Snips – Little bits of information on Was (Not Was)
From fellow fan Robert Silverstein: For context, here’s a link to the concert: Spend ‘An Evening with Don Was’ The show took place in a mostly full theater. Gary Graff gave an enthusiastic introduction to Don Was (noting that to fully describe DW’s accomplishments would take up most of the evening.) DW came out with [...]
Spy In The House Of Love was released in many, many mixes. On of them was ‘My Name Is Young, Jeffrey B Young – Licensed To Ill Mix’. This mix contained snippets of Roger Moore, and Sean Connery as James Bond. The mix was released as 3 (according my information) limited 12″ promos to DJs. [...]
David McMurray (Sax) Ron Peng-Born (Drums) Rayse Biggs (Trumpet) Sir Harry Bowens (Vocals) Debora Dobkin (Percussion) Randy Jacobs (Guitar) Sweat Pea Atkinson (Vocals) Jamie Muhuberac (Keyboards) Donald Ray Mitchell (Vocals) David Was (Flute/Harmonica/Vocals) Don Was (Bass)
David explains about this song: “death of mr PP has a nice story attached. we are promo touring the UK and had landed in birmingham for the night. get a call from phonogram in london: ‘we need a b-side for the next single, can you go in tonite and cut something?’ bingaddabong i pick up [...]
Was (Not Was) (with Kenny Aronoff on drums )backed up Iggy Pop, John Hiatt and, with just Kenny Aronoff & Don Was, Lou Reed, at Farm Aid in 1990. They performed two songs as a band, (Papa was a Rolling Stone, and possibly, Walk the Dinosaur). Then acording to Don…. “as dick clark was introducing [...]
11 Miles An Hour. From the What Up Dog? album is available on singles in an Abe Zapp Ruder Version. Who is this Abe Zapp Ruder? Abe Zapruder is the man who filmed the 8mm version of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas in 1963. The lyrics of the 11 Miles An [...]
In 1983 Madonna’s recorded vocals for Shake Your Head (Lets Go To Bed) a track on Born To Laugh At Tornadoes. When the album was released Madonna’s vocal had been replaced by Ozzy Osbourne’s, a completely different style. Don Was later explained: “She sang really well but l’ve always imagined the vocalist as extensions of [...]
The song “Wedding Vows In Vegas”, sung by Frank Sinatra Jnr on “What Up, Dog?”, was originaly planned to have Sammy Davis Jnr doing the vocals.
Mell Torme was lined up to record a version of Dante’s Inrferno with Was (Not Was) to be called either “Mel In Hell” Or “Torme In Torment”.
Was (Not Was) were taken to court by someone who claimed the song “Out Come The Freaks” refered to him. He claimed that the lyric “open the door there’s suzanne she eats her breakfast from the pan” meant that Suzanne is a lesbian as the pan represents the female body, and the bit about little [...]
Born To Laugh At Tornadoes In the USA, for some inexplicable reason the record was issued with side two as side one. President Nixon was apparently asked to play piano for “(Return To The Valley Of) Out Come The Freaks”, but refused.
On February 24, 1990 Was (Not Was) served as the ‘house band’ for a Tribute to Roy Orbison held at the Universal Ampitheater in Los Angeles. They backed up most of the artists who appeared that night. They performed one song solo, a cover of Orbison’s “It’s Over,” with Sweet Pea on a very soulful [...]
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