Big D and the Kids Table - Strictly Rude (Cover Artwork)

Big D and the Kids Table

Big D and the Kids Table: Strictly RudeStrictly Rude (2007)
Side One Dummy Records

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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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If any genre of punk-related music can bring out the best, and the worst in its bands, ska is right up there. For a style that has so much talent, diversity and overall cultural influence, it seems a stagnant progression in the "third wave" left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. Sure, the music was f.
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If any genre of punk-related music can bring out the best, and the worst in its bands, ska is right up there. For a style that has so much talent, diversity and overall cultural influence, it seems a stagnant progression in the "third wave" left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. Sure, the music was fun, but people grow up, and honestly, the same riffs and horns get tired and worn.

Boston's Big D and the Kids Table have been trying to carve out of that niche for a few years now, though it wasn't until 2004's How It Goes that the band was able to break out of the same stereotypical sound and put ska back on the map. Truly walking the line between punk, third wave ska and traditional ska influence, it was a record that seemed to proclaim that the genre wasn't going down without a fight.

The band returns with a new album on a much larger platform with indie giant SideOneDummy, and the band hasn't just lost a single step -- they've take one giant leap forward. Strictly Rude builds on the influences hinted at in How It Goes, but begins to formulate the music into a sound and style of their own.

There are the faster, more upbeat numbers, such as "Noise Complaint," "Fly Away" and "Breaking the Bottle," which only confirm the band's roots in punk, but the tone is less brash and contains more of a "party" feel to it. It's material that would easily translate into their live show seamlessly. This point is most clearly demonstrated in the album's opener "Steady Riot," a rock number that, while staying up-tempo, has a smooth feel to it.

However, Strictly Rude, per its title, more often than not delves into traditional dub and ska, and the band it executes it finer than medieval beheadings. Songs like "Shining On," "Strictly Rude" and the organ-heavy "Try Out Your Voice" take this approach and intermingle it with an anthem-laden chorus and crunching guitar chords apiece. "The nightclub's closing down they say!" shouts mouthpiece Dave McWane in "Relocate the Beat," which establishes a wonderful, Specials-style atmosphere.

Ska is defined by many by the inclusion of horns, and that's really where Big D hit their stride. Instead of writing songs that attempt to shove this stereotype at the listener, they create music that blends a melody of sounds and instruments providing a full demonstration of the art they are conveying. This leads to my feelings about a quality contained in this record that again continues from How It Goes: Strictly Rude is an album meant to be listened to in its entirety. If you want to pick up something to pluck a few tracks from, "Steady Riot" will fit your MP3 player's playlist nicely. But to fully appreciate this album, sit down, have a drink, and take the 51 minutes to absorb something you can easily listen to in 20 years that won't sound the least bit dated.


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timfischer (November 27, 2007)

I'm really glad big d came through with such a sick album, I was psyched to hear them mix up their style with some more chill songs

86themike (September 16, 2007)

'07's albums of the year, at least top 5

possibly their best....tied with How It Goes.
their creativity continues and sets them apart from other ska bands that have given the genre a bad name.

mike333 (August 12, 2007)

gerat cd ska all the way

GlassPipeMurder (June 4, 2007)

This CD is great, though I wouldn't call "Steady Riot" a "rock" song. Ska all the way.

red_eyed420 (May 10, 2007)

shit son a lot of you seem to hate this album.. y'all on some of that cheap american crack or something?? simply put this album is fucking great.. pretty damn chilled out dub music and fun ska songs.. what else do u want from a ska band?? the songs dont suck only the haters suck so go jerk off to your jawbreaker albums

Anonymous (April 10, 2007)

This is good overall. I wish it was a bit more punkish and less reggae stuff but well doen and varried. I can't stop listening to Shining on.

Anonymous (April 5, 2007)

This album reminds me of the berlin project's Culture Clash. If anyone can remember that album. And look what happened there. Next album those fags were EMO.

jt (April 3, 2007)

i dig the experemental stuff, its rad. good album, however, doesnt quite top good luck or any of the old sca-core psyco ska stuff. That shit was amazing.

Anonymous (April 3, 2007)

This album is fucking horrible. I don't get their popularity- all their other albums are crap as well. The singer is horrible, the horns unimaginative, and the songs are just not creative.

The song "Strictly Rude" is the worst remake of "Uptown Top Ranking" EVER. It's really unlistenable- they suck all the soul and feeling out of an amazing reggae song.

Even the new Tim Armstrong song is better than this junk.

Anonymous (April 2, 2007)

Yea, look who was quoted. Big D is nowhere near such artistic worth to be able to "steal" any ideas.

Anonymous (April 2, 2007)

Good artists copy.
Great artists steal.

GlassPipeMurder (April 1, 2007)

Ok, I liked How it Goes. It had some really good songs, but the lyrics were usually not very good and neither were the vocals. This album is superb though. Well worth a puchase.

AndrewKauervane (March 31, 2007)

Mr. Anonymous, it's just an opinion you freaking moron.


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Big D & The Kids Table

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The Toasters

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Westbound Train

The Aquabats!

Skankin' Pickle

Five Iron Frenzy

Less Than Jake


King Apparatus


The Know How

Mustard Plug


The Pietasters

Suburban Legends

The Uptones


Soul Coughing

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Smash Mouth (1st 2 Albums)


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Anonymous (March 30, 2007)

AndrewKauervane, bro... sorry, but you're a dummy and an embarassment to yourself. I know this because you:

1.) clearly aren't a serious musician and don't understand why this music is pathetic (I know this because you can't relate to "L.A.X.", one of the best accounts of a touring musician ever recorded).

2.) clearly have no understanding of music if you don't hear the blatant similarities between "Steady Riot" and "Time Bomb".

3.) clearly have an unusual infatuation with Dave McWane that makes you completely oblivious to his flaws. I mean, I look up to the man too, but you fucking said he sings "touching melodies". Maybe you're actually deaf. You should get that checked.

4.) clearly listen to Buck-o-Nine and the Know How. Nuff said.

I see you're from MI. If you see this, I'd like to know who your favorite local bands are. You obviously care a ton about ska, so you should know a ton. Mustard Plug doesn't count. Start naming.

Anonymous (March 30, 2007)

As a big ska fan i have never been much of a big d fan for some reason. maybe it's the talky vocals, dunno. but this cd is GREAT. could be the cd that saves ska.

Anonymous (March 30, 2007)

i didnt read the review. i listened to timebomb and big d's ripoff side to side. hmm...yea...sorry...bigd was out of ideas...the kids wont know!!

AndrewKauervane (March 30, 2007)

From the recent posts I've read, most of you are musically inept idiots who only want to harshly review something because it is different than the bands previous attempts. Strictly Rude will seriously go down as one of the best albums of all time, possibly even the best album of 2007. Each song is designed for feel, and aren't made for the douchebags that just like ska so they can mosh the shit out of someone at a show. Every single song has thought provoking lyrics, touching melodies, and vocals that literally stomp out all other efforts by David McWane. The only track I have a problem with on this album is Hell On Earth. The song is lyrically sound, but musically it leaves alot to be desired. To me it just sounds like another L.A.X (One of the worst Big D songs out there.) Also, how the fuck does Steady Riot sound "exactly" like Time Bomb? The only reason you think that is because Rancid was MENTIONED in the official review of the album. Stop being idiots, and find some REAL music taste.

Anonymous (March 29, 2007)

there is no way in hell the big d didnt know that steady riot sounds exactly like time bomb. i mean..sure bands use the same chord progressions all the time...but even the guitar strokes..the rythm...everything up to the chorus...what fucking losers. this band is lame.

stevejonestherealbones (March 29, 2007)

to those of you comparing this shit to Losing Streak and Destruction By Definition, you're nuts

none of you will be listening to this 5 months from now

this comment is hilarious because it postures that Losing Streak and Destruction by Def are "great" albums and have staying power to anyone aside from people who were 14 when they first listened to them

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (March 29, 2007)

to those of you comparing this shit to Losing Streak and Destruction By Definition, you're nuts

none of you will be listening to this 5 months from now

kramkillsbabies (March 29, 2007)

havent heard much of the cd, but saw them live. strictly rude(song and album) is amazing.

Anonymous (March 29, 2007)

Yeah, and Time bomb is just like Little Bitch.

Oh, and Scooby Doo is a ripoff of Pokemon.

Its a fine album, in my book. But Noise Complain is annoying, yes.

fallingupwards84 (March 29, 2007)

wow, Steady Riot does sound identical to Time Bomb...

jacknife737 (March 29, 2007)

its the fucking album of the year.

Marko630 (March 29, 2007)

the only reason i havent scored this Cd is because i havent heard the entire thing yet, but that will come next week along with my check. and i hate to break it to ALL the people who say that this band sucks but Big D and Streetlight ARE THE BEST SKA BANDS out right now. Now hailing from the south shore of mass, im a pretty big fan of big D, but they'll never be the bosstones. still, from what ive heard- awsome

Anonymous (March 29, 2007)

The only people who seriously like this album are shitty high schoolers who think Streetlight Manifesto is ska. This review sucks almost as bad as the album.

1.) "Steady Riot" is Rancid's "Time Bomb" with different lyrics.
2.) I got sick of "Noise Complaint" about 30 seconds into it the first time I saw them play it a year ago.
3.) Vocals on "Shining On" sound like "My Humps" or sometimes "Hollaback Girl". I'm telling the truth.
4.) "Hell On Earth"... Let the damn cows mooooooo haha. Disgusting.
5.) "Fly Away" is "Little Bitch".

The only good songs are the reggae songs, which are actually done really well.

Score is for Jeff Rosenstock on the cover.

Anonymous (March 28, 2007)

lammi 5/5 ( the best ska album ever IMO)
good luck 4/5
gypsy hill 3.5/5
how it goes 2/5

im sorry 'strictly rude', but i will not even give you a chance. ever. im sorry it had to end this way.

letmego (March 28, 2007)


Best Ska album since SM - Everything Goes Numb!

I dont think the Mad Caddies will top this.

fallingupwards84 (March 28, 2007)

great cd... the song Steady Riot is the best song they've ever written

and i agree with the people below me -- i cant listen to Shining On without smiling either

skamanifesto (March 28, 2007)

"It's a great ska CD, but not a great Big D CD. I like my Big D to be fast and energetic."

I couldn't agree more. That is exactly how i feel.
plus the old sax player was pretty intelligent, and you can notice his lack of presence in some of the new horn lines.

FatTony (March 28, 2007)

This album is fucking incredible. Right up there with Westbound Train, The Slackers, and The Aggrolites as far as current ska bands go.

Anonymous (March 28, 2007)

I'm pretty sure I just don't like ska. How could all these people be stoked about a song that repeats "noise complaint" the whole time

Anonymous (March 28, 2007)

I've always hated Big D's singer because of his talk-sing style, so I never really got into them. However, after hearing the preview of the Big D/Brain Failure split, and based on this review, I'm going to give this album a chance.

OverDefined (March 28, 2007)

This shit is hot no doubt.

Anonymous (March 28, 2007)

"i used love big d so much. but i am am sorry. boring. their live show has taken a hit as well. zero energy. all costumes."

Agreed. Their live show would never dissapoint, they just suck now.

dev (March 28, 2007)

This album has rekindled my love for ska. As a result, I've dug out all my old ska albums and I'm going to spend the entire day listening to a genre I had nearly written off for good. I guess what I'm saying is, "Thanks Big D and the Kids Table!"

Anonymous (March 28, 2007)

but is it better than Good Luck?

LeightonESmith (March 28, 2007)

this sounds really promising. at least all the fuckwanks can stop asking for the review to be posted.
I'm tipping Streetlight Manifesto to top this for the best ska album of the year.....

maverick (March 28, 2007)

Best ska record I've heard in years and years. Crucial listening, for real.


Anonymous (March 28, 2007)

cant wait to see them open for the bosstones in the fall!

almostpunkenough (March 28, 2007)

an absolutley awesome album... i only wish it was warm already so i could really enjoy this the way it's meant to be enjoyed.

video_cognito (March 28, 2007)

It's a great ska CD, but not a great Big D CD. I like my Big D to be fast and energetic.

Although, if it were an all dub CD, I'd shit my pants. Dub's the way to go.

spalmer (March 27, 2007)

Good CD, songs were suprisingly fun live... don't like "Breaking the Bottle", though.... that song bites

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

pretty sweet if this is what your into... I haven't touched any ska/punk in years yet coming back to this site got me to check out a few reviews. This sounded a bit interesting so I checked out some songs... not disappointed. I've only heard "noise complaint", "snakebite" and "shining on". Snakebite has to be my favourite by a landslide. Cool tune. Thanks guys.

klonny (March 27, 2007)

This album is fan-fuckin'-tastic. I'm betting this'll be my album of 2007. The only song that never really got me was Relocate The Beat, and even that's an alright song. Seriously, there's nothing bad on this album, and its perfection *almost* all the way through.

But if this is what we're seeing for the FOURTH wave, then I guess I'ma grow up into a rudeMAN and still love it.

mike_litt69 (March 27, 2007)

i just think the title is hilarious. this score is for the title.

Big_Guy (March 27, 2007)

I still have to pick this up, but when I had a downloaded copy, I fell in love with the last track on it.

such a good song

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)


jamespastepunk (March 27, 2007)

this is one of the worst albums i've heard all year

This is one of the stupidest posts I've read all year.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

if you don't like 'shining on' you're an asshole.


baseball (March 27, 2007)

if "Shining On" doesn't put you in a good mood then you don't want to be in a good mood!

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

the first 4 songs are incredible as that guy below said

the slow songs don't bring it down in my opionion, instead they give the album more balance than a typical third wave ska punk cd. they have more dimensions to their sound and I like that, whether its the dub of 'strictly rude' or 'she knows her way back home' or the skank crazy classic two tone sound of 'noise complaint' to the bosstones like horn bridge between the verses and in the intro to 'put the bottle down' to the suidide machines 'destruction by definition' happy anthem 'souped up vinyl' to the reggae tinged breezy "the one" to the happiest fucking summer ska happy as shit 'shining down' which is probably the best ska punk song i've heard since 'souped up vinyl' which is probably the best ska punk song i've heard since 'everybody's better' from teh Bosstones last album, or perhaps even longer ago than that.

totally gnarly dude makes me want to smoke bob marley dude all day like rastafari do


Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

"Hell On Earth" is Big D trying to be NOFX. It's a good song, but the lyrics and even the music sound like NOFX.

Great CD.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

Worst album from these guys. Still fucking amazing. Slow songs definitely bring it down. I can't get enough of the first four songs.

skaboom (March 27, 2007)

Simply incredible album, and easily the best thing these guys have ever done. Yes, even better than Checklist.

ashtraymonument (March 27, 2007)

i just may pick this up today. ive been lazy, i haven't even gotten the brain failure split yet

graphix (March 27, 2007)

If this record was a gun.
I would shoot it all night long.

feeeding5000 (March 27, 2007)

Rudie Can't Sing.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

and is it just me, or does the music/vocal pattern for the verse of 'try out your voice' sound a lot like 'white man (in hammersmith palais)'?


baseball (March 27, 2007)

this is damn near perfect IMO...this is the album i've been waiting for Big D to make..always knew they could pull off this sound and do it well

i agree with oldpunker, NOTHING sounds forced on this record, it's obvious they loved making this

the production, flow, and song writing on this is phenominal...last track is probably my favorite Big D track ever

best release of the year so far...and perfect release date on the first day of Spring!

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

after about 5 listens it hit me. this shit is almost, almost as good as 'losing streak' , 'destruction by definition', or any bosstones album and has a little bit of flavor of all 3 of those bands , particuarly the suicide machines (and a dash of jesse michaels vocal stylings) but really they're doing something altogether original within the familiar context of third wave ska. but the dabblings into two tone and ska punk and street punk and dub make it seem much more broad and varied than say...reel big fish.

a must have for any ska/ska punk fan. probably the best shit going out there right now. certainly from the heart, working mans lyrics, down to earth ya know? perfect album for the warming weather as well.

so far its album of the year. theres a few misteps (deadpan face) but overall, the majority of the 15 tracks are fantastic, and the energy just doesnt' stop. nice flow too.

if i was, say 17 and not 26, i'd probably be shitting my pants right now. this very well could be many a young n' impressinable ska punk kids 'losing streak' or 'destruction by def.' and i don't say that lightly and i mean that as about the highest ska punk compliment you can give


jamespastepunk (March 27, 2007)

Wonderful, wonderful record.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

I disagree no face, what makes this record work is that it sounds unforced in every way, very flowing and I cannot say enough about the use of horns, very well done, gets better with each listen-oldpunker-

no_face (March 27, 2007)

this record really disappointed me

hell on earth or souped up vinyl are teh only good tracks for me, the rest sound like theyre trying too hard or they drag on too long

PatThetic (March 27, 2007)

she knows her way is the current favorite for song of the year

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

Haven't heard this yet, but the only ska band I really can listen to over and over again is tokyo ska paradise orchestra...

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

Big Dick and The Fag Table!

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

best ska album of all time?, hardly. Traditional ska?, not even close. Fun as shite to listen to? hell yeah. -oldpunker-

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

I skanked to them at age 16, I listen to them at age 21 and wonder why I liked them. I remember their energy and some good songs, but overall its dull. I do see why people like them though and if they want to keep on playing ska then so be it. At least they do what they like.

pasha (March 27, 2007)

sweet record.

DarrenMcLeod (March 27, 2007)

I definitely need to give this another spin. I listened to it once when I first got the CD but wasn't captured by it, and it was quickly forgotten. Maybe I'll bust it out tomorrow.

kingofsuck (March 27, 2007)

This album confirms that Big D is the best current ska-punk band in the world.

Hey_Asshole (March 27, 2007)

i need to get this...

losing your job makes it hard to buy records though....

ozmanx (March 27, 2007)

The only Big D record which I truly love.

MikeStupid (March 27, 2007)

Great, fun album. Can't wait to hear them play this stuff live.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

i used love big d so much. but i am am sorry. boring. their live show has taken a hit as well. zero energy. all costumes.

theonetruebill (March 27, 2007)

I swear I read the actual review before asking. I SWEAR!

sickboi (March 27, 2007)


and take the 51 minutes...

theonetruebill (March 27, 2007)

Alright, so how long is this thing? I can't take another 70 minute album.

danperrone (March 27, 2007)

i really really really don't get it

this is one of the worst albums i've heard all year

GlassPipeMurder (March 27, 2007)

the only "pussies" are the anonymous pieces of shit like you who drag everything you can through the mud with no credible backup.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

Best ska album I've heard in a long time. Love it.


Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

What pussies.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

Easily one of the absolute worst albums I have ever listened to. Stop worrying about your image.

notfeelingcreative (March 27, 2007)

This is such a fun album!

mattbeall (March 27, 2007)

I've been telling people for months and months that this would be Big D's massive hit record. Maybe it won't be as far as sales, but I think it definitely is as far as sound/style/production. Going back to Shot By Lammi, it's amazing to see the growth. Best ska record in a very long time. Hopefully Mad Caddies' new one is equally good.

Anonymous (March 27, 2007)

Maybe I need to listen to this album again, I skimmed through the album and absolutely NOTHING grabbed me. Not like throwing on The Gypsie Hill EP where every fucking song rules.

tylerdurden8136 (March 27, 2007)

This is the best thing this band has ever done.

sickboi (March 27, 2007)

I didn't include this in my review, but I love the production on this record. Though the vocals are a little too clean, the layering of the instruments is so awesome. I was driving on my lunch break today listening to this, and I can't recall which track it was, but during a bridge the sound from the toms just bounced into my left ear from nowhere.

PhantomBoner (March 27, 2007)

Killer album.

inagreendase (March 27, 2007)

So fucking good. This gets an 8 even just for "Steady Riot," "Noise Complaint," "Souped-Up Vinyl," "Strictly Rude," and "Relocate the Beat."

Could also be the only (trad-)ska album I'll forseeably be listening to for a while.

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