Bewitched (American band)

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Bewitched
Origin Hoboken, New Jersey, US
Genres Noise rock, experimental rock
Years active 1986–1993
Labels No.6
Past members Bob Bert
Donna Croughn
DJ David Cream of Wheat P
Jim Fu
Art Reinitz
Chris Ward

Bewitched was a noise rock musical project headed by American percussionist Bob Bert. It was founded in 1986 after Bert had left the band Sonic Youth the previous year. The project began as a solo effort but morphed to incorporate several other musicians, including violinist Donna Croughn of Tiny Lights. The music was noise rock influenced with an emphasis placed on Bert's drumming. It also incorporated turntables courtesy of DJ David Cream of Wheat P, which at the time was innovative.[1]

History[edit]

After drummer and percussionist Bob Bert amicably departed from Sonic Youth, he decided he wanted to pursue his own musical project. Concurrent to his involvement in the band Pussy Galore, Bert released the Chocolate Frenzy single in 1986 under the name Bewitched. It featured Suzanne Sasic performing vocals, Mark Cunningham on trumpet and Dave Rick on drums and was produced by Wharton Tiers at his Fun City studio in New York City. The music drew inspiration from Einstürzende Neubauten, Big Stick and the Butthole Surfers.

The project went on hiatus for four years while Bert performed a member of Pussy Galore. After they disbanded, Bert was free again to pursue his own musical ambitions and resurrected Bewitched as a quintet. Their debut Brain Eraser was released in 1990 by No.6 Records.[2] The band then released Harshing My Mellow in 1991.[3] Allmusic rated each album two and a half out of five stars.[4][5] However, Allmusic reviewer Stewart Mason found two tracks of Brain Eraser "listenable enough": the song "I Dunno What to Do" and instrumental "Chuck's Got a Big One".[4]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Bewitched: Brain Eraser > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Testa, Jim (2007). "Bewitched". Trouser Press. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Blush, Steven (2016). New York Rock: From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB. New York City: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 275. ISBN 9781250083616. LCCN 2016007627. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "Bewitched – Brain Eraser". Allmusic. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh. "Bewitched – Harshing My Mellow". Allmusic. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 

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