Bongwater

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Bongwater - Too Much Sleep Too Much Sleep
Pop Used - LP 031 Shimmy Disc
1989 Vinyl. Looks Unplayed.... more details
 
Bongwater - Power Of Pussy Power Of Pussy
Pop Used - LP 040 Shimmy Disc
Hard To Find 1990 Vinyl. Unplayed Condition. Tiny Sticker Tear.... more details
 
Bongwater - Double Bummer Double Bummer
Pop Used - LP 11 Shimmy Disc
Beautiful 1988 2LP Original In Shrink. Both LP's Appear Unplayed. "Beginning An Album Career With An Utterly Schizophrenic Double Album That Ran The Gamut From Reinterpretations Of Led Zeppelin Songs With Chinese Lyrics To Such Zingily Titled Rants As "David Bowie Wants Ideas" Might Not Seem Like The Most Sane Approach. Then Again, Bongwater Were One Insane Group. Kramer And Magnuson's Screwy Take On Art Rock Á La Henry Cow Or Early Faust Is Fairly Overwhelming, Though Perhaps This Is The Whole Point. With The Help Of Kramer's Fellow Shockabilly Vet David Licht On Drums And King Missile Guitarist Dave Rick, Not To Mention Free Jazz Legend Don Cherry On A Cut Or Two, The Duo Cranks Up The Overall Weirdness Factor, Whether Quiet Or Loud, To Great Effect. One Definite Carryover From Kramer And Licht's Shockabilly Days Is A Fondness For Tweaked Reinterpretations Of Older Tunes. Gary Glitter's "Rock And Roll, Pt. 2," Michael Nesmith's "Just May Be The One," And The Beatles' "Love You Too" And "Rain" Are Among Some Of The Victims, At Points Rendered Unrecognizable. Johnny Cash's "There You Go," However, Gets A Lovely, Straightforward Take. The Musicians' Overall Abilities Are Quite Impressive; Given All The Recording Took Place At Kramer's Hole-In-The-Wall Studio, Everything Sounds Pretty Sharp Throughout, And The Use Of Various Multi-Tracking And Production Tricks Fills Out Double Bummer Very Well. Magnuson, Though, Steals The Show With Both Her Strong Singing And Witty, Nutty Spoken Word Pieces. "Decadent Iranian Country Club" Recounts A Dream Set At Such A Location — "Pre-Ayatollah," She Carefully Notes — With A Sweetly Off Semi-Whisper Over An Increasingly Queasy Guitar Arrangement. As For The Bowie Number, She Details Receiving A Form Letter From The Thin White Duke Accidentally Inviting Her To Contribute To A New Album Before Meeting David Byrne Out Of Nowhere And Drinking Perfume, The Band Doing A Weird-Ass Psych Jam Behind It All.” – Ned Raggett, All Music Guide... more details
 
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The Big Sell-Out
Pop New - LP 50 Shimmy Disc
Sealed 1992 Original. “What's In A Brilliant Name? Some Of The Funniest, Smartest And Messed-Up Ultra-Psychedelia Ever Invented. Almost All Of Bongwater's Music Came Courtesy Of Mark "Maul Of Sound" Kramer, The Former Shockabilly Linchpin, King Of The Shimmy-Disc Label And In-House Workaholic Producer/Owner Of Noise New York Studios. Performance Artist-Cum-Actress Ann Magnuson Contributed Onstage Attitude And Her Dreams, Transcriptions Of Which Provided Many Of The Group's Lyrics. Associates Included Guitarist Dave Rick (Phantom Tollbooth, Etc.) And Former Shockabilly Percussionist David Licht (Who Sat Out Too Much Sleep, Replaced By A Drum Machine). Bongwater Was Not So Much A Rock Band As A Particularly Disturbing Dream Of One. Magnuson Became A Television Actress (Appearing As A Regular In Two Sitcoms) And Kramer Became A Busy Producer By The Time Of Their Final LP, The Big Sell-Out. Their Slickest Release Is A Culmination Of The Band's Vision. The Cover Jokingly Claims That It "Includes The Hit Singles 'Celebrity Compass,' 'Schmoozedance' And 'Free Love Messes Up My Life'," Though They Are Indeed Among The Band's Best. A Style-Culminating Cover Of Fred Niel's "Everybody's Talking" Ends The Disc And The Bi-Coastal Duo's Existence.” – Trouserpress.Com... more details
 
Bongwater - The Big Sell-Out The Big Sell-Out
Pop New - LP 50 Shimmy Disc
Sealed 1992 Original. “What's In A Brilliant Name? Some Of The Funniest, Smartest And Messed-Up Ultra-Psychedelia Ever Invented. Almost All Of Bongwater's Music Came Courtesy Of Mark "Maul Of Sound" Kramer, The Former Shockabilly Linchpin, King Of The Shimmy-Disc Label And In-House Workaholic Producer/Owner Of Noise New York Studios. Performance Artist-Cum-Actress Ann Magnuson Contributed Onstage Attitude And Her Dreams, Transcriptions Of Which Provided Many Of The Group's Lyrics. Associates Included Guitarist Dave Rick (Phantom Tollbooth, Etc.) And Former Shockabilly Percussionist David Licht (Who Sat Out Too Much Sleep, Replaced By A Drum Machine). Bongwater Was Not So Much A Rock Band As A Particularly Disturbing Dream Of One. Magnuson Became A Television Actress (Appearing As A Regular In Two Sitcoms) And Kramer Became A Busy Producer By The Time Of Their Final LP, The Big Sell-Out. Their Slickest Release Is A Culmination Of The Band's Vision. The Cover Jokingly Claims That It "Includes The Hit Singles 'Celebrity Compass,' 'Schmoozedance' And 'Free Love Messes Up My Life'," Though They Are Indeed Among The Band's Best. A Style-Culminating Cover Of Fred Niel's "Everybody's Talking" Ends The Disc And The Bi-Coastal Duo's Existence.” – Trouser Press... more details
 
Bongwater - The Big Sell-Out The Big Sell-Out
Pop Used - LP 50 Shimmy Disc
1992 Original. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. “What Turned Out To Be Bongwater's Last Album Before The Acrimonious End Of The Personal And Professional Magnuson/Kramer Partnership Was A Sellout Only In The Sense Of The Slick Cover Art And Presentation, Tongues Firmly In Cheek. Otherwise, The Blend Of Folk, Shadowy Psych Weirdness, And Satiric Spoken Word And Lyrical Jabs Against The State Of The World, Specifically America, Run As Rampant As Always. Rick Was Replaced On Second Guitar By Raymond Hudson, But This Made Little General Difference To Bongwater's Overall Approach And Kramer's Distinct Production Style. The Title Track Is One Of Their Best, Some Lovely Guitar Drones And Singing Bringing Out The Weird, Gentle Melancholy Of The Song. Magnuson As Always Has A Great Time With Her Inspired Monologues. "What's Big In England Now?" Has Her In Sassy Noo Yawk Voice Talking About Everything From Pudgy Editors At Rolling Stone To Lenny Kravitz Talking About Mushy Peas. "Celebrity Compass" Is Even Sharper, Her Depiction Of A Teenager At A Led Zeppelin Party Wondering, "Which One Will Take Me Away To Live With Him In His Castle In England?," At Once Hilarious And Just A Little Unsettling. Kramer's Hero Rock Guitar In The Background Makes All The More Sense. There Are A Couple Of Interesting Deviations From The Norm: "Free Love Messes Up My Life" Keeps The Duet Singing Prominent Throughout, But The Arrangement And General Groove Is Very '60s/Easy Listening, Some Years Before The Big Cult Hype For That Sound Kicked In. "Flop Sweats," Meanwhile, Transforms Bongwater Into A Heavy Blues/Hard Rock Group, At Least Up Until Magnuson Starts Talking About A Performance Artist Who Has Merchandised And Licensed Her Name With Frightening Efficiency. A Lovely Cover Of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking," With Additional Ruminations From Magnuson, Concludes This Intriguing Album.” Ned Raggett, AMG.... more details
 

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