Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Album of the Month January 2015: What Up, Dog?

Usually we've picked albums that celebrate some sort of anniversary, but for January 2015 we've picked a RD favourite. One of those albums we come back to again and again.

David Weiss (a.k.a. David Was) and Don Fagenson (a.k.a. Don Was) were childhood friends in Detroit and back in 1979 they formed the group Was (Not Was).
What followed was a number of albums sounding quite differently from each other and we're focusing What Up Dog? released in 1988 this month.
It was the commercial and perhaps creative peak for the group that disbanded in 1992 only to return in 2004 and continue - albeit sparingly - to this day.

What you get on the 15 tracks of this album is beautiful melodies, funny and sharp social commentary and ... happy music! That what was caught us and keep this album a solid RD favourite 27 years later. And beyond!
Too slick? Nonsense!

Elvis Costello pops up as a co-witer of one song (Shadow & Jimmy) while Frank Sinatra adds vocals on Wedding Vows In Vegas.

-- N.S.

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