Next time on the Vinyl Vault, we have some L.A. worldbeat from the Bonedaddys and their 1988 album “A-Koo-De-A.” The band, at the time, featured 13 musicians on guitars, saxophones, bass, synthesizers, vocalists, and plenty of percussion.
To simply label the band’s music as “worldbeat” falls far short of describing their broad and myriad influences. The name of the album is a derivation of the French word “ecouter” meaning “to listen.” Hefty doses of funky, R&B, and jazz inform the band’s sound with delicate notes of ska, reggae, Cajun, dance and plain old good times swirling throughout.
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Indeed, there was no question that whenever this band played live, a raging party would break out and “A-Koo-De-A” captures that vibe. The songs on the album are mostly original compositions by the band, but legendary African musician Manu DiBango contributed two.
The album was released on the rather small and somewhat obscure Chameleon Record label. As a result, the record is now quite rare, but the Vinyl Vault has a copy and you’ll get to hear it Tuesday evening.
As the Bonedaddys say, “In the beginning was the bone, and the bone was good.”
Spice it up with host Geoff Anderson on the Vinyl Vault on Tuesday night, March 14 at 8:30, with the Bonedaddys on KUVO JAZZ.
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