Yung Wu was a late 80s offshoot project of US band the Feelies. On 1987’s Shore Leave, the mid-period line-up of the Feelies’ (co-founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million, percussionist Dave Weckerman, bass player Brenda Sauter, and drummer Stanley Demeski) were joined by keyboard player John Baumgartner, a member of the Feelies’ side project the Trypes. Weckerman switched from percussion to sing lead vocals in Yung Wu. Shore Leave had a pastoral sound, with acoustic guitars and brushed drumming. The set provided an interesting contrast to the Feelies’ edgy angst, although it was slightly undermined by worthy, but unexciting, cover versions of songs by Neil Young, the Rolling Stones and Brian Eno. Mercer, Demeski, Weckerman and Baumgartner reunited on 9 December 2001 as an opening act for Yo La Tengo.
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