Slacker Radio recently introduced me to Mofro and their exceptional album and song “Blackwater.” Which reminded me of one of my all-time favorite bands, Clutch, and the refrain from the chorus of “The Swollen Goat”: “Bury your treasure, burn your crops, blackwater rising and it ain’t gonna stop.” Which in turn made me think of what is perhaps my favorite Blitzen Trapper song, the sublime “Black River Killer.” And then of course I thought of the godfather of blackwater songs by the Doobie Brothers, which 40 years later is still a spectacular piece of music.
So here are all four for your enjoyment, followed by the best scene from any sitcom ever, when the Doobie Brothers showed up and Shirley’s diner to bust some nefarious music pirates on “What’s Happening.” You’re welcome.
Clutch: The Swollen Goat
Blitzen Trapper: Black River Killer
The Doobie Brothers: Blackwater
And the pot of gold: Here the Doobie Brothers defend an intimidated innocent rerun and the rights of composers everywhere. As kids, this episode inspired awe for my brother and me. We would sing along during the climactic Doobie showdown: “Then he went to a door, and a Doobie came in, and he went to a door, and a Doobie came in.”