American Worker

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140956926
  • Catalog Number: 9569
  • Sales rank: 103,867

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 American Worker (4:04)
  2. 2 New Shoes (3:29)
  3. 3 Last Forever (3:15)
  4. 4 Opportunity (3:15)
  5. 5 Heart and Soul (3:50)
  6. 6 I Get Lost (4:35)
  7. 7 Soul Surfing (3:35)
  8. 8 Yellow Lights (2:49)
  9. 9 Falling in Love (3:42)
  10. 10 I Believe (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
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
Al Stillman Composer
Nicholas Barry Chinn Composer
Dan Hamilton Composer
Ann Hamilton Composer
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