Why Do They Rock So Hard?

Why Do They Rock So Hard?

by Reel Big Fish
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Why Do They Rock So Hard?

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974886129
catalogNumber: 748861

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reel Big Fish   Primary Artist
Dan Regan   Trombone,screams,Group Member
Tavis Werts   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member
Matt Wong   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Aaron Barrett   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Grant Barry   Trombone,Group Member
Scott Klopfenstein   Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Brandon Werts   Percussion
True: 129   scratching
Andrew Gonzales   Drums,Group Member
Coolie Ranx   Vocals
"Hammond" Sam Avila   Hammond B3

Technical Credits

John Avila   Producer
Donnell Cameron   Engineer
Jay Rifkin   Executive Producer
Reel Big Fish   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Steve Baughman   Engineer
Vince Pileggi   Personal Manager
Steve Gamberoni   Engineer
JennyO   Art Direction
Coolie Ranx   Composer
Kevin Dean   Engineer

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Why Do They Rock So Hard? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is the greatest ska/punk i've heard in a long time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'