Monday, March 24, 2008

The sky cries Boffalongo...

Do you remember the song 'Dancing in the Moonlight'? I thought so. It's kinda difficult to get the sound of Wurlitzer 200 keys outa your head once you've been inundated w/ this AM radio staple. Hard to believe that slice of angel food cake was penned by the same beings who supplied the enclosed cuts, the mysteriousBoffalongo (Note: The Billboard 100 single of 'Dancing in the Moonlight' popularized in 73'is a cover by 'King Harvest').

Eclectic to say the least, New York's Boffalongo managed to shoe-horn just about every musical style popular at the time into their repertoire - fuzzed-out riffs, country-bumpkinism and even some lite psych, the influence of which can be culled from their self-titled album's rather ridiculous liner notes.

"Some of the wraiths, too, wrap themselves in clothes and come disguised to listen. Will-o-the-Wisps, they drape themselves weightlessly across amplifiers, walk across the keyboards in anachronistic silence, curl up to wait in the drums. And as the music is weaved, warp and woof, of the stuff of the continuum, these wraiths twirls the knobs, adjust the echo, cup the microphones, muffle the snare and music is created, distillate of a thousand years and a thousand lives - Boffalongo"

Good thing they don't take themselves too seriously, right? These guys must have hung out w/ Danny Hutton and 'Three Dog Night'

Boffalongo managed to put away two albums between 68' and 71', including the above mentioned and the followup 'Beyond Your Head' before splintering into such respectable acts as Orleans, The Blues Magoos and The Beach Boys. Good thing for us they tattooed this mighty disk before commencing w/ the fluff. Don't take my word for it though. Consider, if you will, the sage wisdom of ...Boffalongo.

"So nightly gather Boffalongo and myrriad mystic souls, sliding down the four coordinates to coollide sprawling, brawling, laughing in the loft of 7th Avenue. Between the covers of this album a studio has captured some of their witch-brew music. On your turntable let the needle dislodge a spirit or a hundred spirits. Boffalongo will haunt you. Sit for a spell, live for a time where the four coordinates meet. Boffalongo."


The Sea's Gettin' Rough - Boffalongo

Please Stay - Boffalongo