I Like Big Lumps and I Cannot Lie | Sound Stories & Interviews | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Coverage for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians.

The Source Weekly has been here for you, keeping you in the know throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ve delivered important updates and dispatches from a summer of racial unrest.

We’ve interviewed dozens of state and local political candidates to help you make an informed decision during election season.

And we’ve brought you 22 years of important news and feature reporting—along with all the events, happenings, food, drink and outdoors coverage you’ve come to know and love. We’re a newspaper for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians, and it is and always has been free for readers.

If you appreciate our coverage, we invite you to spread the love and to join our growing membership program, Source Insider.
Support Us Here

Music » Sound Stories & Interviews

I Like Big Lumps and I Cannot Lie

Presidents of the United States of America returns

by

comment

Thirteen years ago, Seattle band The Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA)—known for the hits "Lump" and "Peaches"—was in Bend, and it wasn't alone. The band lit up the now-defunct Club 97 with a collaborative band featuring none other than rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot (best known for his 1992 hit, "Baby Got Back").

Apparently, it was a highlight for the band. "One time many years ago," PUSA's website explains, "the band we had with Sir Mix A Lot played in Bend, and it was one of the most out-of-control shows we've ever seen or heard of." They add, referring to the June 27 Century Center show, "Maybe this one will be just like that!"

In 1998, PUSA members Chris Ballew, Jason Finn and Andrew McKeag joined Sir Mix-A-Lot to form a spinoff band called Subset. It was an electrifying mash-up, PUSA's bumping bass licks paired with Sir Mix-A- Lot' s rapid-fire raps. But the band was shot-lived; it barely made it out of the Seattle area, primarily performing in the Emerald City and a handful of shows reaching Oregon and California, before the acts parted ways.

It is too bad that attempt to step out of PUSA's early 90s fame wasn't pursued. If that rap/rock hybrid band—with tracks like "Beach Rats" and "Farmer John"—had taken off, it could have catapulted not only PUSA but Sir Mix-A-Lot into a second coming of sorts, and bent genres. But sadly, Subset never set foot in a studio—and PUSA largely has been trading off the success of its 1993 self-titled debut album for the past two decades.

As it stands, it's been 20 years since that first PUSA album came out; 25 since Sir Mix-A-Lot's debut album, Swass, was released; and 13 since Subset last played together. PUSA is more about nostalgia concerts now. Yet even in their late 40'2, the band members have been hitting the road, playing 16 shows this spring. Maybe their actual comeback is ahead of them. Though, it would be a lot more electrifying if they'd just "Posse Up" with Sir Mix-A-Lot again.

Presidents of the United States

Thursday, June 27

Century Center

About The Author

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...

Speaking of On Stage

Add a comment

More by Ethan Maffey