Was (Not Was) [Expanded]

Was (Not Was) [Expanded]

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Was (Not Was) [Expanded]

At the beginning of the '80s, David and Don Was weren't gathering bedfellows as strange as Ozzy Osborne and Mel Tormé -- as they would a few years later, seemingly inspired by the P-Funk All Stars as much as Battle of the Network Stars -- but the Oak Park, MI, natives were nonetheless generating collaborations as unlikely and successful as Brian Eno before them. (Partial roll call: MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Mingus associate Marcus Belgrave, and future Eminem accomplice Luis Resto, along with regular vocalists Sweet Pea Atkinson and Sir Harry Bowens.) In fact, prior to crossing over into a realm of silliness not unfamiliar to Weird Al, the Was brothers and company made some of the baddest, strangest disco-funk imaginable. Key versions of two such cuts appeared on the original version of the first Was (Not Was) album, referred to as both Was (Not Was) and Out Come the Freaks. "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming" is big-band disco, blistering funk, and a spaghetti Western score at once, with call-and-response vocals that are as nonsensical as they are deeply biting. An address from then-President Ronald Reagan is sampled during the breakdown: "Can we who man the ship of state deny that it is somewhat out of control?" The "me" decade is uniquely summed up by vocalist Harry Bowens, who steps in to proclaim, "The man likes milk, now he owns a million cows." The other monster is "Out Come the Freaks," which carries another athletic groove and ridiculous, shared vocals between a host of people. Time hasn't been as kind to the remainder of the album, but the material remains enjoyable in a "throw it on the wall, see if it sticks" kind of way, dishing out passable funk and throwing in an exceptional radioplay throwback for the hell of it.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
Label: Ze Records France
UPC: 0827655011423
catalogNumber: 5

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Was (Not Was)   Primary Artist
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michelle Goulet   Background Vocals
Carol Hall   Background Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Vocals
Wayne Kramer   Guitar
Harry Bowens   Vocals
Jervonny Collier   Bass
Carolyn Crawford   Background Vocals
Larry Frantangelo   Percussion
Lawrence Fratangelo   Percussion
Sheila Horne   Background Vocals
Raymond Johnson   fender rhodes
Jerry Jones   Drums
Kathy Kosins   Background Vocals
David McMurray   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Nazarian   Guitar
Luis Resto   Piano,ARP,Oberheim Obxa
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion,Rap
Kevin Tschirhart   Percussion,Hand Clapping
David Weiss   Piano,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Don Was   Bass,Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Vibes
Ricky Rouse   Guitar
Armand Angeloni   Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
McCullers   Drums
Irwin Krinsky   Piano
Mark Johnson   Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Ron Banks   Composer
Jack Tann   Producer,Audio Production
David Weiss   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Don Was   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ronald Reagan   Author
Michel Esteban   Producer,Reissue Producer
Brian J. Bowe   Liner Notes
Michael Zilkha   Executive Producer
Dirk Bakker   Cover Photo

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