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.