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Slackers, The / Great Rock-Steady Swindle, The
Album:Great Rock-Steady Swindle, The Collection:Reggae
Artist:Slackers, The Added:04/2010
Label:Hellcat Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2010-07-25 Pull Date:2010-09-26 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:26 Sep19 Sep12 Sep5 Sep29 Aug22 Aug15 Aug8 Aug

Recent Airplay
1.Thu, 15 Jun 17:DJ McGriddle & Kray Bae Bae
Road Trip
4.Sat, 25 Sep 10:Sadie O.
New World Disorder
2.Fri, 24 Feb 17:DJ McGriddle & Kray Bae Bae
Road Trip
5.Thu, 23 Sep 10:Farmer Flap-Jack
Happy Hour
3.Fri, 10 Feb 17:DJ McGriddle & Kray Bae Bae
Road Trip
6.Thu, 23 Sep 10:Sunshine
Sunshine . . . in the (Morning And) Afternoon

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2010-07-22 
The Slackers – the Great Rocksteady Swindle
Reviewed by Sadie O., 7/22/10
Old-school Ska, mixed with rocksteady, 60’s rock, dub, garage (but not punk). 6-piece band from NYC with horn section, keyboards… The music is generally really good, and I kinda wish there were more instrumentals. Sometimes they seem a bit too earnest, which isn’t really what I expected. Still, fun stuff.
FCC (in passing) on 15. I like 8-10 best.
1. 3:38 ***fine mid-tempo OG SKA. Incongruous but pleasant bit of harmonica.
2. 2:53 ***swingy midtempo rocksteady with chimes.
3. 3:40 ***little British spoken word intro, groovy downtempo rocksteady with echoes, fun lyrics.
4. 4:18 **boppy midtempo with a hint of The Band
5. 4:30 ***dub intro, downtempo reggae, echo-y dub with effects.
6. 3:10 ***60’s rock/soul, mutating into ska. Nice.
7. 3:35 ***proper old school ska.
8. 3:02 ****midtempo ska, fun vocals.
9. 3:15 ****uptempo with farfisa and fine lyrics.
10. 3:55 ****midtempo rocksteady with terribly mysterious dub vibes. The fact that it’s a cover of an absolutely godawful song makes it better, somehow.
11. 4:23 **sprightly upbeat ska with swishy drumsticks, bitter lyrics.
12. 3:51 *sweet, wistful folky blancmange.
13. 2:47 ***uptempo and upbeat 4/4 60’s rock.
14. 3:20 **what it would sound like if John Sebastian (Loving Spoonful) did ska. I just wonder whether he thinks he’s Michael Franti. Pleasant enough, anyway.
15. 3:44 (FCC: “shit” x 2)****proper OG ska, a bit uptempo. Everything’s right except that little FCC moment… Shit!

Track Listing
1.How It Feels 8.Bo Evil
2.Because 9.Tool Shed
3.Mr. Tragedy 10.Ain't No Sunshine
4.Sabina 11.Don't Look Back
5.Cheated 12.Anastasia
6.Daddy 13.Thank You
7.A Long Way Off 14.The Tv Dinner Song
 15.The Same Everyday