Depending on one's point of view, the Bobs
are either a pretentious novelty item or a group that deserves a lot of credit for taking chances. They're certainly unique: how often do you hear a cappella
versions of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire?" And not only are the Bobs
unique -- they know how to make the pieces of their quirky, eccentric puzzle fit together nicely. Despite what their detractors say, The Bobs Sing the Songs of... isn't a mere novelty item: it's an example of a group taking off-center ideas and making them successful. While other Bobs
releases have included some original material, this 1991 collection gathers some of their best covers on a single CD. No one can accuse the Bobs
of only liking one type of music; this collection finds them interpreting everything from heavy metal ("Purple Haze," Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love") and country (Cash's "Ring of Fire") to Motown soul (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "You Really Got a Hold on Me"), reggae (Jimmy Cliff's "Sittin' in Limbo"), and new wave (the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer"). Never mind what the Bobs
' critics say. Sing the Songs of... is full of goofy ideas that work.