The Cucumbers

The Cucumbers

BandAlternativePop

The Cucumbers blend twin riffing guitars, rocking rhythm and harmony with a twist of girl-group.

Biography

The Cucumbers formed in the mid-80s, and found a home in the Hoboken Independent pop scene. “My Boyfriend” became a hit on the college radio charts, leading to national tours, a couple of videos on MTV, reviews in Rolling Stone, People Magazine. By the late 80s the band was starting to break into commercial radio. After a hiatus to raise children, The Cucumbers reformed in the 90s, released two CD's, toured nationally, and in 2004 released their sixth album, “All Things To You,” mixed by producer/engineer Roger Moutenot (Sleater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo, Paula Cole). The cd came out on Moutenot's own label, Ficitious Records. 1999's release “Total Vegetility” (Home Office Records) was praised in The NY Times, the Village Voice, and received airplay on over 150 college radio stations. At the height of its popularity, Napster selected the song “Charlie” as top “discover new music” song of the week in November of 2000, and highlighted the band's rocking fun version of “Auld Lang Syne” a few weeks later to ring in the New Year. The Cucumbers blend twin riffing guitars, rocking rhythm and harmony with a twist of girl-group, and perform live as a high energy electric rock band, and in smaller, intimate environments as an acoustic ensemble.

What's New:

Cucumbers' song “Blue Cadillac” is featured in film/DVD and soundtrack/CD, “200 Cadillacs” a documentary exploring the generosity of Elvis Presley, released by Image Entertainment.

Songs on tv…. “Monster Mechanic” was featured on DSC-TV's “Monster Garage,” and sountrack compilation. “Indivislble” was on NBC's “Ed.”

“Look Out You” from “All Things To You” is featured in indie feature film “Arc.”

Cucumbers' song “Illegal” included on Protest Records (founded by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth) antiwar compilation, and Neil Young's "Living With the War Today."

Cucumbers' recording of “Auld Lang Syne” is included on “Ho Ho Ho Spice” Volunteer Records holiday rock compilation.

Cucumbers' song “Bend Me Like A Willow” will be included in a film about the American novelist Carson McCullers, now in production.

Solo recordings and side projects…. Deena's “Test Drive” is featured in British indie film “About Betrayal,” & “Don't You Love to Climb” in the film “Moment of Crux”. Deena awarded NJ New Folk Award 2003. “Over the Moon” Deena's original rock and roll group for children with Alice Genese (Sexpod, Candy Ass, PTV) will be reissued on cd in '07, and "The Adventures of Eve #1 and TIny Tinysaursus" a piece for musical theater based on their songs will debut in '07 as well.

Press:

“They project innocence without sinking into naiveté, preciousness or camp. And what they sing can be simultaneously clear-headed and quizzical direct and artful…” - The New York Times (Jon Pareles).

“The more I hear of her vivid sweetness, the more sexy and unprecedented it seems” - The Village Voice (Robert Christgau).

“Cool as you-know-what; sexy and bittersweet” - People Magazine.

“…budding with talent” - Rolling Stone.

“What makes the band major (besides Deena Shoshkes' incredible voice: kidstuff and wisdom merged) is the songwriting” - The Village Voice (RJ Smith).

Lyrics

Blend

Written By: Deena Shoshkes, David Graham

Blend

To change the world
Is an easy thing to say
But it takes a step
And a step day by day
And the world turns
And we breathe in
It takes more than a moment
To learn how to blend
More than a moment
To learn how to blend

You can say what you say
You can do what you do
But the grass is green
And the sky is blue
The song of love
Is a sweet melody
But the heart’s a dancer
In a minor key

And the world turns
And we breathe in
It takes more than a moment
To learn how to blend
More than a moment
To learn how to blend

To prove the truth
Is an easy kind of need
But it takes more than eyes
To learn how to see
You reach for me
I reach for you
We reach for the truth
Hope to know what to do

And the world turns
And we breathe in
It takes more than a moment
To learn how to blend
More than a moment
To learn how to blend….blend

Discography

All Things to You (LP)
2004 Fictitious Records (Nashville, TN)
Produced by The Cucumbers with Tom Lucas
Mixed by Roger Moutenot

Total Vegetility (LP)
1999 Home Office Records (New York, NY)
Produced by Scott Ansell and the Cucumbers

Where We Sleep Tonight (LP)
1994 Zero Hour Records (New York, NY)
Produced by Jon and Deena (3 tracks by Roger Moutenot & Knut Bohn)

The Cucumbers (LP)
1987 Profile Records (New York, NY)
Produced by David Young

All Shook Up (12” Single)
1986 Fake Doom Records (New York, NY)
Produced by David Young

Who Betrays Me and Other Happier Songs (LP)
1985 Fake Doom Records (New York, NY)
Produced by David Young

Fresh Cucumbers (EP)
1983 Fake Doom Records (New York, NY)
Produced by David Young

Compilations and other releases:

200 Cadillacs (Blue Cadillac, All Shook Up)
2004 Image Entertainment
Soundtrack to DVD about the things Elvis gave away

Ho Ho Ho Spice (Auld Lange Syne)
2002 Volunteer Records
Album to benefit for St. Barnabas Hospice

Science Fiction (4-song CD)
2002 just for fun, just because, why not, say yes records
Llimited edition release

A Christmas Present for You (Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of a Rum)
1995 Zero Hour Records
Zero Hour Christmas compilation

Flies/It’s a Shame (green vinyl 7”)
1994 Zero Hour Records

My Boyfriend (7” single)
1987 Profile Records

Ferro-Bottanica Magazine Insert (four-song 7” with four bands)
1982 D Musica Productions
First version of My Boyfriend