post-punk gems, v. 46 — The Bush Tetras

It’s Wednesday evening, and while I’m late with my post, I’m certainly feeling groovy about a bunch of groovy new followers on twitter (@stealingclash), and about tomorrow’s release of Stealing in the UK. I can hardly wait for the Brits BTs(and the Welsh, Irish, and Scots) to weigh in, and to see if their reviews–please let there be reviews!–can match some of the more spirited American ones (here and there, to begin).

I can hardly believe how much good music there is still to be discovered akin to the spirit of ’77 through the mid-1980s (and after, really). One of the bands I missed the boat on was The Bush Tetras of New York City. Pat Place (ex-The Contortions, a key no-wave band) did the guitars, Laura Kennedy held things down on the bass, and Cynthia Sley took charge at the mic. Two singles made the dance charts: “Too Many Creeps” (a malady still plaguing downtown Manhattan), and “Can’t Be Funky/Cowboys in Africa.”

“Creeps” definitely lines up well with the Leeds-funk combos like Medium Medium, The Au Pairs, and Gang of Four. I just love this guitar style so much, I feel the inner grouch arising within: “What’s wrong with these kids today?”   They’re fine, of course, and making some pretty amazing music, really.

The Tetras are back at it, too, so look for them next time yer in NYC. Cheers!

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