Ed "Moose" Savage
Ed "Moose" Savage stormed into the music world armed with only a kazoo,
a unique voice, and 2 songs: "Crawfish With A Vengeance", and "The Roach
Under The Pillow". These 2 songs were released as a 45 in 1984 on the
Arf Arf label. Arf Arf Records owner Erik Lindgren had no idea of what
was to be recorded beforehand and he had absolutely no idea who the hell
Ed "Moose" Savage was. Yet after hearing what had transpired in his studio,
he immediately offered to put out the 45 on his label, no strings attached.
He continually shook his head in amazement. This record became a huge
cult favorite all around Boston.
This was also the origin of his first band, Moose and the Mudbugs. A year
later they released a 12" E.P., also on the Arf Arf label titled "Milk
Crate Takeover", which featured 4 more Ed "Moose" Savage originals and
plenty of rip-roarin rock 'n' roll kazoo. This became a big favorite on
Boston and U.S. underground radio. It also received airplay around Europe
and was especially popular on Radio France. Both these records were truly
unique and somewhat indescribable, although probably the best description
was the term "Mardi Garage", which was used in an article about the band
in 1985. Savage had spent much time in New Orleans, and the influence
of the people and the party atmosphere, more than the actual style of
music itself, certainly would come across in his performance. Ed would
also seem to always make a connection to his audience, which was definitely
an influence of his mom, Ruth Savage, who performed old songs in English
and Yiddish, usually unaccompanied.
In 1989-1990, Ed led the band Siamese Triplets, laced with psychedelia
and featuring many more originals, including the songs "Worms" and "Vinyl
Siding", which were released on the "Arf Arf Presents" compilation.
In 1992, he formed Ed "Moose" Savage and his Litany of Complaints. This
was a duo made up of Ed on vocals, kazoo, jews harp, etc., along with
Siamese Triplets drummer, Paul "Bing Bang Boom Boom" Dionne. In 1993 they
released a 7" 4 song e.p. "Here We Come", on the Rangoon label. In 1998
they released a 15 song CD "Is This Any Way To Be?", on the Guinea Pig
Label, featuring songs ranging from the monumental hit, "Iceberg Lettuce",
to "Cuppa Tea", Vinyl Siding", "Gut", "Rrrats", "Just a Nickel", "Clove
Cigarettes", "Bread Is Dangerous", and so much more. It was actually going
to be called, "Hit After Hit After Hit". After one listening, you will
understand why. An alternate version of "Gut" also appeared on the Arf
Arf compilation of incredibly strange music, "Only In America volume 2".
In 2003 , Ed released a double CD on the Unbelievacable! label: "Moose
and the Mudbugs AND Siamese Triplets Live at the Knights of Pythias".
Ed "Moose" Savage continues to perform and dazzle audiences with unforgettable
performances, and has many fans from ages 2 to 94. He is a one of a kind
performer, and is pretty damn hard to ignore. Is the world ready for him?!?!?
I believe so.
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