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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Don't Know How To PartyDon't Know How To Party (1993)
Universal Music Group

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The band's major label debut, "Don't Know How To Party" was one of the first few albums released in the 90's ska revival. Reviews from that time seem to unfairly judge this album, depending on the reviewer's slant towards ska or punk. Reviewing this today is easier. The style, thanks in part to the .
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The band's major label debut, "Don't Know How To Party" was one of the first few albums released in the 90's ska revival. Reviews from that time seem to unfairly judge this album, depending on the reviewer's slant towards ska or punk. Reviewing this today is easier. The style, thanks in part to the Bosstones, is easier to define and recognise.

Two Taang! albums preceded this: The first sounding like traditional second-wave Ska, the second with more punk influences. This album sees the band consolidating these two influences and developing the now familiar Bosstones-sound. Compared to their later material, the songs here are much less radio-friendly and more metallic. The lyrics are smart and delivered with plenty of energy over Dickey Barret's gravely voice. Some standout songs are "737/Shoe Glue" and a cover of Stiff Little Fingers' "Tin Soldiers." There is also an early version of "Someday I Suppose," the quintessential Bosstones track. The album shows that the band were ahead of their game well before the Ska explosion of 1997.

With such a large catalogue of songs, it is difficult at times difficult to determine which material is a band's "best." The Bosstones' intensive touring offers some clues; the songs from "Don't Know How To Party" are almost always on the set lists, often more so then their songs from the radio hit "Lets Face It." A harder album then what their others, but it works well.

- Adam White (Shindo)

 

 
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joeg (April 29, 2003)

this is the best bosstones album in my opinion. a little better than devils night out and question the answers.

popetastoc (March 18, 2002)

I'm an idiot. I meant to give this album a 6.

popetastoc (March 18, 2002)

"Don't Know How to Party" is good, but not great. Check out "Question the Answers" and "Devil's Night Out" first. Standout tracks are "Holy Smoke," "Illegal Left," and "Tin Soldiers." Worth buying for these tracks alone.

sickboi (July 2, 2001)

Pretty good album,I prefer 'Question the Answers'. I hate how all the good bosstone's shit is a bunch of ep's. They really need to learn how to consolidate. They were in "Clueless", heh heh.

Anonymous (July 2, 2001)

this was their best album, my opinion-fathead

Anonymous (June 30, 2001)

The Bosstones introduced me to punk/ska/hardcore back in 96, and they are still one of my top ten favorite bands. The only reason this album gets a nine is because only my favorite album, "Question the Answers" can have a ten. Word

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