Originally released as part of a small run of sides for his own Hit Sound (and Hit Bound) and the local Miami Wax-Wel labels in the late 60s and early 70s, lo fi anthem ‘Do Your Stuff’ was reworked with the help of Arnold Albury’s The Rising Suns to produce this raw, bass heavy, hard hitting funk 7’’.
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This gleeful tune proves that it would be an extremely validating experience to be in Pearstine “Perk” Badger’s band. As a conductor, telling his band where to go and what to do, he is overwhelmingly kind, compelling his drummer to their thing, complimenting them on being “tough”, and telling the guitar player he’s all sorted as he asks for soul. “Organ man, come on in!” -- who wouldn’t, on that request? Of course, the most important interaction he has is with his bassist: “I wanna hear you talk / I wanna hear you walk”. On “Do Your Stuff”, you hear him walk and then dash and then run.
Demarcated as parts one and two of the same song, the first side documents Badger’s love of soul and zest for life, while the second fades in on him introducing and then showing off his band. On both sides, it’s the basslines that keeps things tethered, lending Badger an indelible groove to serve as the listener’s life coach over. Badger’s motivational energy is what makes him a compelling frontman: he seems to believe in the mobilising, life-changing effects of soul music, the idea that serendipitously hearing a tune on the radio could be the most important moment of your day. That’s kinda lovely.
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