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The Power Of Pussy

Bongwater

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Album Review

Kicking off with the great title track, a slow-chugging anthem with a sharp Magnuson lead and lyric, along with guest vocals from none other than the B-52s' Fred Schneider, Pussy pumps up Magnuson's vicious, intelligent feminism to an even higher level than before. From the barbed "What If..." and "Women Tied Up in Knots" to her incredible spoken word "What Kind of Man Reads Playboy" and more, she's on a very artistic rampage. Style, performance, sass, and rage combine brilliantly throughout. In general, Bongwater, with Licht back on drums in place of Sleep's rhythm boxes, continue as before, incorporating a more creepy sweetness at points. "Great Radio" is a standout, the group performing a slow, drony, and druggy piece with gentle power, while other songs like "I Need a New Tape" mix up the zoned psychedelic hush of past albums once again. Covers again crop up, both quite striking. The Weavers' folk standard "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" gets a lovely, haunting take, with guest banjo from roots music legend Peter Stampfel, while Dudley Moore's hilariously dismissive "Bedazzled," from the mid-'60s film of the same name, is tailor-made for a crackerjack Magnuson spotlight vocal. Throughout Pussy, pop culture is roasted over a slow fire in a multitude of ways. "Nick Cave Dolls," besides concluding with Magnuson's breathy, delicious whine about wanting one of said items, slips in everything from references to Hollywood and Dorothy Stratten to some of the notorious profane tapes of Buddy Rich abusing his band. The absolute hands-down winner comes right at the end, the lengthy "Folk Song." Tackling everything from wannabe rebels to corporate and political idiocy from the top on down — not to mention a ripping dissection of then-recent hit-movie Pretty Woman that spares absolutely nobody — Magnuson is in excelsis throughout.

Customer Reviews

terrific album, one of the best

A friend turned me on to this album in college when it first came out, and I have never tired of it. The itunes review above is spot on, but they didn't mention Junior, one of the best songs here. It's a really great rocking tune. Folk Song is of course the best song on the album, genius in all regards.

"Is it enticing, I mean what's the story?"

This album is the best - I got into it in the early 90's and like another reviewer on here, I never got tired of it. It has been a long time since I have heard it and I am thrilled to see it on I-tunes; it's for me the rare exception where I buy the whole album. However, if you are looking for a few clips to sample, Folk Song is an absolute must and I also suggest Kisses Sweeter than Wine. If you want to p*ss your pants, be sure to get Chicken P**sy too!

Thank you for adding this!

I had this back in college and used to love it. It's been years since I've listened to it, but I've done searches for it periodically on iTunes. And now you have it.....and I still love it. "Folk Song" is my favorite - great social commentary.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in United States

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

As much a performance art troupe as a band, Bongwater was the brainchild of guitarist (Mark) Kramer — chief of the Shimmy-Disc label and a former member of Shockabilly — and actress Ann Magnuson, best known to mainstream audiences for her role in the ABC sitcom Anything But Love as well as the feature film Making Mr. Right. Kramer and Magnuson first met at her downtown New York nightspot Club 57, where he engineered the sound for her performances with the all-female percussion group Pulsalamma;...
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