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Are You Okay?

Was (Not Was)

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Album Review

The "hit" is a remake of "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," but the album is more memorable for typically oddball tunes like "I Blew Up the United States" and "Elvis' Rolls Royce," which features a droll vocal by Leonard Cohen.

Customer Reviews

What an odd mix

I love the songs and the artful satire that is in the writing.


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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Are You Okay?, Was (Not Was)
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music, Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jul 1990

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