Death – “Relief”
As the legend goes, Detroit’s Hackney brothers were wooed by Clive Davis in the ’70s based on the strength of their no-holds-barred, somewhat-soul-influenced punk. For the group to be signed, however, Davis ordered that their name be changed, but Death refused, thus sealing their fate as underground heroes. Though brother David passed away a while back, Bobby and Dannis Hackney will revive Death for a new record this year — their first since 1976 — and they’ll drop a single, “Relief” on 2/27 via their website. Hear it at Rolling Stone. Noteworthy: the Hackney legacy continues in Burlington, VT band Rough Francis, a group that features three of Bobby’s sons.