The Bobs

Genres: Vocals
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Not the San Francisco-based a cappella group of the same name, this version of the Bobs hailed from Fort Lauderdale and was led by vocalist and bass player Bob Rupe. Specializing in hard-edged pop with reggae, jazz and funk interludes, their style was first unveiled on a self-titled mini-album for Safety Net Records in 1983 (though it was recorded two years previously). Songs such as ‘Sounds Of People (Eating)’ reminded some reviewers of Talking Heads, others suggesting British pop reference points such as XTC. When the tracklisting was expanded by one to seven for the follow-up collection, it was with a new three-piece line-up, with Rupe again the unifying factor. The band’s satire on American society’s underbelly was further refined with improved instrumentation, including pedal steel for the country pastiche ‘The Beer Belly’. Rupe subsequently joined New York country rock conglomeration the Silos.

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