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Dance to the Potshot Record

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Album Review

Label reps invite you, when listening to Potshot's fifth Asian Man album, to "imagine Screeching Weasel and the Specials doing a tango." Granted, it's a mental image that will help keep your mind off the band's hilariously atrocious English (sample couplet: "Many sad and tuff happened/It was very happy times"), but a more apt stylistic comparison might be the Mighty Mighty Bosstones with Eek-A-Mouse guesting on lead vocals. Great horn arrangements, solid punk-ska guitars, indelible melodic hooks, and a cute (if ultimately irritating) hiccupy vocal style combine to make Dance to the Potshot Record a great summertime party album. Awful as the lyrics are, they never intrude on your musical enjoyment because singer Ryoji is so completely incomprehensible; what matters on songs like "In Time Now" and "Victory or Lost" are the buzzsaw guitars and the cathartic horn lines, and the band's infectious, jubilant energy. Recommended. (Dance to the Potshot Record was originally released in Japan in 2002; the 2004 U.S. release adds two bonus tracks.)

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Potshot were a six-piece spitfire ska-punk act from Tokyo, whose lyrics were blasted out in barely intelligible English and whose brassy ska horns were from another planet. Their sound was unique, but with similarities to bands like Screeching Weasel, Operation Ivy, and Bad Manners. Potshot's big pop sound was catchy and infectious, littered with "oohs" and "ahhs" to go with the standard ska cry of "Oi-Oi-Oi!" California-based Asian Man Records released their debut full-length, Pots and Shots, in...
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