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The Dark Album

by The Dark Bob

The sixth solo album by seminal Los Angeles performance artist The Dark Bob. “The Dark Album” is an astonishing 23 song mash-up of musical styles that explores themes of remorse, renewal and redemption. An elegy of sorts to the arc of the artist’s life.
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1. I'm Not Famous No More
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2. A Million Views
2:48 $0.79
3. Time for Me to Go
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4. I Have Absolutely No Control
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5. I Get High
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6. Pretend
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7. Nick of Time
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8. Someone Like You
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9. Thank You Lola
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10. If I Could Have Another Chance
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11. I Know I Don't Know
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12. The Dark Bob's Nightmare #19
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13. Mona (Blue, Black & Silver)
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14. I Know You're Alone
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15. That's a Lie
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16. Pardon Me Boys
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17. Pop P.O.P.
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18. Anyone but You
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19. Free, Free, Free
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20. I'm Scared
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21. Will You Forgive Me?
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22. The Least I Can Do
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23. Singin' a Song
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Album Notes
To describe The Dark Bob as an artist or an entertainer doesn’t begin to tell the story of what he does, but it will do as a beginning. A free-wheeling combination of Will Rogers and David Bowie, The Dark Bob was part of the first generation of performance artists that flourished in the restless art scene of Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

In the tradition of Andy Warhol, The Dark Bob embraces pop culture at the same time that he parodies it. He favors the extravagant costuming of a Vegas performer – feathered tights, gold harem pants, a skirt, heavy make-up – but his shows have the low tech production associated with performance art. At a glance, fine art appears to play a subtle role in the Dark Bob’s performance work, however, he came of age as a creative person worshipping in the church of high Modernism, and fine art is the anchor of his work.

Above all else, The Dark Bob is a storyteller, and every facet of his visual art, live shows, his albums and films comes together to create a narrative; the abiding subject is love in all its permutations, and the dark forces that threaten it. He speaks of love with an exquisite combination of the absurd and the profound - and that is the source of his genius.

A third generation native Californian, born in Santa Monica in 1953, The Dark Bob had little exposure to art as a child, but was a natural draughtsman and budding poet, and knew he wanted to be an artist from an early age. After graduating from Santa Monica High School, in 1971, he spent a year studying art at Santa Monica City College, then transferred to Art Center College of Design where he studied with notable painters including Llyn Foulkes, Lorser Feitelson and Richard Diebenkorn.

The Dark Bob began laying the groundwork for his art career while a student at Art Center when he partnered with Paul Velick in 1974, to form the infamous, multi media conceptual art team Bob & Bob, whose papers are now housed in the Smithsonian Archive of American Art and their artworks reside in major museum and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

“We were intrigued with the Duchampian idea that life can be an artwork” The Dark Bob recalls of Bob & Bob, whose work revolved around absurdist routines and random public interventions that focused on their observations of society, politics and art. And they did this in multiple disciplines including performance, film, paintings, drawings, audioworks and more.

Bob & Bob exhibited their artworks and toured extensively throughout the U.S. until 1982, when the Light Bob relocated to New York, however the move didn’t affect Bob & Bob’s growing notoriety. They toured extensively throughout the U.S. during the first half of the ‘80s, were featured on the cover of High Performance magazine in 1984, and were signed to Polygram Records, who released their album "We Know You’re Alone". The Light Bob’s move to Manhattan did bring about one significant change, however; it prompted him to establish a solo career as The Dark Bob.

At that point the Dark Bob accelerated his activities as a solo performer, and he made his debut in 1982 as part of "Caught in the Act" a performance art festival hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles. This event featured an array of artists that ended up being some of the most relevant historical figures of California performance art, including Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, Rachel Rosenthal and Barbara T. Smith. That same year he released two recordings; "Beirut", a 45 rpm single co-written with poet Lewis MacAdams and released by High Performance Records, and a one-sided 33 rpm album titled One Bob Job. “I was very conscious of the fact that most people knew me only as one half of Bob and Bob, so one side of the record was left blank,” says the Dark Bob of the concept behind the record.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he toured continuously. Performing not only in galleries and museums, but also in theaters, nightclubs, bars, county fairs and honky tonks! Over the past three decades he’s given hundreds of performances, held workshops, and lectured throughout the country.

The Dark Bob enjoys working collaboratively, and over the years he’s completed projects with Nels Cline (of Wilco), songwriter Peter Case (Plimsouls and Nerves), DJ Bonebrake of LA's favorite punk band "X", artworld legends Llyn Foulkes, Rachel Rosenthal and Barbara T. Smith, actor Andy Dick, and poets Lewis MacAdams and Jack Skelley, among others.

Music has become central to The Dark Bob’s work over the course of his career, and he’s developed a hybrid style that synthesizes elements of classic American pop, traditional middle-eastern music, light opera, country & western, and folk. In1990 he began performing with the eight-person ensemble, the Dark Band;
Search Spotify or I-Tunes for his compilation cd "Intifadadavida" which features The Dark Bob with The Dark Band, or "When I Grow Up to be a Man", a full-on California Country album, or Stoked! his “avant-surf” album. Also search Spotify or I-Tunes for "The Sadness of Superman", and "Monkey Do", both released in 2012, where The Dark Bob was a one-man band and performed vocals and all the musical parts on the recordings himself. Also search for his music collaborations with poet Lewis MacAdams, "Good Grief!" featuring Wilco’s Nels Cline, “X” drummer DJ Bonebrake, Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, Beck, kd lang and more), Mike Bolger (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Throughout his years onstage The Dark Bob has continued to produce drawings, paintings, and other forms of visual art. In 2006 he began building miniature dioramas housed under plastic domes, and were originally inspired by the bottled city of Kandor featured in Superman comics. The Dark Bob describes the dioramas a “little movie sets. The dioramas have been exhibited several times, and were included in "Hugely Small" a survey of sculptural work incorporating miniatures organized by the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena California in 2008.

The Dark Bob’s recent watercolors, produced as part of his ongoing practice as a painter, are split between abstractions that incorporate biological and extraterrestrial motifs, and landscapes exploring the effects of light in nature. The watercolors are a pure manifestation of The Dark Bob’s belief that “at its core art is about capturing and interpreting what we see as beauty".



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