'BPP' Jukebox: The Whigs

The Whigs of Athens, Ga., are known for loud rock 'n' roll, but they came to our studio with only a tambourine and an acoustic guitar.

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ALISON STEWART, host:

In 2006, Rolling Stone called The Whigs one of the best unsigned bands in America, which meant of course that they didn't stay unsigned for long. The Athens, Georgia, trio landed on Dave Matthews ATO records and last year dropped an album called "Mission Control." Now, a quick listen pegs The Whigs as a band that likes to rock 'n' roll loud, which made it all the more surprising when they showed up to the BPP studios with nothing more than acoustic guitar and a tambourine. Well, they played. And the result may have been more spare than on the record but it was no less raw. From the BPP jukebox, here's The Whigs with like a vibration.

(Soundbite of song, "Like a Vibration")

THE WHIGS (Rock and roll band): Like a vibration, now it (unintelligible). Kids hanging around my neck. Kids hanging out in bars. For my protection, for my protection. Kids [unintelligible]. It won't do me no good now. The world below us, it'll never know us. Couldn't we just have some fun? Couldn't we just make some love? Like a vibration. Like a vibration. Like a vibration. Oh, no, no, no, no. So much we need now. What could you need now? We need to realize our mind. We need to realize [unintelligible]. The world below us, it'll never own us. I'm dancing on your front porch. You're dancing in my backyard. Like a vibration. Like a vibration. Like a vibration.

RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Okay. That does it for this hour of the BPP. Thanks for being with us. We're always online at npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Rachel Martin.

STEWART: And I'm Alison Stewart. This is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. And this is The Whigs from the BPP jukebox.

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