While I don't consider Hoboken, NJ's The Bongos a "Lost Band" a rare upcoming concert and special edition release of "Drums Along the Hudson" compels me to write about them.
I was first alerted to The Bongos reuniting to play a couple of shows by extrawack a few months ago. The band will be performing the LP "Drums Along The Hudson" in it's entirety during two shows at Joe's Pub on October 14th. You can find out more about the show and get tickets here.
According to the band's Richard Barone, the new CD version of "Drums Along the Hudson" may include a recording of the band's first live performance in 1980 (from a restored cassette), two live tracks from the Rainbow in London in 1981, the original video for "The Bulrushes," as well as a new version of "The Bulrushes" produced by Moby. ("The Bulrushes" was one of the first songs Moby ever performed in public.)
My thanks to Richard Barone for his emails, valuable info and allowing me to post the band's music.
A very, very brief history: In 1980 The Bongos were playing in Hoboken at Maxwell's when Rod Pearce from Fetish Records ask them for a demo. During the next five years the band would release three albums and an E.P., the last two on RCA records.
The Bongos were:
Richard Barone - vocals, guitars
Rob Norris - bass, vocals
Frank Giannini - drums, percussion, vocals
James Mastro - guitars, vocals
Buy "Drums Along the Hudson" original CD issue here if you can't wait a month or two for the special edition.
Go to the download page to get The Bongos - "Glow In The Dark" (live from Columbia University)