Tox Tunes #89: Strange Brew (Cream)

October 26, 2014, 4:28 pm


“Strange brew — killin’ what’s inside of you”


It always seemed to me that the subtext of this song was about drugs, although the lyrics don’t explicitly reference psychedelics or any other recreational pharmaceuticals.

The song, found on Cream’s second album Disraeli Gears, is a reworking of Buddy Guy’s and Junior Wells’ version of an early blues song “Hey Lawdy Mama” that was in Cream’s early repertoire:

Yesterday, Jack Bruce, Cream’s bass player and vocalist, died at home in Suffolk, England. He was 71. His obituary in the New York Times notes that Roger Waters of Pink Floyd called him “probably the most musically gifted bass player who’s ever been.”

Anyone who is fascinated by Cream, as I am, would do well to watch the documentary “The Making of Disraeli Gears”:



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