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Bim Skala Bim

Bim Skala Bim was one of America's initial responses to Britain's 2-Tone movement in the early '80s. Also inspired by the Clash, UB40 and Bob Marley, the group has also become one of the longest-lasting ska groups in America and has the tightest lineup. Formed in Boston in 1983 by vocalist Dan Vitale and bassist Mark Ferranti, Bim Skala Bim's lineup has been unchanged since 1989, presently including Vitale and Ferranti plus drummer Jim Arhelger, percussionist Rick Barry, keyboard player John Cameron, guitarist Jim Jones and trombonist Vincent Noble. Bim Skala Bim released a self-titled album in 1986, and appeared on the Boston ska compilation Mash It Up two years later. The group signed to Celluloid Records in 1988, but 1989's Tuba City proved to be its only Celluloid release. The band recorded and released How's It Goin'? (1990) and Bones (1991) on their own; in 1992, however, Relativity agreed to distribute their records through the group's own Bib Records (Big Indie Beat). (Subsequent albums appeared on Bib, as well as reissues of efforts going back to Tuba City.) Live at the Paradise (1993) captured Bim Skala Bim's energetic live show, and the group's sixth full-length, American Playhouse, appeared in 1995. Two years later, the group released Universal; Test Patterns followed in 1999. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Pandora should add Chet's Last Call to their music library.
Bim is sort of still together. They all now live different places; singer lives Panama, guitarist in California, Keyboardist in Colorad (I think) but they et together a few times a year to play some shows. Seen them probably 50 times over the years, going back to mid 90s, till they took their hiatus in 02 or so, then maybe half a dozen times since they came back,
Are they still together? I love this style! DK BURTON4 Dover, NH? Sweet I live near there!
dkburton4
you can see them this summer in boston too

Wednesday July 18 The Newport Blues Cafe Newport, RI
Thursday July 19 Dover Brick House w/WXGR Dover, NH TICKETS
Friday July 20 The Middle East downstairs w/ The Allstonians & Void Union, Cambridge, MA TICKETS
Saturday July 21 The Beachcomber Welfleet, MA TICKETS - THIS SOLD OUT LAST YEAR
Sunday July 22 The Beach House North Falmouth, MA
Bim Skala Bim - These guys rocked livessaw e'm many times in Boston in the 80's........ s h o u l d be a household name
Awesome sound....., BSB have got it together. Keep playing BOYZ!!!!!!!
Boston Ska all the way! They paved the way, but never got their due.
Great live band!
chezcherie
Ahhhh for the days of Boston not CA ska!
bim skala bim yo
hellz yeah
BOSTON SKA

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