a Hendrix song on record.
1.The international kudos are piling high for Black Merda…a choir of hipsters including Julian Cope, the Beastie Boys, DJ Z-Trip and Peanut Butter Wolf have praised Black Merda! (Fred Mills, The Merda Files, The Detroit Metrotimes Dec 1 2004)
2. Hard to believe, but it started with a single cassette. In 2001, a Chicago record collector compiled a cassette for a friend in Memphis consisting of obscure, long-forgotten 45s by black hard-rock and psychedelic-funk groups from the 1970s, among them a little-known Detroit quartet called Black Merda. This cassette was copied for another friend, who copied it for somebody else, with the collection eventually circulating as a bootleg CD titled "Chains & Black Exhaust" that consolidated underground interest in this strange, largely unexplored sub-genre of rock 'n' roll. The unexpected beneficiaries of this subterranean buzz are Black Merda, which returns to a Detroit stage for the first time in 30 years Saturday night as one of the highlights of the Motown Winter Blast festival. (Ben Edmonds, “WHAT A BLAST! '70S PSYCH-FUNK OUTFIT BLACK MERDA WILL TAKE DETROIT STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS!” Detroit Free Press, Jan 21, 2005)
3.Among the most intriguing of the groups featured on this tape (Chains & Black Exhaust) was the Detroit quartet Black Merda...By the time this magazine appears, they will have played their first show together in 30 years, and seen the reissue of their two albums on the CD "The Folks From Mother's Mixer". (Ben Edmonds, “My Soul Has Been Psychedelicised” Special "Psychedelic!" issue Of Mojo magazine Feb 2005)
4.Thankfully, Tuff City has rescued Black Merda's forgotten LPs from obscurity and released them both on one badass disc, The Folks From Mother's Mixer (Funky Delicacies), proving that George Clinton's Funkadelic weren't the only psychedelically enhanced R&B unit blowing Motor City minds in the late 60s. A recent reunion gig in Detroit suggests that we have not heard the last of Black Merda. (Tim Perlich “Perlich’s Picks” Now Magazine Online Edition Mar 24 2005)
5.They rubbed shoulders with the cream of the Motor City, including Funkadelic, the Temptations, Edwin Starr, Bob Seger and the MC5. They recorded for the legendary Chess Records. And they picked up the torch of Jimi Hendrix to pioneer a distinctive breed of African-American Psychedelia! (Fred Mills, “Black Merda: It’s a Detroit Rock Thing” Harp Magazine Nov 1 2005)
6.George Clinton was still wearing sharkskin when this Detroit quartet with the gangsta name (originally Black Murder) started freaking out in 1968, dunking its funk in acid-rock guitar and voodoo-doo-wop vocals. Black Merda (1970) and Long Burn the Fire (1972) -- the first issued by Chess, both on this CD -- suffered from misguided production, but the Psychedelia is sturdy and dirty. "Cynthy-Ruth" and the title groove slink and seethe like the Meters locked in a Motor City garage in the dead of winter. (David Fricke Rollingstone Magazine Review Nov 28 2005)
7.PLENTY OF REISSUES SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY, but few have had such an impact as Tuff City’s recent re-release of Black Merda’s The Folks From Mother’s Mixer. A “psych-funk” classic from an underground scene that existed in the Midwest for a short time in the ’60s and early ’70s, it came out last year and generated a cover story in the Detroit Metro Times and reviews in Rolling Stone and England’s revered Mojo magazine. (Jeff Niesel,"Funkadedic Relic: Black Merda's First Show Outside Of Detroit In 30 Years"! Cleveland Freetimes Jan 23 2006)
8.A little rock-and-roll trivia for you: What band heralds itself as the first 'black rock band'? If your answer was Living Color, you're way off and probably need to google the name Black Merda, the essential Detroit psychedelic band to which the designation belongs. (Matthew Chernus, Black Merda, The Cleveland Scene Jan 24 2005)
9."A classic in the black rock vein." (Dusty Groove America)
10.The genre Psych-Funk has reached critical mass within the past year, and no one embodies it more than Black Merda. The Folks From Mother’s Mixer is the first CD ever by these musicians, who were more than 30 years ahead of their time. (Aaron Fuchs, Tuffcity Records)
11.One of the most depressingly familiar phrases you hear when investigating bands that slipped under the radar is "They were ahead of their time". Often used as an excuse for bands that didn't sell well this cliché can also sometimes hit the nail right on the head. One of these select groups where the statement runs true is Black Merda…Anyway, being ahead of your time is pointless if you don't have the music to make a lasting impression and this band certainly have it.
Good luck features even more heavily dirty guitar, once again check out the harmonising the group bring over the groove... I can't believe this was slept on on initial release; this is deeper than deep funk rock and it's fucking fantastic.(Ear Fuzz.com Review Jan 31 2006)
12.And now, here is a long overdue collection of Black Merda's tunes, a fantastic boiling pot of power-rockin, axe-lickin' psychedelia akin to Hendrix and Scorpion, jailbird Muddy Waters-esque blues, and an abundance of dusty-ass funk--making Black Merda Motor City's (if not the rest of the country!) tightest and coolest black rock bands, ever. ([MT] Mahssa Taghinia The Other Music.Com Feb 2 2006)
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