Monday, September 15, 2008

Mofungo remembered

Once upon a time, there was a scraggly New York combo called Mofungo, named for a yummy Puerto Rican delicacy. Some of them were remnants of no-wave band Information and some of them were guitarist/composer Elliott Sharp (2nd from right). One of them would become the food critic for the Village Voice- then bassist Robert Sietsama (on the left).

They left behind a legacy of wonderfully skewed albums of screaming, passionate, political noise-rock that sadly out of circulation for the most part. One of their labels was Lost, run by pal and the Scene is Now member Phil Dray (also a former member of Information) who posted some unreleased Mofungo material on the Lost website. It's actually over a half-hour, which makes it almost enough to be their great 'lost' album, so to speak. They channel Beefheart boogie without being slavish about it and have still-topical material like "Petroleum Addict" and "Song About AIDS."

If you wanna know more about the band, you can read Robert's account of it at PSF.

More details... Information reunited to open for an also reunited Teenage Jesus & the Jerks at NYC's Knitting Factory this past June (I wrote about the TJ part for the Voice). Also, TSIN is having its catalog reissued later this year. Stay tuned for further details...


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