On Tour With Downtown Science

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The Downtown Science Tour with Big Audio Dynamite (a group comprised mostly of former members of the British punk rock group, The Clash) went on for pretty much the entire summer in 1991. During that time, Bosco Money (me) and Sam Sever were seldom back in New York City. Some heart warming news was when we heard that DJ Red Alert, who was spinning  weekend nights on 98.7 Kiss FM at the time, was opening and closing his 3 hour show with “Room to Breathe”.

“Room to Breathe” was, and probably still is, the best known Downtown Science song. But all the songs off the self-titled Downtown Science album, that we performed while on tour, went over really well with the different crowds we encountered.

Having the opportunity to travel on the road and bring our music to thousands was the experience of a lifetime. And there are many memories from that journey that remain etched in my mind. One in particular, was how “80’s orange and brown” our LA hotel rooms were. Another was how big the steaks were in Texas – and how many steakhouses are in that state. The list goes on.

I’m thankful to Russell Simmons, and the staff at Def Jam for all the work they put into packaging up the singles and the LP and getting them into the stores. And I’d like to send a shout to all the College and Commercial Radio DJ’s whom we met along the way, that showed so much interest in our music.

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The Downtown Science LP (Def Jam / Sony)

All in all, the Downton Science Tour with Big Audio Dynamite was a fantastic time. It was an opportunity to travel and get paid, doing what I love. And I can think of few situations that could be considered more rewarding when evaluated in that respect. It was a pleasure, and a musical adventure working with my partner, Sam Sever. And I hope the music of Downtown Science will continue to be remembered for years to come. Thanks to our fans for all your support!

Peace.

Ken Omega aka Bosco Money.

Ipanema Beach at Twilight

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This photo was taken in March of 2016. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is a must see. I wouldn’t go during the 2016 Olympics though – unless you plan to attend the games. Hotels and everything else would be way too expensive. Why pay triple?! But I’ll bet if you plan for right after the games when the crowds wane, you’ll get a great deal. Ipanema Beach is walking distance from Copacabana. And it is every bit as lovely as the famous song would have one imagine.

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Bayon Temple – the Cambodian Jungle

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Best known as the back drop for the Movie, “Tomb Raider”, Bayon Temple is one of the most amazing places on Earth. Set in the lush Southeast Asian jungle of Cambodia, Bayon appears out of nowhere in surreal splendor. Aside from Bayon, the Northern Cambodian province of Siem Reap boasts several marvelous temple structures, the most famous of which is Angkor Wat.

 

However, the jungle temple of Bayon, second only in size to the majestic Angkor, possess a magic all its own. And I would urge any adventurous traveler to get there however you can. Taking in this daunting artifact is a life changing experience. The structure itself is a wonder to behold. And the stone relief carvings remain an enigma.

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If you decide to go to Siem Reap, and have never done any extreme traveling before, be informed that you will need proper immunization, and a current passport. You should also be aware, that while quite beautiful, Cambodia is still a developing country, There is no ATM or convenience store on every other corner.  Siem Reap is a place literally ‘carved out of the jungle’. So plan accordingly.

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At the end of the day though, I will say that Siem Riep, Cambodia, where Bayon Temple is locared, albeit socioeconomically modest, offered some of the tidiest and most hospitable accommodations I encountered while traveling in Southeast Asia. So on that note, do try and visit. You won’t regret it. And the vibes are sure to enrich your life.

 
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