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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Krinkle

1. Step Up To Me

2. Hardest Of The Parts

3. Food For Soul

4. Dislexic

5. 373

6. Calm Down

7. Kelp

8. Set It Right

9. Long Way

10. Lost In Translation

11. Hey Girl

12. No Fly Zone

13. Popcorn

14. Deep Sea Diver

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Track List: Test Patterns

1. The Hardest Of The Parts

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Track List: The One That Got Away

1. Line To You

2. Set Me Up

3. Run Joe

4. In This House

5. Rain And Pour

6. Burning Underground

7. Sequoia

8. Rain

9. Edge Of A Knife

10. Murky Water

11. Skaloop

12. Dub Mistake

13. Three Legged Dub

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Track List: Universal

1. Pete Needs A Friend

2. Johnny O'Reilly

3. Red Eyes

4. Shakin' All Over

5. Not Natural

6. Skaloop

7. Free Man

8. Same Mistake

9. Rings Of Saturn

10. Electrolux

11. Talk, Talk, And Talk

12. Skaloop (Part 2)

13. Three Legged Dog

14. Going Back

15. Happy Weekend

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Track List: Eyes And Ears

1. Set Me Up

2. Pretty Flowers

3. Eyes And Ears

4. 8 Track Mind

5. Come On Over

6. Skeleton

7. Train Song

8. Crazy

9. Satellite

10. Simple Song

11. Saving It Up

12. Breakdown Lane

13. No More Forever

14. Dotted Line

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Track List: Bones

1. Bones

2. All For One

3. Wandering Soul

4. Golden Arm

5. Day's Work

6. People In The World

7. At Wo's

8. Overture

9. In Our Midst

10. Brain Damage

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Track List: How's It Goin'?

1. Wise Up

2. Not In Anger

3. Hypocrite

4. Good Dog Ska

5. For The Turnstiles

6. I Took A Fall

7. In The Mail

8. Wise Up (Version)

9. Blue

10. Diggin' A Hole

11. Tell Me Tami

12. Start Again

13. Paraguayan Sun

14. Stand Up

15. Apocalypso

16. Fifty

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Track List: Bim Skala Bim

1. The Key

2. Better Get Out

3. Balance

4. Chief Inspector

5. Jah Laundramat

6. Solitary Confinement

7. Silence

8. Fear No Evil

9. Cool Nights

10. Not A Test

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pandora11366 4
Ah yes, the good ole days of passing out with strangers on the beach in Wellfleet... I (don't) remember them well.
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Pandora should add Chet's Last Call to their music library.
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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,
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Are they still together? I love this style! DK BURTON4 Dover, NH? Sweet I live near there!
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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
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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
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Awesome sound....., BSB have got it together. Keep playing BOYZ!!!!!!!
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Boston Ska all the way! They paved the way, but never got their due.
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Great live band!
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chezcherie
Ahhhh for the days of Boston not CA ska!
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bim skala bim yo
hellz yeah
BOSTON SKA

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