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What up, dog? (1988)

Was (Not Was) Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000091JQ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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original 1986 first issue american import 16 track cd album. CHRYSALIS VK 41664 / DIDX 3307

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laidback. Funky. Funny. Inspired. 28 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Before they got a little lost in the world of dance music Was (Not Was) served up this their best album. As always filled with lyrics that tell the listener small stories of people a little off center. With great music, wonderful vocals and a grans helping of humour. Laidback. Funky. Funny. Inspired. And just a little bit weird. "11 Miles An Hour" about the JFK assassination, "Anything Can Happen" about odd love encounters, Frank Sinatra Jr guesting on "Wedding Vows In Vegas" ... the list goes on and on. Great entertainment including the one song that has survived and still gets airplay; "Walk The Dinosaur". Get the album and get ready for an adventure! A truly great album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mutt's Nuts 29 Dec 2007
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Don and David Was in the early 80's were the exponents of soul-jazz-funk-fusion for the cogniscenti. With this album they managed what some would consider the impossible feat of fusing soul, jazz and rock. Each track is a revelation and all stand equally by themselves. It must be considered that 'Walk the Dinosaur' may have been their most commercially successful track, but most fans recognise this as one the more weaker tracks from the album.

The stand-out tracks are: 'Somewhere in America' - a lament to 60's Americana, whilst 'Spy in the House of Love' is a 70's funk blast, whereas 'Love can be Bad Luck' could be Frank Sinatra circa 60's Vegas at his best with the rest of the Rat Pack. Speaking of Frank, this is revisited on 'Wedding Vows in Vegas' where Frank Jnr is a guest vocalist. The seven or eight remaining tracks are all individual gems and worthy to be included on this superb album.

So, if you want to listen to an album that is eclectic and also complete, need I say more?

From Bobby & Josh Hatton (Funk Brothers)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs, dinosaurs and spies 1 Jun 2010
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More classic Was Bros music from the late 1980s. What Up, Dog? features the hit singles "Walk the Dinosaur" ('Elvis landed in a rocket ship, Healed a couple of lepers and disappeared...') and "Spy in the House of Love" along with the title track and "11 mph". Of course there's also yet another version of "Out Come the Freaks". The woodwork squeaks pop-pickers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What up, dog? 2 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this Cd in an attempt to start to replace many old tapes belonging to my husband that he can no longer play in the car. This music may not be young and trendy, but the CD still has some great songs on, which even our children are now singing along with!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute gem 15 Aug 2002
By Stuart MacDonnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just what it was that made Was (Not Was) so very special is a little hard to pin down: the crisp tight production, the ability to seamlessly go from funky r'n'b to lounge to rock to heartbreaking ballads to whatever other style they chose, the sensational vocals of Sir Harry Bowens and Sweet Pea Atkinson or their ability to write memorable melodies and couple them with some of the wittiest, most bizarre or touching lyrics in popular music? Could be all of the above. Whatever it was, they are all amply demonstrated on this album - their finest hour. For me, the achingly beautiful and tragi-comic balladry of Somewhere In America, Anything Can Happen and Anytime Lisa are standouts. But then so are the funky (and so clever) Spy In The House Of Love, Out Come The Freaks and Boy's Gone Crazy. Despite the wide range of styles there is not a dud track here and in 2002 this album still sounds as strong and fresh as it ever did.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was listening to WUD again today.... 8 May 2003
By William Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Read the other reviews. This is the album to take with you if you are tranferred to the moon. It is the best of Weiss & Fagenson's simply incredible sampler albums. All of them are must-haves.
Check out this partial lyric (from _Shadow and Jimmy_, track 15):
Men without women are like fish without
Water to swim in
With their eyes bugging out
They flop on the beach
And look up at the girls
Who are just out of reach
Now, this lyric is delivered (by Sir Harry, I believe) totally straight, and very musically. But I was listening to this album again today, and I had to pull my car over to the side of the road to keep from killing someone, I was laughing so hard.
I wish that 1) Weiss and Fagenson would get off their duffs and release their first WNW album on CD (I have the vinyl), and 2) They would release the "new" material that was rumored to be in the can circa 1999-2000.
I love these guys.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chic Meets Jonathan Richman 29 May 2000
By dev1 - Published on Amazon.com
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The title What Up Dog? begs the reviewer to open his comments with: Well, I'll tell you what up. These are two goofy guys (David and Don) from Detroit who make jumping dance tempo R&B with a heavy touch of zany lyrics - sort of Chic meets Jonathan Richman. Lead vocalists Sir Harry Bowens and Sweet Pea Atkinson sound as sweet and soulful as Little Anthony fronting the Imperials (Somewhere In America There's A Street Named After My Dad, Love Can Be Bad Luck, Anything Can Happen, Wedding Vows In Vegas). The two crooners will have you thinking that you're listening to Motown's Greatest Hits. The straight-up dance numbers (Spy In The House Of Love, Out Come The Freaks, Robot Girl, Walk Like A Dinosaur) are robust and rhythmic. Pop the CD in your car player and do the funky chicken (or whatever it's call this week) on your drive to work. I was in tears when the clubs stopped playing this stuff about 10 years ago.
What Up Dog? is a jaunting dance grove, but what pushes the CD into the realm of masterpiece is the lyrical craziness. `Somewhere In America' there is a quiet neighborhood with "no saber-tooth neighbors" and "no day care Felinis." In `Spy In The House Of Love' the spy admits "I used a tiny camera - I thought I'd Japanese her." `11 MPH' is a funky composition about assignation. `Anytime Lisa' is the town tramp whom David and Don treat with compassion. And the grand finale is the cynical `Dad I'm In Jail.' Must be heard to be appreciated. Danceable R&B with lyrics actually worth paying attention to. Contagious material.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how great this CD is! 28 Nov 2006
By J. G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was cleaning out some old CD's and picked this one up. I hadn't listened to it in a long time and figured I'd give it to my ex-husband, since I knew he liked it way back when. Well, on the way to his house, I listened to it in the car. By the time I got there, I had decided to keep it! I forgot just how great this CD is. Really great stuff. My youngest loves "Walk the Dinosaur", "Robot Girl", and "Dad I'm in Jail". You can't get "Spy in the House of Love" out of your head. Very groovable. You really want to move to this music. Great writing too... "11 mph" is great, as is "Somewhere in America there's a Street named after my Dad".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame 16 Mar 1999
By R. Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has got to be the most criminally underated album of all time. It has the lot, great vocals, humour, style, fantastic playing and an eclectic mix of styles. Perhaps it was just too clever to achieve popular acclaim. Too bad that they dont still make records, although the Orquestre Was album is rather good too. Highly recommended.
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