Miami soul scientists Ketchy Shuby's latest video is a psychedelic/schizophrenic take on Nirvana's "Come as You Are." Where Nirvana's version was soaked in bleach and wet with warble, Ketchy Shuby takes the jam out into the South Florida sun to bake, and its arrangement sounds like it could be a bonus track from Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label. The star of the clip is vocalist/Strat-man Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez; as Nirvana's signature guitar line is stripped down to a Stax Records bass line, we follow our hero, JJ He-Ro, as he peels himself out of bed and groggily takes on the day.
This is the second time in less than a week that Hernandez-Rodriguez has been through the ringer on the little screen. In Mayday/Garcia's "Make Some Noise (Freestyle)," he gets royally tanked and into a slew of barroom brawls. In this vid, he gets attacked and chased by a possessed Jerry Garcia doll. Hernandez-Rodriguez's unruly locks and maniacal expressions look amazing onscreen; we hope to see this wild man in a lot more videos.
Kurt and company make a few bootleg cameos too! It isn't until the song is almost over and the unhinged laughter starts to fade that we hear the well-known riff, as played in a puddle on saxophone.
Ketchy Shuby's "Come as You Are" takes what Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band did to "Stay Away" on Spin's Newermind compilation and chases it down with a couple of space cakes.
Come as You Are by KETCHYSHUBY
They've included a little bonus material at the end of the video. It looks like bassist Matt Pyatt is hanging outside of CocoWalk, across from Johnny Rockets, and trying to cheer up a girl who may be named Dr. Shoemaker with some jokes. She claims to have a lot of patience, or patients.
Ketchy Shuby performs live at Shake in the Vagabond on November 10, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Click here.