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Incredible Bongo BandIncredible Bongo Band_header_cell_0_0_0
Also known asIncredible Bongo Band_header_cell_0_1_0 Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo BandIncredible Bongo Band_cell_0_1_1
GenresIncredible Bongo Band_header_cell_0_2_0 FunkIncredible Bongo Band_cell_0_2_1
Years activeIncredible Bongo Band_header_cell_0_3_0 1972–74Incredible Bongo Band_cell_0_3_1
LabelsIncredible Bongo Band_header_cell_0_4_0 Pride Records

Polydor/PolyGram RecordsIncredible Bongo Band_cell_0_4_1

WebsiteIncredible Bongo Band_header_cell_0_5_0 Incredible Bongo Band_cell_0_5_1
Past membersIncredible Bongo Band_header_cell_0_7_0 Michael VinerIncredible Bongo Band_cell_0_7_1

The Incredible Bongo Band, also known as Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band, was a project started in 1972 by Michael Viner, a record artist manager and executive at MGM Records. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_0

Viner was called on to supplement the soundtrack to the B-film The Thing With Two Heads. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_1

The band's output consisted of upbeat, funky, instrumental music. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_2

Many tracks were covers of popular songs of the day characterized by the prominence of bongo drums, conga drums, rock drums and brass. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_3

Bongo Rock was featured in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_4

History Incredible Bongo Band_section_0

The band released two albums, 1973's Bongo Rock, and 1974's Return of the Incredible Bongo Band. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_5

The instrumental "Bongo Rock", co-written by Art Laboe and Preston Epps and released by Epps as a Top 40 hit in 1959, was covered by the Incredible Bongo Band (shown as "Bongo Rock '73" on the album), and became a minor US hit for them in 1973, and a substantial hit in Canada (#20). Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_6

Michael Viner would make use of MGM recording facilities in down-time, recruiting whichever studio musicians were on-hand. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_7

This apparently included many well-known blow-ins, all uncredited. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_8

Important contributions were made by Jim Gordon on drums and King Errisson on bongos. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_9

Ringo Starr is rumored to have played on some tracks, specifically "Kiburi". Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_10

The "down-time" sessions carried on for some time, until upper management finally quelled the vanity project. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_11

Other musicians involved in the sessions, per the movie Sample This, include: Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_12

Musicians mentioned elsewhere include: Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_13

This was never an actual band. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_14

Once the product had been finally released, a fake band was assembled and photographed. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_15

Those photos were seen on some album artwork, and in publicity. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_16

The first Incredible Bongo Band album included a cover of "Apache", an instrumental tune written by Jerry Lordan and originally made popular in the UK by The Shadows, and in the United States and Canada by Jørgen Ingmann. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_17

They recorded the song at Can-Base Studios in Vancouver to take advantage of Canadian content laws, which had helped promote their previous hit, "Bongo Rock." Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_18

The group's version of "Apache" (produced by Perry Botkin Jr.) was not a hit upon release, and languished in relative obscurity until the late 1970s, when it was adopted by early hip-hop artists, including pioneering deejay Kool Herc, for the uncommonly long percussion break in the middle of the song. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_19

Subsequently, many of the Incredible Bongo Band's other releases were sampled by hip-hop producers, and the "Apache" break also remains a staple of many producers in drum and bass. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_20

The song received popular attention again in 2001 when it was featured in an ad for an Acura SUV. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_21

In 2008, music critic Will Hermes did an article on "Apache" and the Incredible Bongo Band for the New York Times and had an entire documentary devoted to it called "Sample this". Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_22

As well, the band's cover of "Let There Be Drums," which was made famous by Sandy Nelson and also performed by the Ventures, was used as the theme song for the long-running television show Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling during the 1980s. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_23

It made #66 in Canada in December 1973. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_24

"Last Bongo in Belgium" has been sampled in the songs "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" performed by the Beastie Boys, "Angel" performed by Massive Attack and "Song of Life" performed by Leftfield. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_25

"Let There Be Drums" was used in Ken Burns' Baseball: The 10th Inning, the follow-up to Burns' '94 PBS documentary. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_26

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was used as the main loop in two different songs by Nas: "Thief's Theme" and "Hip Hop Is Dead". Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_27

The 2013 documentary Sample This, directed by Dan Forrer and narrated by Gene Simmons, recounts the story of the Incredible Bongo Band and its recording of "Apache". Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_28

"Bongolia" was used in Edgar Wright's 2017 film Baby Driver. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_29

Covers Incredible Bongo Band_section_1

A cover group was formed by musician Shawn Lee, with the parallel name "Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band". Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_30

They released a cover album with Ubiquity Records in 2011. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_31

The album was entitled Tabla Rock, based on the album Bongo Rock. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_32

On Tabla Rock, Lee covered the entire Bongo Band debut album, as well as two tracks from their second album. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_33

Lee's album covers the music on tabla instead of bongo, presenting it in an Indian-funk style. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_34

Discography Incredible Bongo Band_section_2

Bongo Rock Incredible Bongo Band_section_3

Released 1973. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_35

Incredible Bongo Band_ordered_list_0

  1. "Let There Be Drums"Incredible Bongo Band_item_0_0
  2. "Apache"Incredible Bongo Band_item_0_1
  3. "Bongolia"Incredible Bongo Band_item_0_2
  4. "Last Bongo in Belgium"Incredible Bongo Band_item_0_3
  5. "Dueling Bongos"Incredible Bongo Band_item_0_4
  6. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"Incredible Bongo Band_item_0_5
  7. "Raunchy '73"Incredible Bongo Band_item_0_6
  8. "Bongo Rock '73"Incredible Bongo Band_item_0_7

The Return of the Incredible Bongo Band Incredible Bongo Band_section_4

Released 1974. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_36

Incredible Bongo Band_ordered_list_1

  1. "Kiburi"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_8
  2. "When the Bed Breaks Down, I'll Meet You in the Spring"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_9
  3. "Sing, Sing, Sing"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_10
  4. "Pipeline"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_11
  5. "Wipe Out"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_12
  6. "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley, Your Tie's Caught In Your Zipper"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_13
  7. "Slightly Reminiscent of Topsy, Parts One, Two And Three"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_14
  8. "Sharp Nine"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_15
  9. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_16
  10. "Got The Sun in the Morning and the Daughter At Night"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_17
  11. "Ohkey Dokey"Incredible Bongo Band_item_1_18

Bongo Rock (2006 Compilation) Incredible Bongo Band_section_5

LP Release Incredible Bongo Band_section_6

A1. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_37

"Apache" A2. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_38

"Let There Be Drums" A3. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_39

"Bongolia" A4. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_40

"Wipe Out" B1. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_41

"Dueling Bongos" B2. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_42

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" B3. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_43

"Raunchy '73" C1. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_44

"Last Bongo in Belgium" C2. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_45

"Bongo Rock '73" C3. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_46

"Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley, Your Tie's Caught in Your Zipper" C4. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_47

"Sharp Nine" D1. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_48

"Kiburi" D2. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_49

"Sing, Sing, Sing" D3. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_50

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" D4. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_51

"Ohkey Dokey" D5. Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_52

"When the Bed Breaks Down, I'll Meet You in the Spring" Incredible Bongo Band_sentence_53

2001 Compilation CD Release Incredible Bongo Band_section_7

Incredible Bongo Band_ordered_list_2

  1. "Let There Be Drums"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_19
  2. "Bongolia"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_20
  3. “Kiburi”Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_21
  4. "Apache"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_22
  5. "Sing, Sing, Sing"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_23
  6. "Dueling Bongos"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_24
  7. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_25
  8. "Raunchy '73"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_26
  9. "Bongo Rock '73"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_27
  10. "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley, Your Tie's Caught in Your Zipper"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_28
  11. "Sharp Nine"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_29
  12. "Okey Dokey"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_30
  13. "Pipeline"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_31
  14. "When the Bed Breaks Down, I'll Meet You in the Spring"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_32
  15. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_33
  16. "Wipe Out"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_34
  17. "Last Bongo in Belgium"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_35
  18. "Got the Sun in the Morning and the Daughter at Night"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_36
  19. "Slightly Reminiscent of Topsy"Incredible Bongo Band_item_2_37

2006 CD Release Incredible Bongo Band_section_8

Incredible Bongo Band_ordered_list_3

  1. "Apache"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_38
  2. "Let There Be Drums"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_39
  3. "Bongolia"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_40
  4. "Last Bongo in Belgium"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_41
  5. "Dueling Bongos"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_42
  6. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_43
  7. "Raunchy '73"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_44
  8. "Bongo Rock '73"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_45
  9. "Kiburi"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_46
  10. "Sing, Sing, Sing"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_47
  11. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_48
  12. "Wipe Out"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_49
  13. "When the Bed Breaks Down, I'll Meet You in the Spring"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_50
  14. "Pipeline"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_51
  15. "Ohkey Dokey"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_52
  16. "Sharp Nine"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_53
  17. "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley, Your Tie's Caught in Your Zipper"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_54
  18. "Apache (Grandmaster Flash Remix)"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_55
  19. "Last Bongo in Belgium (Breakers Mix)"Incredible Bongo Band_item_3_56


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