ARTIST: Was (Not Was)
TITLE: Was (Not Was)
YEAR RELEASED: 1981
CHART ACTION: No
SINGLES: Out Come the Freaks (#16 Club Play), Where Did Your Heart Go, Tell Me That I’m Dreaming (#3 Club Play), Wheel Me Out (Deluxe Version only, #34 Club Play)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah
LINEUP: David Was, Don Was, Sir Harry Bowens, Sweet Pea Atkinson, and a bunch of Detroit guests like Wayne Kramer and Bruce Nazarian.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Oddball Detroiters make an oddball dance / disco record and gets some great club play. In a few years, they’re in-demand producers based on their work on their own albums. Don Was, of course, is the more famous Was.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Disco and dance were about fun, and Was (Not Was) took fun to the next level – being zany while keeping the groove. This debut album is all about the rhythm and the production (and the lyrics).
I don’t think anyone hearing this in 1981 would think that the Was “brothers” would be anything but a one-or-two album joke. But great music and great taste in guests kept them going.
NOTES & MINUTAE: “Out Come the Freaks” has four full version and one campfire version (as it were) and is on four different Was (Not Was) albums.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. The re-release re-titled the record Out Come the Freaks” and added various singles (“Hello Operator” and “Christmas Time in Motor City”) and also has each version of “Out Come the Freaks” (except the campfire version) and a 12” of “Tell Me That I’m Dreaming”.
GRADE: B : It’s a fun goof of a record. I’m shedding a lot of the remixes, though.