Courtesy of the artist
World Cafe host David Dye.
Was (Not Was) with
Was (Not Was) with World Cafe host David Dye. Courtesy of the artist
- "Hello Operator"
- "I Feel Better Than James Brown"
We go back into the archives on Tuesday for a Sense of Place: Detroit highlight. This session from 2005 features the members of Was (Not Was), who were only briefly reunited and touring at the time. The group, founded by Don Fagenson and David Weiss, hadn't recorded a new album since 1990's Are You Okay? and wouldn't release a new one until Boo! in 2008. Fagenson and Weiss are known musically as Don and David Was.
The Wases, who met each other in high school, mixed rock, R&B, beat zaniness, and even disco to create the band's signature sound. The group's combination of these genres was a sign of the influences swirling around their hometown of Detroit. In this archived session, the band plays its memorable track, "I Feel Better Than James Brown."