There a many stories about how Marvin wrote this tune, but the truth is indeed stranger that fiction!
It’s a little know fact that Marvin was sitting at the piano as usual after a really rough night and after some prompting from the engineer was heard to say “what’s going on man?”. It transpires that he was really ‘fuddled up’ after a long session.
Ima Leaiar confirms this in her statement to the WLPT, saying “Yeah, he was pretty out of it at the time, so it was a natural thing for him to ask what was happening. The band were waiting for a song to play, the studio was ready and set up, but Marvin just stared into space in a stupor.
The lyrics of the song we all know and love actually came from the back of a cereal packet Marvin was holding, as he had a really bad case of the munchies at the time.
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