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Album Review

If any band were going to name its live record Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album, well, it was bound to be ska-punk luminaries Reel Big Fish. And they're not just being audacious — they're probably right. Two CDs worth of music plus a bonus DVD with an entire live set make this an essential part of any RBF fan's collection. The songs were recorded over the course of their early 2006 tour, and are so clearly captured that they might as well have been recorded in a studio. The sporadic crowd response, which is neither overpowering nor inaudible, and the band's always ridiculous on-stage banter — mostly provoked by frontman Aaron Barrett and wingman Scott Klopfenstein — remind one that everything is indeed live. Aside from a handful of staple songs, you never quite know what Reel Big Fish will play at any given show (it's always nice not to be able to predict a band's set); consequently, this album spans their entire discography and plays out as a sort of random greatest-hits collection. Predictable favorites like "Sell Out," "Beer," "Don't Start a Band," and "She Has a Girlfriend Now" (Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer's Rachel Minton joining in on backing vocals) are present, along with ska-burnt covers like "Boys Don't Cry," "Talkin' Bout a Revolution," "Take on Me," and (of course) "Unity," though, uh, they're not obviously ska-ifying that last one. They even excellently throw in the expletive-ridden "Nothin'" for good measure. A super clean recording, on which Reel Big Fish's quirky and sardonic on-stage personas translate perfectly, makes this the next best thing to actually being at a show. Unless of course you have a giant television — then the DVD might work out better. Just make sure, in that case, to clear out enough floor space to skank safely.

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A skanking good time to be had by all!!

If you have ever heard of Reel Big Fish then you should already be downloading this as you are reading these reviews! If you have never heard of Reel Big Fish but have the ability to hear then you should already be downloading this as you read these reviews! The guys from RBF doing it off their own back, help these guys give a big "Up Yours!" to the major record labels and buy this one! A skanking good time to be had by all!

live is always better

Reel Big Fish continue to dominate the ska world with the release of this fantastic live album, with songs like girlfiend sell out and turn the raidio off and every other memorable release this album deserves a full five stars. A personal favorite of the album is the new vertion of where have you been incorperating solos by sam reagen (on trombone) and little Jonny christmas (trumpet) ading an extera element of flair to an already fantastic song, well done RBF rock on!!!


Formed: Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Alternative

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

Reel Big Fish were one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-'90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, they were distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when the single "Sell Out" became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Reel Big Fish's...
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