Eclectic, yes, marketable to any but the stouthearted or schizophrenic, unlikely. It would be with the release of their third collection in 1988, "What Up, Dog," that the boys would hit their commercial stride, earning two top 10 singles worldwide with "Walk the Dinosaur" and "Spy in the House of Love." Global tours followed in Europe, Japan and the USA, and the album would find its way to the upper rungs of that year's critic's polls, and eventually be included in Rolling Stone Magazine's 'Top 100 albums of the '80s.' A fourth studio album -- "Are You Okay" --would follow in 1990 and that too spawned a top 5 hit internationally, the rap-inflected cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." The band would take to the road in 1992 opening for Dire Straits on a four-month tour of Europe's bigger venues, and also released a best-of package, "Hello Dad I'm in Jail," which included a remix of their earlier Ozzy collaboration, "Shake Your Head," this time with Kim Basinger (!) sharing co-lead vocals and leading to another smash single on the dancefloor and pop charts overseas. Of course, that's not all the lads were up to all those years. Don Was stepped to the fore as a producer after working with Bonnie Raitt on the Grammy-winning "Nick of Time," staying in constant demand for the next decade and working with everyone from Iggy to Kristofferson to the B52's to Elton John and Brian Wilson, to drop just a few names. David Was went Hollywood and produced two soundtrack collections for the "X-Files" and wound up scoring two network TV dramas. And together, Don and David produced the Grammy-winning Roy Orbison/ KD Lang duet of "Crying" as well as Bob Dylan's "Under the Red Sky" album. They also started a badminton club for ex-cons called the "Birdie Men from Alcatraz," or so it was rumored. It was Don's work with the Rolling Stones on "Bridges to Babylon" and "Voodoo Lounge" that inspired a return to the good old days of bandhood. The Bruz Was rented a studio across from a strip joint on Sunset Blvd. and hunkered down to make some new tracks in the last few years. Nothin' like some hip-shakin mamas in close proximity to get the juices flowing again, n'est ce pas? The band reformed to play the Sundance Film Festival in the winter of 2004 and made a triumphal return to London's Jazz Cafe the following fall. Was (Not Was) may have been napping, but they never stopped having nightmares! The results will soon storm the barricades of radio, concert halls and festivals 'til they are sent to their rooms to do more audio homework. Stay tuned, don't drop out, not just yet!
"an endearing mess... a sausage factory of funk, rock, jazz and electronic dance music, all providing a boogie-down backdrop for a radical (and witty) political message of unbridled personal freedom and scepticism of authority."
[Detroit's Metro Times]