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Editors’ Notes

Thankfully, signing to a major label (Mercury) didn’t homogenize The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ music. While “A Man Without” and “Isaachar” might indicate the label’s hope that the band would turn out to be more of a heavy metal act—an easier product to market in the era of grunge—Don’t Know How to Party was proof that they wouldn’t and couldn’t be anything other than the Bosstones. While the group still favored firing-on-all-cylinders tunes like “Our Only Weapon,” “Don’t Know How to Party,” and “Almost Anything Goes,” they were moving away from the wild abandon of their early songs—which often felt like a trip down a steep, unpaved highway in a children’s wagon—and toward structures that were more burly and heroic. A cover of Stiff Little Fingers’ 1980 punk anthem “Tin Soldiers” sets the tone for the rest of the album. As the band started to write songs designed to get a club full of ruffians pumping their fists in unison, they also turned the world onto the patented brand of biting-yet-tuneful ska epitomized by “Someday I Suppose.”

Customer Reviews

Loved it from the start...

I've been listening to the BossTones since this album was realeased in early '93. It totally ROCKS from beginning to the end!! The BossTones and specificlly this album bring back alot of great and fond memories of my high school days. Dozens and dozens of BossTones shows in Providence and Boston, sporting their trademark plaid, and moshing like crazy. Memories I wouldn't trade for anything. I'm 32 now, and still,... every time I hear "Don't Know How to Party" I get chills and would reccomend this album to ANYONE who has any interest in SKA/PUNK.

this is a Must Have Album

I'd only just got into ska the month before when I bought the Toasters album Dub 56 and I thought, "hell I like this ska stuff, what else should I get?" At this point all I really knew was that a ska band had a lot of members, so on a whim I pick up a CD that has 8 guys on the cover, the band and CD had a clever name: the Mighty Mighty Bosstones Don't Know How to Party. I have to get this CD; it may be another ska band. I was not ready for the chain reaction of music, dancing and fun it would introduce into my life. Feed back fade in, guitars noodling, a dog barks and then: BAM! There's some solid brass hitting your ears. This resulted in me pogoing across my room. This is not quite what I understood ska was and isn't this punk? Don't Know How to Party is my introduction to the mixing of the genres, one that made perfect sense, only I'd never thought of it myself. Then again at this time the only punk CDs I owned was a copy of Green Day's Dookie and a handful of Pixies albums. But this, this ska meets punk, this I like! I keep listening to the CD and am just continually amazed by each song as it plays. As soon as it ends the play button is slammed immediately. This album is essential to me in my youth. This to me is still the be all end all as far as a Mighty Mighty Bosstones album will go. I look at the track listing and count 9 of the 12/13 songs as some of my favorites that the band ever wrote. The music is crazy, the lyrics have meaning, the sound is punky and it has a horn line, and that voice! Who else in the world is ever going to sing like Dicky Barrett? The influence these 8 guys would have on my future listening choices is even more prevalent than it was back then. I hold them directly responsible for the Johnny Socko, Big D & the Kids Table, Dropkick Murphys, Spring Heeled Jack & Less Than Jake CDs that line my shelves. Hell the boys from Boston even got me interested in classics such as the Clash and Minor Threat. Yeah, they affected me in ways only a few bands do. No one knows the glee I got from seeing them twice live (sad I know), spotting them in Clueless, getting a song of there's played at a high school dance and even meeting a few of them. There's nothing I loved more in high school than saving up the cash to get another one of their albums or EPs. When they finally hit it big time I said "About damn time!" They switched me onto ska-punk, they got me interested in being in a band, they got my head on straight and put a lot of messed up and fun dreams in there too. They also taught me that a man could look dashing in plaid. To the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, wherever you are, I salute you, Don't Know How to Party enlightened me in ways that I'm still finding out about today.

Found the Song!

I'm just glad the album is available, and I regret the chance I had to meet Dickie in Boston courtesy of my friend who wanted to paddle his own canoe. Well, he is a northern Indian and did not want to assume control of the family printing business in the shadow of the state building; Travis was his name. He was a garbage man, as they would say in the old days, who knew Dickie. Why did't I go? Hey, I got the album. Do we call it that anymore ?
Aloha, Loren
Hilo , HI

Biography

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...
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