Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Favorite Song by the Album: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones formed in 1983 in Boston, MA and nearly single handedly (well them and Fishbone) created the sub-genre ska punk/ska-core when they began mixing elements of punk, hardcore, ska, and metal.  The band released their debut record Devil’s Night Out in 1989 on Taang Records.  They stayed one Taang for one more full-length and an EP before signing to Mercury Records in 1993, where the band stayed through 2000’s Pay Attention.  In 2002 the band released A Jackknife to a Swan on SideOneDummy Records.  The band went on hiatus for a few years in the middle on the first decade of the 21st century before reforming and releasing records in 2009 and 2011 on their own label Big Rig Records. 

I first the Bosstones in 1991/92 on the Chuckwagon edition of the alternative music show The Underground Circus broadcast on a community radio station out of Tampa, FL.  The show had started playing the band’s covers of Areosmith’s “Sweet Emotions” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” from the Where’d You Go? EP.  From that moment I was hooked.  I picked up Don’t Know How to Party shortly after it was released and subsequently tracked down copies of More Noise and Other Disturbances and Ska-Core, the Devil, and More.  When Question the Answers’ was released in 1994 I picked it up immediately and was blown away.  The band made a stop in OKC on the Question the Answers tour, playing a show at a long-gone club called The Roxy on Meridian Ave.  The show was fantastic and included my one, sad attempt at stage diving.  In 1996 ska and ska punk broke with band’s like No Doubt scoring huge hits.  The Bosstones’ next record, 1997’s Let’s Face It, capitalized on ska’s newly found popularity and became the band’s most commercially successful album.  Admittedly at the time I didn’t pick up Let’s Face It, but did love the lead single “The Impression That I Get.”  I didn’t pick up anything by the Bosstones until 2002’s A Jackknife to a Swan, which I was not impressed with at all.  As it turns out, there had been some lineup changes since Let’s Face It and the band lost guitarist Nate Albert and trombonist/vocalist Dennis Brockenborough.  This change in personnel drastically changed the band’s sound, taking them from sounding like an innovative group to sounding like one of the bands that they had inspired. 

For this post I am focusing on the band’s material through Let’s Face It since from that point on I have not followed the band’s releases and what little I have heard did not impress me.     

For more information on The Mighty Mighty Bosstones check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace,, AllMusic, and Wikipedia pages. 

Album:  Devil’s Night Out
Favorite Song:  “Hope I Never Lose My Wallet”
Honorable Mention:  “Do Something Crazy”

Album:  Where’d You Go? EP
Favorite Song:  “Where’d You Go?”
Honorable Mentions:  “Sweet Emotions” (Areosmith cover) and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love” (Van Halen cover)

Album:  More Noise and Other Disturbances
Favorite Song:  “They Came to Boston
Honorable Mentions:  “Awfully Quiet,” “I’ll Drink to That,” “He’s Back,” and “Bad in Plaid.”

Album:  Ska-Core, the Devil, and More
Favorite Song:  “Lights Out” (Angry Samoans cover)
Honorable Mentions:  “Someday I Suppose,” “Think Again” (Minor Threat cover), and “Simmer Down” (The Wailers cover)

Album:  Don’t Know How to Party
Favorite Song:  “Someday I Suppose”
Honorable Mentions:  “Our Only Weapon,” “Don’t Know How to Party,” “Holy Smoke,” “Illegal Left,” “Tin Soliders” (Stiff Little Fingers cover), and “Almost Anything Goes”

Album:  Question the Answers
Favorite Song:  “Kinder Words”
Honorable Mentions:  “Sad Silence,” “Pictures to Prove It,” “Stand Off,” “365 Days,” “Toxic Toast,” “Bronzing the Garbage,” and “Jump Through the Hoops”

Album:  Let’s Face It
Favorite Song:  “The Impression That I Get”
Honorable Mentions:  “Noise Brigade,” “The Rascal King,” and “Numbered Days”

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