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Less Than Jake

Although formed in 1992 as a power pop trio with heavy punk leanings, Less Than Jake steadily transformed into a ska-inspired punk band with the addition of a horn section. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Demakes, bassist Shaun, and drummer/lyricist Vinnie Fiorello formed the first incarnation of the group, which took root in Gainesville, FL. After Shaun became the group's roadie, however, he was replaced by bassist Roger Manganelli, who picked up the instrument just to join the band. During 1993-1994, the group added its first horn player, Jessica Mills, and soon after came trombone player Buddy Schaub. Right before their first tour, however, Schaub went to Europe with friends, so saxophonist Derron Nuhfer filled in for shows during his absence.

With various 7" releases under their belt, Less than Jake debuted in 1994 with the album Pezcore, on Dill Records. Losers, Kings & Things We Don't Understand and Greased followed on No Idea until the group signed with Capitol for its major-label debut, 1996's Losing Streak. The album was full of the band's wry, fast-paced brand of ska-punk anthems, producing such fan favorites as "Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts" and "Jen Doesn't Like Me Anymore." Upon the album's completion, Jessica left to pursue teaching, and (ex-Slapstick trombonist) Pete came on board. Around this time, Fiorello also started his own record label, Fueled by Ramen, with friend John Janick. Hello Rockview followed in 1998, and spawned a minor college radio hit with "History of a Boring Town." In fall 2000, the band released Borders & Boundaries on Fat Wreck, as well as landing the opening spot on Bon Jovi's North American tour.

Nuhfer left the band after the album's recording (and later went on to join Gunmoll), and Less Than Jake found his replacement in ex-Spring Heel Jack horn player Pete Wasilewski -- though to avoid any name confusion within the band, the second Pete was dubbed JR, and remained JR even after the first Pete decided to leave soon after the 2001 Warped Tour. Over the years, Less Than Jake has issued more 7" and limited-edition vinyl releases than most people can keep track of, so the bandmembers compiled some of their favorite tracks on one record for 2002's Goodbye Blue and White, named in honor of their original tour van. Anthem followed in 2003 for Sire; B Is for B-Sides was issued a year later, comprised of tracks that did not make it to Anthem's final cut. The DVD retrospective People's History of Less Than Jake appeared a month later. The four-song EP Absolution for Idiots and Addicts was released in April 2006, with their next full-length, In with the Out Crowd, following a month later. The latter's album slicker, pop-oriented nature received mixed reactions from fans. In 2007, Less Than Jake announced that they had left Warner Bros.; a year later, the group formed the Sleep It Off label and released GNV FLA, an album loosely based on (and dedicated to) their hometown. Their ninth album, See the Light, arrived in the fall of 2013. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: See The Light

1. Good Enough

2. My Money Is On The Long Shot

3. Jump

4. The Loudest Songs

5. Do The Math

6. Bless The Cracks

7. John The Baptist Bones

8. American Idle

9. The Troubles

10. Give Me Something To Believe In, Inc.

11. Sunstroke

12. A Short History Lesson

13. Weekends All Year Long

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Track List: Gnv Fla

1. City Of Gainesville

2. The State Of Florida

3. Does The Lion City Still Roar?

4. Summon Monsters

5. Abandon Ship

6. Handshake Meets Pokerface

7. Settling Son

8. Malachi Richter's Liquor's Quicker

9. Golden Age Of My Negative Ways

10. The Space They Can't Touch

11. Conviction Notice

12. This One's Gonna Leave A Bruise

13. The Life Of The Party Has Left The Building

14. Devil In My DNA

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Track List: In With The Out Crowd

1. Soundtrack Of My Life

2. A Still Life Franchise

3. Overrated (Everything Is)

4. Fall Apart

5. In-Dependence Day

6. Don't Fall Asleep On The Subway

7. Landmines And Landslides

8. Rest Of My Life

9. Mostly Memories

10. Let Her Go

11. Hopeless Case

12. P.S. Shock The World

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Track List: B Is For B-Sides

1. Portrait Of A Cigarette Smoker At 19

2. Sleep It Off

3. Last Rites To Sleepless Nights

4. Bridge And Tunnel Authority

5. Goodbye In Gasoline

6. A.S.A.O.K.

7. Jay Frenzal

8. Showbiz? Science? Who Cares?

9. Sobriety Is A Serious Business And Business Isn't So Good

10. Nine-One-One To Anyone

11. Robots One, Humans Zero

12. National Anthem

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Track List: Anthem

1. Welcome To The New South

2. The Ghosts Of Me And You

3. Look What Happened

4. The Science Of Selling Yourself Short

5. Short Fuse Burning

6. Motown Never Sounded So Good

7. The Upwards War And The Down Turned Cycle

8. Escape From The A-Bomb House

10. She's Gonna Break Soon

11. That's Why They Call It A Union

12. Plastic Cup Politics

13. The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out / Screws Fall Out

14. Surrender

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Track List: Goodbye Blue & White

1. I Think I Love You

2. Losing Streak

3. Mixology Of Tom Collins

4. Modern World

5. Yo-Yo Ninja Boy

6. Dopeman (Remix)

7. Rock-N-Roll Pizzeria (7 Inch Version)

8. We're Not Gonna Take It

9. Son Of Dick

10. Teenager In Love

11. Freeze Frame

12. Your Love

13. Scott Farcas Takes It On The Chin (7 Inch Version)

14. Descant

15. Evil Has No Boundaries

16. Anti-Christ

17. Cheez (7 Inch Version)

18. Mississippi Mud

19. Hamburger Hop

20. KROQ Song

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Track List: Borders & Boundries

1. Magnetic North

2. Kehoe

3. Suburban Myth

5. Hell Looks A Lot Like L.A.

6. Mr. Chevy Celebrity

7. Gainesville Rock City

8. Malt Liquor Tastes Better When You've Got Problems

9. Bad Scene And A Basement Show

10. Is This Thing On?

11. Pete Jackson Is Getting Married

12. 1989

13. Last Hour Of The Last Day Of Work

14. Bigger Picture

15. Faction

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Track List: Hello Rockview

1. Last One Out Of Liberty City

2. Help Save The Youth Of America From Exploding

3. All My Best Friends Are Metalheads

4. Five State Drive

5. Nervous In The Alley

6. Motto

7. History Of A Boring Town

8. Great American Sharpshooter

9. Danny Says

10. Big Crash

11. Theme Song For H Street

12. Richard Allen George...No, It's Just Cheez

13. Scott Farcas Takes It On The Chin

14. Al's War

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Track List: Losing Streak

1. Automatic

2. Happyman

3. 9th At Pine

4. Sugar In Your Gas Tank

5. Shindo

6. 107

7. Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts

8. Krazy Glue

9. Never Going Back To New Jersey

10. How's My Driving Doug Hastings?

11. Just Like Frank

12. Ask The Magic 8 Ball

13. Dopeman

14. Jen Doesn't Like Me Anymore

15. Rock-N-Roll Pizzeria

16. Lockdown

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Track List: Pezcore: 10 Year Special Edition

1. Liquor Store

2. My Very Own Flag

3. Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts

4. Big

5. Shotgun

6. Black Coffee

7. Throw The Brick

8. Growing Up On A Couch

9. Blindsided

10. Downbeat

11. Jen Doesn't Like Me Anymore

12. Out Of The Crowd

13. Robo

15. Process

16. Three Quarts Drunk

17. Boomtown

18. Short On Ideas / One Last Cigarette

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Keep killn it turd munch lol cat dog �� ��
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mnpanek
Buddy left the goodbye blue and white album in my car back in '03. I dont think it left the CD player for a year straight. Love these guys to this day.
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Don't read this you. will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. now you have started reading. this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. when you're done press the spacebar and your crush's name will appear in big letters on the screen. this is so creepy cause it actually works
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I'm perfectly okay with having all the preteen girls obsessing with sell out metal core crap while i enjoy old school ska and punk, there is still a scene its just more intimate now. if you want it to make a comeback just get your friends into it and support the local punk and ska bands
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All punk needs a come bavk I think
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ska needs to make a comeback up beat horns rockin riffs,it need to come back
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heardcarl
S WA a
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Saw them '96 open up for guttermouth and the Descendants at the electric factory in Philadelphia . Awesome show. First I heard their music at that show. Went right out and bought their music. Still listen to them.
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they are swegmasters
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The world just seems to big!! Think about that!!
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jabber doofifla dreancher beana strumaphanta
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Anyone who has anything negative to say about ltj isn't even human! Lyrically, they are one of the best and even if you don't like them try and listen to one song and if you can't relate there's something definitely wrong!!!!!
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Ah my youth! Now my boys love Less Than Jake
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fail wrong comment section the imponderable your stupid
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One of my all time favorite Bands!!!!!
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the good version!!
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chndlrjunk
Ska will never die.
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I love ed your show at warped tour!!!
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irishcsk
lets get ska back
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I saw them at Warped Tour in Orlando just to listen to music before Mice & Men but I turned out to love them. Been listening to them ever since.
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smokeandband
Saw them in 02 with bad religion. 12 years later and still love them!
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Probably one of the most underrated and best bands of all time.
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After all this time I finally got to meet these guys at warped tour and they were great. They did an awesome show and were the nicest guys to talk to ever LOVE this band
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These guys are awesome
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Listened to LTJ since I was a child... Got a chance to see them in concert in my hometown in central illinois last year, never thought that would be possible, but it happened... The music and lyrics of this band hold a special place in my heart, I couldn't forget the lyrics to the entire Losing Streak album if I tried, I've listened to it 20394832 times
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goldie_lux
omg it's like the soundtrack of my adolescence!
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Landmines landslides every single time
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Going to the Pittsburgh show tonight! I've been a fan of LTJ for years, however, oddly enough, this will be my 1st live experience!
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nomader28
one of my fav bands from my youth. their lyrics are great, live they're a blast and i have seen them prob. 6 or 7 times.
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I LOVE LESS THAN JAKE!!!!
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Meh....
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nicknabors19 8 4
Vinny, get your ears checked man...lol... n e i t h e r Chris or Roger sound like Pat from FOB.
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Ltj aok! Met roger at warped tour years ago. They are def my number one band all these years!
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Sounds like the singer from fall out boy omg
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snow165
I saw LTJ at Elephant Records, downtown Claremont in '96 or 97. Prob like 30 people there, just playing amongst the row of records. I broke my arm snowboarding and Roger (bassist) was giving me s**t saying I prob broke it taking out the trash. Got a cool cast signature out of it though.
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Oh look I didn't die
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Digimon
I'll just leave this here
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Well looks like I'm gonna die after surviving through a bunch of apocalypses. . . just because I read that whole comment and didn't repost.... f**k lmao
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
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One of my fondest memories is a small venue, wall to wall, sweat drenched gig in New Zealand when LTJ came to play.
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chriswaite73
Wanna talk about feeling old.. I'm 39and remember going to The Hardback every time they played... Roger was playing drums for Vanbilderass and Buddy was playing bass for When Pubery Strikes. ( I still sing Short Bus" to myself. Wish I still had that cassette!) Saw them a few months ago in Nashville.. Still a great show!
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Seeing them next month! SO freaking excited!
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LTJ Is pop ska. Not real ska. Go listen to Let's Go Bowling for some real ska.
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Know your history? http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / S k a lol, they were certainly not the first either, even in the US.
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Less Than Jake was my favorite ska band, will always be. I have seen them soooo many times, and it still amazes me! oh, and Chris drinks bud light just in case you see him at a bar...
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@m-boy93, bad vocals? like dylan, cobain, rush, misfits, rancid. different doesn't mean bad
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johnson795
LTJ put on some fun shows. I was never really into ska, but these guys were more than just a ska band.
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People say oh, they're just some pop-punk-ska thing, who cares? but they were doing this stuff way before anyone made a buck on it. So cherish your opinions, that's fine, but know your history.
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I love LTJ they're one of my favorites :)
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