4/20 Gets Greener As People Corrupting People Release “Lounge Lizard”

Release Date: April 20, 2020                                       

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Nate Nepsky – Guitar/Bass/Horns/Keys

Jen Nepsky – Violins

Dyl Pkyl – Drums

Eddie Lindo – Bass/Guitar

Richard Granville – Trombone

Mike Lebofsky – Theremin

(Not Feautured but still included)

Nick Cormier – (non-existent) Vocals

Production:  Mixed and recorded at Room 101 PCP Studios       

Favorite Tracks: Quarantina Wine Mixer, Amazon Primus, Sax And Violins, Lost In The Sauce and Jim Jones Slumber Party


Sounds Like: Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sorry Sweetheart, Leftover Crack, Voodoo Glow Skulls and The Flaming Tsunamis


It’s no secret that we love People Corrupting People here at CPRA. They did our theme song for our podcast and our TV show. You watch the show and listen to the podcasts here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/. We’ve reviewed their albums so many times I’ve lost track, but if you want to read more go here.

With the Covid 19 pandemic sweeping the world, we all need a break from the sad headlines on Facebook and the news. So leave it to People Corrupting People aka PCP to release their brand new record. “Lounge Lizard” on April 20, 2020. So light up a bowl and and read along with Grandpa Skabones kids. 

PCP is known for their antics, in fact as I write this they are holding a 4/20 Smoke A Thon right here, https://www.facebook.com/pcpsux/videos/2667722366673414/. If you enjoy passing around a dildo be sure to check it out. So let’s dig into “Lounge Lizard”. This album is 100% pure instrumental, which to be honest I was caught off guard at first. There’s something very different and very lovable that I shall get into. 

The first track, “Amazon Primus” has some heavy  Primus-like bass lines by Eddie Lindo. It resembles early Alice In Chains, but less heroiny. I’ll prob go to hell for saying that haha. The next track is “Casio No He Didn’t”, and for whatever reason it reminds me of Gene from Bob’s Burgers. But this track will be a hit for Gene. It has a great groove and perfected horns. Is PCP staking a claim into the 80’s new wave era?

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“Dewey Got Diddles” follows up and comes in with a heavy ska core rock edge. This track is more on the metal side, with some great skate punk sound. Jen’s viola play is remarkable. Mike brings the scifi in with work on the theremin. Dyl goes nuts on the drum kit. This is by far a favorite favorite track right here.

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 My next favorite song is up next, “Jim Jones Slumber Party”. I’m not gonna go into detail about Jim Jones, but check it out here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones. This track is beautifully written and delicious to the eardrums. This song needs to be on a soundtrack. For a band that plays a ton of antics, they are sure fucking talented. Expect this to be on a future CPRA Podcast episode!

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“Panflute Sexual” is next up and Jethro Tull is about to get a run for his money, This track is super heavy on bass, fast and gives the pan flute a brand new hardcore edge. Holy shit the panflute is hardcore now! The next song is “Pterodactyl Cunt Punt”. This track reminds of early Suicidal Tendencies, with aggressive Anthrax edge. This was totally unexpected. Rich brings the ska core to the limits. 

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“Quarantina Wine Mixer” is next and the slowest track on the list. It’s a hot island track to help melt your cold heart, or does it warm up your cold heart? I don’t know if you caught my Southpark reference there? Dyl, Jen and Rick kill it on “Sax And Violins”. I hear a little Jewish folk in this track, but I could definitely be wrong. However it would not surprise me. Fans of “Arrested Development” will love the next track, “There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand”. 

I’m not positive that’s a stand up bass at the intro, but it thumps deep and is a possibility. This track is grove worthy and fun. “Whatever You Say, Dr Dre” is up next. This track is mello and on the reggae ska side. Of course the obvious salute to the man himself Dr Dre. I personally love the horns on this song. The next track, “What’s Chaplin, Bro” is mixed with Chaplins’s famous speech from the “Great Dictator”. I sat beside myself embedded in the tones and listened sharply to Chaplin’s words. It will definitely make you think. 

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“Yeasty Boys” follows up with some amazing work on bass and guitar. “Lost In The Sauce” is next with a Primus nod, but funky like George Clinton, and a little latin spice in there. Now I’m no Disco Doug, but shit this track is fun! Get your skankin shoes on and that “Stayin Alive” outfit on! The final track is “Trapped In The Sap” while PCP may not be known for metal. This track may change things. Holy shit is it good!

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Overall I’d say “Lounge Lizard’ is a magnificent instrumental album. PCP is mainly known as a ska band; however this album has everything I was never expecting. The deep bass, metal licks, cool island sounds, scifi, and some insane drums. Seriously don’t sleep on “Lounge Lizard” by People Corrupting People”. Get it here, www.pcpsux.com.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

Amazon Primus

Casio No He Didn’t!

Dewey Got Diddled

Jim Jones Slumber Party

Panflute Sexual

Pterodactyl Cunt Punt

Quarantina Wine Mixer

Sax And Violins

There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand

Whatever You Say, Dr. Dre!

What’s Chaplin, Bro

Yeasty Boys

Lost In The Sauce

Trapped In The Sap

Links:

  1. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pcpsux/
  2. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pcpsux/
  3. Website: http://pcpsux.com/
  4. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9fm2YkQhAGruqfhZHUsPA/videos
  5. CPRA Youtube Review Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck1gS8j98PS5VrDM0-qtYua0

Punk’s Not Dead, It’s Still A Teen: Amazing Flying Dumbasses & Worthless Commodity Release Surprise EP Split

Release Date: April 15, 2020                                      

Format: Digital 

Cover Art: Bobby Brown

Location: Denver, CO

Production: Recorded at Swamp Rocket Studios

Favorite Tracks: A.F.D, I’ll Get More, P.M.A, F**ck Old People, Brain Dead, and Throwing Two’s


Proving that age has nothing to do with your punk “Status” are 2 local Denver bands Amazing Flying Dumbasses and Worthless Commodity. Both bands have enjoyed local success and are known as rising stars in the Denver punk rock scene. Amazing Flying Dumbasses have raked in over 7,000 streams on Spotify with  “All Cops Are Bastards” being their most popular track. This split is Worthless Commodity’s first public release.

So let’s check out this EP split. The record begins with A.F.D. How many bands have an actual theme song? Well grab your shit and hang on cause we’re hitting the pit on this track! It clocks out at a whopping 53 seconds, I LOVE IT! The next song is “I’ll Get More”. Benny Vigil is straight up angry on this track. Mikey’s drums bring an unleashed energetic power as Connor and Noah join in on bass and guitar. Yet another track I adore!

Video Credit: Victor Valdez

The last Amazing Flying Dumbasses track on the split is “P.M.A. This is one of my favorite “AFD” tracks and only plays second to “Skate And Destroy” from their “Bruised” album. Worthless Commodity tracks are up next for the review. The first track, “F**K Old People”, comes in like a swift kick to the face. The guitar riff is addicting. The lead singer’s voice reminds me of the late Buzzcock’s singer, Pete Shelley which is incredible.

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The next song is “Brain Dead” is what Skabones defines as “Pogo Worthy”! This track has a bit of more hardcore sound with a deep bass line. This is my personal favorite track from Worthless Commodity! The last and definitely not least track on the split is “Throwing Twos”. This anger driven track has kick-ass bass, drums and intense vocals. This track kicks serious ass! I cannot wait to hear more in the future from Worthless Commodity!

You can listen to the split here!

The coolest part of this split? The oldest senior band member is 18 years old. So when I said, “Punk’s not dead, it’s still a teen” it proves how amazing and badass our younger musicians can be. So your old “Dad punk” while it may be considered classic, bands like Amazing Flying Dumbasses and Worthless Commodity continue to keep the light burning bright. Be sure to check out the new split on any major music provider. This is a nominee for best local EP release!

Track List (Per Spotify)

A.F.D.

I’ll Get More

P.M.A.

F**k Old People

Brain Dead

Throwing Twos

Links:

Facebook- Amazing Flying Dumbasses: https://www.facebook.com/TheAFDband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theafdband/

Facebook – Worthless Commodity: https://www.facebook.com/worthlesscommodityband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worthless_commodity/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6kVgvftlbNRw6aDZPYMEQE?si=GzPBsJdWSEWzY_5jUMqr9g

Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/album/amazing-flying-dumbasses-worthless-commodity-split/1508059261

CPRA Youtube Review Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck1gS8j98PS5VrDM0-qtYua0

CPRA Press Release: No Bueno Releases New Video For “Outlaw Song” Proving Carole Baskin Is Guilty (Satire)

Release Date: April 11th 2020                                          

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

matt whitesides: guitar and vocals

scott ridl: bass and vocals

tyler kurchinski: drums

jeremiah ludemann: guitar

Favorite Tracks: The Outlaw Song


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Joe Exotic and No Bueno!, Join Forces From Prison And Release “Outlaw Song”. This video proves without a doubt Carole did feed her husband to the tigers. For proof I present the gleam in her eye. “That bitch Carole Baskin killed her husband” 

END PRESS RELEASE

The PROOF right in the first FRAME! Long live the detectives at No Bueno!

Per No Bueno! This is just a taste of brand new music headed our way! I never expected to hear anything like this from No Bueno!, so this makes me so excited!

Help CPRA stay up and running! We Need Your Support

Track List 

Outlaw Song

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobuenoband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nobuenoband/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4mRxfp17YnXhS8viGECbyb

CPRA Youtube Review Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck1gS8j98PS5VrDM0-qtYua0

Denver’s Barking Mad Releases New EP, “Stone Age”, Confirming They Do Indeed Kick Ass

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Format: Digital and Physical

Debut EP: On Truckstop Toilet Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
Bram- Bass & Vocals
Arj- Guitar & Vocals
JD- Lead Guitar
Brooks- Drums

Production: Recorded and mixed by Bart McCrorey at Crash Pad Studios

Cover Art: Crystal Gehrig

Favorite Tracks: Stone Age, Turn Your Back, One Life, and Blue Lies

Sounds Like: Adolescents, Zipperz, Dirty Work, The Casualties, and Dirty Work


Barking Mad has returned from the depths of Denver’s dark alleyways with “Stone Age”. We reviewed their last release, “Rampage” here. If there’s anything we need in these dark times is some brand new tunes! So let’s check out, “Stone Age”.  The first track in all it’s caveman glory is “Stone Age”. This track is heavy with early Suicidal Tendencies like guitar riffs and some great drum work. Are we as a people returning to the stone age? 

The next track is “Turn Your Back”. This song has some kick ass hooks and quick changes. You will definitely wanna hit the pit on this one. My favorite song is up next, “One Life”. This is my personal gtfo of isolation song. I’m so tired of these walls I just want OUT! But alas I will stay home and save lives along with Barking Mad for now.

“I just wanna live my life and be free. I’m the only one who tells me who to be. Living my life my own fucking way.”

The 4th and final track is “Blue Lies”. Let’s be honest here even the smallest amount of police contact can destroy lives. Especially those from lower income and minority communities. What will some people say about this? “Stay out of trouble”. Yeah sure you old white bastard. The fact of the matter is “BLUE LIVES WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE”. I 100% love this track and highly recommend it. 

I reached out to Bass/Vocalist Brams Swanson for his thoughts on the new EP. “Well, I wrote it about de-evolution. It’s about how people’s thought processes are becoming more and more closed minded and ignorant. They try to shield themselves from reality and differing points of view from their own in the name of being “woke”. Only they can’t even recognize the hypocrisy spewing out of their mouths…”

With the “Stone Age” EP, Barking Mad has solidified everything I love about punk. With tracks like “Stone Age”, “One Life” and “Blue Lies” this record is a must have! I suggest you pick up the vinyl here, https://truckstoptoiletrecords.bigcartel.com/

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

Stone Age

Turn Your Back 

One Life

Blue Lies 

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDenver/

Bandcamp: https://barkingmad.bandcamp.com/releases

CPRA Youtube Review Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck1gS8j98PS5VrDM0-qtYua0

CPRA Presents: Doc Rotten To Headline CPRA Valentines Punk Show 2/21 At 3 Kings W/Poor Me & Skatepunk Hooligans – The Swifts (Update Tickets MOVING!!!)

Did Valentines Day come and go without much love for you? Come out to 3 Kings and shoot cupid in the head with some kick ass skate punk from NJ’s Doc Rotten! The boys will play the hallowed beer soaked floor’s of Broadway’s 3 Kings Tavern. If you haven’t listened to Doc Rotten you my friend are seriously missing out!

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/590990638354788/

The boys are taking their show on the road to visit Denver and the rest of the world later this year!

The Local Line up!

Did anyone know this fact? Denver’s Poor Me was one of the first bands CPRA not only attended, but also reviewed? They played a major inspiration in the foundation of CPRA! You can check out our last review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/poor-me-sugarcane-ep/.

Have you ever been to Broomfield, Colorado? It’s a quite and parts agricultural town. One might say even a bit boring at times, now of course this was before the Swifts decided to light it on fire with kick flips. We LOVED their last album, “All Sunshine” and we cannot wait for new one!

Venue Information

3 Kings Tavern

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/590990638354788/

Doors at 8pm, show at 9

$8.00 W/ Valid 21+ ID!

60 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Hardcore And Rising, Denver’s Chew Thru Debut EP, “Heavy Hands” Is EPIC

Release Date: November 29, 2019                

Format: Digital

Location: 

  • Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • Tomaso Eugenio Di Cosola – Guitar, Matt Lamoureaux – Vocals, Bill Jenkins – Drums, Matt Rinehart – Bass

Favorite Tracks: Shithole Country, Heavy Hands, Find Your Line, Fake Smiles, and Drawbridge

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, CroMags, Gorilla Biscuits, AFD, and Tuck Knee


There is an amazing feeling when someone sends you great music. It shows they are thinking about you and know what you might like. This morning I was sent the Heavy Hands EP by Chew Thru. The feeling was even better because I have already been listening to it daily since December. Somehow it was like a vindication of, “Ha, I already knew it was great but you knew I would think that.”  If you have ever read a Colorado Punk Rock Army album review, you know out of the staff writers, I am in fact the weakest link. What you will get from me is heartfelt and wacky comparisons. 

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Here’s the comparison; Cro-Mags hardcore meets old school crossover. I love the heavy grit on this EP. I am through and through a sucker for that dirty, hard bass. You get that on every song. The voice and lyrics give that punch in the face you need when listening to what I like to call, “beat your ass music.” What I mean by that is you can kill it at the skate park, gym, driving too fast or… Round it out with the perfect guitar riffs and strong solid beats and you have what is the late entry for 2019’s EP of the year. Check them out live. Go to their socials, like, follow, and stream it.  You will not be sorry.  

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The heart is this; Matt and the guys have been staples in one permutation or another around Denver and they truly deserve the love and recognition. Call it earned boys, because this is a helluva of a hard, and heavy ride.  “Heavy Hands” by Chew Thru is amazing on so many levels. The heavy bass lines, the outright assault, and pure relevance to everyday life will have this record stuck on repeat. It’s out now on all major music providers and should definitely be purchased here, https://chewthru.bandcamp.com/

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Shithole Country 
  2. Find Your Line 
  3. Heavy Hands 
  4. Fake Smiles 
  5. Drawbridge 

Links:

CPRA Music News: Boulder Under Ragers – Addict Suunshine Releases New Single, “TR”

Release Date: February 1, 2020                              

Format: Digital 

Location: Boulder, CO

Current Lineup: 

  • Rei Belmont (guitar, vocals)
  • Dreah Dickinson (guitar)
  • Elise Burcham (drums)
  • Misha Toor (bass)

Favorite Tracks: TR


Check out the latest release from Boulder’s Addict Suunshine! If you didn’t know the kids are pissed! This track speaks about trans rights and the need to protect people. I’m definitely gonna be keeping an ear out for more music from this band! 

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Track List
1. TR

CPRA Presents: Forever Starts Today/18th & Addison/Vegas Valley Drive/Stray The Course 1/18/20 at Bowman’s Vinyl

2020 is setting up to be a killer year here at CPRA. We’re busing booking bands night and day. Our first show is brought to you by the letter P as in pop punk and S as in Skatepunk! The show starts at 9 with a $5.00 cover and valid ID, at Bowman’s Vinyl on Broadway!

Check out these amazing bands!

Forever Starts Today – Emo and pop punk combine in all out assault. Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/FSTofficial/

18th & Addison – No strangers to the music scene. 18th is becoming a household name since their stint on the 2017 Warped Tour. Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/18thandAddison/

Vegas Valley Drive – These skatepunks released their first full length album last year and we loved it! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/09/19/vegas-valley-drive-releases-debut-album-kentucky-lawnmower-and-its/ Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/vegasvalleydrive/

Stray The Course – These pop punk are kicking ass and taking names. They have been featured numerous times here at CPRA and we love them! Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/StrayTheCourseOfficial/, Reviews – https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/09/stray-the-course-self-titled-ep/

The show starts at 9pm! Event link: https://facebook.com/events/s/forever-starts-today-w18th-and/2583215375109163/?ti=as

Skabones Picks For Best Album/EP For 2019

Best of 2019 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by

Skabones

Holy Shit its almost 2020 already? Where the hell have I been? Oh that’s right here writing album reviews till the cows come home. Well over 2019, CPRA has accomplished a shit ton. We wrote over 70 news, reviews and concert related items, started our own TV show, and started CPRA Skates! Don’t forget also our team up with AKA Just Miggy and The Kids Are Alright All Ages At Goosetown! On that note don’t miss the next Kids Show with the Potato Pirates on December 15, 2019, 2pm!  Check out my Top 5 List of the year below! 

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Skabones’s Top Local LP Or Full Albums of 2019

1. Trick Punch – The Latest
2. AFD – Bruised (Out Now on all platforms)
3. New Narrative – Story So Far
4. All Waffle Trick – Second Breakfast
5.  Married A Dead Man – Awakenings

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Skabones Top 5 Local EP

1.  Tuck Knee The Way Back Up and S/T
2. Sunset Silhouette   Far Beyond Suburbia
3. Barking Mad Rampage
4. Wild Lives Return Of The Kid
5.  Implied Risk Demo 2019

 

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

1. Jerkswitch BUFO
2. Crimson Riot Classy Punk For Trash People
3. Abolitionist Ugly Feeling
4. Year Of The Fist Revive Me
5.  The Follow Ups Don’t Like You Either
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Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

1.  Vera Kay  Pink Roses
2.  Spider Energy Gone Wrong
3. Trashed Ambulance Shorthanded
4.  The Damed  The Damed
5. Fine Dining Grass Fed Tunes
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Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S

Bury MIA And Sleep It Off
Slap Happy  Cruisin
Hangtime Invasion
Spewers A New Disappointment
Over Time Decades
Wilmette Anxious Body
Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets Shake, Stomp And Stumble

It’s Not Too Late To Get CPRA Merch for xmas!

Well there you have it my picks for 2019! You check out all of our reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews-music-news/. Bands we love ya! Happy Holidays and stay safe. See everybody on December 14 At 3 Kings!

“’Pick It Up! Ska In The 90’s'(CPRA Movie Reaction)& Ska Parade 30th Anniversary Show

Release Date: 5/1/2019                                                      

Format: Digital and Physical

Purchase Here: https://www.skamovie.com/shop-1

Production: PopMotion Pictures

Director/Writer/Stars (Per IMBD)

  • Director: Taylor Morden
  • Writer: Heather Augustyn
  • Stars: Tim Armstrong, Aaron Barrett, Christian Jacobs

Appearances by: (Per website)

The film features exclusive interviews with members of: 

The Aquabats • Big D and the Kids Table • Bim Skala Bim • Blink-182 • Bomb the Music Industry! • Buck-O-Nine • Catch 22 • Cherry Poppin’ Daddies • Dance Hall Crashers • Desorden Publico • Fishbone • Five Iron Frenzy • Goldfinger • The Goodwin Club • Hepcat • The Hippos • The Impossibles • Inspector • The Interrupters • Jump With Joey • Kemuri • King Apparatus • La Resistencia • Less Than Jake • Let’s Go Bowling • The Mad Caddies • Maldita Vecindad • Mephiskapheles • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones • MU330 • Mustard Plug • My Superhero • New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble • No Doubt • The Nuckle Brothers • the O.C. Supertones • Oingo Boingo • The Pietasters • Pilfers • The Porkers • Reel Big Fish • Rx Bandits • Save Ferris • The Selecter • Skankin’ Pickle • The Skatalites • The Slackers • Smashmouth • The Specials • Spring Heeled Jack • Starpool • Streetlight Manifesto • Sublime • Suburban Legends • The Suicide Machines • The Toasters • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra • Voodoo Glow Skulls • and a bunch of other super rad ska related people!


Hey guys Skabones with CPRA here. Happy Holidays to everyone out there. Recently we received an advanced copy of Pick It Up Ska In the 90’s. Personally, I couldn’t help myself and dove in immediately. This film was directed by Tayloy Morden. Be sure to check out some of Taylor’s other movies such as, The Pick Up , The Last Blockbuster, Here’s to Life: The Story of The Refreshments, Gotcha. We reached out to Taylor, so be sure to read his thoughts on the film below. 

So before I go into more of the movie, Let’s talk more about your mom, I mean me Skabones. I grew up when Reagan was dropping bombs and Thatcher was invading the Falklands. Ska bands like English Beat, Madness, and The Specials were wrecking the UK charts. Given I’m only 42 now I was only about 5 or 6 years old then. So let’s jump back to the 90’s. I was an angry kid, hated my dad, we all hated our parents back then. As you can tell from my senior photo I was a real, “rebel”.

My friends and I were constantly going to shows around Denver. We even got tear gassed at the Propagandhi riot. For me personally I felt I belonged, but also that I didn’t belong. That something was missing for me. I was that square peg that never fits into the circle. I was a “Weird Kid”. So when a friend handed me a copy of “The Pietasters” by The Pietasters around 1994. Something in me finally clicked. I restarted my love for ska! As time progressed, my friends and I started going to more Ska shows like, Denver’s Five Iron Frenzy, Fishbone, Save Ferris, and many more. 

So let’s actually get into the movie. When the film opens I felt this immediate ocean of nostalgia come over me. As Tim Armstrong began his narration of the film I felt thrusted back into the 90’s. Someone hit me with a Slap bracelet! The list of media and bands in this film is insane. From legendary DJ’s such as Tazy Phillips to bands you might have thought disappeared. They are some great concepts and schools of thought discussed in the film such as How do you define ska? Have you ever tried to explain ska to someone? Did you know the classic black and white checkered style was not about racial unity? Out of nowhere the weird kids had a place to go and best of all it wasn’t a fashion parade. And suddenly there were trumpets in punk rock.

One of my favorite discussions is Did Kurt Cobain’s death kick off the 3rd Wave of Ska? If you think about it Cobain’s death marked the end of grunge and the start of something new. I’d really love to sit down some time with legendary KROQ DJ Tazy Phillips and asks just why was Sublime so hard to work worth? I can only guess it was Bradley’s addiction or other issues? I’ve watched this movie 3 times now and still find things I missed the first time around. Such as did you know skapunk embraced punk’s DIY boots on the ground self promotion? There was a war between the West coast Vs East Coast ska? Wait wut? As the 3rd wave rose in popularity bands started having more control over their shows such as Skank N Pickle refusing to play non all ages shows

Skabones is that you?

Another concept discussed, How does a ska band survive on the road? You have 5-10 members who have to sit practically on top of each other in the van. I found this part of the movie hilarious! Another personal favorite part of the movie is when gender was discussed and how female members were treated differently from their male counterparts. With venues sometimes thinking they were girlfriends, groupies, or wives of band members. Five Iron Frenzy’s -Leanor Inez Ortega Till discusses this issue in detail. Her section in the movie is a personal favorite. I scored an awesome interview with Leanor which you can read below. Guys I’m talking to you! It may be almost 2020 we may be getting better about inclusion, but newsflash, we are not there yet! 

As I said before the lists of bands and media personalities in this movie is incredible. Some of my favorite moments are with Angelo Moore, Ben Carr, Coolie from Pilfers, Moniqe Powell and Mike Park. Oh and Aaron Barret from Reel Big Fish, stays true to his name as over confident sell out. I guess hes’s the Aaron we all know. Haha! As the movie nears the end, the downfall and over market saturation of the 3rd wave are mentioned. Soon Emo and EDM began to take it’s place. The popularity here in the states may have fallen, but 3rd Wave continues to thrive in other countries.  

Overall I give Pick It Up – Ska In the 90’s a 9.5 out of 10. This movie is a perfected tribute to ska and in particular to the third wave. The little things you didn’t know, made a huge impact, not only in the ska scene, but the music industry in general. The only downside to the movie is no Op Ivy interview, but it’s really the least of my concerns.

Ska will never die, it will continue to evolve from it’s early Jamaican roots. So pick it up now at www.skamovie.com, via download, and now on DVD and Blu-ray! So let us know down in the comments below your best memory from the 3rd Wave! If you think Ska is dead, read more here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/category/ska/


I reached out to the Director of Pick It up,  Taylor Morden for for some thoughts on the making of the film. 

Pic courtesy of IMBD

CPRA: First of congratulations on a fantastic movie!

Morden: Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it!

CPRA: What was different for you in directing Pick It Up – Ska In The 90s vs the other movies you have directed like The Last BlockbusterHere’s to Life: The Story of The Refreshments, Gotcha, Sticker Shock, and The Pick Up

Morden: Pick It Up! was the biggest project for me in terms of scope, there are over 80 bands featured in the movie, and we filmed in 4 countries over the course of a year and a half. It was also a very personal project for me.  I’ve played trumpet in ska bands for over 20 years now and this music has been a huge part of my life. Getting to talk with all the bands I’ve been a fan of for most of my life about the music that means so much to all of us has been an amazing experience.  In a way I got to tell a part of my own life story with the help of some of my all time favorite bands.

CPRA: What was the most difficult part in directing this movie? 

Morden: There were a lot of challenges along the way, but one of the hardest parts was trying to clear so many songs for the soundtrack, there’s a ton of music in the movie and for every song you hear there are a lot of hoops to jump through.  The other difficulties were things like scheduling the interviews around the availability of touring bands and digitizing huge piles of VHS tapes and scanning hundreds of photos, then trying to keep track of all the footage and archival materials and put together a story out of all of it.

CPRA: Was there at any moment you felt it was just too hard to make the movie and what pushed you to overcome if so? 

Morden: Somewhere, about half way through editing, we had a 5 and a half hour long rough cut of the movie… I wasn’t really sure how to get past that stage and down to something that people could actually watch. The main thing that kept us going on this project and helped us overcome obstacles like that was the support of the ska community!  The bands and the fans have been a huge help in motivating us to to try and make the movie as comprehensive, fun, and informative as we could. 

CPRA: We know you can’t really play favorites with any scenes. However; what is one scene that really makes you nostalgic for making the film? 

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Morden: Not sure if you’re referring to scenes in the movie, or local music scenes… in the movie, there’s a part titled: the horn section that means a lot to me, as a horn player, that part is really autobiographical and I feel like that’s the kind of thing that maybe another film maker would not have included. If you mean music scenes, that’s a tough one, since we learned so much about so many ska scenes making the movie, and our local scene in Eugene Oregon doesn’t really feature in the film, I’d have to say that the stuff about the Japanese ska scene is my favorite. 

CPRA: What advice do you have for independent filmmakers trying to get their names out there?

Morden: I’m not sure I’m in any position to give advice, but as an independent filmmaker, I really believe in the DIY work ethic that it often takes to get anything done.  That often means long hours and difficult obstacles to overcome. So the advice I would have is: choose topics that you really care about. You’re going to be stuck working on a movie, especially a documentary, for years.  So if you aren’t really invested in the subject matter that can get tedious. But as the cat hanging from the tree says ‘hang in there’. 

CPRA: Thanks Taylor that’s some great information!

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