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New York City (1985 – 1992)

Bongwater was an band from New York City, formed in 1985 and dissolved in 1992. The group was founded by Ann Magnuson and Kramer (who was also the founder of the now defunct Shimmy Disc record label). Magnuson caught Kramer’s eye when he saw her perform in the all girl band Pulsallama. Bongwater also featured Shimmy alumni drummer Dave Licht and guitarists Dave Rick who went on to play with Shimmy Disc’s anchor band King Missile for a short time and later helped Ann Magnuson in producing and playing guitar on her first solo album called The Luv Show in 1996. Their plan to form a new group called Magenta Rush never came to fruition.

Earlier recordings consisted of a few -era cover songs. At the time of the release of their album Breaking No New Ground, Rolling Stone compared them to Jefferson Airplane mainly due to their cover of Moody Blues signature song Ride My See-Saw as well as their cover of the Carole King composed song - made famous by the MONKEES called The Porpoise Song. The ambitious duo also put their signature on Led Zeppelin songs like Dazed and Confused, sung in Mandarin and re-named Dazed and Chinese, as well as a more conventional cover of Zeppelin’s Four Sticks. The band’s style ultimately evolved into a more poppy, approach which according to Kramer, is why their album The Big Sell Out was named as such. The album still retained some of the band’s earlier edge as well as retaining the surreal and wicked, often self-deprecating wit which had distinguished the group’s earlier releases. Magnuson’s performance art or spoken word “cut up’s” (often taken from her dream journal excerpts) would become a integral part of Bongwater’s sound.


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  • gonzeaux

    Man, cruelly underrated band. Double Bummer is a fucking masterpiece.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • count_schemula

    Just great, still.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • igloopieface

    They're really into knots those japanese... But. But. But. But. But. But.

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    approached psych the same way devo approached punk

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Sgarre1

    lailamb - Wonderful artists who helped me discover a wonderful Slapp Happy song! "hipper than thou" just doesn't work as a lifestyle, man, give it up!

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • IKilledBambi

    can listen to them for hours at a time while im drawing, such an interesting band

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • neverboughtit

    @LupinZX totally agree, this shits way underrated and dump people can't entirely grasp it

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • lossless777

    ...they have Nick Cave Dolls? I want one.

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Athebes

    ok i just sign'd on this site frst time ever 2sign any site,compeld aftr read'n about bongwater.i bot double bummer &2 much sleep bak n 1990 been rokn on it 4 years IT ROCKS! Glad 2 meet people who have even heard em.

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Buttemaster

    Let's Listen To Radical Feminist Alternative Music Y'all

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • lailamb

    Douchelords who ruined a perfectly good Slapp Happy song

    18 Mar 2011 Reply
  • jesusson420

    yess plleaaasseee

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • AmyGriffs


    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • count_schemula

    Listened to them then. They are worthy of listening to now, though the whole drop out art life they kind of represent has kind of died off with the emergence of the "gotta get mine" generation and the Young Republicans. Shame really. Emo has nothing on actual art rock.

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Fhoij


    28 Jul 2010 Reply
  • nocturana


    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • mondoJ

    Seems like just a chick talking over jazz rock songs. I don't get it.

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • gothicslinkysis

    It's fun to be a prostitute, I wanna spread my legs all over Hollywood Boulevard. Sucking and shopping, sucking and shopping! Great Lyrics..but my fave song by Bongwater is Free love(messes up my life) :)

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • bruno__________


    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • LupinZX

    I don't understand why Bongwate rdoesn't have more critical acclaim, their song writing ability is fantastic.

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
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