Was (Not Was) – What Up, Dog?


What Up, Dog? is an album from the pop band Was (Not Was) that Martyn Phillips programmed in 1988.

Was (Not Was)

Was (Not Was) is an American pop rock group founded by David Weiss and Don Fagenson, who adopted the stage names David Was and Don Was. They gained popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s. Weiss and Fagenson were childhood friends who grew up together in suburban Detroit. Partly due to Fagenson's poverty they decided to form Was (Not Was) in 1979. The name of the band was derived from Fagenson's then-infant son Tony, who was just beginning to talk and enjoyed contradicting words such as "Blue" with "Not Blue".

Their first recording was "Wheel Me Out", a 12-inch dance record for the avant-garde ZE Records. David's mother Elizabeth Elkin Weiss, an actress and radio pioneer in their native Detroit, provided the outré vocals. The track was later included on the 2000 compilation album Disco Not Disco.

What Up, Dog? is a 1988 album by Was (Not Was). It became the US group's breakthrough album worldwide and was ranked #99 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Albums of the 1980s. The cover illustration was credited to Christoph Simon and Karen Kelly.


In 1989, it was ranked #99 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the '80s.

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100 Greatest Albums of the '80s

Though it's a 30-year retrospective, there's a fluidity between the randomness and scraps of sound Was (Not Was) fused together within a given four minutes.

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