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Album Review

Very few of the bands that emerged during the third wave ska revival of the early 1990s are still standing, let alone still producing worthwhile records. That the Slackers have maintained a steady (though not exactly prolific) schedule of releases over the past 18 years is a tribute to their rare ability to create timeless music in an archaic genre, as well as to their simple stubbornness. Self Medication is perhaps their strongest album yet, one that spends relatively little time in ska mode; at this point in their development, the Slackers' genre of choice is rocksteady, the transitional musical style that emerged in Jamaica in the late '60s, after ska had faded but before reggae was fully formed. The album's theme song (and maybe the band's) is the brilliant "Don't Forget the Streets," a defiant declaration of purpose and determination ("We still stick together/We still get along"). But its strongest entries are some of its strangest, such as "Stars" (with its strong evocation of Paul Simon's "St. Judy's Comet"), the lovely and Latin-flavored ska tune "Sing Your Song," and the bizarre "Walkin' with Myself," which starts out with a wheezy, Tom Waits-ish accordion part before relaxing into a loping rocksteady beat. The album's low point is its strangest song, however, a weird Elvis Presley parody with fake crowd noises, titled "Don't Have To." Great album overall.

Customer Reviews

Great Album! Must buy

A must add for any Slackers fan, new and old. Great songs from "Leave Me" "Don't you Want a Man" to "Everyday is sunday". The new album has more of a raggae flare but you can still hear original Slackers roots throughout all the songs. Amazing album, another hit.

Something Different

well, it sounds a lot different from old slackers cd's, but it is still really good. i just saw them at the House of Blues play their new stuff and it was pretty good too. obviously they played their old stuff and that was the best. favorite songs so far is estranged, self medication, and don't you want a man

A Slacker Must!!

I've had the CD for about 3 weeks now, and it's a must for all you Slackers out there. all are good, but 10 & 11 are rather weird, sounds more like Vic's solo stuff. -Juan


Formed: 1990 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the most notable bands to emerge out of the New York City ska revival scene of the 1990s, the Slackers is comprised of vocalist Marq Lyn, vocalist/keyboardist Vic Ruggerio, guitarist T.J. Scanlon, bassist Marcus Geard, saxophonist David Hillyard, trumpeter Jeremy Mushlin, trombonist Glen Pine, and drummer Luis Zuluaga. After beginning their career in 1991 playing rocksteady and ska in the 2-Tone vein, the Slackers moved toward a more traditional style, even adding a horn section in 1994. They...
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