The Skeletones “The Skeletones”

It’s scary to think that this effort was released when Bush was president. The first one.
This record is a cross between Red Hot Chili Peppers and General Public. I’d say that Voodoo Glow Skulls were inspired by these guys, because their style is a mad version of the Skeletones.
For those just tuning in, this is a ska band. They were a ska band before ska blew up for the last time (so far). If you want to hear the transformation, that is, hear something that anyone under 30 would respond with, “oh, yeah; that’s ska,” give “Telephone” a listen. It’s got samples, cheerful horns and everything else that Millennials associate with ska. “Jill Victoria” is a throwback to the time, in general. I can almost hear baggy pants in the wind during this one.
“Nutty Day” is a great song that’s heavy on the keys. I can envision them dancing on stage. It really takes me back. I think it’s time to sneak into the Trocadero again! (4th and Bryant, remember?)
“What Needs to Be Done” would have been on the soundtrack to “Police Academy 7,” but they stopped making those after No. 6. A shame, really. The Skeletones make everything better.

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