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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

A great deal of the groundwork for the mid- to late-'90s explosion of ska and ska-metal was laid by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who were one of the first bands to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk and heavy metal and who also helped shift its tone toward testosterone-filled party music. The Bosstones built up a devoted cult following throughout their career, but their level of commercial success never quite matched that of more pop-oriented third wave ska bands, like No Doubt and Sublime, who followed in their wake; however, the band did achieve a long-overdue breakthrough in 1997 with the modern rock radio smash "The Impression That I Get."

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones formed in 1985 in Boston, featuring Tim Bridewell, Dicky Barrett (vocals), Nate Albert (guitar), Joe Gittleman (bass), Josh Dalsimer (drums), and Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton (saxophone), plus dancer Ben Carr. While all the members shared a love of ska, their tastes also ran elsewhere; Barrett, in particular, was involved in the local straight-edge hardcore scene and played with a band called Impact Unit. Originally calling themselves simply the Bosstones, the group appended "Mighty Mighty" to their name after discovering a Boston-area a cappella group with an identical moniker. The group appeared on a ska compilation, but then disbanded temporarily to allow Albert to finish high school. In 1989, the Bosstones re-formed and recorded their debut album, Devils Night Out, which was released in 1990 on Taang! Records. The follow-up, 1992's More Noise and Other Disturbances, saw several personnel shifts; Bridewell and Dalsimer departed, the latter to attend college, and the two were replaced by drummer Joe Sirois, saxophonist Kevin Lenear, and trombonist Dennis Brockenborough, a lineup that lasted through much of the band's career. 1992 also saw the release of the Where'd You Go EP, which contained several hard rock covers.

In 1993, the Bosstones signed a major-label deal with Mercury and released Don't Know How to Party; in spite of their fondness for plaid, a holdover from their early pajama-clad gigs, the group also landed a television commercial for a jean company. 1994 saw the band paying homage to their hardcore roots with a mini-album of mostly covers, Ska-Core, the Devil and More, as well as the full-length Question the Answers, one of their finest efforts. A year later, the Bosstones appeared in the film Clueless, performing "Where'd You Go" and "Someday I Suppose," two of their most popular numbers; they also landed a main-stage slot on that summer's Lollapalooza tour.

Even if their music often strays far afield from classic 2 Tone ska revival (especially their earlier material), the Bosstones, unlike many of their contemporaries, have retained some of that movement's political consciousness. In 1996, the band helped organize the Safe and Sound benefit album in response to Boston-area family planning clinic slayings, and also perform frequently at benefit shows for battered women's groups; most of their concerts also feature information booths from the Anti-Racist Action Group. In 1997, the breakthrough of ska-pop bands like No Doubt and Sublime paved the way for the accessible, 2 Tone-inspired Let's Face It to become the band's biggest-selling album yet; it was eventually certified platinum, buoyed by the success of the anthemic "The Impression That I Get," which fell just short of topping the modern rock charts that summer. Live from the Middle East followed in 1998 as a stopgap release, and the band experienced its first personnel shifts in some time: saxophonist Lenear was the first to leave, replaced by Roman "The Showman" Fleysher, and guitarist Albert departed again, partly to care for an ailing family member and partly to finish his education at Brown University (Kevin Stevenson of the Shods had already served as his temporary touring substitute in 1997). Albert's replacement, Lawrence Katz, signed on after the band completed the follow-up to Let's Face It; titled Pay Attention, the record was released in the spring of 2000 and produced another modern rock radio hit in "So Sad to Say." A Jackknife to a Swan appeared two years later, as did a split with Madcap.

In 2003, with individual members already involved in other projects and essentially having toured nonstop since 1991, the band announced it was going on indefinite hiatus. During this time, Barrett was featured as the announcer on ABC's late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band returned in 2007 by performing several live shows and recording three new songs for inclusion on the compilation Medium Rare. The new material marked the end of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' hiatus, and in 2008 the band released its eighth studio album, Pin Points and Gin Joints. In 2011 the band released the studio album The Magic of Youth, featuring the single "Like a Shotgun." ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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go worship satan lucasbaxter you stupid motherf**ker ! How dare you taint this page with your garbage!
Kiss your hand say your crushes name close you hand and say the day she asks you out and post this
redmash73
First thing they are NOT a ska band. This is not my words. I saw them, or maybe just Dicky admit this in an interview in some magazine. With that said they are one of my all time favorite bands. Ska core punk whatever you call them. They are one of the best bands ever! Great live show.
desireem1369
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.. However if you don't read this you will die in 2 days.. Now that you started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on 5 songs songs in the next 143 Minutes. When your done press F6 and your lovers name will pop up up in big letters trust me it works.
Um, excuse me hard care fans, but if you actually checked - Madness was one of the Bosstones' greatest influences even tho everyone wants to give credit to Fishbone (a fantastic band who actually does not get the credit they are due). Also, I would have to agree that No Doubt and Sublime really should not be lumped in with the Bosstones. Different sound and VERY different lyrics / political platform; and yes, the Bosstones have a very strong political message.
Why are they missing some of the early albums?
imaqt9965
Home Town Throw Down here I come!!! 12/27/2014.. . B o s t o n Strong!!!
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Don't read this because it actually works.You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reding this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is Scary cuz it actually works!
reeceist
Can't wait to see them in august in los angeles!
redmash73
AWESOME!!! Saw these guys play Ithaca college back when they still sported the bad in plad. great show think Murphy's Law opened for em. Still one if not the best ska punk band ever.
redmash73
AWESOME!!! Saw these guys play Ithaca college back when they still sported the bad in plad. great show think Murphy's Law opened for em. Still one if not the best ska punk band ever.
redmash73
AWESOME!!! Saw these guys play Ithaca college back when they still sported the bad in plad. great show think Murphy's Law opened for em. Still one if not the best ska punk band ever.
sekavanaugh
Took my brother to Memphis to see them back in '95. Met Ben Carr, Bosstone (love that), and he introduced us to the band and Dickey invited us to visit them after the show on the tour bus. Awesome band and all around great guys.
This f**king band.

This f**king band.

Ah ha I listen to them all the time they rock.
I remember this song on THE DIGIMON SOUNDTRACK! !
The bass player signed on as a music production professor at my college just a couple years after I graduated... . damn you music gods!
bc12786
I love his raspy sound
Just wanted to let whoever wrote the bio for these guys that you skipped an album: Don't Know How to Party. 1993. Endless loop in my CD player for years.
mikew8442
Sublime is not a SKA band!
I liked them better when they were only the Mighty Bosstones. The extra Mighty was just pretentious. . .
stevepasq
That's correct, his name is Dicky.
The lead singer is a dick!
Who compared Sublime to the Bosstones. Both different. But sublime is just a band that so many wish they could be, and the bosstones were that cool group that we forgot about
Nothing comes from nothing, come on!
the worst of the 90's
The best of the 90s
mhammond27
This is the band that introduced me to mainstream ska. Love these guys. And Nikolai, the Bosstones got started in 1985, even though they didn't put out an album until 1990. Besides, Fishbone didn't garner nearly the same level of attention that the Bosstones did.
*is my bad
i love their songs especially their song the impressin that i get , man ndoes it make turn into a frill little girl would mind to know if their band vis comig near my home town in ATL
Dicky is originally from Providence rhode island, my hometown, i've seen them at least 25 times since high school
Been my favorite band since I was a kid, and they continue to never disappoint!
there not bad haven't heard much from them but will be looking up more of there songs
I feel like the bosstones are plenty better than no Doubt:/ Stupid comparison
krazycalvin
Wait... did they just compare Sublime to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones!? Come on...
if you really want the true sound of the bosstones, start from their beginning-de v i l s night out is the best album-but they are still great even after all these years
its okay. i'm dont really love it though
tk.ordinary
these guys are pretty good, i've never really listened to this kind of music before
They were in Clueless. Clearly the epitome of 90s success!!
The bio says: A great deal of the groundwork for the mid- to late-'90s explosion of ska and ska-metal was laid by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who were one of the first bands to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk and heavy metal... THIS IS BULLSHI**!!! FISHBONE was doing this since the 80's but, as is usually the case, they are given no credit or even f***ing mentioned in this entry. The Bosstones owe everything to FISHBONE as does any band that plays Ska-Punk-Har d - R o c k - M e t a l .
tahenson
Stef, there is no were, they are STILL awesome and thanks Pandora for playing their new stuff!
it's a shame they were so underated they were really awesome!!
Ya question the answers is in my opinion their best album... I don't think the Pandora people are very well versed in 3rd wave. There's a lot missing...
Where's Question the Answers? That album rocks.
They were Great on Taang and then came Mercury....
mark.aldstad t
More noise and other Disturbances best album!
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