The Bonedaddys “Archaeology” EP

5.00 out of 5
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Recently unearthed live-in-studio recordings from 1985 document the genesis of one of LA’s most popular and beloved musical groups.  45 RPM, 12” EP.

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Recently unearthed live-in-studio recordings from 1985 document the genesis of one of LA’s most popular and beloved musical groups.  45 RPM, 12” EP.

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Deluxe Edition: 1 x 12” EP, 180g vinyl, black

Collector’s Edition: 1 x 12” EP, 180g in custom-colored vinyl, Collector’s Edition Poster, numbered and limited edition

The Bonedaddys

The Bonedaddys, are L.A.’s original “Worldbeatniks” (since 1985) and one of the very first American bands to be described as Worldbeat. The Bonedaddys still take a “wide stance” stylistically, and claim influences ranging from Charles Ives to Burl Ives and much in-between; with the common musical denominator being a fun, dancable party ambience.

The Bonedaddys were formed in Los Angeles by percussionist Michael Tempo and the group’s sprawling, ever-changing roster would variously include singers Kevin Williams, King Cotton, Billy Sheets, Gregg Sutton and now Kaspar Abbo. Their album debut was in 1988 with A-Koo-De-A!, (although they had earlier written and recorded a song about Bo Diddley with Bo Diddley on vocals and guitar; which was not released until a shortened version of it appeared on their CD “Garage Sale”.

Check out a few samples of this EP:

The Bonedaddys - Oh Say Ya
  • The Bonedaddys - Oh Say Ya

    The Bonedaddys - Oh Say Ya

    Jul 16, 2020 • 0:30

    A ripping track

  • The Bonedaddys - Zombie

    The Bonedaddys - Zombie

    Aug 14, 2020 • 0:30

  • The Bonedaddys - Rekpete

    The Bonedaddys - Rekpete

    Aug 14, 2020 • 0:30

  • The Bonedaddys - The Bone

    The Bonedaddys - The Bone

    Aug 14, 2020 • 0:30

‘”Archaeology” is a retrospective which showcases The Bonedaddys’ signature marriage of African and Caribbean rhythms to the grit and heart of the 1980s Los Angeles music scene. These songs remind the listener that movement, dance, being in the body itself is its own kind of medicine; they harken back to the group’s first concerts where King recalls the floor at the Blue Lagoon acting like a trampoline, as the crowd pogoed and clamored for more. It speaks to the music that brought them all together in the first place, a mutual love and reverence for the masters of these polyrhythms, and their rich history. It reminds the listener that collaboration is life or death, that our connection to each other, art, and the exchange of ideas is what keeps us breathing. This is evident in the band itself, each individual bringing their own shape to the tunes, their own interpretations, their special, secret ingredient. It’s demonstrated in the genre-meshing, ocean-crossing, time-defying cadence that permeates each song. It’s damn special and it’s what makes this band so disarmingly unique.

This record is a tribute to a specific period of time and place and a cross-cultural bridge of ideas. It is an offering to chemistry, to history made, and history-future. It marks the place where rascal meets genius, where the beginning meets the now, where the sea finds the city, and where we leave the party with new friends and a perspective we hadn’t considered before.



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5 reviews for The Bonedaddys “Archaeology” EP

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lizbeth Williamson (verified owner)

    Yay Bonedaddys!
    From the exhilarating cover art to opening the collectors edition and revealing the bright yellow vinyl pressing you know.
    This record is something special.
    The Bonedaddys in all incarnations are groovemasters with infectious rhythms.
    On this EP helmed by legendary percussionist Michael Tempo and vocals by King Cotton you are under their spell happily compelled to get up and dance. I loved this EP so much I bought a second copy for a friend’s bday. Had to spread the joy I felt listening to this record. Again and again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roy Stephens

    Great music. Some of the brass reminds me of Chicago, also vibes of Santana and a touch of Paul Simon’s African adventure. A big smile and a “good-on-yer”.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous (verified owner)

    Expert mastering and beautiful packaging!

  4. 5 out of 5

    john greville (verified owner)

    Beauty Pressing, Great sound, Fantastic vinyl Grooves!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    chris goldsmith (verified owner)

    It was so great to be physically connected to The Bonedaddys again. Sound was great, packaging was great, music was great. Thanks so much!!!!

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