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Poi Dog Pondering

The eclectic worldbeat/folk-rock outfit Poi Dog Pondering were formed in Waikiki by vocalist/guitarist Frank Orrall, violinist/vocalist Susan Voelz, and multi-instrumentalist Dave "Max" Crawford, the only constants in the group's history; sometimes swelling to upwards of ten members, the band has seen numerous personnel shifts. Named in part for a Hawaiian expression meaning "mutt," Poi Dog Pondering relocated to Austin, TX, and picked up a following through extensive touring; they released two EPs, 1988's Poi Dog Pondering and 1989's Circle Around the Sun, which attracted the attention of Columbia Records with their varied instrumentation, easygoing humor, and offbeat fusions of world musics and folk-rock. Columbia combined the two EPs for the group's 1989 self-titled major-label debut, which along with its slightly slicker follow-up, 1989's Wishing Like a Mountain and Thinking Like the Sea, earned Poi Dog Pondering critical acclaim and a devoted cult following.

However, all was not well between Poi Dog Pondering and their label; Columbia rejected much of the band's demo material over the next two years, and only a couple of EPs were released. Volo Volo was finally released in 1991, but shortly thereafter, the band was dropped from Columbia's roster. Bandleader Orrall responded by putting the group on hiatus, moving its home base to Chicago, and substantially revamping the lineup; during the hiatus, Orrall put together his Palm Fabric Orchestra, while Voelz recorded solo material. When the group returned in 1995 with Pomegranate, their sound had gravitated slightly more toward dance music, a switch confirmed on their 1996 EP, Electrique Plummagram. In 1997, Poi Dog Pondering debuted their own Plate.tec.tonic label with the live set Liquid White Light. In 1999, they issued the electronic-tinged Natural Thing, followed by the similarly themed In Seed Comes Fruit in 2003. The band returned in 2008 with the soul-heavy 7. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Everybody's Got A Star

1. Equatorial (Feat. Abra Moore)

2. The Turning

3. When I Wake In The Morning

4. Burnin' Higher

5. Everybody's Got A Star

6. Electron Flux

7. In Comes The Night (Discothèque)

8. All Around (8fatfat8 Mix)

9. All Saints Ascension

10. Dream Onward Angel

11. Stepper's Delight

12. Let Love

13. If I Were Music

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Track List: Live At Metro Chicago: The Chicago Years

1. Pomegranate (Live Track)

2. The Chain (Live Track)

3. God's Gallipoli (Live Track)

4. Big Constellation (Live Track)

5. Rusted Weather (Live Track)

6. Perfect Music (Live Track)

7. Berry (Live Track)

8. Sandra At The Beach (Live Track)

9. Catacomb (Live Track)

10. Butterflies (Live Track)

11. From This Moment On (Live Track)

12. Shu Zulu Za (Live Track)

13. Natural Thing (Live Track)

14. That's The Way Love Is (Live Track)

15. You Move Me (Live Track)

16. Simple Song (Live Track)

17. True (Live Track)

18. Hotel Seze (Live Track)

19. So Real (Live Track)

20. Platetectonic (Live Track)

21. Complicated (Live Track)

22. Space Dust (Live Track)

23. Young And Wilde (Live Track)

24. Uncertain Smile (Live Track)

25. Walk Away From Love (Live Track)

26. Sweet Caroline (Live Track)

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Track List: Live At Metro Chicago: The Austin Years

1. Living With The Dreaming Body (Live Track)

2. Postcard From A Dream (Live Track)

3. Fact Of Life (Live Track)

4. Fall Upon Me (Live Track)

5. The Hardest Thing (Live Track)

6. Ta Bouche Est Tabou (Live Track)

7. Pulling Touch (Live Track)

8. Sound Of Water (Live Track)

9. The Me That Was Your Son (Live Track)

10. I Had To Tell You (Live Track)

11. Get Me On (Live Track)

12. Thanksgiving (Live Track)

13. Tall (Live Track)

14. Watermelon Song (Live Track)

15. Everybody's Trying (Live Track)

16. I've Got My Body (Live Track)

17. Jackass Ginger (Live Track)

18. Be The One (Live Track)

19. Circle Around The Sun (Live Track)

20. Lackluster (Live Track)

21. Blood And Thunder (Live Track)

22. Wood Guitar (Live Track)

23. Falling (Live Track)

24. Love Vigilantes (Live Track)

25. Bury Me Deep (Live Track)

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Track List: Audio Love Letter

1. Steve Marriott

2. Sweet Thing

3. Jeremy Brett

4. Uncertain Smile

5. Younge & Wilde

6. Win

7. Starlight

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Track List: 7

1. Perfect Music

2. Sticky

3. Lemon Drop Man

4. Butterflies

5. From This Moment On

6. Palm Leaf Effigy

7. Rusted Weather

8. Baby Together

9. Heaven Only Knows

10. In Comes The Night

11. Otta Yer Head

12. Candy

13. Super Tarana

14. Space Dust

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Track List: The Best Of Poi Dog Pondering (The Austin Years)

1. Pulling Touch

2. Everybody's Trying

3. I've Got My Body

4. The Hardest Thing

5. Collarbone

6. The Watermelon Song

7. Love Vigilantes

8. Thanksgiving

9. Get Me On

10. Jack A** Ginger

11. Be The One

12. Living With The Dreaming Body

13. I Had To Tell You

14. Bury Me Deep

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Track List: In Seed Comes Fruit

1. Had I Known

2. You Move Me

3. A Love Rains Down

4. 10-28

5. Daytrippin'

6. Hangover

7. Keep The Faith

8. True

9. So Real

10. Hotel Seze

11. Simple Song

12. In Seed Come Fruit

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Track List: Soul Sonic Orchestra

1. Rise Up And Walk (Live)

2. That's The Way Love Is (Live)

3. Ta Bouche Est Tabou (Live)

4. Spend My Life (Live)

5. Natural Thing (Live)

6. Aint No Stopping Us Now (Live)

7. Diva (Live)

8. Baby I'm Scared Of You (If You Got Real Love For Me) (Live)

9. JAG (Live)

10. Plate-Tec-Tonic (Live)

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Track List: Natural Thing

1. Octavio / Beautiful To Meet You

2. Ta Bouche Est Tabou (French Mix)

3. Natural Thing

4. Come Together

5. Diva (Live At House Of Sound)

6. Berry

7. That's The Way Love Is

8. Spend My Life (Moorea Mix)

9. Hard Sometime

10. Jealous

11. Tracery / Tana Dery Na (Waterlily Mix)

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Track List: That's The Way Love Is

1. That's The Way Love Is (Single Edit)

2. That's The Way Love Is (Ruckus Vocal Mix)

3. That's The Way Love Is (Deep Soul Vocal Mix)

4. That's The Way Love Is (Blue Groove House Mix)

5. That's The Way Love Is (Bunky's Way Mix)

6. That's The Way Love Is (Ruckus Instrumental)

7. That's The Way Love Is (Deep Soul Dubb)

8. That's The Way Love Is (Sound Clash Mix)

9. Complicated (Boom Boom Room Vocal Mix)

10. Complicated (Sidetracked Dub)

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Track List: Liquid White Light

Disc 1

1. Angelika Suspended

2. Postcard From A Dream

3. Living With The Dreaming Boy

4. Catabombs

5. Sugarbush Cushman

6. Lay My Love

7. Everybody's Trying

8. Tall

9. Searching For The Fertile Fields

10. Pulling Touch

11. Sandra At The Beach

Disc 2

1. Diamonds And Buttermilk

2. Ecstasy

3. I've Got My Body

4. Shu Zulu Za

5. God's Gallipolli

6. Ta Bouche Est Tabu

7. Collarbone

8. Big Constellation

9. The Chain

10. Jack A** Ginger

11. Platetectonic

12. Complicated

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Track List: Pomegranate (Explicit)

1. Pomegranate

2. Catacombs

3. Complicated

4. The Chain

5. Big Constellation

6. Sandra At The Beach

7. Diamonds And Buttermilk

8. Shu Zulu Za

9. God's Gallipoli

10. The Shake Of Big Hands

11. Al Le Luia

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Track List: Volo Volo

1. Lackluster

2. Collarbone

3. Get Me On

4. The Hardest Thing

5. Ta Bouche Est Tabou

6. I've Got My Body

7. Jack A** Ginger

8. Be The One

9. Tall

10. Building

11. Te Manu Pukarua

12. Blood And Thunder

13. Entrance

14. Endtrance

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Track List: Fruitless

1. Fruitless (Remix)

2. I Had To Tell You

3. Wood Guitar / Falling (Live)

4. Love Vigilantes

5. Going Up The Country

6. Thanksgiving (Live)

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Track List: Poi Dog Pondering

1. Living With The Dreaming Body

2. Fall Upon Me

3. Postcard From A Dream (Toast And Jelly)

4. Pulling Touch

5. Sound Of Water

6. Fact Of Life

7. Circle Around The Sun

8. Aloha Honolulu

9. Wood Guitar

10. Falling (Feat. Abra Moore)

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Track List: Wishing Like A Mountain And Thinking Like The Sea

1. Bury Me Deep

2. The Watermelon Song

3. U Li La Lu

4. Everybody's Trying

5. Big Beautiful Spoon

6. The Ancient Egyptians

7. Spending The Day In The Shirt You Wore

8. Thanksgiving

9. Praise The Lord

10. The Me That Was Your Son

11. Fruitless

12. Big Walk

13. Sugarbush Cushman

Comments

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cmmurf100
Can't wait to see them in Chicago this weekend!
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In love with Becca Yost sience 89
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Steamboat Springs, CO loves Poi Dog Pondering. Would love to see the band up here in the Mountains.
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Texas loves Poi Dog Pondering!!
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jamesrabuck7 0
Wishing like a mountain.... thinking like the sea. Ponder that for a while. Good stuff to fill your mind, ears and soul.
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thostetl
Frankie Oral's eclectic style and dedication to good music is what makes him and Poi Dog a band that I will love now and forever!
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dow29th
dow29th, Saw PoiDog in Ames Iowa at People's Bar they absolutly blow the place away.
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jennyplee
Love, love, love them all, and their music! I smile whenever I hear a Poi song 8-)
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Back in the 80's in Birmingham A.L. a friend and i met the band and convinced some of the members to play at Tome's Ascent to Heaven party..We built a stage for them out of electrical cable spools.. Frank missed a couple of dates as a result ...LOVE THIS BAND
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The violinist Susan Voelz is truly remarkable! Such a talented musician I love watching her on stage she makes the music come to life!
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241084893
I love this band. Listened to them in the early 90s, and going to see them soon in concert!
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My favorite album by these guys is "Pomegranate . " A great band and fellow Chicagoans as well!
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jackblezard
Ran into Frank at the Honolulu Whole foods store last Saturday night.
Blew me away! I am a huge fan all the way back to the Hat Makes the Man at the Wave Waikiki. I vote pulling touch as best all time groove ever!
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shaunasm
I saw them in the 80's at Univ of Chicago Mandel Hall--don't even remember who they opened for, but they stole the show as far as we were concerned! I'd love to see them again, and would gladly make a trip back to Chicago to do it!
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thostetl
Jeff Peck...(who managed the Wave) Turned me on to Poi Dog...and I can only thank him for that. If Frank Orrall reads this he should Check out Jeff on Facebook...h e would love to catch up with him again. I look forward to seeing Poi Dog sometime in person!
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Blessed to live in Chicago where they reside. An annual pilgrimage to Ravinia for an outdoor show is on tap for an amazing summer.
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tmaloney36
So glad they're back with 7. Light touring schedule provides the chance for you to witness a fantastic show!
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bergroup6
Live Poi shows are mesmerizing. I've seen them live all over the country and they never disappoint. Frank is truly gifted and it's a shame they haven't had more commercial success.
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devkenn
Still amazed how this band hasn't gotten bigger. Really fun to listen to and a sound that stays very interesting over repeat listenings.. . maybe even gets better. Great use of strings in a rock motif, I hope Frank can keep it coming!
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tonyl70
I bet at least 1 of them like Billy Bragg. Good stuff guys, thanks.
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nice, i had never heard of this band until they just came on. uplifting, what?
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This is a fantastic band. They have been my favorite for 20 years! Hear them live on tour and you won't be disappointed ! Amazing band.
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damfino21
I cannot explain this band to anyone who hasn't heard of them. All I can say, is just listen to them. Pomegranite has a permanent place on my "desert island" list.
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chezcherie
Oh! PDP is so great. They cover all of my interests--f o l k , dance, world. You name it Frank can play it. The shows. OMG the shows!!!!
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kkoenig0
Absolutely fabulous! Great listening for a widespread audience. Rock on! C-u at the Metro in Chi-town next week

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