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The Dingees are a {{Reggae}}[=/=]PunkRock[=/=]{{Ska}} band from Long Beach, California. They were initially formed in 1996 as a side project of The OCSupertones (and traded band members with the 'Tones more than a few times), but soon grew into a distinct identity. Unlike nearly all of their [[SkaPunk 3rd wave ska]] contemporaries, they played [[Music/TheClash Clash]]-inspired GenreRoulette rather than [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly mix and match musical genres]]: their repertoire included punk songs, and reggae songs, and ska songs (but mostly punk songs), yet but precious little ska-punk or punk-reggae or what have you.

They recorded three albums in this varying manner for Tooth & Nail Records. Afterwards, they disappeared into the southern California underground music scene. In 2006, they put up a page on Myspace to let the outside world know that they still existed, and that they were working on a new album.

[[DevelopmentHell Four years later]], ''The Rebel Soul Sound System'' was released ([[http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/75806 for free]]), and it was... [[NewSoundAlbum different]]. Punk, ska, and reggae were still present, but this time they were mashed into a thick stew (with reggae predominating), and for the first time the Dingees added ragga jungle, hip-hop, sound collages, extensive sampling, and thoroughly grimy production to the mix.

The lyrics were the same as they always were: rallying cries for global unity and the overthrow of the establishment, songs of alienation from modern society, celebrations of street culture, and ruminations on God and the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] apocalypse.


[[folder: Discography ]]

* ''Armageddon Massive'' (1998)
* ''Sundown to Midnight'' (1999)
* ''The Crucial Conspiracy'' (2001)
* ''The Rebel Soul Sound System'' (2010, [[http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/75806 free, here]])


[[folder: Current ]]

* Matt "Pegleg" Roberts: vocals, guitar, keys, sax
* Matt "Bean" Hernandez: bass
* Dave Chevalier: sax, keys, guitar, vocals (left just before the first album, then returned just after)
* Aaron Landers: guitar, keys (joined before ''Sundown to Midnight'')
* Scott C. Rodgers: drums (joined before ''The Crucial Conspiracy'')


[[folder: Former ]]

* Tony Terusa: Drums
* Jon Bon: Trombone
* Jeff Holmes: Guitar
* Ethan Luck: Drums

All of these guys departed prior to the first album, with the exception of Ethan, who departed soon after the first album.

!!Provides examples of:

* AdultsAreUseless: "Conspiracy Against the Youth".
-->It's a big conspiracy! \\
They hate youth and they hate me!
* ConspiracyKitchenSink: ''The Crucial Conspiracy'', natch.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: A common theme in the lyrics.
* EpicRocking: "Smoke Signals'', a nine-minute reggae-funk jam.
* GenreRoulette: Their first three albums.
* GraffitiOfTheResistance: The cover art of the album ''The Crucial Conspiracy'' features a propaganda poster in the Soviet style. Inside the liner notes, the poster is shown again defaced by anti-government slogans, and with a skull painted over the worker's face.
* HiddenTrack: ''Armageddon Massive'' has a dub remix of "Could be Worse" at the end. ''The Crucial Conspiracy'' has "Conspiracy Against the Youth" hidden in the ''middle'' of the album.
* IndecipherableLyrics: On their forays into hardcore--"Ronnie Raygun", "Conspiracy Against the Youth", and "Capital Imperial".
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: ''The Rebel Soul Sound System''.
* NotChristianRock: Reportedly, the members themselves couldn't agree if they were a Christian band or not.
* {{Sampling}}: All over the place in ''Rebel Soul Sound System''. For example, "Who Stole the Soul in Rock N Roll" combines samples from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Music/TheBeatles, and Music/PublicEnemy, and somehow makes them all fit seamlessly.
* SloganYellingMegaphoneGuy: In the "Street vs State" sound collage.
* SongStyleShift: "Blackout!", "Smoke Signals".