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Why do Reel Big Fish rock so hard? Because they can, of course. Back when these fish were mere smelts, they had swum along a very different circuit than that of the ska scene, paying the bills with their cover band, professionally and proficiently reeling out sets of hard rock and glam faves. Until, that is, original RBF Ben Guzman turned them on to ska. The rest is history. But now with Why Do They Rock So Hard?, RBF swim up their old stream to spawn a new set of kick-ass rock, fueled by kicking syncopated beats. Few reggae fans have bothered to wonder just why it was rock made such a small impression on Jamaica. Every producer on the island deluged the market with ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Why do Reel Big Fish rock so hard? Because they can, of course. Back when these fish were mere smelts, they had swum along a very different circuit than that of the ska scene, paying the bills with their cover band, professionally and proficiently reeling out sets of hard rock and glam faves. Until, that is, original RBF Ben Guzman turned them on to ska. The rest is history. But now with Why Do They Rock So Hard?, RBF swim up their old stream to spawn a new set of kick-ass rock, fueled by kicking syncopated beats. Few reggae fans have bothered to wonder just why it was rock made such a small impression on Jamaica. Every producer on the island deluged the market with floods of pop covers, but rock numbers were universally ignored. What would have happened if, say, the Supersonics were unleashed on classic rock? And what if the Two Tone bands had turned not to punk for inspiration but to the rock and glam of their youth, as well as the reggae bands that so electrified their school years? Combine these two musing thoughts and you're left with rock, a tribute to a cross-hybridization that never happened. Of course, even when RBF had fully formed under the ska banner, they incorporated rock into their sound, and to prove that point, the set includes several numbers recut from their debut album Everything Sucks. Now, however that rock styling is allowed full rein, bringing the band an even bigger sound than before. Hey, they even include a power ballad, "Big Star" to really give those rock fans an added thrill. RBF have always had a wry sense of humor, viewing their success sardonically, and as slick as they've always sounded, they've never really cared if their roller coaster ride comes to an stop. Because in the end, they're having a grand time, playing what they like, mixing it up how they see fit, and "if you don't get it, why don't you go shove your head back up your ass." Obviously the band are still not pulling any punches. But "Everything Is Cool" and really the band do love you, as they assure us on "We Care," a big rock showstopper, fizzing with searing guitar solos and blasts of brass. And that's the beauty of this set, with tongue still firmly in cheek, RBF swim into exciting new waters, bringing ska to the rock masses, and rock to the skankers. Purists on either side of the divide will be singularly unimpressed, but the rest of the world can only revel in this phenomenal blending of opposing styles.
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  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Mojo / Jive
  • UPC: 012414179524
  • Catalog Number: 41795

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Reel Big Fish Primary Artist
Dan Regan Trombone, screams
Tavis Werts Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Matt Wong Bass, Vocals
Aaron Barrett Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals
Grant Barry Trombone
Scott Klopfenstein Trumpet, Keyboards, Vocals
Gang Vocals
Sam Avila Organ
Brandon Werts Percussion
True: 129 scratching
Andrew Gonzales Drums
Coolie Ranx Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Avila Producer
Donnell Cameron Engineer
Jay Rifkin Executive Producer
Reel Big Fish Arranger, Composer, Producer
Steve Baughman Engineer
Jenny O Art Direction
Dave Holdredge Digital Editing
Steve Gamberoni Engineer
JennyO Art Direction
David Holdrege Digital Editing
Tom B. Mastering
Kevin Dean Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reel Big Fish Does It Again.

    Here's another super incredible ska album from the worlds greatest band...Reel Big Fish. If you don't own this album Buy It Right Now! From songs like "She's Famous Now" to songs like "I Want Your Girl Friend To Be My Girl Friend Too" This album will have you begging for more. Which is okay because RBF has a lot of albums so you can just keep going!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yeah i'm not clever enough to think of a headline

    this album is the greatest ska/punk i've heard in a long time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm a reel big fish. How 'bout you?

    Why Do They Rock So Hard? is the best album I've heard by Reel Big Fish (or most anybody else at the moment) i like all the songs. theyre all great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reel Big Fish - Why Do They Rock So Hard?

    Heck Yeah!!! This Album is the rockingest album I've heard in AGES!!! yes yes yes. Plus, I own the Aussie version which has their cover of Take On Me. Man oh man, what a great CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    how do they rock so hard?

    This is the sort of ska punk I have only been able to dream about. As far as I know this bands albums haven't been released in the UK so seeing them on your site was cool. In short if you like ska punk you will go nuts for this album, thats how hard it rocks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ROCK IS FUN ONCE AGAIN

    IF YOU LIKE HAVING FUN, THEN REEL BIG FISH'S 'WHY DO THEY ROCK SO HARD' IS FOR YOU. THIS ALBUM QUICKLY BECAME MY FAVORITE ALBUM. THE FIRST TIME I PUT THE DISC INTO MY CD PLAYER, I WAS HOOKED. 'THE SET-UP (YOU NEED THIS)' IS A GREAT MIX OF HORNS AND ROCK. FOR COMEDY (AT WHICH REEL BIG FISH EXCELS) LISTEN TO 'SCOTT'S A DORK' OR THE HIDDEN TRACK. 'WHY DO THEY ROCK SO HARD?' IS AN EXCELLENT STEP UP FROM 'TURN THE RADIO OFF.'

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