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Big D and the Kids Table

Big D and the Kids Table: The Gipsy Hill EPThe Gipsy Hill EP (2002)
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Remember when ska was the big thing back in 1996? Thats ok, neither do I. It just wasn't worth getting into ska because any effort put into it would be shot down when ska wasn't trendy anymore. 1996 was my sophomore year of high school and I was desperate to be the cool kid and would be into anyt.
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Remember when ska was the big thing back in 1996? Thats ok, neither do I. It just wasn't worth getting into ska because any effort put into it would be shot down when ska wasn't trendy anymore. 1996 was my sophomore year of high school and I was desperate to be the cool kid and would be into anything trendy (it didn't work)... but ska never worked for me. I never got into No Doubt, Smash Mouth, Reel Big Fish or any other band that made it "big" because of the ska explosion. (I did however like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones... and still do)

Now its 8 years later and ska isnt cool anymore. People who used to want to be "ska" and wore the plaid shorts and the overalls and all that are now buying black thick rimmed glasses, small sweaters, and flood pants in an attempt to be "emo". And I... and still not cool. But this time its because I just dont care anymore... I have accepted my uncoolness and just aceept myself for who I am. And I finally came around and started to like ska.

Big D and the Kids Table was a ska band around in the start of the ska explosion and when the ska explosion ended they were still a ska band (unlike most of the trendy ska bands... No Doubt, Smash Mouth blah blah blah). Big D and the Kids Table is STILL a ska band and even through all the shit people in the punk scene talk about hating ska and how ska sucks Big D and the Kids Table is still a ska band... and a mighty good one at that.

A few years back (2 to be exact) Big D and the Kids Table released "Good Luck", their debut full length. While the good songs on that album were VERY good... the bad songs were VERY bad and I would have to say I only enjoyed half of the album. But on "The Gipsy Hill EP" I cant say there is one song on it I dont enjoy. Starting with the first song, Checklist, all the way to the last song, New England. Gipsy Hill is a lot faster and shorter than Good Luck but they pack 3 times as much into the short amount of time it takes to play 10 short songs... well 8 if you dont want to count "What the hell are you going to do" and "Find out damaged destroyed" which arent actually songs.

Big D and the Kids Table has a lot of ways to play the ska-punk bill. They can speed things up and get everybody moshing (Check List, Those Kids Suck, Evil Girl Angry Girl), they can slow things down and give all kids a chance to skank it up (Scenester). And they can provide a great fucking party anthem for everyone to get into (New England).

Big D doesnt do anything groundbreaking. There is nothing that is going to make you say "Holy SHIT!" Nothing that will ever be jawdropping. But what they do do (haha I said doodoo) is play some good music that is going to get everyone going. It's fast, it's fun, it's... ska! And who doesnt love ska?

 

 
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Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

Review fucking blows.

This EP is fucking amazing...purely awesome. Every song is awesome. If How It Goes is as good as this I'm gonna be a happy man.

Anonymous (July 12, 2004)

this review sucks shit. score is for the band.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

I know I'm commenting way after the review but I recently got this record and it's fuckin brilliant - "Find Out" isn't a song per se but it's fuckin funny - "Stevie Wonder, he wonder what she looks like", but the majority of songs on this are brilliant, especially "Checklist", "Wailing Paddle" and "Those Kids Suck"

drummers_bang_better (December 24, 2003)

Big D are without a doubt the best ska band ever. Through the trendy times, and the not so trendy times, these guys have stayed true to their roots and do what they absolutely love, for that they deserve a gold metal and a half. I Can't wait for the new Cd to come out

Chips (December 17, 2003)

Big D aren't from Quebec. They're from Boston.

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

Aren't Big D from Quebec? Some scenes from the video "The Difference" were filmed in the streets of montreal.

1000_good_intentions (July 1, 2003)

The best ska is made in Quebec at Chez Ashton. Wait, maybe that's poutine.

pope_schlomo (November 28, 2002)

This shit is so fuckin groovin', it oozes ska-core. Get it and die happy.

Ramo
(Skankin down Broadway)

Anonymous (August 12, 2002)

I never heard Big D and I dont wanna. The best ska is made in Quebec. Ska punk has nothing to do what trad ska. Planet Smashers and Kingpins rules

housewrecker (August 12, 2002)

I'm sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings. I wish to extend hugs and kisses and stuffed animals and chocolate candy to anyone who was upset.

Anonymous (August 9, 2002)

I don't like ska much. Neither do the guys at warner bros, that's why they own 51% of epitaph & not some crummy ska label.

eyeball_kid (August 9, 2002)

This isn't coming out for another month in Europe damn it! Checklist is my favourite from the ones i've heard.

Anonymous (August 8, 2002)

it annoys me when people slam other peoples reviews .... I mean they tried they best
that person housewrecker you' have never actually wrote a review before..and you critise this guy?

forshame.

Anonymous (August 8, 2002)

Who is giving shit... I was just stating the fact that emo is the new ska... no one is giving shit to anybody about it... at least I was not in the review... sorry you seem to think so.-pat41

yellowtrash (August 8, 2002)

The first half of this review sucks. I think enough people have received enough shit about turning emo after being into ska. The second half of the review wasn't bad.

Anonymous (August 7, 2002)

this shit is spazz!

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

I thought it was a pretty good review.. I've been fortunate to see these guys which is nice because not many bands come to ottawa. I thought they put on an amazing live show, and the lyrics on the gypsy hill lp are amazing (especially scenester). I hope these guys keep making good music like their previous cds, big d fuckin owns.

Fuzzy (August 6, 2002)

just to point out. Wailing Paddle is a cover of (one of the best bands ever) the Rudiments. and New England is a cover of a Johnathan (sp?) Richman song...he was in the modern loves, a proto punk band with guys from the cars...etc. Also. I LOOOOOVE Big D. I LOOOOOVE this CD. But someone needs to get their asses touring outside of New England!
AND, the only issue i have with this CD is that out of the songs on there...
2 Covers
2 "Bsides" (damaged/destroyed and What the hell...)
But aside from that. Great CD. You're wrong about Good Luck. It's a great CD. All the way through. But then again...not to "scenester" out, I've been down with the Big D since they had a song on that Skarmaggeddon 3 comp and Shot By Lammi! came out...I just like most of all they do...

SOYBOMB (August 6, 2002)

Big D (as I've said before) is a band I hold dear to my heart..

They are ground breaking in their own unique way because they stand out amidst a sea of bad bands.

I can't wait to see them again at The Temple..

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

What grounds were big d breaking when they wrote this album. I agree they put on a fucking amazing live show and that they are fucking crazy ass ska punk band but I dont see any new ground being tread upon with this album, at least nothing that they didnt do in good luck. This is my second favorite album of the year behind the new bosstones album and i dont see how any of the information i gave was innacurate.. except the whole 8 years thing that was my bad. Oh and I apologize for giving background information on my experience with ska and the way that Big D and the Kids table didnt go with the trend and move on to soemthing new. Sorry I respect Big D for keeping real to their music. Sorry for giving my opinion and telling my story... which is what this site is all about and what punk is all about... having an opinion of your own. Sorry I wrote a good review...-pat41

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

What is this? A blog? Who cares what the fuck you did at highschool - Big D is awesome, they put on a more punk show then 9/10ths of the punk bands I've ever seen. Talk about energy.

housewrecker (August 6, 2002)

Worst review ever. Big D does rule. It is not worthy of 2 paragraphs to state that they are ska. Also, aside from the mathematical error (let's see you were a sophmore in high school in 1996 and you still can't do subtraction) there is another error. Saying they do nothing groundbreaking is definitely not true. We are talking about a band of 8 or so (how ever many members they have these days) guys who graduated from the prestigious Berkeley College of Music, and then applied this knowledge towards making ska and punk music all while putting on an absolutely insane live show. THAT IS GROUNDBREAKING.

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

Oh yea and by the way, sorry about the math error. I knew it was supposed to be 6 years I must have just typed it wrong... just like the other spelling and grammar errors in my review. Also I definitley consider a lot of Tragic Kingdom ska and that was probably the biggest album at the height of the ska craze. True there is a lot of plain old pop-rock on it but whenever you mention the ska craze you have to mention No Doubt.-pat41

evildeadalive (August 6, 2002)

They were actually a ska-punk band believe it or not.

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

Smash Mouth was a ska band?

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

I have never considered a split cd a full length despite how many songs are on it. They dont have 15 songs on Shot by Lammi like you said but there is 11. I never got the news on how many considers it a full length but I guess that could be considered a full length if you wanted. -pat41 (PS drexel rules too!)

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

I love this EP. I do think they distinguish themselves from other ska bands. I don't really like that many ska bands cause usually I'm bored after 2 songs, but this EP is just actionpacked and it never bores me. It's a shame that they still haven't found a record label they release their stuff. Fork In Hand is the record label of Steve the bassplayer.

Plus they are one of the most amazing live bands around today.

evildeadalive (August 6, 2002)

Not that I really care, but No Doubt had already stopped playing ska when it got big.

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

Good review, but I don't think there's anything on this record to distinguish them from the rest of the bands still playing ska/punk these days. Great live band, but average songwriting.

Anonymous (August 6, 2002)

you failed to say that they did a split with Drexel i count it as a full album becouse Big D has like 15 songs on it. BIG RULES

Drizzt7_drek (August 6, 2002)

Not to be a dick, but eight years later would be 2004. Oh yeah, and I don't think math nerds (like me) should be allowed to post comments on people who are only trying to write a decent review.

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