NRBQ Classic or Dud

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100% Classic in my opinion. Seek out Peek-A-Boo the Best of Nrbq if you need convincing.

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 21:06 (fifteen years ago) link

and @ Yankee Stadium. Classic, classic, classic.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 21:56 (fifteen years ago) link

"Green Light" is a great song.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 22:04 (fifteen years ago) link

virtuosic plus cute equals DUD. see 8os/90s output.

soniclifer, Tuesday, 3 February 2004 23:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I've got Yankee Stadium, Grooves In Orbit and Kick Me Hard. All are terrif.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 4 February 2004 00:13 (fifteen years ago) link

The classicist

Speedy Gonzalas (Speedy Gonzalas), Wednesday, 4 February 2004 03:18 (fifteen years ago) link

last that i heard anything by them was maybe a dozen years ago. i have none of their records. see a connection?

still, they (along w/ frank zappa and lester bangs) liked the shaggs. so they get brownie points for that.

Eisbär (llamasfur), Wednesday, 4 February 2004 03:34 (fifteen years ago) link

They are a very fun group to see live, at least the time I saw them. NRBQ were a total ham it up bar band, but really in the BEST possible way as wasn't a stiff rock "show", people were having a party.

"I Want You Bad" is catchy as hell. I'm suprised that it hasn't had a popular cover.

earlnash, Wednesday, 4 February 2004 03:53 (fifteen years ago) link

NRBQ are also in a Simpsons episode, that is pretty classic.

earlnash, Wednesday, 4 February 2004 03:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Classic. I have more Q songs on my iPod (about 70) than any other band. That's more to do with them being a sentimental favorite in my household than anything else. They used to play the original Lupo's in Providence every two months and my then-girlfriend (now wife) would be by my side, right in front of Terry. We missed only two shows in about an eight-year span. One was when they taped a live album there. The other was when they filmed a set used in the great underground film "A Complex World." Of all the luck ...
Alas, they haven't been the same since Big Al left a few years back.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Wednesday, 4 February 2004 13:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Peek-a-Boo doesn't do them justice. So many of my favorite songs - "Ceceila," (from the out-of-print All Hopped Up), "I Don't Think Of," "That's Neat, That's Nice," "Beverly," "Music Goes Round and Around," "Ain't Nice to Talk Like That," "Don't She Look Good" starters -- aren't represented. A few are covers, but the Q made them their own.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Wednesday, 4 February 2004 13:50 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...
I completely forgot these guys existed. Completely wiped from my memory for years until I saw them mentioned today. These band was a huge critical favorite in the 80s.

Mark (MarkR), Friday, 28 April 2006 11:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm surprised more people here don't like them. I put on Kick Me Hard the other day and it sounded sooo good. Then I played Scraps and that sounded even better. Love "Magnet"!

TRG (TRG), Friday, 28 April 2006 13:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Agree on live fun -- at least circa '84, the only time I saw em. Terry Adams banging head on piano, etc.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 April 2006 13:19 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Anyone know what's going on with the Q? They haven't played a show together in quite some time (a reunion show in Massachusetts back in April was the last, I believe).
I heard something about Terry Adams possibly having problems with his hands? Anyone?
I know they can't go on forever, but they were always fun live.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 29 August 2007 18:11 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

Revived, thanks to talk on the Fabulous Thunderbirds thread, where I just wrote this:

(Don't get me wrong about NRBQ -- I like a few songs by them a lot, especially "Me And The Boys," and I probably should have kept a couple LPs by them. I even saw them play on a New York Blues Cruise boat once! Just never understood the worship they seem to inspire. But I've been on a pub-rock kick lately, so maybe I'd like them more if I listened to them now.) (Also never knew they had lots of fans on ILM; has there ever been a thread? Maybe I'll revive one.)

xhuxk, Friday, 29 February 2008 13:20 (eleven years ago) link

i always liked that 'little floater' track.. used to get heaps of airplay on oz radio..

electricsound, Friday, 29 February 2008 13:23 (eleven years ago) link

me, I like Tapdancin' Bats better than any of their other stuff, altho their Skeeter Davis collaboration is...cute.

whisperineddhurt, Friday, 29 February 2008 13:59 (eleven years ago) link

Tapdancin' Bats is great but I'll take Yankee Stadium over anything else, although the former does a better job in representing the band's quirkiness.

Jazzbo, Friday, 29 February 2008 15:13 (eleven years ago) link

I just downloaded a whole pile of their stuff via this blog but I haven't got round to it yet. I actually have no fucking idea what they sound like, but I remember a guy with an email address something like nrbqlover@somethingorother who made me a tape of Sarah records/Billy Childish stuff back in the late 90s so when I saw it available for download I thought eh why not.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 29 February 2008 15:20 (eleven years ago) link

You had to see them live, during their heyday with Big Al, to really appreciate them IMO.
They're still on hiatus due to some dispute over the recording of a reunion show, I believe.

Jazzbo, Friday, 29 February 2008 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

I just read Michael Lydon's old piece on Carl Perkins, wherein Perkins is hanging and playing with NRBQ in the studio. They're all gathered around him as he tells stories from back in the day.

QuantumNoise, Friday, 29 February 2008 15:35 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

Terry Adams is touring with a new group

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 18:53 (eight years ago) link

So good:

NRBQ a dud? So wrong

Sanford, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:37 (eight years ago) link

Hasn't Terry been playing with the Rock and Roll Quartet for years?

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:44 (eight years ago) link

Formed in 2007.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:57 (eight years ago) link

So "new" is incorrect.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:58 (eight years ago) link

But thankfully the link just refers to them as his "current" band.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:59 (eight years ago) link

They were fun last night. Lotsa NRBQ covers. Too quirky at times for me, but otherwise pretty swell

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 January 2011 15:36 (eight years ago) link

Definitely want to check them out.

Jazzbo, Friday, 21 January 2011 15:50 (eight years ago) link

i tend to only go as far as yankee stadium. really like the s/t from '69, and workshop, and scraps.

tom ardolino home recordings album that josh from mystery train records in amherst put out on vinyl - think it was only on import cd before that - is one of my favorite things from the last couple of years. crazy teenage one-man rock songs he recorded when he was 17. Unknown Brain. highly recommended if you like weirdo outrock from 60's and 70's.

oh and i finally got a decent copy of the wildweeds album a couple months back.

still never heard the album they did with carl perkins.

scott seward, Friday, 21 January 2011 16:12 (eight years ago) link

Scraps is one of the longest-surviving, well-loved LPs in my collection. Brought a promo home from a local radio station's trash bin when I was 14.

Glorified Lolcat (Dan Peterson), Friday, 21 January 2011 21:25 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

NRBQ back, sort of ...
Terry Adams comes clean about the band's demise, and the cancer treatment he kept secret from fans.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:05 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

I mean, c'mon

john. a resident of chicago., Saturday, 20 August 2011 02:37 (eight years ago) link

one dis leads to another (ian), Saturday, 20 August 2011 02:39 (eight years ago) link

Anybody see the new band live? They are doing a free show here in the next couple months and was wondering if it's worth the trip downtown, parking fees etc.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 20 August 2011 03:41 (eight years ago) link

^ anyone? They're in Chicago (well, Berwyn) next week and wondering the same.

john. a resident of chicago., Sunday, 21 August 2011 03:31 (eight years ago) link

I haven't seen them post-'80s, have no idea what they sound like now.

"Ridin' In My Car" is one of these songs I CANNOT BELIEVE wasn't a huge hit, or even a small hit. WTH was wrong with people in the mid-'70s, sending "You Light Up My Life" to the top of the charts and ignoring a catchy-as-all-getout gem like this?

Also, NRBQ At Yankee Stadium NEEDS this song to feel complete - on the original LP but a licensing squabble has resulted in it being missing from the CD reissues.

Lee547 (Lee626), Sunday, 21 August 2011 12:59 (eight years ago) link

Well, it was originally on All Hopped Up (released a year earlier and a great album in its own right) and only put on the Yankee Stadium album as a bonus.

Jazzbo, Sunday, 21 August 2011 14:00 (eight years ago) link

At Yankee Stadium was on a major label whereas AHU was on an indie with spotty distribution in some areas; IIRC part of the contract when they signed with Mercury (I think that's who it was) for Yankee Stadium was inclusion of "Ridin' In My Car" on the new album.

What do you all think of the recent She & Him cover of this song?

Lee547 (Lee626), Sunday, 21 August 2011 15:17 (eight years ago) link

I'm utterly delighted to see a thread about this marvellous band... IMO one of the best in the world, & they're still going.The original NRBQ started in a bedroom in 1965.

I helped interview Terry Adams a week ago. You can hear the result in a review of their new album,'Keep this love going' (it's great),on Radio New Zealand/The Sampler for 2 weeks from August 30th. It should be easy to Google.
Their relative lack of fame, after 45 years(!), totally puzzles me. Their is no real best album (they've done 30+) as all the ones I've heard are wonderful & consistent to their overall vision. I suppose 'At Yankee Stadium', 'Tiddlywinks' & the new one are my favourites at the moment.

Paddy Neville, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 00:30 (eight years ago) link

Who is actually in the band at this point? I was considering going to that Fitzgerald's show.

Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 00:48 (eight years ago) link

The present line up is
Terry Adams - piano, clavinet, vocals
Scott Ligon - guitar, organ, vocals
Pete Donnelly - bass, vocals
Conrad Choucroun - drums, vocals

Tom Ardolino - honourary member still... plays drums on 2 tracks of new album & designed the cover. He just doesn't tour anymore.

Paddy Neville, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 01:03 (eight years ago) link

when they played at the riverfest here in town this year tom and conrad both played drums. double drum nrbq. i couldn't go though cuzza work. sold terry some records though.

scott seward, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 01:15 (eight years ago) link

For those interested,the interview I helped conduct with Terry Adams re new NRBQ review, is available for Podcast from 6th September. Not 30th August.

Paddy Neville, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 00:38 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Anybody see the new band live? They are doing a free show here in the next couple months and was wondering if it's worth the trip downtown, parking fees etc.

― Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, August 19, 2011 10:41 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

As luck would have it, this show was tonight and a friend happened to be having her birthday party at a bar around the block afterwards. So I went.

As bad luck would have it, I got a mild case of food poisoning from my late lunch, so I only got to see parts of their set.

However, I did get to hear them do "Me and The Boys" and the rest of what I heard (not stuff familiar to me) was pretty good. They weren't as zany as legend and vintage youtubes tell.

Also learned Conrad Choucroun (the new drummer) is a Houston boy and a vet of Banana Blender Surprise, an area party band that wanted to be NRBQ really bad.

The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 14 October 2011 06:56 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

R.I.P. Tommy Ardolino, a sweet guy who really knew how to swing.

Jazzbo, Saturday, 7 January 2012 14:29 (seven years ago) link

More here:

Jazzbo, Saturday, 7 January 2012 14:30 (seven years ago) link

Love watching Tommy's face as they play "Music Goes 'Round" at about 3:02.

Jazzbo, Saturday, 7 January 2012 14:31 (seven years ago) link

so sad! terry adams was kind enough to introduce me to tom last summer here at the store and i'm really glad i got to shake his hand and tell him how much i enjoyed his work. such a nice guy. i can't recommend the Unknown Brain recordings of Tom's teenage stuff highly enough. One of my favorite archival releases of all time. Hilarious and awesome. Josh from Mystery Train here put a pressing out on vinyl and you can still find it online.

scott seward, Saturday, 7 January 2012 14:58 (seven years ago) link

Unknown Brain is used throughout this video. First time I had heard it. Sounds just like Terry Adams on the clavinet! Who influenced who?

Jazzbo, Saturday, 7 January 2012 16:55 (seven years ago) link

that guy who makes those videos was such a weirdo. and he wrote really rude shit about my pals at MT on youtube. i thought that was uncalled for. they were nice enough to let him in and let him film their store, and then he does that. he's supposedly a vinyl-addicted dj and he didn't look at anything in my store. i didn't get it.

scott seward, Saturday, 7 January 2012 18:14 (seven years ago) link

sorry, when i see those vid clips i just go grrrrr....can't help it.

scott seward, Saturday, 7 January 2012 18:15 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, that's a real dick move.

Jazzbo, Sunday, 8 January 2012 22:34 (seven years ago) link

RIP to one of the swingin'-est, thwackin'-est backbeat drummers I ever saw. I've been surfing Q clips today, and this one had me smiling:

Oops, just a little Santorum surge... (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:46 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

I don't think Tony Bennett gets it.
"Every song featured ear-torturing mistakes, bizarre random noises, wrong notes aplenty, and just plain bad playing from Adams."

Jazzbo, Monday, 31 August 2015 13:50 (four years ago) link

Anyone would sound shabby next to Scott Ligon.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 31 August 2015 14:10 (four years ago) link

the real tony bennett would be totally into nrbq

tylerw, Monday, 31 August 2015 22:11 (four years ago) link

one year passes...
one year passes...

That awesome feeling when you're just hanging on a Friday night and you hear NRBQs local guitarist is playing the burger place next to the bowling alley for free. Beatles covers, Everley Brothers, Beach Boys ...a blast!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 August 2018 03:25 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Green Light sounds so much like an alt mix of a Squeeze song that hearing it without context baffled me.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:37 (three months ago) link

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