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When People Were Shorter And Lived Near The Water

When People Were Shorter And Lived Near The Water

When People Were Shorter And Lived Near The Water


When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water (frequently shortened to WPWSALNTW) was an American experimental psychedelic rock band from New York City active from 1986–1996. The group's recorded output consists solely of cover versions of older pop, country, swing and rock songs performed in obtuse arrangements. The group formed in 1986 around vocalists Kim Rancourt and Joe Defilipps (who also played trombone) and guitarists David Raymer and Bob Meetsma. Read more on Last.fm
When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water (frequently shortened to WPWSALNTW) was an American experimental psychedelic rock band from New York City active from 1986–1996. The group's recorded output consists solely of cover versions of older pop, country, swing and rock songs performed in obtuse arrangements. The group formed in 1986 around vocalists Kim Rancourt and Joe Defilipps (who also played trombone) and guitarists David Raymer and Bob Meetsma. They based their repertoire around deconstructive cover versions of other artists' songs, alternating between precise and loose arrangement techniques resulting in renditions that were "not exactly affectionate tributes, but not complete jokes either". They thus held the double-identity of art rock and party band.

Featuring bassist Mitch Strassberg and drummer Ron Spitzer (of Band of Susans), the group's 1987 debut EP found them covering Ray Davies and reciting the Gettysburg Address. Their second EP, 1988's Uncle Ben, was their first with bassist Dave Rick (of Phantom Tollbooth, King Missile, Bongwater and Yo La Tengo) and drummer David Licht (of the Klezmatics, Bongwater, Shockabilly and Eugene Chadbourne's band). The record also marked the beginning of their work with Shimmy Disc, a like-minded New York-based experimental rock label run by Bongwater leader Mark Kramer, who frequently played on the group's recordings. This was followed by 1989's Bobby, their first LP, composed entirely of Bobby Goldsboro covers. Keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Xefos (also of King Missile) played extensively on the record as a guest and joined the group as a full-time member shortly thereafter. In 1991, the band released Porgy, an album of material from Ira and George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

WPWSALNTW's last LP, 1994 Bill Kennedy's Showtime, was composed of songs by obscure or semi-obscure 1960's Detroit rock bands (as Rancourt grew up in the area during that time). Talk of an album of material popularized by Louis Armstrong arose as plans for the band's fourth LP, but the record never materialized, and the band became inactive. Rancourt and Rick next co-founded the group Shapir-O'Rama, creating original music. The band recorded several albums, including two with Jad Fair. Rancourt currently plays in a group called JFK with Andrew W.K.

and Don Fleming. Defilipps plays in a band called Gravy, and other members have also remained musically active. Members Kim Rancourt – vocals, flute, casio horn (1986–1996) Joe Defilipps – vocals, trombone (1986–1996) David Raymer – guitar, keyboard, vocals (1986–1996) Bob Meetsma – guitar, lap steel guitar, cornet, banjo, saxophone, vocals (1986–1996) Chris Xefos – keyboards, tuba, accordion, vocals, etc. (1989–1996) Dave Rick – bass, guitar, vocals (1988–1996) David Licht – drums (1988–1996) Mitch Strassberg – bass (1986–1988) Ron Spitzer – drums (1986–1988) Discography: Albums Bobby (1989) Porgy (1991) Bill Kennedy's Showtime (1994) Singles: When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water (1987) Uncle Ben (1988) Compilation appearances: Donovan: Island of Circles 1992 - "The Natural High is the Best High in the World (Riki Tiki Tavi)" Surprise Your Pig: A Tribute to R.E.M. 1993 – "I Believe" http://www.myspace.com/whenpeoplewereshorter Read more on Last.fm.

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