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Original and Best

This represents the most creative period for Was Not Was. The original and best version of "Out Come The Freaks" is here. The tracks link cleverly, as they take the listener on a strange roller- coaster journey of acid-inspired lyrics, heavy metal guitar fused with jazz funk disco, and some tender soul. It's a heady mix but seems effortless and uncontrived. The definitive Was Not Was album.

Out Come the Freaks

Was (Not Was) have the knack of being completely unapologetic and in your face. Everything about this album screams honesty and congruence. From the dirty funk of the rhythm section to the quirky/strangeness off the lyrics. "Tell me that I'm dreaming" is a big favourite of mine and the addition here of some other mixes and a dub version of "Out come the freaks" are very welcome. I think that this album will find new younger fans as it seems to fit with the growing interest in post punk disco, funk and the downtown scene.

Sorry but I was dissapointed

I was a big fan in early years but this seems a miss mash of out-takes and old mixes. Only for the dedicated.


Formed: 1980 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

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

Was (Not Was) play contemporary R&B dance music, with lyrics that range from the satiric to the bizarre. The group is led by Detroit natives David Weiss (David Was), who plays flute and writes those lyrics, and Don Fagenson (Don Was), who plays bass and writes music, but the group is fronted by singers Harry Bowens and Sweet Pea Atkinson. Was (Not Was) first gained notice for a dance single called "Wheel Me Out" in 1980. Their first album, Was (Not Was) (1981), did not reach the charts, but its...
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Out Come the Freaks, Was (Not Was)
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2004

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