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The underground college radio hit of 1981 was "Nakweda Dream" by Zru Vogue, at the time a mysterious unknown San Francisco area band. A haunting, ethereal song with a strange guitar riff, "Nakweda Dream" was named the best independent single of 1981 by Seattle-based Sub-Pop Magazine (which would go on to become Sub-Pop Records).

"Nakweda Dream," released as a single on Adolescent Records in February 1981, started out as a spontaneous improvisation. Two days before the band's scheduled recording session they scrapped the song they had been rehearsing for months (“Blue Room”) and decided to record this unusual new song instead. The rest, as they say, is history.

Nakweda's "Alfred" is a reference to the pre-Surrealist Alfred Jarry; the song title is Old English for "Naked Dream."



Alfred has a shiny car
And he likes to drive on the avenue
Alfred drives a motorcar
And the boulevard is a pleasant view

I’ll put it in the driveway
I’ll take it to the airport
I’ll pull it in the carport
I’ll put it in my pocket

Alfred has a shiny car
And he drives it out on the motorway
Alfred drives a motorcar
And it’s obvious this is heaven’s way

I’ll form a new religion
I’ll feed it to the pigeons
I’ll take it going shopping
I’ll put it in the carport

Alfred has a shiny car
And he drives it out on the avenue
Say, Alfred lives with Mary Jane
In a tiny cottage with an ocean view

I’ll do the job of mystics
I’ll study ‘pataphysics
I’ll take up elocution
I’ll find my own solutions

God is infinitely small
I am infinitely tall
I bought a new revolver
I keep it at my bedside
Lyrics ©1980 Andrew L. Jackson


from Zruism: Zru Vogue 1980​-​84, released January 1, 1998
Andrew L. Jackson: Vocals, guitar
Rick Cuevas: Bass, backing vocals
Tom Sanders: Drums
Composed by Andrew L. Jackson and Rick Cuevas.


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Zru Vogue San Francisco, California

Avant-pop, art-funk, post-punk from the San Francisco Bay Area. Zru Vogue's first single "Nakweda Dream" (1981) is a dark-wave classic. Band members are Andrew Lawrence Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne.

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