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The Mardi Kings are a Boston supergroup of sorts. The band features members of some of the city's finest underground bands, such as Tunnel of Love, The Monsieurs, Shepherdess, Nice Guys, The Barbazons, Earthquake Party, and Miami Doritos. They've contributed to an upcoming Bo Diddley tribute album put out by Slovenly Recordings, and if this song is any indication, it's gonna be a weird tribute. "Pretty Thing" isn't going to sound like an obvious Bo Diddley song. All the typical structure of a blues song has been drained out, and instead it's an electronic noise garage rock song. It's an impossibly bizarre version of a blues classic, but that's sometimes the kind of thing we're all in for. The standard chugging blues riff is still there, it's just an electronic squall now.
You can watch the video for The Mardi Kings' version of "Pretty Thing" below. HE'S BAD! 11 BANDS DECIMATE THE BEATS OF BO DIDDLEY will be out February 19 on Black Gladiator / Slovenly Recordings. It will also feature the likes of Andy California, Gino and the Goons, and Quintron and Miss Pussycat. You can pre-order a copy via Bandcamp. For more on The Mardi Kings, check them out on Facebook.