N.Y.C. Peech Boys

  • N.Y.C Peech Boys
  • Life Is Something Special (Island) 1983 

With a colorful Keith Haring graphic on the cover, the interracial Peech Boys (starring singer/guitarist Bernard Fowler, who’s since sung with Philip Glass, the Rolling Stones and others, and keyboardist Michael de Benedictus, co-producer with Larry Levan) emerged from the downtown club scene, cross-cultural loyalties obvious. A funk band with rock instincts, or a rock band adapting itself to urban dance music? Whatever the modus operandi, this album stands as an enjoyable pioneering hybrid, early proof that the two sounds cannot only coexist peacefully, but mingle creatively.

[Ira Robbins]