is a 1983 Born To Laugh At Tornadoes album by the progressive pop band Was (Not Was). declared it "conceptually, the best album of the year" shortly after its release. Rolling Stone The advance publicity did not endear itself to the listening public at the time, and the album made little fanfare in a year dominated by the power pop of [2 ] Michael Jackson's and Thriller Prince's . 1999
This album boasted an impressive array of
guest vocalists, ranging from hard rocker Mitch Ryder (on "Bow Wow Wow Wow"), heavy metal shock rocker Ozzy Osbourne (" Shake Your Head"), pop band The Knack's lead vocalist Doug Fieger (on "Betrayal" and "Smile"), Marshall Crenshaw ("The Party Broke Up") and torch song vocalist/songwriter Mel Tormé (lead vocal on the closing song "Zaz Turned Blue").
The album also displayed a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from pop love ballads ("Betrayal") to heavy metal ("Bow Wow Wow Wow"), psychedelic synthesized mod music ("Man Vs. The Empire Brain Building") to soft, easy listening cocktail jazz ("Zaz Turned Blue"), a ballad about a man who nearly chokes to death in a park ("Zaz turned blue/What were we supposed to do?/When Zaz turned blue?").
Also noteworthy is a credit to
Robert Kinkel as Assistant Engineer, who went on to be the co-creator of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The front cover illustration, "After Compton's", was credited to Dan Chapman and Jeri McManus was the art director.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by David Was and Don Was; except where indicated.
"Knocked Down, Made Small (Treated Like a Rubber Ball)"
Sweet Pea Atkinson
"Bow Wow Wow Wow"
(Thomas Brzezina) Mitch Ryder
Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed)" (David Was, Don Was, Jarvis Stroud) Carol Hall, Kathy Kosins, Ozzy Osbourne
"Man vs. the Empire Brain Building"
Ada Griffin, Carol Hall, Chris Blackwell, Felix & Jarvis, The Was Bros.
(Return to The Valley of) Out Come the Freaks" Harry Bowens
(David Was, Don Was, Felix Morris) Harry Bowens
"The Party Broke Up"
"Zaz Turned Blue"
Personnel [ edit ]
Marshall Crenshaw – organ, guitar, vocals
Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
Mitch Ryder – vocals
Vinnie Vincent – guitar
Joseph LoDuca – guitar
Mel Tormé – piano, vocals Carol Hall – vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson – vocals
Wayne Kramer – guitar Marin Alsop – violin
Chris Blackwell – vocals Sir Harry Bowens – vocals
Jervonny Collier – bass
Michael Edwards – vocals
Doug Fieger – vocals
Kathy Kosins – vocals Yogi Horton – drums
Bob Kulick – guitar Jay Leonhart – bass
David McMurray – soprano & tenor saxophone
Bruce Nazarian – guitar
Luis Resto – organ, synthesizer, vocorder
Paul Riser – horn & string arrangements John Robie – synthesizer
John Sinclair – background vocals
David Was – keyboards, saxophone, vocals
Don Was – synthesizer, bass, vocals Randy Jacobs – bass, guitar, background vocals
Lawrence Fratangelo – percussion
Debbie Caponetta - production co-ordination
Michael Zilkha - Executive Producer David Thoener and The Detroit Wasmopolitan Mixing Squad (Duane Bradley, Ken Collier and Don Was) - mixing
References [ edit ]