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Let's Go Bongo Fury

by The Front

Punk and Pop the real deal. This is not Retro
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Wet Things In The Darkness
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2. Buy Guns,Buy Food, Buy Gold
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3. Ph.D
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4. Immigration Report
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5. Execution By The State
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6. It's Over/Crack In The Glass
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7. Holiday Weekend
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8. Living Room
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9. Poor People
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10. Aluminium Room
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11. Try To Relax
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12. He Likes It Like That
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13. I'm Only Doing What's Right
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14. That's The Way It Am
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15. It Was You
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16. Sewer Babies
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17. I'm Not A Machine
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18. Program Me
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19. It's A Jungle Out There
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THE FRONT
and Whateverway Productions
proudly announce the release of
“A LITTLE NUKIE NEVER HURT NOBODY” and
“Let’s Go Bongo Fury !!!”
A Retrospective of THE FRONT
They were a strange agglomeration of individuals from the start. It was as if a molecular engineer had somehow created a functional, living entity using components from a subterranean insect, a marsupial, a Commodore 64, a pterodactyl, and a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner with a 426 Hemi V8. One would assume that the various parts couldn’t come together into something that could perform a useful function….but the parts fit and The Front was born. Randy Rush was still living at home with his parents, well past the point when most young men would be on their own….but he practiced guitar 4 hours a day and could play anything from classical guitar to the latest Eddie Van Halen licks. Steve Myers played the bass. He didn’t play fancy and couldn’t play as effortlessly as Joe Jackson’s bass player, but the bass note was always where it should be…..the right note in the right place. Larry Hill, the drummer, wanted the rest of the band to like the Beach Boys as much as he liked them. It never happened, but they still occasionally found some of those vocal harmonies trying to sneak into their songs. Flynn Picardal was an industrial safety inspector by day and a rhythm guitar player by night. Greg McLaughlin was probably ‘the artistic one’, both in terms of temperament and the ability to write catchy pop songs. They all wrote the songs, mind you, but Greg’s songs somehow seemed more ‘poppish’ and the most likely to be heard on the radio.

When they got together in the summer of 1980, it was understood that they wouldn’t play any cover songs…….and they never did, not even in rehearsals. They picked a name, “The Front”, that had an economy of syllables and didn’t carry any baggage that would identify them with a particular musical style. Warren Tepper soon appeared as their manager and was largely responsible for them not becoming a well-kept secret. Warren’s father, Sid, had written some hits for Elvis (not the Costello-kind) in the old days so Warren had some insights into the ‘biz’.

A couple of months after they started playing together, Warren had them playing shows at the Agora Ballroom in Hallandale. They would frequently get the call as the opening act for ‘new wavish’ bands playing in the Miami area over the next few years, including U2 (during their first American tour), the Go-Go’s, Ultravox, the Vapors, the Psychedelic Furs, Missing Persons, and others. Between these shows, they would play their unique brand of aggressive rock at various Miami-area venues including 27-Birds, the Blitz, the Balkan Rock Club, the Level III Lounge, the New Wave Lounge, and Coconut Grove’s Continental American Café.

Their music was an interesting blend of musical influences that ranged from Devo and Cheap Trick to the Beach Boys. Many people characterized it as punk or new wave, but this was likely due to the aggressive intensity and speed of many of their songs. The titles and themes of their songs also made some people think of them as ‘punk’. ‘Execution by the State’ was about the renewed use of Florida’s electric chair and “Wet Things in the Darkness” was an ironic view of masturbation. One of the best descriptions was offered by another Miami-area musician who referred to their music as “de-evolutionary, heavy-metal, album-oriented rock”

In February 1981 they released their first record, “First Strike”, that contained three songs including, “Immigration Report”. This song, always a crowd favorite, presented a tongue-in-cheek view of South Florida’s immigration problem (remember Mariel?) as seen by the local immigration officers who tried their best to do the right thing. This record was followed over the next few years by another single, “Aluminum Room/Poor People”, and an LP, “Sideways”. The band was amazingly prolific and wrote over 50 songs during their almost 4-year existence.





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perfect punk
a great drummer here and those vocal lol this is good reminds me of sham69 full of energy and power thi is the way punk should be simple powerful make you wanna jump around the room even at 40 ( wife thinks ive lost the plot) but hey this is very good vocals guitars and drums all come together for that perfect punk song
Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Originality.
- mickyspectrum
Basildon, Essex, United Kingdom
November 24th, 2003

The Sex Pistols Reincarnated?
I really dig this song man. That’s great. Like a million people probably tell you, the vocals are reminiscent of Johnny.

The song it punk at it’s finest. It political, short and pissed. It has a message and has no qualms telling you what it is.

The intro is fantastic.

This record is a tribute to the Late Randy Rush
(lead guitarist-co-composer)

Passed away in April of 2000.


As Randy used to say a lot

"Lets Go Bongo Fury"

And for all his life he did just that .

Hope You Enjoy.





Greg Mclaughlin
Pres - WhatEverWay Productions Inc


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buick audra

punk rock that could have only come from miami!
The Front, being a miami band in the punk wave of the early 80's had a sound like no other. The music manages to combine the restlessness of punk's origin, with a love for what they were doing... An optimism and humor are present.
Having seen the band live in their original live format, I can say that this cd is a gift, and a beautiful tribute to Randy Rush. He was a great man, and one of the most talented musicians I will ever have the honor of knowing. Rock! xoxo.


YESSSS
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YESSSS
These guys kick ass. They have an 80's clash style sound that's a lot better than most of those bands did then (not better than the clash but right up there). I can find no fault with this song, I would recomend this to young and old alike.


Surf Punk Baby!!! Do It UP!!!
Surf punk baby!!!! DO IT UP!!
oh man awesome surf guitar I had to go change my shorts after the intro. the lead singer sounds like an american version of monkey from The Adicts whichs works great with the guitars. the bass wass pumping hard and demanding WOOOT this was freaking great. Show thos pop-punk sluts whos in charge!

Thom Bone

GREAT BAND! Glad this is available FINALLY!
Heard about The Front many many years ago. it was impossible to get their stuff, though, for years, but I never forgot them. Once I learned that they FINALLY reissued this AMAZING punk rock (Miami style, haha!), I JUMPED ON IT. Oh, and I was Flipside Fanzine staff for many years and believe me, if the zine was still around, I'd give them a COVER.

Keith Crash

We Mean It Man !!!!
The Sex Pistols Reincarnated?
I really dig this song man. That’s great. Like a million people probably tell you, the vocals are reminiscent of Johnny.

The song it punk at it’s finest. It political, short and pissed. It has a message and has no qualms telling you what it is.

The intro is fantastic.

As the rest of the song plays out, the only complaint I have is it’s a little slow. I say pick up the tempo a bit.
Reviewed by: Keithcrash from Olympia, Washington

Bladehaven

Not Retro The Real Thing
Review of BUY GUNS by THE FRONT PROPER
Genre: Alternative 3.5

get yourself a deal
this is the sound of britain in the early 80. this song has a really good retro grrove but at the current speed i'm not sure if there will be anyone left who enjoys this kind of music after the current retro fad is over. apart from me that is.

Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Beat, Mood, Grooviest Rhythm.



- bladehaven
January 27th, 2004

NickDanger13

DON'T Feed Em
I'd really like to help you but I already paid my ta
Don't Tell Me That You actually fed one of them?!? You know what they say. "Feed them once, and they keep coming back" Never mind the fact that they often bring more of their kind with them the next time. Hell I hope you have a big house! Well either that or a hole in the backyard that goes straight to Arkansas. Great lyrics, and delivery here. Who says that a political message has to be delivered in a serious manner? When you combine the lyrics and the attitude there are some additional messages that surface. The strength of this song is that it makes the listener think as opposed to saying "this sucks, or that sucks, etc." Very clever!
Reviewed by: NickDanger13 from College Park, Maryland

Broadjam Top !0


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