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The Planet Smashers

The Planet Smashers: Life of the PartyLife of the Party (1999)
Union Label Group

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The Planet Smashers, recognized as the "Kings of Ska" in their hometown of Montreal, Quebec, released their classic album Life of the Party in 1999. The band's third album, released by Stomp Records, is one of the most influential third wave albums to strike the scene. Without the Planet Smashers, t.
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The Planet Smashers, recognized as the "Kings of Ska" in their hometown of Montreal, Quebec, released their classic album Life of the Party in 1999. The band's third album, released by Stomp Records, is one of the most influential third wave albums to strike the scene. Without the Planet Smashers, there wouldn't be many promising local ska scenes; they have influenced Green Division (Pickering, Ontario), Offbeat in Suburbia (Livingston, New Jersey), the Naked Citizens (Orange County, New York), Tip the Van (central Connecticut), and many others. Life of the Party influenced all of these bands by being different and more diverse. This album features the Planet Smashers' famous upbeat third wave sound, and some laid back tracks, which you can see yourself lying on the beach listening to.

The opening track "Life of the Party" doesn't just set the tone of the album, but also lives up to being the title track; it represents the dominant sound on the album -- upbeat, fun, and catchy. The next few tracks aren't great, but give that more relaxed and laid back vibe. Life of the Party reaches its "first" peak with "Surfing in Tofino," marking the return to their trademark third wave sound, which explains why it's one of the few crowd favorites from this album. The next song, "All Men Fear Women" is, in fact, not true. This song is about what every man worries about when in a long-term relationship. After that, the album reaches yet another very high point. "You Might Beâ?¦" is one of the songs that impresses you with the Planet Smashers' horn lines; it sounds as if there are four horn players rather than just two. Afterward, the Planet Smashers show their first instrumental of the album, "Trouble in Engineering," which resembles their two-tone roots.

The next song isn't just a crowd favorite, but also my favorite. "Super Orgy Porno Party" demonstrates what I love to see in bands: Non-serious songs with catchy choruses and fun horn lines. "Whining," the next song, keeps the momentum going and describes the mindset of every lazy teenager: "Whining for what I want, because trying is just too hard." The next couple of tracks, "Wise Up" and "No Matter What You Say," are okay but somewhat forgettable. "Kung Fu Master," the second instrumental, is one of the coolest instrumentals that I've heard, not just because it has that Japanese sound of a Kung Fu master, but because you can also hear some of the future third wave horn lines; this song reminds me most of the well-respected Big D and the Kids Table. "Holiday" reveals what every guy thinks when they don't see their girlfriend. The chorus, "Holiday away from you," describes the happiness of getting away from the girlfriend you see everyday. "Save It" closes the album with a more acoustic-like track. It's a smooth rock-steady song, which is the best way of closing this classic album as it makes the listener wanting more.

Life of the Party is one of the dozen elite albums in the third wave scene. Along with Good Luck by Big D and the Kids Table, Keasbey Nights by Catch 22, and any Toasters and Bosstones album, Life of the Party helped shape the ska scene in the new century. The Planet Smashers are more influential than most listeners think. Listening to ska bands like Big D and the Kids Table and Reel Big Fish, you can clearly hear a resemblance to the Planet Smashers. Of course, the three bands didn't rip off each other, but you can sense that they were influenced by each other. Life of the Party is considered by many fans to be the band's best effort, which I'd have to agree with.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 22, 2006)

can you kiss their ass anymore? haha jk

aquabats >> ps

Anonymous (January 19, 2006)

Good album, better than both "Mighty" and "Unstoppable" in my opinion. This band are top class live, but Big D and Capdown are better IMO.

Joe

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

One of the best live bands going. I've seen them get people skanking like crazy at a Sick of it All show, so I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that.

...evildeadalive

feeeding5000 (January 17, 2006)

Third-wave ska....yeah...that's...uhhh...yeah.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

in the guy's profile, he says he slacks in "every subject expect english" ... expect ... either he slacks in english too or he's kinda a funny guy

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

this record is the planet smashers at their best.
After this, no self control was a good record but nothing spectular, might has some rad songs, but the new record blows hard.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

It's kind of odd to see a Green Division reference here. I went to high school with them, and their original guitar player briefly wanted me to join the band when they were first starting and didn't have a trumpet player.

I never liked them much, though.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

Pretty good review!

"No Matter What You Say" is my second favorite on the cd. I didn't think of it as "forgettable". This cd is pretty underrated in my opinion.

The Smashers are a great live band (i've seen them 3 times). Chris Murray should produce all of their records.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

Shabby review, great band. For the record, they don't suck live.

sam

LifeoftheParty (January 15, 2006)

im planning on writing more reviews on the future. so i only put "lifeoftheparty" because i couldnt think of anything.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

Yeah, this band is boring as fuck live. The sax players kind of stalk back and forth across the stage with their shitty wireless mics attached to their horns. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING!!!

-ken

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

please mr. gravedigger > the planet smashers

they truely are the life of my party

GreenVandal (January 15, 2006)

When your user name is the same as the title of the album you are reviewing no one is going to take you seriously. You just come off as a fanboy.

fallingupwards84 (January 15, 2006)

the only Planet Smashers album i have is Mighty, and I like that one a lot... bought it after seeing them on the Ska Is Dead Tour this past year

tommy_jarvis (January 15, 2006)

This CD is a ton of fun, but you need to lay off the Planet Smasher stalking.
Creep!
Weirdo!

AlmostPunkEnough (January 15, 2006)

i was looking at your profile; i know a couple people that went to Xavier, and i can definitley beleive you're the only person into ska there.

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