Lost and Found is a compilation of music that The Slackers made from 1998 through to 2007. When the band records, there are typically some tracks that don't make it onto the albums. Sometimes a track just needed some editing, and we didn't have time. A bunch of these tracks had some technical mistakes that had to wait until we had the digital technology to fix them. For whatever reason, many of these songs were forgotten or put aside. That is, until now...
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 16 by Jay Nugent
Tracks 2, 10, 18 by David Hillyard
Tracks 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17 by Jay Nugent and David Hillyard
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios
Produced by David Hillyard and Jay Nugent
Art Direction by Glen Pine
Graphic Design by Jennifer Doyle
Digital Download produced by Whatevski Records / Alan "Bloodbath" Redpath
About The Slackers
"The Slackers are part of an imaginary universe. It wasn't their fault, well not completely. The caterpillar told them not to eat the mushroom on the right. But they did and for 15 yrs now they've had to play Imaginary-Jamaican-Rock-and-Roll, and try to explain that to everyone who passes. One asks,"Are you a reggae band?...where are your dreadlocks then?" Another says,"YOU DONT SOUND LIKE PUNK-ROCK WITH HORNS AT ALL!!" One elderly gent says,"Why it sounds like a lot of music I used to like, but I don't think any of you boys look addicted to HEROIN!" Doomed to try and explain themselves to a world full of hungry club-promoters, style-police, genre-slaves and the generally confused, they wrote bio upon bio, hoping to snag someone...ANYONE!...who might understand...here is attempt #6,364..."
- Vic Ruggiero, The Slackers
The Slackers sound is Jamaican rock n roll. While they have been influenced, and even personally taught by Jamaican ska/reggae originators, like the Skatalites and the Upsetters (Original backing band for the Wailers), the band sees its music through an American lens. This band is equally appreciative of old blues, 60s soul, rock, and Rnb as it is of reggae, rocksteady, dub, and Ska. It is as if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley as well as Muddy Waters. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2008 with Self Medication, the NYC-based band, the Slackers have established themselves as America's premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music and a pretty good rock band to boot.