Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs,
what your age or your upbringing, you know how to limbo. If you don't believe
me just grab a stick, take it to the office you work at, the bar you frequent,
bingo halls, PTA meetings, the corner drug store, and yell "limbo." Like
lemmings off a cliff, people will literally bend over backwards to see
how low they can go. During the height of this dance fad, if you where
a bachelor or bachelorette worth your salt, you would have at least one
limbo record near your hi-fi at all times. Limbo Party is
hands down the best album for your limbo dollar. The music is upbeat and
highly contagious...much like the dance itself. It's set somewhere on the
music map between a latin-pop mambo and a swinging tropical folk tune.
It is an escape to the Caribbean without the hassle of having to pack a
suitcase. But the music takes a back seat to the great album art. The happy
band in straw hats looking on to even happier party-goers as they try their
hands going under the limbo stick. Did we mention the limbo stick is on
fire. Yeah...fire. Not even fire can stop these groovy kids from having
a good time. Nothing can stop the limbo!
The whole flaming pole thing
was not lost on the person who wrote the liner notes. Here's the text from
the back of the album: "Limbo is the party dance that is sweeping the world.
Authorities say all you need for a Limbo Party is three poles (two upright,
the other across--see front cover) and a group of people with strong backs
'bent' on having a ball with Ivy Pete and the Gang. We recommend you do
not try the flame bit on the pole...this is for experts or drunks that
live near a firehouse."