Sing Along with Skankin' Pickle

Sing Along with Skankin' Pickle

by Skankin' Pickle


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Sing Along with Skankin' Pickle

San Francisco's Skankin' Pickle had bad timing, hitting the peak of their powers just before ska became the next big thing in the late 1990s, and failing (perhaps not even trying) to capitalize on their sudden, if brief, popularity. The band made a number of fine albums on its own Dill Records label, and this is one of the best. When many other ska-punk bands went the easy route with faster-than-thou shout-alongs and odes to beer, Skankin' Pickle incorporated swing rhythms and dub textures into their songs while exploring such themes as family life ("Watch Your Tone"), slacker culture ("20 Nothing"), and female comedians ("It's Margaret Cho"). The best songs are those by guitarist Lynette Knackstedt ("Rotten Banana Legs") and, especially, Mike "Bruce Lee" Park ("Onyonghasayo," "Pabu Boy"), who has a monstrous way with a hook. (Park later left Skankin' Pickle to form his own label, Asian Man Records, and his own Bruce Lee Band.) At the end of the program is a hidden track, a weird sort of Bad Brains-ish heavy metal excursion layered with samples á la Doubting Thomas. There is also one ode to beer, the charmingly titled "Thick Ass Stout." It's an instrumental.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/14/1999
Label: Asian Man
UPC: 0612851004726
catalogNumber: 47
Rank: 130675

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Skankin' Pickle   Primary Artist
Ian Miller   Bass,Vocals
Lars Nylander   Valve Trombone,Vocals
Lynette Knackstedt   Guitar,Vocals
Gerry Lundquist   Trombone,Vocals
Chuck Phelps   Drums
Michael "Bruce Lee" Park   Saxophone,Vocals
Darren Fletcher   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Skankin' Pickle   Composer,Producer
Oscar Autie   Engineer
Ron Rigler   Producer
Shannon Smith   Art Direction
Lars Nylander   Artwork
Kevin Dill   Merchandising
Gerry Lundquist   Art Direction,Concept Design
Tess Gallagher   Contributor

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