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Self-released digipack comp of rarities, b-sides and the like, plus three new songs! The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are a ska-core band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1985, the Bosstones are credited with the creation of the ska-core genre, a form of music that mixes elements of third wave ska and hardcore punk. The band released seven full-length albums, three EPs and a live album while touring continuously before their announcement of a hiatus in December 2003. They reunited in 2007 and performed together for the first time in four years at Middle East. The band's compilation album, Medium Rare, is their first release since the band reunited earlier that year. 13 tracks. 2008.
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It's been all too long since the BossToneS announced their hiatus and effectively cast a dark cloud over the lives of millions of fans, not to mention music as a whole. So many of us listened to Avoid One Thing and The Street Dogs, tuned in religiously to Jimmy Kimmel Live. We watched with bated breath as Dicky Barrett sang "This Time of Year" all by himself with a touch of sadness in his voice and a look on his face like he was lost in an unfair world. The mayhem was nowhere to be found, the fire had left his eyes.
Tune in now to the documentary videos surrounding the reunion Hometown Throwdown show and you see eight guys who have genuine joy on their faces, including a grizzly voiced frontman whose voice cracks with emotion as he addresses his first loyal crowd in years.
The album starts out screaming of a homecoming. You listen closely as indiscernible noise comes through the speakers, not at all unlike the opening of "Pay Attention." And just like "Let Me Be," a couple of staccato power chords followed by a solid bass line pound through the air and you're hooked. You never had a chance. The first three tracks on the album are brand new and they're amazing. They've got the ground breaking horns of "Question the Answers" and more hooks than a deep sea fisherman. The guitar work is amazing, faintly reminiscent of older BossTones releases.
The rest of the album consists of B-sides and unreleased tracks recorded over the years. A lot of these are pretty hard to find, so it is nice that they're all available in one neat little package. The songs span back to the "Question the Answers" days and come up to tracks that didn't make it onto "A Jackknife to a Swan."
Buy this album. It's the most important release of the last five years. Show your support. Make sure the BossToneS know that a world without them is a world without happiness. And a world without hope.
Buy this album, call your stations to get more Bosstones on the radio. They deserve to be heard!
While it doesn't contain the much coveted rare 1994 b-side "Pirate Ship" as fans had hoped for, it's a great cd that rivals any other Bosstones release.