by The Roches


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In another part of the world in 1979, post-punk bands like the Slits and the Raincoats were making prickly, challenging music from a female perspective. Meanwhile, the Roches were working on their sophomore album, Nurds, a likewise prickly and challenging folk-pop album from a group whose ties to Paul Simon and the Greenwich Village folk scene probably cost them some of their potential underground following. Make no mistake, though -- Nurds is a downright arty album in places. It's impossible to listen to the title track without thinking of the Raincoats (assuming you're familiar with the Raincoats), and the lyrics throughout are alternately weird, amusing, and poetic. The harmonies are sweet one moment and dissonant the next, while the subject matter changes in an instant from chocolate to boat people, or to a bizarre in-joke about Suzzy Roche washing clothes at the laundromat. Nurds was a charting album in 1980, and kudos to the Roches for managing to sell this unusual and creative album to the masses.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992347525
catalogNumber: 3475
Rank: 109397

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Performance Credits

Roches   Primary Artist
Robert Conti   Percussion
Jay Dee Daugherty   Drums
Lincoln Goines   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Gabriel Katona   Synthesizer
Jon Mathias   Bass,Electric Bass
Maggie & Terre Roche   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Suzzy Roche   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Fred Smith   Electric Bass
Terre Roche   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Bob Conti   Percussion
Bobby Gordon   Clarinet
Maggie Roche   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Frank Smith   Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Halee   Producer,Engineer
Jon Mathias   Engineer
Bobby Gordon   Contributor
Tim Ritchie   Art Direction

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