Top of Free Internet Radio content area

Bodeans

Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas met at Waukesha South High School in 1977. After discovering that they both had similar music interests, the duo began writing songs together. Llanas entered college, but soon left after Neumann urged him to pursue music with him. At the time, Neumann did not sing much and considered himself to primarily be a drummer, while Llanas had little experience as a guitar player. However, the two decided to get serious about music and both began to sing and play guitar under the name Da BoDeans in 1980. Though there are several stories of how their name came into existence, Sam has often explained that he got the name from The Beverly Hillbillies character Jethro Bodine. For Kurt, BoDeans conjured up the image of rock n' roll icons Bo Diddley and James Dean for a familial name, similar to The Smiths and The Connells. Early on, Neumann and Llanas were often credited as Beau and Sammy BoDean.

In April 1983, Da BoDeans began playing around Milwaukee's East Side music scene along with a hired drummer and bass player. The band practiced in the garage of Mark McCraw, a mutual friend who soon became their manager. The band lost its rhythm section later that year, but continued to perform live as a duo and used the recording studio at McCraw's university to record demos on which Llanas and Neumann played all the instruments. In 1984, drummer Guy Hoffman joined the band. The trio's first recorded song, "Sally", appeared on the first volume of the Milwaukee Sampler compilation released by Breezeway Records. In order to compensate for the lack of a bass player, Neumann modified his Fender Esquire with two additional pickups intended to capture solid low-end frequencies. After the trio became popular around Milwaukee, they decided to add bassist Bob Griffin in 1985, whom Neumann and Llanas had met while roadies for his band The Agents in high school. Later that year, the quartet received interest from multiple major labels and chose to sign a contract with Slash/Warner Records. After signing, the label suggested that they shorten their name to simply BoDeans. Under the guidance of producer T-Bone Burnett, they entered Hollywood's Sunset Sound Factory in October to record their first album. Burnett focused on capturing the band's natural sound without many additional overdubs. The band later expressed their regret of not being able to spend more time on the production, but high studio costs kept the sessions concise. The critically acclaimed debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams was released in 1986.


The original duo of Kurt Neumann (vocals & electric guitar) and Sam Llanas (vocals & acoustic guitar) started writing songs together after Llanas left college shortly after graduating from high school in 1979, added Guy Hoffman (drums) in 1984. After the trio became a popular band on Milwaukee's East Side music scene, they decided to add Bob Griffin (bass).
In 1985 the quartet signed a contract with Slash/Warner Records and shortened their name to simply BoDeans.
Under the guidance of producer T-Bone Burnett, they entered Hollywood's Sunset Sound Factory in October to record their first album. The critically acclaimed debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams was released in 1986.
In January 1987, a Rolling Stone reader poll voted them Best New American Band. Their second album, Outside Looking In, was released that year. Followed by that were Home (1989), Black and White (1991), and Go Slow Down (1993).
Their 1993 song "Closer to Free" brought them to a much larger audience after it was selected as the theme song to the TV series Party of Five.
"Closer to Free" was also the opening song used in the movie Heavyweights.

 

90's Hits

Closer to Free

Members of this Group


YankMetGaiJet111

Jeff is gay

clubuser08

foolsgold01

Jeff

Comments

There are currently no comments.
Share Bodeans! Tell your friends about Bodeans on 977music - share the joy of on-demand artist playlists!

Albums