Bongwater – The Peel Sessions – Cassette
Bongwater, an American alternative rock band formed in the late 1980s, recorded a session for BBC Radio 1’s The John Peel Show in 1991, which was subsequently released as “The Peel Sessions” album. The band, led by Ann Magnuson and Mark Kramer, gained a cult following for their unique and eccentric musical style, combining elements of psychedelia, folk, and spoken word.
Bongwater was an often trippy college rock band formed by Ann Magnuson and Mark Kramer (founder of the Shimmy Disc record label) in 1985 and dissolved in 1992. The group also featured drummer Dave Licht and guitarists Dave Rick and Randy Hudson. Guests included Fred Frith, Peter Stampfel and Fred Schneider.
The Peel Sessions captures Bongwater’s unconventional approach to music, showcasing their offbeat humor, poetic lyrics, and experimental soundscapes. The album features a selection of songs performed during the session, including tracks like “The Power of Pussy,” “What Kind of Man Reads Playboy,” and “Nick Cave Dolls.” These songs demonstrate Bongwater’s knack for blending catchy melodies with witty and provocative lyrics.
The band’s performance on The Peel Sessions is characterized by a raw and spontaneous energy, reflecting their live improvisational style. Ann Magnuson’s distinctive vocals, ranging from delicate and ethereal to bold and confrontational, take center stage, complemented by Mark Kramer’s inventive guitar work and the band’s eclectic instrumentation.
The Peel Sessions album provides a glimpse into Bongwater’s artistic vision, capturing their idiosyncratic blend of musical genres and irreverent lyrical themes. It offers an immersive experience that combines elements of folk, rock, and avant-garde experimentation, making it an intriguing and unconventional listening journey.
While Bongwater’s music may not have achieved mainstream commercial success, “The Peel Sessions” album serves as a testament to their cult following and their influence on the alternative rock and indie music scenes. The band’s unique sound and boundary-pushing approach continue to resonate with fans of eccentric and nonconformist music.
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Strange Fruit Records
1. You Don’t Love Me Yet – Live
2. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – Live
3. The Power Of Pussy – Live
4. White Car Rental Blues – Live