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The Urge

The St. Louis-based ska-punk outfit the Urge was formed in 1987 by vocalist Steve Ewing and bassist Karl Grable, who together remained the nexus of the group throughout the many roster changes which followed. The original Urge lineup debuted in 1989 with the cassette-only Bust Me Dat Forty, followed a year later by the LP Puttin' the Backbone Back. After the additions of saxophonist Bill Reiter and trombonists Matt Kwiatkowski and Todd Painter, the group released 1992's Magically Delicious; guitarist Jerry Jost and drummer John Pessoni joined a year later, and this lineup recorded the 1993 live LP Fat Babies in the Mix. A tour with 311 helped the Urge win any number of new fans, and 1995's Receiving the Gift of Flavor was so successful that it brought the band to the attention of Epic's Immortal imprint, which reissued the LP in 1996. Master of Styles followed in 1998. Too Much Stereo came in mid-2000. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Great band
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christymcgee
Newest album "Galvanized" keeps up the amazing Urge energy from past albums. It rocks my socks.
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soccerdad198 4
Urge again this thanksgiving , amazing live, Receiving the Gift one of the most missed albums of the decade!!
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jcheragotti7
Great live....Miss i s s i p p i nights were the best.
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I want someone to play
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This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If
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cthenkhaus
The Urge always puts on an amazing show. Got to see them the last two years on Thanksgiving weekend. The new CD is pretty good too.
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jayseafilm4
I can say that they were huge in South Florida in the late 90's. Ska was so big there, I just wish that it didn't fade away so fast from the mainstream
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jamesfp313
Saw them last night in STL. Great live
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I love the urge. One of the best live bands to see. I've been lucky to see them about 20 times. PTMFUS!!!!!!
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lmpalliser
I don't understand why these guys weren't huge outside of stl, favorite band
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The Urge is having a show on the river front in STL July 13!!! I so cant wait!!!!!
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dlearned19
I like this band.I just started listening to them.
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Hell yes, they finally added Receiving the Gift!
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Guys, comments on the band page won't get Receiving the Gift added. Go here: http://help. p a n d o r a . c o m / c u s t o m e r / p o r t a l / a r t i c l e s / 2 0 2 4 3 9 - s u g g e s t - m u s i c - o r - c o m e d y and click on Suggest Music to request that they add it.
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waldymann
Play that m*****f***** Urge hit!
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iancasey
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iancasey
Don't listen to that Clinton Mudd guy...ha ha ha!
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receiving the gift?
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carterblumey e r
Urge at Riverport Summer Fest this year in STL September 2011!
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clinton.mudd
I know I've said it before but it bears repeating, WE NEED RECEIVING THE GIFT OF FLAVOR ON PANDORA!!!!! ! Super stoked to hear Fat Babies in the Mix though.
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clinton.mudd
THE URGE IS BACK TOGETHER!! PLAYING POINTFEST IN ST.LOUIS ON SEPTEMBER 10. NEW SONG HAS BEEN RELEASED TO LOCAL RADIO STATION 105.7 THE POINT. NEW MATERIAL COMING AT A LATER DATE!!!!!!
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Where is 'Receiving the Gift?' Best album by far!
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Saw them in Lawrence Ks in the Mid 90's. Great shows, so much energy. Too bad they aren't carrying on the torch.
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schwejd
It's gettin hectic, it's getting crazy, it's getting hectic, it's gettin WILD... Man I loved those shows, Mississippi Nights, or Kennedy's, I'd be bruised for weeks. Oh to be young again...
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Steve is just a cool dude to hang with!
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Saw The Urge at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis many years ago. Still a little tired from the moshing. What a great experience.
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bukka30
BUST ME DAT 40!!!!!!
been following these cats since 1987, they are a cool a** bunch of mugs...alway s fun to hang out with and watch them play their style of funky a** music!! two thumbs up !!!
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from NC and loving the urge. master of styles and receiving the gift of flavor are friggin awesome although different. both are fav's of mine and i have pushed them upon friends who would otherwise never listen to the type of music, they loved it.
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stephen.keen e
Still a Favorite in my book!
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Receiving was by far the best album. Too bad they never gained the success they deserved, outside of STL. Nothing like a show at Mississippi Nights with Fragile Porcelain Mice opening. PTMFUS
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christymcgee
Best band ever! So sad I cant celebrate my birthday with their Christmas shows. YEAH! PANDORA- WE NEED RECEIVING THE GIFT OF FLAVOR!!!
IT'S GETTIN' HECTIC!!!!!
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the URGE is damn good. they arent together any more but the lead singer Steve Ewing still plays to this day in ST Louis. Most of his shows are free and his new band is called the steve ewing band. they sound just like the urge. check them out.
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need the flavor. thats what got me hooked. damnn
that s**t is good
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clinton.mudd
They also have another major label release, Recieving the Gift Of Flavor. Why cant we get some of that on here.
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dcmadruk
Receiving the Gift of Flavor was certainly their best album!
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these guys played a free show in charlotte about ten years back and i would gladly pay to see them again! maybe i'll see nickmimick at the alphabet store
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Where is recieving the gift of flavor??? That was their best album!!!
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WE'RE GOIN TO THE LIQUOR STORE!!!!!!! !
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