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The Toasters

One of the most important American ska bands, the Toasters did much to popularize the genre on the underground scene in the mid- to late '80s, laying the groundwork for later third wave bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and ska's subsequent explosion in popularity in the mid- to late '90s. British expatriate Rob "Bucket" Hingley formed the Toasters in New York City in 1982 after discovering that the 2 Tone ska he loved had made virtually no inroads into the American music scene. He gathered several employees at the comic-book store he managed to form the Toasters' first incarnation, releasing their first single, "Beat Up," in 1983. Hingley also formed his own label, Moon Ska Records, to counteract skepticism from major labels that ska would ever prove popular in the U.S.; Moon Ska has since grown into the largest independent ska label in the country.

A demo EP, Recriminations, was released in 1985 and produced by Joe Jackson, the first of several collaborations; two years later, the Toasters issued their first full-length American album, Skaboom, for Celluloid. Thrill Me Up (1988) and This Gun for Hire (1990) helped consolidate the band's following, as the New York ska scene and Moon Ska's artist roster mushroomed behind them. The Toasters' lineup continued to shift through the '90s, eventually leaving guitarist/vocalist Hingley the only original member; some of the musicians remaining fairly steady in their '90s lineups included bassist Matt Malles, saxophonist Freddie Reiter, trumpeter Brian Sledge, trombonists Rick "Chunk" Faulkner and Erick "E-Man" Storckman, keyboardist Dave Barry, drummer Johnnathan McCain, and vocalist Coolie Ranx, as well as frequent guest appearances from saxophonist Lester "Ska" Sterling.

In addition to Hingley's activities with Moon Ska, the Toasters continued to release albums throughout the decade, including New York Fever (1992), Dub 56 (1994), Hard Band for Dead (1996), and D.L.T.B.G.Y.D. (1997). The Toasters soldiered on in the new millennium with 2002's Enemy of the System; the 2003 compilation In Retrospect: The Best of the Toasters; and 2007's One More Bullet, released in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary. When not in the studio, Hingley and his ever evolving Toasters lineup can be found touring the U.S., Europe, and other ska-hungry corners of the globe. ~ Steve Huey
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Love their stuff. Married Lord Sledge :)
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nigelhorak
Saw 'em for the Dub 56 tour in Tucson('94). By that point I had been into them since the mid-'80's, so it was long overdue. Ska bands used to skip Phoenix sometimes, so you'd see a trail of scooters on the I10 headed down.
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First time I saw them was the tour for dub 56. They are always so good live
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I saw them at albacore invasion they were the s**t
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The Blue Beat Stompers from California were one of the best bands ever from back then! They played with the Toasters, Let's Go Bowling and Hepcat a bunch.
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The theme to the 90's cartoon show KaBlam!
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Amazing ska!
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kiernan1916
The Toasters formed in 1981 not 1982
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tsb11361
...hey bucket - you owe me a beer damn it!!! ...tom b.
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Toasters at 9.30 weekend show. Classic. My god what a memorie.
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Yes this is my mom's.
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They play on my bday in February, ready to moonstomp the night away!
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Seeing them in February. Cant wait for the show!
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omarijones37 0 6
Hepcat f n kills! And I share a b day with Greg. Fresno!
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Toasters at skawars this year was fkin insane. .
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I'm glad I got to see this band in high school :)
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are you sure i thought that song from kablam was a fishbone song
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80s Ska is the best; and I like the integrated bands & especially bands with socio-politi c a l lyrics, but I also like the ska that includes females & there have been at least two all-girl bands that I know of plus a few solo-ska female artists.
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superfanfami l y g u y 0 0 9
I only know this song as the opening for Kablam!, back in the day.
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We are old retirees. We were in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2010 and met a group of very interesting and very nice guys called the Toasters. We have followed them online since and love their music. Their music is ageless -unlike us!!
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martinconde1 3
Skawars 2013!!!!! =D toasters headlining =0 I'm there!!!!!
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ska the best
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great band...great dedication.. . a n y o n e remember the Unity 2 (two toasters who left the toasters?)
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I need more of these guys in my life.
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WOW!!!! I hadn't heard this song in LIKE FOREVER!!!!! So cool.......t a k e s me back to dancing all night long at ska shows, having so much fun with my friends :-)
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bomacs1947
I have seen the Toasters more times than they have members in their band (which says a lot). Great Live Ska band. You can not go wrong. Tons of energy, great skankin, kick a** horns. Good times!
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good band. it's fun to watch ska kids skank. they do it so funny like but i love it.
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scooter.debo x t e l
These guys have always been one of my fav's. There are so many different ska bands now it is great, but these guys are one of the true ones. Keep killin it boyz!
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My old ska band opened for them. They must've thought we sucked considering it was only our 4th show ever!!!
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The Toasters and the 'Bats!!!?!?! Wow, that's seriously awesome super radness!!
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Saw The Toasters with The Aquabats 4 years ago...
never thought I'd be in a mosh pit at a ska show...
it was great
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lisonmarie
scalding turkeys everywhere with pasty lava basters
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3rd wave is crap
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Toasters are definatley one of my favorite 3rd wave bands, but I thought this tour was the weakest I've seen from them. Bucket is great, but I missed a lot of missing vocals being "toasted" from another singer. Coolie Ranks was the best out of all their other vocalists.
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gretchen411
I saw The Toasters last night in Jacksonville , Fl with The Voodoo Glow Skulls at a renovated convenience store. What a show. VGS is just a ridiculously great band and The Toasters are still the best at delivering straight 2 tone ska.
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trayfoe
Seeing them tonight at the "Ska is dead" show in Ybor, cant wait!
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I agree Bosstones are no good, the toasters are one of the best 3rd wave for sure.
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poopmist
to me the Toasters epitomize what ska is about. Also i agree with you flynnbm4 about the Bosstones they have a couple of songs but for the most part i think they are garbage.
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flynnbm4
Toasters were the best of the 3rd wave.Where are we now 5th or 6th wave? I guess I am a bitter old man, but nothing compares to old ska or two-tone for me. Some good stuff out there, but a lot of Ska-rock bands seem kind of watered down. Still can't listen to the Bosstones, but some people swear by them.
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Separates the men from the boys
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Greatest ska band ever - no debate
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SKA
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original ska, ska in its purest form, if anything deserves to be called ska, the toaster take the cake oi oi oi
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rayjay92
The Original "Skankers!!" :) and i mean that with love and admiration! :)
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Good Music. If you like this you should check out The Sugar Packets at www.myspace. c o m / t h e s u g a r p a c k e t s . Listen to the song Downhill Dilema. Kind of like Jewish Ska or something. Reminds me of Ska mixed with Fiddler on the Roof or something. It's absolutely amazing. The toasters are sweet tho.
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this is super down
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joell6
Snuck out to see at CBGBs the night before my SATs about 18 years ago. So worth it...
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<3
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well i heard some crap about unity, that only works when the beers are free
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reminds me of my youth in boots and braces oi oi M.O.B
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