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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Micro Werks
  • ASIN: B002NJCUY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wheel Me Out (Classic 12 Version)
2. The Sky's Ablaze
3. Tell Me That I m Dreaming
4. Out Come The Freaks (7 inch version)
5. Should I Wait (Sweet Pea Atkinson)
6. Shake Your Head (1992 Remix, Featuring Kim Bassinger & Ozzy Osbourne)
7. Knocked Down, Made Small (Treated Like A Rubber Ball)
8. Zaz Turned Blue (Featuring Mel Tormé)
9. Walk The Dinosaur
10. Spy In The House Of Love
11. Somewhere In America There s A Street Named After My Dad
12. Dad I m In Jail
13. Papa Was A Rollin Stone (Promo Single Edit)
14. I Feel Better Than James Brown
15. I Blew Up The United States
16. Elvis Rolls Royce (Featuring Leonard Cohen)
17. Hello Operator...I Mean Dad...I Mean Police...I Can t Even Remember Who I Am (Live Version)
18. Semi-Interesting Week
19. From The Head To The Heart

Editorial Reviews

It's an equation as elemental as E=MC2: woodwork squeaks = out come the freaks. That's the formula Detroit band Was (Not Was) has spent a career documenting. 'Hey King Kong: Pick of the Litter' chronicles 30 years of funk-drenched smarty-pants anarcho-surrealism. Featuring hit singles 'Walk the Dinosaur,' 'Spy in the House of Love' and 'Shake Your Head,' this compilation traces the twisted development of producer extraordinaire Don Was and his musical partner David Was with unlikely supporting roles played by Ozzy Osbourne, Kim Basinger, Mel Tormé, Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop and Downtown Julie Brown.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ward VINE VOICE on September 28, 2010
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I was a DJ when the first Was (Not Was) album came out in the early 80s. Great grooves, virtuoso performances, and razor-sharp lyrics made them an instant favorite, and I played them all the time. They got better and better-- "Born To Laugh At Tornadoes" was 5 stars' worth, and "What Up Dog?" was even better, if that's possible. (It was my favorite CD of the 80s, along with The Replacements' "Pleased To Meet Me.") Their 90s releases couldn't measure up to the earlier genius, but Sir Harry Bowens and Sweet Pea Atkinson still provided some of the best vocals I've heard.

Here's a primer of their best work-- not as good as having the full albums, but high value for money and a welcome reminder of just how good they were....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26, 2012
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If this music doesn't bring a smile to your face, you are beyond help. Great pop music with soul grooves and dance vibes, rock twists, and a very wicked sense of humor. Was (Not Was) was a truly original band (Don Was has since gained fame as a producer and now the head of Blue Note Records) that defied conventional musical wisdom to produce music that sounded good and felt even better. This compilation has the pick of the Was (Not Was) litter, classic songs such as: "Knocked Down, Made Small" (Sweet Pea Atkinson nails the vocal on this one; sublime) ... "Shake Your Head" (Ozzy Osbourne and Kim Basinger together? Brilliant!) ... "Zaz Turned Blue" (inspired choice to get Mel Torme to sing this weird but sweet tune) ... the hilarious "Dad I'm in Jail" ... the irrisistible "Out Come the Freaks" ... and many more, including that darned dinosaur song. If you have only heard a handful of songs by this group, this is your perfect chance to dig deeper and discover some real musical jewels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jukebox Dave on February 10, 2014
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WAS (NOT WAS)-PICK OF THE LITTER 1980-2010: It's no surprise that the parenthetically named WAS (NOT WAS) hail from Detroit, land of THE FOUR TOPS, IGGY POP and BROWNSVILLE STATION; after all, their avant garde, quirky-jerky brand of funk rock is an amalgamation of all those artists and more. Lorded over by the irreverent DAVID and DON WAS, W(NW) jelled via sardonic narratives, blistering grooves, soul blaring belters SWEET PEA ATKINSON and SIR HARRY BOWEN and quirky cameos from the likes of OZZY OSBOURNE and MEL TORME. Slyly engaging tidbits from underrated albums like BORN TO LAUGH AT TORNADOS include the irresistible KNOCKED DOWN MADE SMALL (TREATED LIKE A RUBBER BALL), club hit SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE and effervescent dance track WALK THE DINOSAUR (but where's blue eyed soul smasher MITCH RYDER's incendiary BOW WOW WOW WOW WOW?). The phrase "everything but the kitchen sink" was never more applicable than it is here; the WAS brothers' insatiable bizarre-o world vision may not suit every taste...but it's a hoot to belly up to the smorgasbord.

RATING: FOUR WAS'S
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John wesley jenkins on March 27, 2010
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Check this out , Rock, R & B, Dance, Wierdness. Long time fan or just a curios party, This is a great place to start if you are unfamiler with the work of these DETROIT GENIOUSES. Great BEST OF.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Sullivan on July 12, 2013
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I purchased this CD many years ago. When I played it recently, it was so scratched it would not play smoothly. It is one of my favorite CDs, so I purchased a new one and play it often.
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