Tacked on to the deluxe CD edition of Marshall Crenshaw's now legendary 1982 debut were some bonus tracks which included a few M.C. demos and some live covers. One of those covers is an old Detroit soul track by The Parliaments, "Look At What I Almost Missed," written by George Clinton sometime between his first and second diapers.
The Crenshaw version popped up on shuffle yesterday and it took most of the song for me to realize what I was listening to. Sound quality was a bit raw, and Marshall's voice didn't immediately click, but still, I was beguiled. I can't recall ever listening to the bonus live tracks more than once since I first purchased the disc and I know I had never heard the original...until yesterday.
Now, of course, I am obsessed with The Parliaments.