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The Ordinaires

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Years active  1982 — 1991
Active until  1991
Labels  Bar/None Records
Albums  One, The Ordinaires
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Past members  Angela Babin (guitar) Robin Casey (violin) Joe Dizney (guitar) Sven Furberg (bass) Kurt Hoffman (tenor saxophone) Barry Root (bass) Barbara Schloss (violin) Jim Thomas (drums) Fritz Van Orden (alto saxophone) Garo Yellin (cello)
Origin  New York City, New York, United States (1982)
Members  Garo Yellin, Fritz Van Orden, Robin Casey, Barbara Schloss, Benjamin Bossi
Genres  Post-punk, Noise rock, Experimental music, Alternative rock, No wave
Similar  Cristian Amigo, Les Chauds Lapins, The Scene Is Now, Brian Dewan, Pere Ubu

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The Ordinaires was a nine piece experimental rock band from New York City. The band, which broke up in 1991, was composed of Angela Babin (guitar), Robin Casey (violin), Joe Dizney (guitar), Sven Furberg (bass), Kurt Hoffman (tenor saxophone), Barbara Schloss (violin), Jim Thomas (drums), Fritz Van Orden (alto saxophone), Garo Yellin (cello), and Peter Moffitt (cello, from 1984-1987).


Born as the early '80's New York no wave/noise movement began to take root, the band was both an outgrowth of and a reaction against the shapeless dissonance of their peers. Initially named Off-Beach, the band christened themselves The Ordinaires after completing two tracks for a Lower East Side compilation record. The name was a simplification of The Vin Ordinaires (based on the French term for table wine), and a pun on the name of band member Fritz Van Orden.

Their self-titled debut, recorded at New York's CBGB's, was released on the German Dossier label and was then released in America by Bar/None Records.

The Ordinaires are credited on the song "Kiss Me, Son Of God" by They Might Be Giants, and Kurt Hoffman would later be a part of They Might Be Giants' backing band.


  • The Ordinaires - LP (1986, Dossier Records)
  • One - LP/Cassette (1989, Bar/None Records)
  • Compilation Appearances

  • Peripheral Vision - "Bands of Loisaida" - Cassette (1982, Zoar Records)
  • Island of Sanity - "New Music From New York" - LP (1987, Rec-Rec Records)
  • Time For A Change (1989, Bar/None Records)1989 - Time For A Change (Bar/None Records compilation)
  • Songs

    Wide - Not DeepThe Ordinaires · 1990
    RamayanaThe Ordinaires · 1990
    The Last SongThe Ordinaires · 1990


    The Ordinaires Wikipedia

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