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College Special: Crazy 8’s

Dance music with a political edge

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A wild watusi dance marks high point of college vacation dance in a scene from the film 'Get Yourself A College Girl, 1964

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Although the Crazy 8’s call themselves a dance band, they sing songs with lyrics like “The disadvantaged feel that they got a raw deal.” Formed in 1983, the eight-member band released its first album, Law and Order, a year later. It sold a healthy 11,000 copies, mostly in the Northwest, and was Number One on a dozen college playlists across the country. Their new LP, Nervous in Suburbia, will be released in mid-October. Flavored with Latin rhythms, funk and R&B, it’s a conscious departure from the band’s original ska-reggae sound. But, lead singer Todd Duncan says, the politics are still there: “It’s not like we’re gonna give up our political guns and go for the gravy.” (Red Rum Records, Box 1084, Beaverton, OR 97075)

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