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The Slackers



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Hometown: New York City, NY (USA)

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The Slackers are a seven piece band that hails from New York City. Formed in 1991, the band has been experimenting with mixes of ska, reggae, soul, swing, garage rock, and jazz for over 10 years. By following their muses of the Skatalites, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Lee Perry, Bob Dylan, and Curtis Mayfield, the Slackers have created a niche all their own in contemporary music.

Their first full length recording, Better Late Than Never (1996), featured a raw, direct sound that drew inspiration from Jamaica and brought it into New York in the 1990's. The New York Times was quick to declare that the Slackers are part of "The Sound of New York."

Upon signing with Tim Armstrong's, Hellcat Records, in 1997, the band released Red Light, which saw them evolving to a smoother, more melancholy and soulful sound. The runaway hit from this album was "Watch This" which received extensive college radio airplay and was featured on the Give Em the Boot compilation which sold over 200,000 copies.

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Reviews

The Slackers The Great Rock-Steady Swindle

The Slackers

The Great Rock-Steady Swindle (2010)

Hellcat

The Slackers Self Medication

The Slackers

Self Medication (2008)

Indication

The Slackers Peculiar

The Slackers

Peculiar (2006)

Hellcat

The Slackers Close My Eyes

The Slackers

Close My Eyes (2003)

Hellcat

The Slackers Live At Ernesto's

The Slackers

Live At Ernesto's (2000)

Hellcat

The Slackers The Question

The Slackers

The Question (1998)

Hellcat

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Interviews

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The Slackers

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 7:15 PM (EDT)

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The Slackers

Monday, April 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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