Runforyerlife was a third-wave ska
band from Chicago. They formed in the late '90s after several of the members met in their high school jazz band. In 1999, they released a Self-Titled Album
on Jump Up Records.
Not long afterwards, they completely fell off the face of the Earth.
- Ben Butler: trumpet
- Chad Whitacre: alto sax
- Dave Yun: tenor sax
- Jim Gibbon: trombone, backing vocals
- Jason Toth: drums, percussion
- Weert Goldenstein: guitar
- Paul Bessenbacher: bass guitar, Hammond B3 organ, Rhodes piano
- Kelly Zouhary: lead vocals
Provides examples of:
- all lowercase letters
- Breakup Song: "PB & J".
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: "Spy", in which investigating "the mystery" is scary as hell but totally worth it.
- Driven to Suicide: "Hand That Feeds":
Like a gun pointed, hot trigger, carried through
screaming, hopeless, and dead at 32.
- Imaginary Enemy: The monsters in "Adoline".
- Inherited Illiteracy Title: Apparently, the band's name was briefly Run For Your Life; they eliminated the spaces and misspelled "your" so the name would be easier to fit on posters.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: They mixed things up with funk-influenced rhythm, and Hardcore Punk- or klezmer-influenced guitar. "4 AM Fight Song" is the strangest, featuring a rap chorus and a smooth jazz bridge.
- Never My Fault: Possibly in "PB & J":
Of course it's you I blame,
This mess is all your fault
- Not Christian Rock: Jump Up Records briefly tried to market them as a Christian ska band; the band had to point out that, although they were Christians, they weren't trying to evangelize with the music, so they'd rather be marketed just as a ska band.
- Sampling: "Crinkle" interpolates the James Bond theme, and the end of "Hand That Feeds" borrows lyrics from the Christmas carol "We Three Kings".
- The Stoic: The narrator in "4AM Fight Song" wants to be this, but can't.
- Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: The first two verses of "Hand that Feeds".
- Word Salad Title: "Tank Top" is a love song and has nothing to do with the article of clothing. "PB & J" is a breakup song which mentions neither sandwiches nor anything that could be abbreviated to fit those initials.