NRBQ

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NRBQ is an American rock band founded in 1967. It is known for its live performances, containing a high degree of spontaneity and levity, and blending rock, pop, jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles. Its best known line-up is the 1974–1994 quartet of pianist Terry Adams, bassist Joey Spampinato, guitarist Al Anderson, and drummer Tom Ardolino. 2004 saw the beginning of a several-year-long hiatus interrupted only by a few reunion performances, while band members pursued other projects. In 2011, the band returned with keyboardist Adams as the only member from any previous lineup.

The abbreviation "NRBQ" stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (originally Quintet).

The band's music is a blend of styles from rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz. They have attracted fans as diverse as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards and Penn and Teller. NRBQ songs have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, and Dave Edmunds, among many others. In addition, the group served as the unofficial "house band" for The Simpsons for the season 10-12 period in which NRBQ fan Mike Scully was head writer and executive producer. NRBQ allowed several of their songs to be used on The Simpsons, including "Mayonnaise and Marmalade", written specifically for the show. The band also appeared in animated form as well as on camera during the end credits to perform the show's theme song during the episode "Take My Wife, Sleaze" as well as Edmunds' cover of "Me & The Boys". The band also recorded a song entitled "Birdman" for an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast entitled "Pilot". The group appeared in feature films, including Day of the Dead, Shakes the Clown, and 28 Days. Their song "Down in my Heart" was featured in the series finale of Wilfred.

NRBQ's has a devoted following from many years of live shows. The band never works with a set list, so fans never knew what songs to expect. In addition to its own compositions, the band performs a broad range of cover material and audience requests.

The band made only one appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its nearly 40-year recording career ("Get That Gasoline Blues" reached No. 70 in 1974.) More than once, NRBQ garnered a major-label record deal, only to be dropped after one or two albums due to poor sales. Over the years, the group played sets while wearing pajamas, hired professional wrestler "Captain" Lou Albano as its manager (for whom they penned a song in tribute), and exploded Cabbage Patch Dolls on stage.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Boppin' The Blues Carl Perkins and NRBQ 1
1972 Scraps NRBQ 2
1977 All Hopped Up NRBQ 1
1980 Tiddlywinks NRBQ 2 2
1983 Grooves in Orbit NRBQ 2
1985 Lou and the Q NRBQ & Captain Lou Albano 1
1989 At Yankee Stadium NRBQ 1
1992 Wild Weekend NRBQ 1
1994 Message for the Mess Age NRBQ 1
1997 You're Nice People You Are NRBQ 1
2004 NRBQ NRBQ 1
2004 Dummy NRBQ 1
2007 Christmas Wish (Expanded Edition) NRBQ 1
2014 Brass Tacks NRBQ 1
God Bless Us All NRBQ 1
Tapdancin' Bats NRBQ 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 Kick Me Hard - The Deluxe Edition Compilation NRBQ 1
1990 Peek-A-Boo The Best of NRBQ 1969-1989 Compilation NRBQ 1
1990 Uncommon Denominators Compilation NRBQ 1
1993 Stay With We: The Best of NRBQ Compilation NRBQ 1
1999 Ridin' in My Car Compilation NRBQ 1
Scraps Compilation NRBQ 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 Honest Dollar Live NRBQ 1
1997 Tokyo Live NRBQ 1
2002 Live from Mountain Stage Live NRBQ 1
2006 Ludlow Garage 1970 Live NRBQ 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 Lou And The Q NRBQ & Captain Lou Albano 1

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