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The Scholars

The Scholars: The Last Great Record of the 20th CenturyThe Last Great Record of the 20th Century (1998)
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"I'm in a band, why don't I get chicks? I sing in a band, why don't I get chicks?" - The Scholars It's the year 2003, Ska has been dead for about 4 or 6 years, depending how much of a scenester you are. Ska has been Q-Tipped out of the ears of the recording industry and has been replaced with the.
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"I'm in a band, why don't I get chicks? I sing in a band, why don't I get chicks?" - The Scholars

It's the year 2003, Ska has been dead for about 4 or 6 years, depending how much of a scenester you are. Ska has been Q-Tipped out of the ears of the recording industry and has been replaced with the next trend in the scene -- a bunch of guys singing about heartbreaks with metaphors and naming their band after a season. Despite that, tons of bands came out of the woodwork during the years when Ska was popular and to this day I still love most of my old Ska records.

The Scholars released "The Last Great Record of the Twentieth Century" during 1998 and I'm sure you'd be quick to toss this into a pile of bands that just jumped on the bandwagon. But hey, read the liner notes, most of these songs were recorded in 1995 before Ska hit MTV and the radio waves. And if you listen closely you're sure hear a few people you may know that went on to be in much larger bands. Aaron Barret, Grant Barry, and Scott Klopfenstein of Reel Big Fish fame drop their talents in this band. Jay Lafayette did some time with Save Ferris and Jesse Wilder from Teen Heroes.

Although this collection of music from a deceased band isn't as prolific as two other discographies in its genre, Operation Ivy & Slapstick, it is still an excellent bundle of Ska tunes.

Enough talk…

The record opens up with an introduction from one of those old He-Man read-along books we all used to love. A smooth bassline allows room for the horns to poor into your ears and the party begins as Jesse sings the backwards "I Love Guys in Bands." The song is a complete Ska tune that brings out the best in all members of the band and you should be singing along with the chorus in no time.

Once you hear the chime, you know it's time to turn the page and the rest of the album continues. "David Gonzalez" is a simple ditty about not being able to rhyme a guy's name. Followed by "I Want My Girlfriend Back" which keeps you skankin' with its catchy brass section. Other notable songs are "Superdollar" and "I'm in a Band." On top of the album tracks there's enough bonus material, demos, and childhood references that will keep you busy for awhile.

Of course all of these songs are simple upbeat tunes that you can almost predict 100%, but there's nothing wrong with that at all! Go ahead and pick this one up if you're a fan of Reel Big Fish, Jeffries Fan Club, My Superhero, and/or Save Ferris it's that hidden gem of Orange County Ska music that puts the cherry on top.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 22, 2003)

"A smooth baseline allows room for the horns to poor into your ears"

'Um.. does anyone, like any one person fucking SPELLCHECK the reviews? What the fuck!'

He was talking about drugs... snort!

ilikebandssuchasopivy (December 22, 2003)

"A smooth baseline allows room for the horns to poor into your ears"

Um.. does anyone, like any one person fucking SPELLCHECK the reviews? What the fuck!

Anonymous (December 22, 2003)

"But hey, read the linear notes"
They're liner notes, not linear notes. It's like people calling records alblums instead of albums.
I'm not trying to be anal about it, but too many people say this.

ryan- (December 21, 2003)

Yea I knew they were a different band but I wasn't sure of the spelling, thanks.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

the telegraph were originally called the skolars. differant band than this one.

i-type-poorly (December 20, 2003)

I am a chump. And it's all because i don't own this cd. I have my excuses, but they do no good.

ryan- (December 20, 2003)

Anyone remember Telegraph, they were great when i first starting listening to ska and stuff back in the day. Weren't they known as the Scholars too? or was it the Skalors or one of those other silly ska band names, I forget :(.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

I love this album. Weird that this review showed up, since over the last week or so, I've been listening to all my old ska CDs (not counting of course my RBF, LTJ, and many others that I carry with me at all times).

skankin_in_the_pit (December 19, 2003)

I just can't get into this band. I'm sure at one time I would of liked them, but this record bores me every time I put it in.

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

"Although this collection of music from a deceased band isn’t as prolific as two other discographies in its genre, Operation Ivy & Slapstick, it is still an excellent bundle of Ska tunes."

Damn straight. Slapstick is the greatest punk-ska band ever. Just look at how many amazing bands they spawned!

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