Was (Not Was) Essentials

Was (Not Was) Essentials

The pseudonymous band led by longtime friends David “Was” Weiss and Don “Was” Fagenson exploded out of Detroit in the early '80s, with a heady mélange of dance floor-ready music and out-there lyrics (including occasional spoken-word interludes) putting a decidedly funky spin on New Wave's restless genre-melding. The 1987 funk-pop smash “Walk the Dinosaur” inspired a dance craze and made Was (Not Was) a household name, but the caustic “Dad I'm in Jail,” the smoothed-out “Where Did Your Heart Go,” and the disco-ball fantasia “Out Come the Freaks” reveal their vast musical knowledge and ever-present playfulness.

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