Those Damn Bandits

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Those Damn Bandits
Studio album by Rx Bandits, née The Pharmaceutical Bandits
Released September, 1997
Recorded Sulbano Studio, San Dimas, California
Genre Ska, punk rock, pop punk
Label Antedote; Drive-Thru
Producer CDSmallwood
Rx Bandits, née The Pharmaceutical Bandits chronology
Those Damn Bandits
Halfway Between Here and There

Those Damn Bandits is the first full-length release by the then-ska band The Pharmaceutical Bandits, now known as Rx Bandits. Originally released in 1997 through Antedote Records (CDSmallwood), the album was later re-released in 1998 after Drive-Thru Records signed the band. The new version featured slightly different artwork, including the Drive-Thru logo, and was branded DTR release number 5.

Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. It combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. Ska is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the off beat. It was developed in Jamaica in the 1960s when Prince Buster, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, and Duke Reid formed sound systems to play American rhythm and blues and then began recording their own songs. In the early 1960s, ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica and was popular with British mods. Later it became popular with many skinheads.

Rx Bandits band

Rx Bandits are an American four-piece band based in Seal Beach, California, United States. The band formed in 1995 in Orange County, California. They have appeared on the Vans Warped Tour, at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and at The Bamboozle.

Drive-Thru Records record label

Drive-Thru Records, established in 1996, was a California-based independent record label owned by siblings Richard and Stefanie Reines. The label was partially responsible for popularizing the pop-punk/emo sound of the early to mid-2000s. After facing financial obstacles in getting their bands' music into stores, Drive-Thru entered into a distribution deal with MCA/Universal. MCA was dissolved and changed into Geffen Records. One of the clauses of that agreement was MCA/Geffen being able to sign any band of their choosing from Drive-Thru's roster.


Track listing

  1. "Teen Idol" – 2:27
  2. "I Will Live" – 2:44
  3. "Milk" – 1:52
  4. "Innocence" – 4:13
  5. "S.A.M." – 3:16
  6. "Maybe" – 3:31
  7. "Valentine's Day" – 5:21
  8. "Too Tone" – 2:44
  9. "More" – 4:02
  10. "Band-Aid" – 3:02
  11. "I Don't Care" – 4:30
  12. "?!?" – 5:52


The Pharmaceutical Bandits

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