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After years of developing their style on the grassroots punk circuit of New England, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones perfected a ska-punk formula that eventually won mainstream acceptance and even produced a massive crossover single with 1997’s “The Impression That I Get.” Because the Bosstones were such an inherently lovable band even before they were discovered by the masses, they didn't need to reformat their sound in order to become victorious. Though there are certainly differences between early songs like 1994’s “Don’t Know How to Party” and late-career singles like 2000’s “So Sad to Say,” the band never deviated from their fundamental mission: to write perfect mergers of pop songs, fist-pumping punk anthems, and danceable and authentic ska. 20th Century Masters charts several of their best attempts, including “Kinder Words,” “The Rascal King,” and “Someday I Suppose,” but it also boasts some of the oddities that affirm this Boston band’s proud idiosyncrasy, among them the African-tinged “She Just Happened” and a cover of KISS’s “Detroit Rock City.”

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A few good songs, but a bad collection.

I am a big Mighty Mighty Bosstones collection and came looking for a 'greatest hits' collection to get for a friend. There are some good songs here, but there's too much missing for this set to be considered good. There's nothing here from their early releases on the Taang! label, which is probably the best stuff they produced. Obviously, 'The Impression that I Get' is their big hit and a good song, and a couple of the other tunes here are good ('Someday I Suppose' and 'Hell of a Hat'), but the rest of this album is pretty forgettable. Check out the albums 'Don't Know How to Party' and 'Question the Answers' and find the CDs 'Devil's Night Out' and especially 'More Noise and Other Distrubances' which I'm not sure are available on iTunes, I'm afraid. If you NEED a Greatest Hits, get 'Live from the Middle East'.

A Mighty 'Mazin' CD

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have quickly and eleqountly found a quick way to my heart. An amazing collection of songs and music. The passion and emotion is uplifiting-insipiring. I've always been a Reel Big Fish fan (If you haven't heard of them, I suggest you check them out as well), and am pleased to say that the Bosstones are just as talented in every way. My personal faveorite: The Impression That I Get is included in this collection. Basically, if you want to try to find a new band, and can't decide which Bosstones CD to get, this one is the one for you. A sprinkle of everything, turn it up and funk on.

Bosstones please come back

This album is best for those fans who initially bought lets face it, and never had the guts to check out the earlier stuff or the later albums. It's packed with great little gems, my fav on this album is she just happened. I'm glad it made it on this album. Use this as your primer to buying their other stuff, then buy Jackknife to a Swan, then their other older stuff. Too bad this doesn't have Hope I Never Lose My Wallet, or Tin Soldiers or wait a minute there's no 1-2-8? How can there be no 1-2-8? Oh Well, Bosstones please come back to us. Anyone interested in seeing these guys again need to help do something about it. Buy something of theirs then send them some mail and demand a new album and tours.


Formed: 1985 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A great deal of the groundwork for the mid- to late-'90s explosion of ska and ska-metal was laid by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who were one of the first bands to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk and heavy metal and who also helped shift its tone toward testosterone-filled party music. The Bosstones built up a devoted cult following throughout their career, but their level of commercial success never quite matched that of more pop-oriented third wave ska bands, like No Doubt and Sublime,...
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