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An American Ska band active since 1983 and one of the main groups involved in the ska punk genre, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are recognized mainly for their fusion of ska and Hardcore Punk and the distinctive growling vocals of frontman Dicky Barrett. They became prominent in The '90s during the height of the Third Wave ska revival and had a very successful hit with "The Impression That I Get", which topped the modern rock charts in 1997, and the platinum album Let's Face It. After going on hiatus for several years in The Noughties, they reformed in 2009 to release a new record, Pin Points and Gin Joints.

The group's line-up - particularly in the horn section - has fluctuated over the years, but the most recognizable and longest lasting members are probably Dicky Barrett (vocals), Joseph "The Bass Fiddleman" Gittleman (bass guitar), Joe Sirois (drums) and Ben Carr (manager, dancer and "Boss Tone"). Other current members include Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton (saxophone), Kevin Lenear (saxophone), Chris Rhodes (trombone) and Lawrence Katz (guitar).



  • Devil's Night Out (1989)
  • More Noise and Other Disturbances (1992)
  • Don't Know How to Party (1993)
  • Question the Answers (1994)
  • Let's Face It (1997)
  • Pay Attention (2000)
  • A Jackknife to a Swan (2002)
  • Pin Points and Gin Joints (2009)
  • The Magic of Youth (2011)


  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Their song The Daylights is quite good at this.
    Sanity worth saving, well, I'm not so sure,
    A soul that's somewhat suitable to save,
    The feelings I had felt from falling on the floor,
    Good God, I'm getting ready for the grave!
  • Anti-Christmas Song:
    • Not quite fully "anti-", but "Xmas Time" note  is about being alone in Boston during the holiday season, with little money and no real place to go.
    • "Jump Through The Hoops" has a verse with some anti-Christmas sentiments.
  • Cameo: Jimmy Kimmel ocasionally sings/plays with them live. Usually he gets to sing the Impression That I Get (also incorrectly known as "Knock on Wood") or play the oboe with them.
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  • Drowning My Sorrows: "Another Drinkin' Song".
    "Gonna dive into a dive I've dove into before"
  • Guttural Growler: Dicky Barrett's best known vocal style, although he does sing with cleaner vocals as well.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Like most ska bands, they're quite good at it.
    • The aforementioned "Another Drinkin' Song" is quite upbeat in it's third chorus while it talks about alcoholism.
    • "The Magic of Youth" is also upbeat, while it talks about two young lovers who grew apart and became a stripper and a drug addict.
    • "Royal Oil" sounds like a celebratory party song - it's an Ode to Sobriety warning the listener about how deadly heroin is.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: The B-Side "Chocolate Pudding", sung by Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton, is the only Bosstones song to have anyone other than Dicky Barrett sing lead.
  • Trope Codifier: The Ska-Core, the Devil and More EP is probably the codifier for for the sound of ska-core.


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