And I Do Just What I Want/Any Way I Want

This one’s an oddity. On June 3, 2017, I received a message from someone named Ivan who wanted to locate a copy of a Raybeats’ song that was featured in a movie called Nasty Hero, released in 1987. Since I’d never heard of the film, I checked IMDb, found out what it was about, then I checked YouTube. Fortunately, the entire film was there. The song in the movie is called “Any Way I Want.” It’s actually a rendition of “And I Do Just What I Want.” What’s interesting is that “Any Way I Want” is credited (in the film) as being written by the Raybeats; however, “And I Do Just What I Want” was originally written and recorded by James Brown. I contacted Pat Irwin to see if he could shed some light on it; unfortunately, after thirty years, his memory of it was “vague. Very vague.” So it goes.

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