BONEDADDYS (Buy CDs by this artist)
A-Koo-De-A! (Chameleon) 1988
Worldbeatniks (Chameleon) 1989
Uplifting Afrobeat, uptight contemporary funk and sizzling rock'n'roll collide with delightful results on the merry gumbo of the Bonedaddys' first LP. The large interracial LA outfit essentially a citywide sideband takes a knowledgeable approach to exotica (confidently covering two Manu Dibango songs) and a witty pen to localism. "Zouk Attack," co-written by Bonedaddy guitarist Paul Lacques (whose main band is the polka-crazy Rotondi, but he also has a group called the Underthings) and ex-Motels/Burning Sensations leader Tim McGovern, critiques the trendy club scene; "Dumpster Girl," penned by singer Kevin Williams, is a twisted love song. Other bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oingo Boingo have confronted the challenge of rampant cross-culturalization and large-ensemble organization, but the Bonedaddys have a musical nationality all their own.
The party continues on Worldbeatniks, as the group (here an octet with guests; McGovern is no longer involved) offers up three more Afrobeat numbers (including Fela Kuti's "Zombie" and Afro National's "Jokenge"), some New Orleans-style R&B (Allen Toussaint's "Shoo-rah, Shoo-rah") and an eclectic array of originals, among them the (first?) neo-hippie anthem "Hippie Children," also recorded by Rotondi. Fun'n'funky.[Ira Robbins/Dave Schulps]
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