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Vic Ruggiero

Vic Ruggiero



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Hometown: New York City, NY (USA)

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Victor "Vic" Ruggiero, (also known as Bad Vic,Ruggarroo or Lord Sluggo) is a musician, songwriter and producer from New York City who has played in many ska bands, such as The Slackers, Stubborn All-Stars, SKAndalous All-Stars, Crazy Baldhead and The Silencers (not to be confused with the Scottish rock band The Silencers). He has also performed with punk rock band Rancid, both live and in the studio.

He has released three solo acoustic albums, and has accompanied acoustic ska musician and singer Chris Murray.

Ruggiero's voice has a distinct Bronx accent that has a hard, guttural quality. His lyrics usually follow several themes, including the apocalypse, dark humor, political distrust, paranoia, murder, love and loss. His songs have ranged from narrative ballads to nonsense songs inspired by Beat generation poets, such as Jack Kerouac. He is primarily an organist, although he also plays piano, bass, banjo, guitar, harmonica and percussion. He has been seen playing many different kinds of organs, such as Roland VK-7 and VK-8, Korg CX-3, Hammond XB-1G, Hammond XK-2 and Rheem Mark 7 as well as a Rhodes Piano.

Ruggiero has also worked as the producer behind a number of releases. His own New York-based record label Special Potatoe Records is the outlet for many of these projects, especially those in which members and alumni of The Slackers are involved. His production style in these and his own projects is distinctively raw: by not erasing sounds that would traditionally be unwanted in a recording, such as doors closing or musicians cuing each other, his productions usually capture the live-band atmosphere more closely. Ruggiero has also been responsible for the production of releases from European ska artists, including Mr T Bone and The Moon Invaders.

Related Bands

The Slackers

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Vic Ruggiero / The Forthrights Ska Is Dead, Vol. 3 [7-inch club]

Vic Ruggiero / The Forthrights

Ska Is Dead, Vol. 3 [7-inch club] (2010)

Underground Communique / Asbestos

Vic Ruggiero Something in My Blindspot

Vic Ruggiero

Something in My Blindspot (2008)

Cobraside

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Tours: Franz Nicolay (US)
Franz Nicolay has posted a US tour, in addition to his previously announced tour with Kevin Seconds, Kepi Ghoulie, and…
March 14, 2012
Tours: Kevin Seconds / Kepi Ghoulie / Vic Ruggiero / Franz Nicolay
Kevin Seconds, Kepi Ghoulie, Vic Ruggiero, and Franz Nicolay will be heading out on the road together for the Arms Aloft Social…
February 24, 2012
Tours: The Lawrence Arms, Jon Snodgrass, and more added to Pouzza Fest
Montreal's Pouzza Fest have delivered another update, this time adding The Lawrence Arms, Jon Snodgrass, Joey Cape, Vic Ruggiero of…
January 30, 2012
Videos: Rancid: "Wrongful Suspicion" (Live In the Living Room)
Having seemingly wrapped up their summer (and fall) long schedule of posting previously unreleased music videos, Rancid has embarked on a new visual project. The long-running punk band will be recorded live, weekly video sessions titled Rancid: Live In The Living Room. Each Monday…
November 18, 2010
Tours: Vic Ruggiero / The Forthrights / Chris Murray
Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers, The Forthrights and Chris Murray will be hitting the road together this month for a three week tour. In…
July 02, 2010
Tours: Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) collaborates with Phil Nerges on new release
Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers has collaborated with writer Phil Nerges on a new release for Asian Man Records entitled Don't…
April 02, 2010
Streams: Vic Ruggiero: "On The Rag Time"
Our stream today comes from New York City, NY-based Vic Ruggiero. We've got a stream of the musician's new full length, On The Rag Time. The record is a joint release from…
September 16, 2009
Streams: New records from Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers, and Big D & The Kids Table
The Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club has announced a new full length album from Vic Ruggiero, front-man of The Slackers. Entitled On The Rag Time, the record features Vic playing an assortment of new songs, originals, and Slackers favorites, solo on an old-timey piano. The Bicycle Club has also announced a new re-mix record from Boston's…
August 02, 2009
Streams: Kepi Ghoulie and Vic Ruggiero announce Split
Kepi Ghoulie and Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers, have announced a split CD, to be released on Asian Man Records: KEPI GHOULIE will be teaming up with VIC RUGGIERO to do a split release on CD. This will only be available through mailorder and at the respective artists live shows. We hope to debut it at the SLACKERS show in San…
May 21, 2009

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