A Brooklyn band fronted by singer Kim Rancourt, When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water exist primarily to fashion bizarre, almost arty remakes of straight pop songs, most with strong kitsch appeal. After two seven-inch EPs in 1987 and 1988, the band released its first full-length album, Bobby, on Shimmy-Disc; the album consisted of fifteen covers of Bobby Goldsboro songs. The planned follow-up, a LP of songs from Porgy and Bess, was delayed for nearly a year by legal difficulties, but Porgy was finally released in 1991, featuring strong musical contributions from King Missile members Dave Rick (guitar) and Chris Xefos (keyboards). In 1994, Bill Kennedy's Showtime was released, and Rancourt formed a side project with Rick, devoted to original material, called Shapir-O'Rama the following year. ~ Steve Huey, All Movie Guide