From Hoboken, NJ in 1983, please enjoy indie-rockers The Cucumbers and their delightfully infectious college radio hit "My Boyfriend."
Or as Dean of American Rock Critics Robert Cristgau said in the Village Voice at the time -- "a girl-group masterstroke for a feminist age."
I don't know if I'd go quite that far in the fulsome praise department, but I do think "Boyfriend" is as cute as the proverbial bug's ear. Although -- as I confessed with some embarrassment last week to Cucumbers singer Deena Shoshkes (who had graciously sent me some of her more recent work, and see below) -- I somehow managed to miss the song back in the day. I mean I had heard of the Cucumbers -- hell, I lived in Hoboken for much of the 80s -- but for whatever reason, the record never impinged on my consciousness. I hope posting it now will make some small amends for that.
I should add that Deena's thoroughly charming new CD Rock River -- which is very Cucumberish (although it takes some interesting pop and country stylistic detours) and behooves, as they say behearing -- can (and should) be sampled over HERE.
You can also buy a physical copy of the CD...
...over at CD Baby HERE.