"Lucille" - J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Little Richard Cover) [YouTube Live Performance]

Jimmy Haas

by Jimmy Haas

Published September 27, 2013

J. Roddy Walston & The Business performed at New York City's Mercury Lounge last June, and their performance of Little Richard's "Lucille" just hit YouTube. Walston explained the cover to SPIN, saying:

"Little Richard's original recording of Lucille is just one of the greatest rock'n'roll vocal takes of all time. So of course, like a fool, I said we should up the tempo, stretch out the riffs, and cover this song. We wanted the energy to be somewhere between real deal rock'n'roll and a full on Nirvana-esque freak out. It worked and I think it helped us see where we wanted Essential Tremors to land."

The description he gave definitely makes sense, as the vocals are a mix of Little Richard's signature high-pitched "woo" and Kurt Cobain's messy growls. It's an intensely fervent performance by the whole band, and Little Richard would undoubtedly approve.


You can get J. Roddy Walston & The Business' new album, Essential Tremors, on iTunes.

Here's the original Little Richard version, in case you haven't heard it.


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