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The Collection, released by Spectrum in 2004, takes from 1988's What Up, Dog, 1990's Are You Okay, and 1992's Hello Dad... I'm in Jail, featuring "Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed)," the "Streetsahead Mix" of "Spy in the House of Love," "I Blew Up the United States," "Hello Dad... I'm in Jail," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and one of the versions of "Out Come the Freaks." Anything the group released prior to 1988 isn't represented. The fact that the compilation was released in the U.K. might explain the absence of U.S. chart hits "Walk the Dinosaur" and "Anything Can Happen."


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 follow-up,...
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