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Rock: 80's Rock Pop: New Wave Moods: Mood: Quirky

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The Cucumbers

Jon Fried & Deena Shoshkes began performing in the streets in Paris and Rome in the early 80's. They moved to Hoboken and started a rock band. They called themselves The Cucumbers after one of their songs when they quickly needed a name for a performance at the legendary club Maxwells. After their debut, friends told them “We LOVE you guys, but do yourselves a favor – don’t ever play that song ‘Cucumbers’ again.” They kept the name, ditched the song and found a home in the burgeoning indie pop scene there and across the river in downtown NYC at CBGBs, the Mudd Club and Danceteria.

Fake Doom Records presented the band's first official release in 1983. College radio airplay, videos on MTV and reviews in Rolling Stone and People Magazine launched the band into several high-spirited years of touring the indie rock club circuit, sharing bills with the likes of The Replacements, They Might Be Giants, the TomTom Club and The Pixies, and recording five albums and several singles and EPs in NYC and London.

The Cucumbers music features charming vocal harmonies and infectious songs with roots in the Girl Group sounds of the 60s, New Wave in the spirit of the B52s and Talking Heads, and joyful rock and roll.

Their songwriting has been called "direct and artful," by the New York Times, Deena's voice "...incredible: kidstuff and wisdom merged," by the Village Voice. Their songs have been recorded by Jackson Browne, Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw and featured in films and on network TV.