Drums Along the Hudson

Drums Along the Hudson

by The Bongos


The Bongos were one of the most distinctive bands to come out of the briefly bustling Hoboken pop scene in the early '80s -- Richard Barone's songs were gloriously hooky, but also forcefully propulsive enough to live up to the group's name (aided immeasurably by Rob Norris' agile bass and Frank Giannini's precise drumming), and Barone's guitar work managed to be melodic and oblique at the same time, carrying the tune while allowing room for his own sonic interjections, which could be noisy or richly smooth at will. The Bongos were different enough from their contemporaries that Drums Along the Hudson has dated remarkable little since it was released in 1982, sounding less like "new wave" than a simply timeless example of smart, edgy pop. The joyous charge of the opening cut, "In the Congo," is pure glorious sugar rush, "The Bulrushes" is fraught with seductive mystery, "Three Wise Men" very nearly beats the Feelies at their own high-tension game, and "Glow in the Dark" is one of the most charmingly off-kilter love songs ever. (Norris' anti-television diatribe "Video Eyes" fares somewhat less well than the other tunes, but there's no arguing it's still timely.) Add in a T. Rex cover that's sensuous and almost funky and you get a minor masterpiece from the era of the skinny tie that's still bracing stuff today.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2014
Label: Jem
UPC: 0760137618126
catalogNumber: 6181

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bongos   Primary Artist
Richard Barone   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Carter   electronics
Moby   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Juno,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Cosey Fanni Tutti   Cornet
Mark Abel   Acoustic Guitar
Genesis P-Orridge   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Charlie Collins   Saxophone
Frank Giannini   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Rob Norris   Bass,Sitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dee Pop   Roto Toms
Dennis Kelley   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Richard Barone   Composer
Moby   Engineer
Bongos   Producer
Marc Bolan   Composer
Mark Abel   Producer
Michael Jay   Engineer
Don Sternecker   Engineer
Ken Thomas   Producer,Engineer
Frank Giannini   Composer
Phil Marino   Cover Graphics
Rob Norris   Composer
Joel Morowitz   Layout
Matt Pinfield   Liner Notes
Richard Grabel   Liner Notes
Jason Marcucci   Engineer
Diane Repp   Images

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