The Bongos Drums Along the Hudson

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Spin - p.96
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Their 1982 debut is a beauty, and 11 bonus tracks magnify the band's closet weirdness..."
Uncut - p.81
3 stars out of 5 -- "Songs like 'Zebra Club' and a cover of T.Rex's 'Mambo Sun' are nervy and lyrically oblique like Byrne and co, but melodic in a sweeter, more straightforward manner."


  • 1.In the Congo
  • 2.The Bulrushes
  • 3.Clay Midgets
  • 4.Video Eyes
  • 5.Glow in the Dark
  • 6.Telephoto Lens
  • 7.Certain Harbours
  • 8.Speaking Sands
  • 9.Burning Bush
  • 10.Automatic Doors
  • 11.Hunting
  • 12.Zebra Club
  • 13.Three Wise Men
  • 14.Mambo Sun
  • 15.Question Ball
  • 16.Nuts & Bolts
  • 17.Telephoto Lens
  • 18.In the Congo
  • 19.Nuts & Bolts
  • 20.Question Ball
  • 21.Glow in the Dark
  • 22.Hunting
  • 23.Video Eyes
  • 24.The Bulrushes
  • 25.Automatic Doors
  • 26.Zebra Club
  • 27.The Bulrushes (2007)

Product Description:

The Bongos: Richard Barone (vocals, guitar); Rob Norris (bass, sitar, vocals); Frank Giannini (drums, percussion, vocals).
Additional personnel: Mark Abel (guitar); Charlie Collins (saxophones); Cosey Fanni Tutti (cornet); Dennis Kelley (synthesizer).
Producers: The Bongos, Ken Thomas, Mark Abel.
Engineers: Ken Thomas, Michael Jay, Don Sternecker.
Recorded at Jacob's Studio, Surrey, England in March 1981; Celestial Sounds, New York in November 1980; Mix-o-lydian Studios, Boonton, New Jersey in October 1979.
All songs written by Richard Barone except "Video Eyes" (Rob Norris).
To a small but hardy fanbase, the Bongos were to Hoboken what the Beatles were to Liverpool. Fronted by McCartneyesque singer-songwriter Richard Barone, the band filtered British '60s pop and '70s glam (see the cover of T. Rex's "Mambo Sun") through a distinctly early-1980s powerpop/new wave sensibility. Their debut album, DRUMS ALONG THE HUDSON, remains their finest moment, bursting with youthful exuberance, irresistible hooks, and a touch of mystery via Barone's elliptical lyrics and atmospheric e-bow guitar lines.

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