Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey 07030
front cover: The Bongos - "Telephoto Lens" b/w "Glow In The Dark" (Fetish cat. 003)
The Bongos - "Telephoto Lens" b/w "Glow In The Dark" (Fetish Records cat. Fetish-003)
"Glow In The Dark" is a perfect song...to me. A raw aggressive recording with a messed up intro, strong drumming, jangly guitar, and nonsense lyrics that clocks in at about two minutes. The Bongos were always the most aggressive band that looked like they could be taken out by a good gust of wind. Of course they were dethroned by the Violent Femmes, whose name said it all so perfectly. One of the hardest things to do is pick "favorites" amongst a wall of thousands of records but there is rarely a moment that I am not in the mood to hear this.
The Bongos formed in the early 80's and like similar minded bands of the time (the db's, Pylon, The Individuals (featuring Bar/None Records founder Glenn Morrow) etc...) they brought some of Punk and New Wave's agression to Pop music. The Bongos music never fits comfortably in any genre which makes it sometimes a hard sell to even the most devout Pop fans. This unique quality also makes it possible to listen to their music now without sounding completely dated. Steady bass over aggressive drumming and sometimes nonsencical lyrics over fuzzy guitars make listening equally aventurous as it is enjoyable. A bands merit can usually be weighed on how they handle another artists material. Just listen to their version of T-Rex's "Mambo Sun" and you will know the Bangos can take something familiar and make their own. I won't go as far to say that it is better than the original but it is a great version of a great song. (Their version of "Mambo Sun" hit #72 on Bliiboard's Dance Chart).
Check out the Bongos on their MySpace page: The Bongos: Drums Along The Hudson
label scan: Side A - "Telephoto Lens"
label scan: Side B - "Glow In The Dark"