"The Whatevski sound ... a glorious mix of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Psychedelic, & Garage."

Rocksteady Swindle Live in Germany
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#DIP008 - Released 4/20/2010   /  27 Tracks  /  320kbps MP3s

The Slackers

Rocksteady Swindle Live in Germany

Fun Pack contains tracks recorded hours before the band hit the studio to record "The Great Rocksteady Swindle" in Berlin, plus a wacky interview w/ Dave and Vic in an alley in Portland, Oregon.
$3.00


Track Name Play
1) Keep Him Away ->Married...
2) Eviction
3) Tonight
4) Bo Evil
5) No More Crying
6) Thank You
7) Please Decide
8) Wasted Days
9) A Long Way Off
10) The Nurse
11) Tool Shed
12) Work Song
13) Have the Time
14) (Stage Banter)
15) Watch This
16) Leave Me
17) Pedophilia
18) Just Don't Have To
19) I Still Love You
20) Been Waiting
21) Happy Song
22) Daddy
23) Cupid
24) Sarah
25) It Will All Come Back
26) Easy
27) Interview Vic and Dave
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Album Notes

"The Slackers return, bigger than ever before, to usher their next chapter with some of the best music of their storied career: The Great Rocksteady Swindle. Featuring classic cuts like 'Cheated,' 'How It Feels' and 'Thank You,' the album retains the band's unforgettable mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, soul, jazz, dub and garage rock while also adding fresh and vibrant elements to the music on tracks like the roots-rocker 'Sabina' and the gritty 'Bo Evil.' For the past two decades the band has been spreading their signature 'Jamaican rock n roll' sound around the world, winning fans over with their fervent live shows and coveted studio albums. Take notice: The Slackers are back!"

Recording Details

Basic Tracks Recorded by Jochen Stroeh at Harz Kraft Hof, Berlin

Additional overdubs and edits by Agent Jay and Vic Ruggiero

Mixing on Tracks 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 15 by Agent Jay
Mixing on Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 by Vic Ruggiero

Mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side

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.

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