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Bursting with energy and running at lightning speed, despite a few changes in lineup, the Toasters have emerged today as leaders in the huge international underground ska scene. Founder and Moon Ska label owner Rob "Bucket... more »
Bursting with energy and running at lightning speed, despite a few changes in lineup, the Toasters have emerged today as leaders in the huge international underground ska scene. Founder and Moon Ska label owner Rob "Bucket" Hingley has assumed more lead-vocal chores since this '87 recording, and the loss of the Unity 2 duo, Sean and Lionel, who left to record their own discs. But Sean and Lionel are all over Skaboom, and this debut set owes much of its frenetic appeal to Hingley's songwriting, revved several notches higher by Unity 2's vocal charisma. Another bonus: the presence of the four-track Recriminations EP produced by legendary punkster Joe Jackson. With this album, the Toasters were the first to pick up where the U.K.'s two-tone bands had left off, substituting their own reflections of a roiling mid-'80s East Village, New York, energy for the social turmoil of the '70s-era U.K. that fueled that earlier era's ska sound. --Elena Oumano
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Best ska album ever made
Webster Mcdonald Jr. | Newport, RI USA | 11/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"if you know of anything better please tell me, cause this is the best i have in my firstname.lastname@example.org"
A classic, no doubt about it.
akacurator | New York, New York USA | 11/10/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Skaboom first hit the racks back in 1987 it was greedily snatched up by the handful of ska followers desperate for some new band that would carry the torch previously lit by the Two-Tone scene in the UK and Fishbone and the Untouchables on the West Coast. We weren't disappointed. The album features the high energy writing and singing of band founder Rob 'Bucket' Hingley, well supported by the Unity Two, who's physical stage antics unfortunately could not be captured on the album. The songs feature guitar and keyboard driven skank accompanied by a delightfully raw horn section. Each track paints an atmospheric picture of life in mid-eighties NYC, hanging out in the East Village shootin' pool with the sharks at Blanche's and playing gigs at CBGBs with other upstart ska bands like the Boilers and Urban Blight. The re-release of Skaboom on Moon Records is especially sweet since they throw in the classic 4 song Recriminations EP that was produced by Joe Jackson. That demo remains fresh, mod and innovative to this day and will set you back $75 if you find it in vinyl. Good liner notes, too. This one's a landmark, folks."