DAMAGED BUG – ” Bug On Yonkers “

Posted: July 22, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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John Dwyer returns with his Damaged Bug project. ‘Bug On Yonkers’ features covers of Michael Yonkers tunes,

“I first heard Michael Yonkers via the Microminature Love reissue (Sub Pop) and was immediately hooked. I started collecting any piece of his legend that I could…some true, some likely not.
He had hand-built all of his gear. He had broken his back. He was part of experimental surgery that left him in lifelong pain. He was a dancer. He was still kicking around making some of the oddest and most contrary-to-contemporary-popular-norms type of music.

And then I heard Goodby Sunball, recorded and released in 1974, the year I was born. I had and have a very deep connection with this set of songs. I wasn’t sure why, but when I finally met Michael, I understood. He was kind and seemingly a pretty regular guy. But he was also a weirdo. A rare bird, waving the true freak music flag, and it didn’t matter what kind of music he made, I loved it all.

So, this record was recorded as a way to reboot and reconnect with some songs that have heavily inspired me over the years.  It was hard to pick from his vast catalogue, so I just sort of jumped in, with Tom Dolas, Nick Murray, and Brigid Dawson as my band (along with a bevy of others along the way) and these are the tunes that stuck to the wall.

I will forever be grateful to Mr Yonkers for bringing me a little joy with his music and inspiring weirdos everywhere.” – John Dwyer, Feb 2020.

“Sold America” by Damaged Bug. Written and published by Michael Yonkers BMI. From the forthcoming LP “Bug On Yonkers”, out on Record Store Day 2020 from Castle Face Records

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