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The Fugs never had anything close to a hit in the normal sense, and would probably have been horrified if they had. Formed in the 1960s by poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg as an electric folk and jug band with one hell of an agenda, the Fugs turned inept playing and satirical poetry into something resembling a street theater rock concert. Goofy and endearing, but dead serious about political and cultural change, the Fugs had developed into fairly decent musicians by the time their first incarnation ended in the late1970s. The Fugs reformed in the mid-'80s, and released three albums, most of which were drawn from live shows done in Copenhagen. This disc collects a subjective "best-of" from those shows, and it reveals a professional band that still has a laser-guided sense of humor, and a wonderful, almost wistful, approach to what is probably best termed "folk-rock." Among the highlights are Kupferberg's gentle "Morning Morning," and two songs by Sanders, the ornate and sweet-sounding "No More Slavery," and the poignant "You Can't Go Into the Same River Twice."

Biography

Formed: 1964 in New York, NY [Greenwich Village]

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Arguably the first underground rock group of all time, the Fugs formed at the Peace Eye bookstore in New York's East Village in late 1964. The nucleus of the band throughout its many personnel changes was Peace Eye owner Ed Sanders and fellow poet Tuli Kupferberg. Sanders and Kupferberg had strong ties to the beat literary scene, but charged, in the manner of their friend Allen Ginsberg, full steam ahead into the maelstrom of '60s political involvement and psychedelia. Surrounded by an assortment...
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