American Worker

American Worker

by The BusBoys
     
 

In 1980, the BusBoys sent shock waves through the music world with their song "KKK," which found members of a mostly African-American band singing that they wanted to "join the Ku Klux Klan and play in a rock & roll band." Of course, no one in the BusBoys really aspired to be a Klansman -- they were actually ridiculing institutional racism and asserting that if… See more details below

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In 1980, the BusBoys sent shock waves through the music world with their song "KKK," which found members of a mostly African-American band singing that they wanted to "join the Ku Klux Klan and play in a rock & roll band." Of course, no one in the BusBoys really aspired to be a Klansman -- they were actually ridiculing institutional racism and asserting that if African-Americans were good enough to pay taxes and fight in the Vietnam War, they shouldn't be excluded from any part of the American dream, including the white-dominated rock & roll field. Unfortunately, a few simpletons took their lyrics out of context and assumed that the BusBoys were self-hating blacks, but to anyone with half a brain, it was clear where they were coming from. After using shock value and humor to get their anti-racism, pro-working-class message across on their first album, Minimum Wage Rock & Roll, the BusBoys brought an equally sociopolitical agenda to their sophomore effort, American Worker. This likable, if uneven, LP ranges from political offerings like "American Workers," "I Get Lost," and the reggae-influenced "Opportunity" to less provocative, more mainstream pop
ock fare such as "Last Forever" and "Heart and Soul." Regrettably, this 1982 release was the BusBoys' last album on Arista (they wouldn't record another album until the late '80s, when they shifted their focus from rock to synth-funk/urban contemporary). The BusBoys had a lot of potential, and it's unfortunate that they didn't fully live up to it. But despite their imperfections, Minimum Wage Rock & Roll and American Worker are fun albums that deserve credit for taking some risks and making some sociopolitical statements that needed to be made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140956926
catalogNumber:
9569

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

BusBoys   Primary Artist
Michael Jones   Synthesizer,Group Member
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Background Vocals
Victor Johnson   Guitar,Group Member
Gus Lounderman   Vocals,Group Member
Brian O'Neal   Piano,Group Member
Kevin O'Neal   Bass,Group Member
Steve Felix   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Doc Watson   Composer
Joan Armatrading   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Victor Feldman   Composer
Bill Champlin   Composer
Herman Rarebell   Composer
David Ahlert   Engineer
Nicky Chinn   Composer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Irvin Graham   Composer
Steve Klein   Engineer
Brian O'Neal   Composer
Kevin O'Neal   Composer
Jimmy Shirl   Composer
Peter Solley   Producer
Stillman   Composer
Dan Hamilton   Composer
Ann Hamilton   Composer

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