I know, I know. You could quite happily live the rest of your miserable life without hearing Duffy’s “Mercy” ever again. And I know, I know, Mark Ronson has taken 60s soul-style production and made it yawnsomely ubiquitous.
But there’s something about The Third Degree’s cover of “Mercy” that has the ability to silence that over-analytical part of one’s brain. It gives a glimpse of what Duffy could have sounded like with a slightly rougher edge. She’d almost certainly be worse off financially, mind you.