Saturday, December 06, 2008
Best. Band name. Ever.
The Vitamin Explosions were a moderately popular local band in Calabar when I was a kid (though I think they might have actually been based in the nearby town of Uyo).
I don't remember that much about them except for their name, though because... Da, they're called THE VITAMIN EXPLOSIONS. A name like that really stood out among the litany of local luminaries one might hear listed on the radio: Kingsley Burstic Bassey, Basco Bassey, Bassey Archibong, Bassey Black... and the Vee-tameen Ex-PLO-shun!
(Another cool name I thought was "Darlington Duke.")
Like most of the Calabar club bands of the time, the Vitamin Explosions played guitar danceband highlife and fairly perfunctory pop numbers, but once in a while they could throw in a curveball like this spacey Efik afrobeat:
Sunny Risky & the Vitamin Explosions - "Atak Mfat Eyen"
From the 1982 LP with Sunny Risky, Ikpong Owo (I know, I know... It's misspelled on the cover).
Posted by Comb & Razor at 12/06/2008 08:38:00 AM