Yo were a great band with a terrific singer whose voice nevertheless annoyed a great many people. And though he meant well, their publicist seemed to annoy everyone else. So Yo were, well, widely reviled, despite 3 great 12"s. They beat the sophomore slump with Charm World, their best LP and (fortunately for you) still a bargain-bin staple. Bruce and Sally are still performing in El Sob.Onstage or in conversation, Yo displays a refreshingly down to earth attitude about life, themselves, and the music business. Based in the suburbs of the East Bay, they have with hard work and tenacity put out three self-produced albums in three years and recently have started to achieve headliner status in the clubs. A cynic's eye for the human condition paired with musical playfulness from bagpipes to sea chanteys has kept the audience growing. They are: Sally Engelfried, bass; Greg Baker, drums; the new members Paul Bayman, saxophones and clarinet; Tom Blaylock, guitars, mandolin, and banjo; and Cheap Trick fan Bruce Rayburn, lyrics, vocals, and guitar. They are the only band I've ever met who practice in an upstairs bedroom whose neighbors don't mind.
By Curt Gray and Julia Williams
Those great lost gems were posted about a year ago by me in TwilightZone blog. Links are dead and i think these should be posted here.Great "college" early 80s new wave/post punk,with much comparisons to early REM,Fleshtones,etc.,except this very exceptional voice.Anyway,for those who know these are great records.
Missing the "Charm World" cover though.
get Charm World here
get the other two here