Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
The Bus Boys are an R&B group from Los Angeles who in the early 1980's issued two charting albums on Arista Records. "American Worker" was their second album originally hitting the Billboard chards in 1982. It is making ... more »
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The Bus Boys are an R&B group from Los Angeles who in the early 1980's issued two charting albums on Arista Records. "American Worker" was their second album originally hitting the Billboard chards in 1982. It is making its worldwide CD release with this issue.
R. Butler | 05/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Arista couldn't figure out how to market a black funk-rock band. Most blacks were into r&b funk and disco and hiphop hadn't yet proven that white audiences would respond to aggressive lyrics and music from black artists.
These guys were good and this CD aged well, even though their debut was even better. There are several types of Rock songs on here (only Soul Surfing, a surf-rock jam with social lyrics addressing the band's fish-nor-fowl identity echoes the feel of their first album). They performed New Shoes in the movie 48 Hours, which is how I came to be interested in them.
Heart and Soul was covered the very next year by Huey Lewis and The News was a chart hit (bittersweet for the Bus Boys, no doubt). In fact, Huey Leweis & the News could be seen as a more radio-friendly, white-bread counterpart to The Bus Boys' sociopolitical funk-rock. I think the content of this album probably reflected pressure from Arista to make something more radio-friendly. To no avail; they left Arista after this album.
Anyway, pick it up, you won't regret it. The strongest cuts are New Shoes, Last Forever, Opportunity, Heart and Soul, I Get Lost, Soul Surfing, which make up the middle 6 songs this 10 song set."