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Hot Stove Jimmy

Hot Stove Jimmy: SaluteSalute (1996)
Ska and Reggae

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: MindThinkMindThink
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Although many people presently listening to ska music probably don't have a clue who Hot Stove Jimmy is, they have probably heard them if they have ever purchased a compilation from Jump Up Records. Does a band by the name of the Cougars ring a bell to anyone? If so, then you have also heard Hot St.
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Although many people presently listening to ska music probably don't have a clue who Hot Stove Jimmy is, they have probably heard them if they have ever purchased a compilation from Jump Up Records. Does a band by the name of the Cougars ring a bell to anyone? If so, then you have also heard Hot Stove Jimmy, because it's practically the same band. Hot Stove Jimmy formed in the early 90s ska movement and released their second cd Salute in 1996. This is perhaps their best release and it was pumped out only a year after their 1995 release called Take Your Time. With this being said, Salute boats a remarkably better production quality and more mature musicianship, not to mention the addition of alto sax player Jeff Vidmont. Jeff was a friend of the band and had played previously with two other Chicago ska acts, the Monsignors and the Tango Wedding Band, and was received with open arms.

What made Hot Stove Jimmy stand out among other punk influenced ska bands of the mid 90s, were the aggressive vocals of Matt Irie and the strong keyboard emphasis. Salute is by no means a stereotypical punk-ska album because of these unique qualities. Tracks such as "Two Times Second" and "When I go" are just two of the tracks on this cd that will get any fan of third wave ska dancing. What is often left unmentioned is the bands unique sounding horn section. With a heavy saxophone influence, the horn section plays lines somewhat reminiscent of a carnival. This could be a good or a bad thing based on whether carnivals scarred the crap out of you as a child. Whatever the case, their horn lines are usually layered and rarely just follow the bass lines like many other ska bands.

Also mentionable, is the fact that Hot Stove Jimmy was sued by Neil Diamond for their cover of "Sweet Caroline" shortly after being release. They were able to settle out of court, and yes, Neil is now receiving an amazing 6.6 cents a copy. Way to go Neil! With that aside, this is perhaps one of the most overlooked Midwest ska bands, so give them a second look and you won't regret it.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (October 25, 2004)

Ug and double ugh...I shouldnt complain I stole some of their gear

MindThink (August 19, 2004)

Say what you will, HSJ's later material was maturing into something way better than the cougars will ever be, but it was definitely influenced by the Blue Meanies. Despite any promotion, the cougars will be forgotten for their unoriginal musicianship which is sophomoric at best. Have they really matured any since the days of ska that they are oh so embarassed about.....I think not! They have already been discarded as a RFTC rip off band, which is no surprise! Word of wisdom, quit while you're ahead...except you're not!

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

ESKAMOS

SKALL-GIRLS

Two Tone Barmy Army

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

5 of the 8 Cougars are from HSJ. But from what I gather when you change the drummer, bass player and a guitar player with new members that never played ska in the first place the band ceases to be ska. Thus, Cougars. Matt's probably about as embarrassed by HSJ as anybody is of the bands that they started in fucking HIGH SCHOOL! And what the fuck does that matter anyway? I saw HSJ a couple times and I thought they were pretty bad ass. shhhhhh!!! don't tell anyone. Cougars are even more amazing, but a different band.

FeatheredMullet (August 9, 2004)

ska / punk has been dead so long that it's corpse is rotting - good ska is still very well alive, although underground, just waiting for some kids to mix it up with another style and make it some crappy trend and we can all jump on that bandwagon - maybe some sort of mix with metalcore/ska or emo/ska/disco or what about gansta rap ska - just remember kids - any band that uses the word ska cleverly in the band name is really fucking cool and are destined for many great things

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

well technically he didn't say ska has been dead for as long as rick james. the just said as dead as rick james. as there can't really be varying degrees of death, the point is valid.

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

"ska is about as dead as rick james."

Seriously, everytime you post you're fucking up, and i love that 50% of your comments try to be funny but just fucks up.

and about this comment: ok, so ska died a week ago?

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

"ska is about as dead as rick james."

Seriously, everytime you post you're fucking up, and i love that 50% of your comments try to be funny but just fucks up.

and about this comment: ok, so ska died a week ago?

FeatheredMullet (August 9, 2004)

a lot of the ska/punk bands really sucked big time - except Donkey Punch because of their awsome name and that's the only props they get from me. Hot Carl Jimmy is what they should've called themselves, they would be so much better. Hot Carls are fucking awesome.

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

Jeez louise, ska is so serious! No wonder it died.

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

excuse me...i misread your post. however you are still wrong. ska-punk has been around for since the late 70's. once punk started getting big in England, a lot of british "ska" bands started mixing it in. it was called 2Tone. then in the 80's ska got big in the underground in America. bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Operation Ivy, for example, were doing ska-punk during the mid/late 80's. again, please get your facts straight before you start talking out of your ass

J.Kelly

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

dear asshole a few post below me,

ska has been around for more than 4 or 5 years. it predates reggae. it has been around since the 1950's...perhaps you should stop trying to act all god-like with your music knowledge when you clearly know nothing...

J.Kelly

greg0rb (August 8, 2004)

Cougars rule, as did HSJ. I do prefer Theme however with its evil nature. As for the review, I like how you compared it to a carnival, cuz we used to call it circus ska. Heh.
-Greg

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

Uh, they're called Cougars, not the Cougars.

Not capitalizing the the is not an excuse.

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

"I saw a recent interview with Matt the singer of the cougars, and he seemed pretty embaressed about his involvement in the ska scene...pretty funny"

where can i read this interview.

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

streetlight manifesto,

darkstarm (August 7, 2004)

yeah, nobody cares about ska. let's ignore the sold out shows that have been gracing chicago for the past year. ska is a style of music, just like any other, it had a surge of popularity, just like any other, and that popularity died down and it has now found its niche, just like any other. morons...

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

HSJ blows the shit out of Cougars.
Cougars are fucking ridiculous garbage.

Anonymous (August 6, 2004)

I saw a recent interview with Matt the singer of the cougars, and he seemed pretty embaressed about his involvement in the ska scene...pretty funny

Anonymous (August 6, 2004)

Being from chicago I saw this band play seberal times, and they always put on a good show. I wouldn't consider myself a ska fan by any means, but I'm gonna say the two greatest ska-punk cd's of all time(what was it about 4 or 5 years) are BLUE MEANIES-full throttle, and HOT STOVE JIMMY-the last cd whatever the fuck it was called. That being said COUGARS blow the shit out of HOT STOVE JIMMY. In the end not that great of a cd by an alright band of a type of music no one gives a fuck about. BUY ANYTHING FROM COUGARS, do not support ska...ska = punk rock for dorks

Anonymous (August 6, 2004)

Good to see this reviewed here....but Theme For A Major Hit, their second and final album was much better. Darker and scary like the Cougars now, but brilliant in design.....everyone should check it out.

mykindofmurder (August 6, 2004)

ska is about as dead as rick james.

Anonymous (August 6, 2004)

who cares?

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