I have yet to find a way to purchase any of their recordings, so needless to say I downloaded the tracks instead. Not to be confused with the similarly named Suburban Legends I wrote about earlier, these crazy dudes from California were only around a short while in the 90’s, but they put out some ridiculously good music before succumbing to inner-band squabbles.

Commonly associated with the 3rd wave ska scene (most people would know their name from Reel Big Fish’s song S.R.), they really aren’t a ska band, as even their ska numbers deviate quite a bit from the usual standards. They aren’t heavy on horns at all, and they make inspired use of their guitars to blend in funk, rock, punk, and even a little country. It is hard to really pin them down to one style, but with them that’s a good thing.

Plus, they’ve got some interesting lyrics, like in the ludicrously cathartic 99 Degrees: “I’m feeling 99 degrees, and I don’t mean Fahrenheit! It’s Celsius, you oaf! When I hear your wicked words, they choke me up until I’m blue, just like the rope I’d use if I was gonna strangle you!”. Fortunately, they are not nearly as angry on their other songs, and are able to effortlessly phase between serious (Coming Out of the Woodwork) and goofy topics (Gameshow, “Pat Sajak is a saviour, he always has a vowel for sale!”). A shame they were so short lived!

Since you’d probably have a hell of a time finding their recordings, I’ll be going a little overboard with links on this one.

Downloads

From Suburban Rhythm
Lust – (MP3, 4.9 MB)
Coming Out of the Woodwork – (MP3, 5.4 MB)
My Sister Sam – (MP3, 4.6 MB)
Gameshow – (MP3, 3.8 MB)
99 Degrees – (MP3, 4.5 MB)
Tension – (MP3, 6.8 MB)

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Comments

  • EL

    *crowd applause* – yes that’s right. I can, at will, conjure up entire masses of hands to clap for you. Nevertheless, I am great – yes that’s right. I can manifest identities at will. THEREFORE.. great job on this site for possessing a keen ear.

  • Cal

    “Since you’d probably have a hell of a time finding their recordings, I’ll be going a little overboard with links on this one.”

    How about impossible. I’ve even called music stores and they can’t get them. Any chance you can post the entire cd? I would prefer 320kbps. Email me. Thanks.

  • Hahahah, yeah that is apt. I don’t have a copy myself — I was able to find it for download from Oink. It’s not available at 320, but I can get it at V0 VBR (so, around 258kbps). I’ll let you know when I get it up somewhere you can get it.

  • MishaLee Strunk

    EEKK!! Thank you so much for posting these. I was in high school when I was taken to a recording session with SR and No Doubt by my way cool boyfriend at the time (thanks Victor.) I’ve always kept my eye out for them, but thought it was a lost cause. I could kiss you…..thanks!