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Bodeans

Formed in 1984 by high-school friends Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann, the BoDeans mixed Midwestern roots rock with elements of adult contemporary pop, fashioning a sound that earned critical acclaim during the '80s and commercial recognition during the following decade. Llanas and Neumann fronted the group by sharing vocal and guitar duties, while bassist Bob Griffin and drummer Guy Hoffman populated the rhythm section. Although based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the BoDeans began building an audience 20 miles east in Milwaukee, and their success in that town helped gain them a contract with Slash Records, with manufacturing and distribution handled by Warner Bros.

The BoDeans worked with T-Bone Burnett on their debut album, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams, which appeared in 1986 to warm reviews. They recruited another big-name producer, Talking Head Jerry Harrison, to helm 1987's Outside Looking In, which found the band reduced to a trio after the departure of Hoffman. Outside Looking In broke into the Billboard Top 100, and the BoDeans grew their audience by touring alongside U2, appearing on Robbie Robertson's self-titled solo album, and receiving the honor of Best New Band by Rolling Stone magazine. By the time they released their third album, Home, in 1989, keyboardist Michael Ramos and drummer Danny Gayol had joined. This lineup stayed intact for the release of 1991's Black and White, but the BoDeans went without a drummer once again on their next recording, Go Slow Down.

Following the release of a double-disc live album, Joe Dirt Car, the band returned in 1996 with Blend. Around the time of Blend's release, "Closer to Free" -- a song that had originally appeared on 1993's Go Slow Down -- became a hit, due in large part to its exposure as the theme song for the TV show Party of Five. "Closer to Free" eventually cracked the Top 20, becoming the most successful single of the band's career. The BoDeans were arguably more popular than ever, but the band took a break during the late '90s, with both frontmen devoting time to their solo careers.

By 2004, the band had reconvened and signed with a new label, Zoe. Resolution was released that year, followed in 2005 by Homebrewed: Live from the Pabst. Griffin left the group in 2006 and was replaced by Eric Holden, who appeared on 2008's Still. By this point, the bandmates had found a new home on 429 Records, and they remained with that label for the release of Mr. Sad Clown in 2010 and Indigo Dreams in 2011. That same year saw the departure of Llanas, citing "differences of opinion." The band's 11th studio album, American Made, arrived the following year on the band's own Free & Alive label, and was the first with Neumann as sole leader. The BoDeans toured extensively in support of the release, and in 2014 began work on their next studio project. Released in 2015, I Cant Stop featured a new BoDeans lineup anchored by Neumann, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Sam Hawksley, bassist Eric Holden, and drummer Kenny Aronoff, the latter a well-respected journeyman musician who had played on several BoDeans recording sessions in the '90s. ~ William Ruhlmann & Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: American Made

1. All The World

2. Jay Leno

3. American

4. Absolutely

5. All Over Me

6. Everything You Wanted

7. I'm On Fire

8. Walk Thru This World

9. Flyaway

10. Don't Bring Me Down

11. Chemical

12. Shake The Fever

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Track List: Indigo Dreams

1. Blowin' My Mind

2. Paved In Gold

3. Right Now

4. How Can We

5. Way Down

6. Sad Eyes

7. Wrap Me

8. Me Again

9. Don't Wanna Go

10. Rock N Roll Overdrive

11. Father's Day

12. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

13. Mercy

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Track List: Still

1. Pretty Ghost

2. 'round Here Somewhere

3. Willin'

4. Lucille

5. The First Time

6. Everyday

7. Waste A Lifetime

8. Breathe

9. Wonder Wonder

10. Hearing

11. Found Me A Reason

12. Arms

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Track List: Resolution

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Track List: Blend

1. The Understanding

2. Heart Of A Miracle

3. Count On Me

4. Can't Stop Thinking

5. Hurt By Love

6. Hey Pretty Girl

7. All I Ever Wanted

8. Do What You Want

9. Red Roses

10. Lullabye

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Track List: Joe Dirt Car (Live)

Disc 1

1. Idaho (Live)

2. Say About Love (Live)

3. Fadeaway (Live)

4. Paradise (Live)

5. Still The Night (Live)

6. Feed The Fire (Live)

7. The Ballad Of Jenny Rae (Live)

8. Naked (Live)

9. Closer To Free (Live)

10. Good Things (Live)

11. You Don't Get Much (Live)

12. Lookin' For Me Somewhere (Live)

Disc 2

2. Far Far Away From My Heart (Live)

3. Black, White & Blood Red (Live)

4. She's A Runaway (Live)

5. Going Home (Live)

7. True Devotion (Live)

8. Go Slow Down (Live)

9. Misery (Live)

10. I'm In Trouble Again (Live)

11. Walking After Midnight (Live)

12. Good Work (Live)

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Track List: Go Slow Down

1. Closer To Free

2. Save A Little

3. In Trow / Texas Ride Song

4. Go Slow Down

5. Idaho

6. Freedom

7. The Other Side

8. Stay On

9. Feed The Fire

10. Cold Winters Day

11. Something's Telling Me

12. She's So Fine

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Track List: Black And White

1. Good Things

2. True Devotion

3. Black, White And Blood Red

4. Paradise

5. Any Given Day

6. Forever On My Mind

7. Naked

8. Long Hard Day

9. Do I Do

10. Hell Of A Chance

11. Bad For You

12. Going Home

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Track List: Outside Looking In

1. Dreams

2. Pick Up The Pieces

3. Take It Tomorrow

4. Say About Love

5. Don't Be Lonely

6. Runaway Love

7. Only Love

8. What It Feels Like

9. The Ballad Of Jenny Rae

10. Forever Young (The Wild Ones)

11. Someday

12. Fool

13. I'm In Trouble Again

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Track List: Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams

1. She's A Runaway

2. Fadeaway

3. Still The Night

4. Rickshaw Riding

5. Angels

6. Misery

7. The Strangest Kind

8. Say You Will

9. Ultimately Fine

10. That's All

11. Lookin' For Me Somewhere

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Track List: Amped Across America

1. You Don't Get Much

2. Texas Ride Song

3. Walk Thru This World

4. Good Work

5. Say You Will

6. Flyaway

7. The Ballad Of Jenny Rae

8. Fadeaway

9. Good Things

10. Tied Down And Chained

11. All The World

12. Only Love

13. Stay

14. Angels

15. American

16. Everything You Wanted

17. Dreams

18. Closer To Free

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Track List: I Can't Stop

1. Slave

2. Love Somebody

3. Oh Mama

4. I Can't Stop

5. Roll With The Punches

6. Yesterday

7. What I Believe In

8. Stuck Until October

9. We Let The Good Times Roll

10. Something We Found

11. Your Secret's Safe

12. Beg Or Borrow

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Track List: Mr. Sad Clown

1. Stay

2. Shine

3. If...

4. Say Goodbye

5. Don't Fall Down

6. Cheesecake Pan

7. Easy Love

8. Today

9. Headed For The End Of The World

10. Let It Ride

11. All The Blues

12. Feel Lil' Love

13. Almost Ready

14. Back Then

15. Gone X 3

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ritchiec53
Saw them in Eau Claire WI about 5 years ago with out Sammy. Kind of like the Jimi Hendrix Ept. w/o Jimi. Miss the good old days with Femmes and Bo-Deans.
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geemajudy44
I was under the impression the name of the band is Bodeans not The Bodeans. Sort of like 'The Aerosmith or The U2 - kinda weird to get used to saying it - but I am a long time fan of Bodeans.
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Can pretty much guarantee you Sam will never be a part the BoDeans again...
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The power of the 2 voices blending is the distinct sound of The BoDeans. When you heard Robbie Robertson's Showdown at Big Sky, for the first time, when the chorus hits you know its The BoDeans. Without Sam it's The Kurt Nuemann Band which is cool.
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jppassaro
What's the name stand for?
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I been a fan for over 25 years. I love there type of music and yes its a little sad that they are not together anymore. I seen kurt heading up the band last year in St. Cloud and he is great also but just wish they got back together. I will go see them any chance I can. They are my favorite group and please come back to St. Cloud perfect place to watch!!!
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With or without Sammy the songs are well written and timeless. Always one of my favorites.!! ! ! ! !
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Not the same without Sammy
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One of my favorite all time bands. But not the same since Sammy Llanas left.
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This is The Bodeans at their finest days. In my eyes the most underrated band in Rock n Roll. An American gem.
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bill.tippin
do not like this artist
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clbashamjr
Just seen them ln Alexandria, VA ...as soon as they got on stage my wife noticed someone was missing...we had no idea Sammy left! Although Kurt and others still rocked the Birchmere, Sammy was certainly missed! Many songs he sang are favorites of ours. He made a difference in the band we loved through the 90's
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yeruski
Miss those years!
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Love this group, Joe Dirt Car is an awesome CD
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Damn i love these guys
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Sorry to see Sammy go. Having that distinctive other lead singer made them sound like 2 bands in one. Nice variety.
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great band nobody seems to know about
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lchleborad
Don't know how people can say that Sammy's absence makes no difference. Say what? Love this band!
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Lost nothing when Sammy left. M usically that is. Live Kurt rocks, great guitar player?, great band.
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Wish the good ones could stay together forever. Something always changes though doesn't it...? Still one of my favorites after all these years. Lost track of them for a while, but was happily surprised when I found out they were still together. New music is great though. Hope Sam will work things out with the rest of the band and come back if he can. I always loved the vocal arrangements they had. Also the work they did with Robbie Robertson, years ago, was top notch too.
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Was very disappointed this past weekend at Ravinia when I realized that Sam wasn't there. It's not the same without him. Not the BoDeans anymore. Hadn't realized they broke up.
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eschotland2
Was at that same Mississippi Nights show. They rocked it!
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Great Band...Liste n e d to them over and over in college, tore through multiple cassettes of Love, Hope, Sex Dreams and Outside Looking In. Went to see them at Mississipi Nights in St. Louis, MO years ago...Best concert ever been to...
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moogleman420
My Dad was real into the BoDeans when I was a kid. Seen them once in 1991. Awesome to know they're still around!
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fenderbass14 6
Probably the only person under 25 on here but I absoutly love the bodeans. Seen them three times in my young life and there are my up there with my favorite bands
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1st time I hane ever listened to this band . WOW!!
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Saw them in Madison WI a few weeks ago. No Sammy, but didn't miss him at all. Great show!!!
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I saw them in NYC at what used to be Studio 54 in about 1989 - great show - I think they were touring with the Replacements at the time. Great band!
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annephil
WEnt to WAterfest in Oshkosh, and it was great!!! Just heard today that Sammy decided to leave the band and go out on his own. Looks like Waterfest was the last time I"ll see them together. sad.
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jeffanderson 1 9 6 2
Going to Waterfest in Oshkosh WI, I have seen the Bodeans many times before every show is better than the one before it!
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I saw them about 2 1/2 weeks ago in Seattle, as always they put on a good show. They did a couple of songs from the new Album Indigo Dreams, and encore performance of Fadeaway. It was pretty cool!
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Going to see them in Oshkosh on Thursday!!
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I love the harmonies
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One of the best if not THE best live band ever. I know, very bold statement, can't help it.
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where's "home" in the selected Discography list..? Best album they ever made!?
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vltfx
Going to see them tonight at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington ILLINOIS!! Very Excited!!
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Going to see them tonite (10/15) in my beautiful home town of St. Charles, IL at the Arcada Theater. My favorite band EVER!
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jpollack06
Has anyone heard their new album? What did you think?
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I saw them almost 3 weeks ago and I am still a buzz in the Seattle area. What a great band!
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juelz10
I just saw the BoDeans last weekend and they were awesome! The Acoustic CD is a must have but not listed on this website.
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lewbru2230
i've been a huge fan since i first heard them about 20 yrs. ago. i saw them live 4 times in about 1 yr period about 3 yrs ago. that was a very good year. i'll have to check out that acoustic cd, i haven't heard it yet.
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m_egan
amen! I danced on a teeny tiny stage with DaBoDeans (anyone remember that was their original name??)waaay back in the day in Milwaukee.
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Pandora doesn't show the Acoustic CD you can get from the BoDeans website. That CD is awesome.
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Favorite band. Love their harmonies, their songwriting and seeing them live. Just wish they would travel to Florida more often.
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mbclemens60
The best band on our fair planet!! I saw them one of the many x's in the Motor City and Sheryl Crow opened up for them, (me and <1000 other folks) I still have the cassette tape they passed out @ the front door of S. Crow ; within months she was the biggest thing since slice bread. Go BoDeans, Keep going!!!!!
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Note screen name (samnew). Seen them 8 times, have all CDs, named dog Sammie - ha!
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Love this band. Great harmonies. Have every CD.
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See them every year @ Summerfest. Awesome music. Glad they're a local band & we get to see them as much as we do.
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cdkester
I have seen them live 3 times now, and they are the only band I have ever seen that sound better live than in the studio. They put incredible energy into their shows.
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Seen the Bodeans several times live. Can't get enough. Don't see them around as much anymore. Sams voice is awesome..... . . . . y a - y a - y a .
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