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Philadelphia Daily News: A Burst of New Talent Puts Philly Back on the Music Map

16 May 2000

JIM BOGGIA

  • Stomping ground: Roxborough.
  • Musical idiom: Tingly, personal pop-rock in the soulful, frisky spirit of John and Paul, Elvis Costello, Big Star and XTC.
  • Disc watch: His five-track solo sampler, The Nick, makes an impressive calling card, especially with the all-too-real confession of romantic obsession, ‘Several Thousand,’ and his sweet memories of spinning platters on a primitive Fisher Price phonograph, ‘Bubblegum 45s.’ Coming soon, a complete band album, fleshing out his dreamy, Beatlesque arrangements.
  • Scoring hits: If you’re into shimmery pop-rock, you’ve already heard Boggia - most recently, adding backing vocals on Wood’s great Songs from Stamford Hill album and to Juliana Hatfield’s new twin pack of efforts. Boggia’s also toured with Canadian songstress Amanda Marshall, played behind Jill Sobule, contributed vocal arrangements to Carly Simon and co-written a certified gold single for Christian popster Jaci Velasquez.
  • Family history: Born in Royal Oak, Mich., he started playing guitar at age 5, encouraged by his father, who played in a ’50s dance band. Moved to Philadelphia 13 years ago, married, divorced, worked for a spell for musical instrument maker Ensoniq in Malvern. Formed his impressive-sounding band in 1998. Won notoriety last year for staging a 30th-anniversary performance of the Beatles’ Get Back album on the roof of HMV Records. Named ‘Artist of the New Millennium’ in the Philadelphia Music Conference 2001/Y100 Battle of the Bands.
  • Quotable: “My music is for hard-core pop music geeks who sit in their room and listen to records all day. Basically, I am my own audience.”
  • by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer

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