Despite snagging both Rolling Stone's Best New American Band award and a gig opening for U2 in 1987, the BoDeans will forever be remembered as the guys who sang the theme song of the 1990s tween TV show Party of Five. "Closer to Free" dominated airwaves in 1996, but the Wisconsin group disappeared from mainstream consciousness soon afterward. But to call these veteran roots-rockers one-hit wonders would be shortsighted; the band claims a broader legacy. After the spotlight faded, the BoDeans continued to cultivate the rabid cult following they had accumulated with their revered live sets since the mid-'80s. The band's jangly pop mix taps into twang and early rock and roll, serving as a gateway into various subgenres. The BoDeans' new album, Still, features founding singers Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas exploring familiar territory with their sweet harmonies and intertwined guitars.
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