Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Closed Captioned Radio
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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C. Shanafelt | Brooklyn, NY | 04/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got into the Bogmen the first time I heard _Life Begins at 40 Million_ and I thought, "These guys are going to be HUGE." I waited. I waited. _Closed Captioned Radio_ came out and I thought, "This is the most incredible thing I've ever heard. Now they're going to be HUGE." I waited. I waited. They broke up. At least we have Vic Thrill. _Blown from the Action_ shows tons of promise, and I'm aching for _CE-5_ to come out.
I think The Bogmen were just too hard to describe. I've been trying to get people to listen to them for seven years, but nothing I say about them can do them justice. CCR, especially, defies any description. It's dark and wild and funny and scary, like a really great hallucinatory nightmare.
Billy Campion is my hero."
Edgy, raw music wasted on the wrong label
Becky B | Pittsburgh, PA United States | 03/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The title track on Closed Captioned Radio refers to playing "songs for the deaf". Interesting, considering that this fine record basically fell on deaf ears upon its release in 1998. Instead of sticking with the infectiously exuberant sound that helped to get them signed by Arista three years earlier, The Bogmen decided to go out on a limb and create darker music that reflected their coming of age in the industry. Unfortunately, this was a move that prompted Arista to pull back their support of the release and, ultimately, drop the band from the label. While much of the effervescence of Life Begins At 40 Million is missing from Closed Captioned Radio, the stimulating lyrics and lush instrumental arrangements that The Bogmen were also known for still remains. Many of the songs may not grab you instantly, but when they do they'll get you good. The record opens with "Failing Systems", a grungy rocker that immediately lets you know that this is not Life Begins...Part II. The second track, "Speedfreak Lullaby" is where the record really takes off and the band's new direction becomes more evident. It has such a fantastic sound, achieved by layering a blazing guitar over a great beat that goes beyond bass and drums. Percussionist, P.J. O'Connor, is the star of this track, banging on trash cans, scrap metal and anything else he can get his hands on. Billy Campion's lyrics are quirky as usual, as he sings of taking control of one's own life with lines like, "A magnetic quilt wipes out all your dreams/Change your charge and freak out the machines." There are many of these harder-edged, somewhat dissonant songs, including the schizophrenic "Mad Larry", "Dark Waltz" and "Sloth". Fitting the mood, Campion delivers most of his vocals in lower-pitched growls rather than the sweetly strange vocal acrobatics he was famous for. It has been documented that Campion's voice was being affected by his excessive drinking at the time, which helps explain this change. However, that sweeter sound can still be heard on a few tracks, most notably the title song, "Highway of Shame", and "Extended Family". The latter, a song about poverty and urban life, is one of the highlights of CCR. In it, as The Bogmen have so often done, they take a somber subject and make it sound upbeat with pretty melodies and lovely, stirring vocals. To find the most upbeat song on the record, look no further than "Mexico". It is probably as close to the old Bogmen sound as you'll find here. Just about everyone involved with the band and a vast majority of the fans believed that this song could have been a huge hit, and I happen to agree. A quirky love song, "Mexico" has it all - an irresistible beat to get your feet moving, a chorus that begs to be sung along to and a delicious trumpet solo, contributed by Mark Pender. The song is a blast of pure fun that's like a sweet treat hiding among the darker, more experimental songs. One of those experimental songs that really blows me away is "Every Man is an Orphan". It has such a powerful sound that it would be virtually impossible to ignore. Sounding something like Jim Morrison fronting a band of African tribesmen and Vikings, Billy Campion sings, "Every man is an orphan missing our early history/Searching for roots in mystery/Out to look for that ground/Circle the wind and chase the wave/Follow it to the oldest grave". The rhythm section creates a throbbing pulse to accompany Campion's poetic words, which he delivers with intense honesty and passion. Passionate is probably the one word that best describes Closed Captioned Radio. The Bogmen were not content to stay in familiar musical territory and decided to make music that they were passionate about, knowing that it might alienate some fans and displease their record label. It was a risk that ultimately derailed their career, but left behind music that new and old fans can enjoy and that the band can be proud of. Approach these songs as if they were "songs for the deaf". Don't just listen with your ears. Listen with your heart, and then you'll know that The Bogmen created this record from theirs."
Watch out for these guys...
Becky B | 01/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Bogmen are the best up and coming band in America today. Closed Captioned Radio is a treat for anyone who remembers when the Talking Heads were still together and fun, and who wants more from their lyrics than most of what's out there today has to offer. You will NOT be disappointed!"