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Bongos in the U.S.A.

Roy Trakin, Creem, September 1985

LOS ANGELES — The Bongos are desperately trying to prove Leo Durocher's adage about nice guys was wrong. The Hoboken-based popsters are bouncing around America supporting their official major label debut elpee, Beat Hotel, and, from all indications, are happy just to be able to escape the swamplands of Jersey. Head Bongo Richard Barone is mildly upset over an L.A. Times article which just appeared, describing him as a cross "between Paul McCartney and Donnie Osmond," while the rest of the group is slightly defensive over the slow chart progress of the album. But, if the Bongos are bloodied, they are also unbowed, insisting audiences have been more than supportive wherever they've played.

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