BAKERSFIELD BOOGIE BOYS – “Okie From Muskogee” EP (1980)

I started writing a whole mini-essay on my love/hate relationship with the herky-jerky “jokey” corners of the early-’80s new wave era — but then I re-read it, visit and it sounded too pretentious for my own taste. So, I deleted it, and now you’re reading this instead.

The members of the Bakersfield Boogie Boys were anonymous — perhaps that’s why I like this record so much. That piece of trivia gives this record an extra edge, above some of the rest of its ilk. And, the spooky kick-drum-and-vocals thing in the pre-chorus of their cover of “I Get Around” reminds me of that weird, spooky laser-fire-sound-and-snare-drum thing in the pre-chorus of “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc.

Bakersfield Boogie Boys – “Okie From Muskogee” 12″ EP (ZIP file)

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  1. EH says:

    Holy Wowsers.

  2. ml Edwards says:

    Based on what I’ve read, you’re not pretentious. Next time just use a footnote*

    *Footnotes are great! We can use a footnote to describe our inner feelings, give abstract details, or complete ambiguous ideas. They let us say anything we want to without risking the clarity of the original statement. In this footnote’s case the reader could ignore it completely if he/she holds that footnotes are pretentious or unnecessary. But for those who never considered the footnote as an option? This could be huge for them! I’m not advocating filling a footnote with showy, vapid writing; but I would argue that including additional insight outside the body of text would benefit both you and your readers.

  3. bebopkid says:

    Reading other people’s pretentiousness is fun. However, I do empathize. Re-reading anything I’ve ever written online is embarrassing. But, I’m so against revisionism that I leave it despite completely debasing myself (which, is probably a good thing anyways).

    …This is a great record! I love 1980′s new wave garbage.

  4. John Terhorst says:

    Hey I miss the long liner notes that used to be on records that were kind of Don Kirshner style intros to the band. They were always multi facited – hip lingo, pretensious and silly at the same time. Fun suff realy.

  5. barry says:

    Fun stuff. I always wanted to do a bad new wave version of the Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man”, if only to piss off southern rock fans…

    “Lord! … I was! … Born! … A rambling …. MAAAAAAAANNN”

  6. Roberto says:

    Oakie was on the Devotees LP (the holy grail for new wave trashers) but i prefer Get Out My Cloud… thanks for this remainder of old times/records