Those Damn Bandits

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Those Damn Bandits
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Studio album by Rx Bandits, née The Pharmaceutical Bandits
Released September, 1997
Recorded Sulbano Studio, San Dimas, California
Genre Ska, punk rock, pop punk
Length43:34
Label Antedote; Drive-Thru
Producer CDSmallwood
Rx Bandits, née The Pharmaceutical Bandits chronology
Demo(onstration)
(1996)
Those Damn Bandits
(1997)
Halfway Between Here and There
(1999)

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.

Contents

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

Personnel

The Pharmaceutical Bandits

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

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Trombone type of brass instrument

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Synthesizer electronic instrument capable of producing a wide range of sounds

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James Briggs (musician) American musician

Randall James Briggs, Jr., credited professionally as James R. Briggs, Jr., is an American musician, best known as the keyboardist for the Orange County rock/ska band The Aquabats, in which he has served as a member since 1997 under the stage name and persona of Jimmy the Robot. Briggs also portrayed this role on The Aquabats' television series The Aquabats! Super Show! during the show's run from 2012 to 2014.

The Aquabats American rock band

The Aquabats are an American rock band formed in Orange County, California in 1994. Throughout many fluctuations in the group's line-up, singer The MC Bat Commander and bassist Crash McLarson have remained the band's two constant fixtures. Since 2006, The Aquabats' members also include keyboardist Jimmy the Robot, drummer Ricky Fitness and guitarist Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk.

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The Scholars were an American band. Like the Nuckle Brothers, No Doubt and Reel Big Fish, they are one of the main founding bands of the Orange County ska scene.

A cappella music is specifically group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is usually accompanied singing. The term "a cappella" was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style. In the 19th century a renewed interest in Renaissance polyphony coupled with an ignorance of the fact that vocal parts were often doubled by instrumentalists led to the term coming to mean unaccompanied vocal music. The term is also used, albeit rarely, as a synonym for alla breve.

Sublime (band) American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988

Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric Wilson (bass), and Bud Gaugh (drums). Lou Dog, Nowell's dalmatian, was the mascot of the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996, resulting in Sublime's breakup. In 1997, posthumous songs such as "What I Got", "Santeria", "Wrong Way", "Doin' Time", and "April 29, 1992 (Miami)" were released to U.S. radio.

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