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BOB URH: biography

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I was born under a bad sign on just another grey day in Cleveland, Ohio, 1963. Motown was big then so maybe “love child” was blasting through a tiny speaker coming from an AM radio?  The first single I bought was “green tambourine” by the Lemon Pipers and I had a small 45 player that my mom says I used to dance around -dressed like a Beatle ! Next thing that caught my attention was “wipe-out,” and then a lot of county music like Hank Williams, Conway Twitty and Lorretta Lynn because of two hillbilly bars my family owned at this time. A few years later we were all listing to the Raspberries and the Outsiders. Then punk hit with the Dead Boys and that was it for me -I loved the bands that were playing in Akron and Kent, Ohio at this time, so I would make trips to these clubs to see the bands that made up the early punk scene there and would take a lot of pictures and hang out.

Things were getting out of control in my life in Cleveland so I left and went to Kent State university where I met the future other RAGGED BAGS at a place they ran called Garbage Inc., very democratic place, only 50 cents to enter and anybody could play – not just punk bands, but bands that couldn’t get gigs because of there more arty music and image. They also sold buttons with fresh food in them so you could watch it rot later!!!  It was that kind of abstract stuff and tons of self published books of writing.  I was in heaven !! I escaped death in Cleveland and found a new home were I was learning/ working with new friends.

I did my first gig in Cleveland at a punk place called the Lakefront. We did a lot of improving quickly and did a 12 track recording and a filmmaker made a short movie about the band that had a great premier on Kent State campus.  A lot of speed and gigs, as well as me having an attack of bells palsy, made me and the band more volatile.  And at the point when I thought I wasn’t happy but I should have been, I quit and moved to NYC, gave up playing forever and sold all my stuff except for my Vox tornado that Keith Busch sold me when in the Bags.

After seeing Richard Hell read some poetry in Chinatown and being a huge fan of Jim Carroll’s “I write your name,” I decided to start playing again and formed a loose 2 piece that got together for some weeks under the name CREAM COLORED BABYS. Also started working on a tune that would end up in the ULTRA 5 repertoire soon, called ALISTER’S TIME .

Speaking of the ULTRA 5, I worked with a couple musicians during the day and they knew of a new club in Brooklyn opening and needed bands and the drummer Bob Osuna asked if I would do it IF I had a band and I said yes IF, but I don’t. The next day he came to work and says we’re booked! What? We added John Chua on bass and my girlfriend Ariane Root on keyboard.  This lineup would change many times over the years (10) but it was always BOB, ARIANE, and TARA with various drummers (14). The band began with three guys and one girl and ended with three girls and one guy with PIKI SOUL on drums !!!

We recorded and toured a lot from 85-95 then things fell apart due to the usual reasons. In 1992 I started the LONE WOLVES and pursued this till 94. 1995 I decided to change direction with a new band in the same vain as the STOOGES/SAINTS kind of direction called ZERO CHILD named after a ULTRA 5 song with Tara McMunn on bass and David Ensminger on drums. And tons of wha wha ! We played Mexico City as well as Coney Island, USA and a lot of gigs in every cool dive in NYC and had two cd’s, as well as tons of comp tracks, released!

After 20 years of playing in “normal ” format bands 4 or 5 piece units with no space to grow and a lot of songs I wrote over the years that would be great finished, but were not  band unit type tracks, I formed the BARE BONES! This is a loose band with ever changing lineup depending what’s needed or wanted. From single solo acoustic subterranean blues a go go, to a six-piece like on hoodoo garage when we recorded it in NYC at the Funhouse!  Watch out for a new cd called “Swamp O Delic” by BOB URH AND THE BARE BONES on Green Cookie records and one called “Play Loud N FuzzyU” by ZERO CHILD on Basement Blues records !!!!





BOB URH AND THE BARE BONES (Garage/Psychedelic/Blues)

ZERO CHILD (Garage/Punk/Psychedelic)

THE LONE WOLVES (Garage/Punk/Rock)

THE ULTRA 5 (Garage/Psychedelic/Rock)

THE RAGGED BAGS (Punk/Psychedelic/Rock)



Written by Green Cookie

January 22nd, 2008 at 1:33 pm

BOB URH & THE BARE BONES: “Hoodoo Garage” cd

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“Hoodoo Garage” cd | GC 011 | 2005 | one-sheet | reviews


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December 28th, 2007 at 11:31 am


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Bob Urh "Hoodoo Garage"

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December 28th, 2007 at 11:28 am


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ULTRA 5: Reviews for the “Denizens of Dementia” CD

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@ Incognito @ 14 january 2014

Trashy Tuesday: The Ultra 5

My introduction to the Greek record label Green Cookie came a few years ago when I received The Graves Brothers Deluxe from the band. It was a pleasant surprise when I was searched Bandcamp for a Trashy Tuesday band and found this release from Green Cookie. It doesn’t take long to realize that The Ultra 5 carries the banner of 60s garage pretty well.

In “Don’t Know Why,” The band reminds me a lot of Them (sing it with me now, G-L-O-R-I-A!) while “Lady Orange Peel” leans more toward the psychedelia of Strawberry Alarm Clock. Then there is “The Bones Walk.” This song is everything that’s great about garage rock. It’s loud and recorded with a great energy. It features some great organ, loud guitars, and howling vocals that make you want to scream along.

My favorite track is “Fun” for a couple reasons. First of all, it features some cool harmonica, which is a nice touch with the classic garage sound. Secondly, this song is perfectly titled. If ever there was a track to play for a house party (that spills out onto the patio), it’s this one. This is the kind of song that lets all your neighbors know you’re having a party, and makes them want to come over and join the festivities.

If you like garage rock that sounds like it was recorded sometime in the 60s, The Ultra 5 is a band you should add to your collection. Denizens of Dementia is available now on Bandcamp.


Written by Green Cookie

January 15th, 2000 at 10:47 am

BOB URH & THE BARE BONES: Reviews for the “Hoodoo Garage” cd

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@ The Sunday Experience (strange sounds for freakypeople)

Those of you with reasonably good recall may well remember us cooing over a 10 inch platter by Goggle A that’s currently getting a limited airing on the Green Cookie imprint, seems this garage surf twang loving label have just released a bit of a corker in the guise of an album by Bob Urh and the Bare Bones entitled ’hoodoo garage’. as an added bonus the set is available as a free download for today only – which if your reading this next week was alas 8th January 2014. We’ve had a quick earful of said set and suggest your missing a trick if you don’t take them up on their offer not least because ’pretending’ has a seriously smoked lo-fi aura as though a would be Simon Joyner was channelling some strangely woozy sonic reaction brought on by a collective mixing of Velvet Underground, mid 70’s Stones and Suicide types into a punch drunk lysergic love note that shuffles and stumbles sweetly as though fractured and left a little worse for wear having been refracted through the Bordellos viewfinder. Saying that we here are much smitten by the frayed sly strut blues rumble of ’graveyard shift’ which had us calling to mind an out of it Modern Lovers duelling with Television – don’t get any cooler than that pop kids.

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January 15th, 2000 at 10:11 am