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On "Minimum Wage", the "Boys" had great fun exploiting their race. The Bus Boys sung and danced away, while mocking the lack of diversity in both "rock'n roll" and the "black music scene".
Lyrics out of the mouths of these men made their point in your favorite genre: There Goes the Neighboorhood. The Whites are moving in, they're going to bring their next of kin (soul)...I want to join the Klu Klux Klan and play in a rock and roll band (hard rock)... And you thought it was light in the shade, I bet you never heard music like this by spades (new wave).
I recall hearing of them for the first time, when they performed on a late-night network weekend music show. The live Bus Boys shows that I caught in Ames, IA and St. Paul, MN were also tremendously fun and energetic.
The later records kept the unique combination of "rock" and "soul", but dropped the race humor. These later records prove that the Bus Boys were/are excellent musicians, as you don't miss the humor.
In 1999, the HHH Dome sound system demonstrated unusual taste by playing Bus Boys at the beginning of each Minnesota Twins series, whenever "The Boys are Back in Town". I, of course, find myself searching for new Bus Boys releases, even today. Come back, O'Neal brothers!!
It's kind of tragic that the BusBoys only managed to crank out two albums (as was the contract they signed with Arista back then; well done Clive Davis you shady S.O.B:::sigh:::) because they were definitely onto something much bigger than the sound they originally came out with.Read more ›
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These guy's are so good and so funny with there tongue in cheek humor that it has always been one of those lost gems. Read morePublished 13 months ago by steve barron
Have the ORIGINAL vinyl, I tried converting and it didn't sound that well. However I miss the hum and crackle of the vinyl "THIS IS AN AWESOME PRODUCT"! Read morePublished 14 months ago by SouthSideRickey
Have their album from way back when and liked it. I was going to convert, but this was affordable so why bother? THANKS !Published on July 25, 2013 by DL
This album brought back many memories from my teen years. I enjoyed this because the music was well written and played and done with some humor! The best BB album ever!Published on January 29, 2013 by C. Fox
This is one of the best 80's albums, period. It has very catchy melodies, delivered with affection, energy, a new wave sensibility and above all a sense of fun and experimentation. Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by Ian Mark Rosen
Around 1981, just starting high school (age 15), for some reason which is still unknown till this day, my older sister brought home this album for me from a friend of hers. Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by SuiteWilliam
I'll keep mine short and sweet, I bought the album, yes the vinyl/LP/33 or whatever you called them back in 1980. Who knew that it would be so rare. Read morePublished on January 22, 2009 by Brett M. Levy
Absurdly good album. Musicianship is top notch, riffs are top notch, some of the sounds are a bit dated but it's so playful and funny you absolutely cannot help moving to each... Read morePublished on February 22, 2008