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Published on Jan 2, 2009
This is meant as a fitting tribute to a local Portland, OR. band.
To understand the greatness and the creative arc of a group, you must get back to the essence of the band's history.
Such is this video of an early portion of this band's career.
The offering is here in two parts, and the second part is offered as an modern-day update to the viewer.
The Crazy 8s ruled the road from 1983 through 1993 as their legend as a ska/funk/rock/reggae outfit made them a college radio success.
Touring endlessly, they employed a grassroots indie approach, borne out of a series of successful indie recordings which earned respectable positions on the College Media Journal, Gavin Report, and Tower Records Pulse charts. Law and Order sold over 20,000 copies and featured the track "Johnny Q." which became an instant hit becoming the Screamer of the Week at Alternative Lrock powerhouse WLIR-New York.
Rolling Stone named the Crazy 8s as one of 9 Bands to Watch and locally (Portland, OR) the 8s had two songs , Touchy Situation and Luv'll Find You go Top 20 at Z100 while being consistently featured on KINK 102 FM's "Local Music Spotlight" and being named to 92.3 FM KGONs list of The Top 920 Bands of All-Time.
All the while performing with acts including The Clash, The Neville Brothers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oingo Boingo, The Violent Femmes, UB40, The English Beat and Steel Pulse to name a few.
As to the second half of the video (which consists of the modern-day written history of the 8's by alto sax/lead vocalist Todd Duncan), ultimately (and for the non-locals here in the audience) it is meant to 'flesh out" the full meaning of what the Crazy 8's were about.
Most certain, very political and savvy under the most pressured of times that were the Reagan 80's. As with many Portland bands, they were assuredly ahead of their time, but were able to gain a lasting foothold with thinking peoples, not sheep.
CRAZY 8S ARE
Todd Duncan-Vocals, Sax Mike Regan-Bass Danny Schauffler-Sax, Keyboards, Flute, etc. Carl Smith-Percussion, Vocals Tim Tubb-Trombone, Keyboards, Vocals Marc Wanaka-Guitars, Wit Rick Washington-Drums