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The JB’s – You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks & I’ll Be Straight (1973)

March 3, 2017

While every day seems to bring another political twist or turn, we all know this is nothing new. In the ’70s, James Brown’s band ‘The JBs’ were not only the funkiest outfit in town, they also had a political voice. This track is an absolute classic, with horn arrangements from trombonist Fred Wesley and Mr. Brown expressing himself as usual.

“Watergate” is the general term used to describe a complex web of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of President Nixon’s administration between ’72 and ’74. The word specifically references the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. and ‘activities’ such as bugging the offices of political opponents and investigations of activist groups and political figures. Nixon resigned before he could be impeached but was subsequently pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.

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