Ashford and Simpson
Unsurprisingly, given his later difficulties with memory-debilitating substances, the majority of Merse’s cultural references are drawn from the period before he turned 16. Thus, a notable display of stout defending occasionally prompts his recall of this romantically confident soul-pop duo and their 1984 boast about the stability of their love.
“When he plays, they are solid as a rock, Jeff. They are Ashford and Simpson.”