Bim Skala Bim

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Bim Skala Bim
Bim Skala Bim 2015.jpg
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Third wave ska
Ska punk
Years active 1983–2002
2009–present
Past members
  • Dan Vitale
  • Mark Ferranti
  • Jim Arhelger
  • Rick Barry
  • John Cameron
  • Jim Jones
  • Vincent Nobile
  • Dave Butts
  • Ephraim Lessell
  • Robin Ducot
  • Mark Paquin
  • Jackie Starr
  • Lauren Flesher
  • John Ferry
  • Chris Rhodes
  • Walt Bostian

Bim Skala Bim formed in Boston, MA as a ska rock band that was influenced by the bands in England’s 2 Tone movement as well as bands such as the Clash, UB40 and Bob Marley. Bim’s infectious “Boston Blue Beat” sound—a mix of upbeat 2 Tone Ska, Rock n Roll and a pinch of Calypso—with a substantial Reggae undertone led them, together with The Toasters, to be the premier bands kickstarting the Third Wave of Ska in the 1980s. Other bands quickly followed their example resulting in a lively scene in Boston and much of the United States.

In 1997, Bim Skala Bim, The Dropkick Murphys, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones emerged on a 50 date nationwide “Boston On The Road” tour, demonstrating the shared success of those local artists. As one of the world’s longest-running independent bands with over twenty five years of touring and recording,

Since their start in 1983, Bim Skala Bim released 9 highly acclaimed albums and has been the winner of ten Boston Music Awards, eight Boston Phoenix Reader’s Poll awards as well Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” twice. In March 2013, Boston Business Journal rated Bim Skala Bim’s “Bones” album #19 in their “Boston Top 40 Albums of All Time” list.

Bim Skala Bim took a hiatus in 2002 but reformed to record a new album titled Chet’s Last Call, released late 2013.[1]

Band Members[edit]

  • Dan Vitale (vocals)
  • Mark Ferranti (bass)
  • Jim Jones (guitar, vocals, 1985-present)
  • Jim Arhelger (drums, 1985-present)
  • Vince Nobile (trombone, keyboards, 1986-96, 2000-present)
  • Dave Butts (keyboards, saxophone, 2000-present)

Former members[edit]

  • John Ferry (trombone, vocals, 1983-86, 1998-99)
  • Chris Kramtch (drums, 1983)
  • Ephraim LaSalle (guitar, 1983)
  • Robin Ducot (keyboards, 1983-84)
  • John Sullivan (drums, 1983-84)
  • Will Cluster (guitar, 1983-84)
  • Lauren Flesher (vocals, 1985)
  • John Cameron (keyboard, saxophone, 1985-99)
  • Jackie Starr (vocals, keyboards, 1985-89)
  • Rick Barry (percussion, 1986-96)
  • Mark Paquin (trombone, 1996-98)

Discography[edit]

Bim Skala Bim Albums[2][3]

  • Bim Skala Bim (1986)
  • Tuba City (1989)
  • How's It Goin'? (1990)
  • Bones (1991)
  • Live at the Paradise (1993)
  • Eyes & Ears (1995)
  • American Playhouse (1995)
  • Universal (1997)
  • The One That Got Away (1998)
  • Krinkle (2000)
  • Chet's Last Call (2013)
  • Musical Biscuits (2013)

Compilation Appearances[4][5]

  • Boston Does the Beatles (1988)
  • Mashin’ Up The Nation Best of U.S. Ska Vol. 1 (1988)
  • Skankin' Round the World, Vol. 1 (1989)
  • Place of General Happiness (1993)
  • The Shack (1994)
  • We Don't Skare (1994)
  • Mashin' Up the Nation: The Best of American Ska, Vols. 1&2 (1991)
  • Ska: Cover to Cover (1996)
  • Joint Ventures in Ska (1996)
  • Mash It Up, Vol. 3 (1996)
  • SKAndalous: I've Gotcha Covered (1996)
  • Mash It Up, Vol. 4 (1997)
  • Ska Down Her Way (1997)
  • The Ska Parade: Runnin' Naked Thru the Cornfield (1998)
  • Big Indie Beats (1998)
  • Love and Affection: Ska in the Key of Love (1998)
  • Mashin' Up the Nation: The Best of American Ska Vols. 3 & 4 (1998)
  • Steady Sounds from the Underground (1998)
  • Boston, Vol. 2 (1999)
  • Ska Party '99 (1999)
  • Club Ska '99: The Shack Vol. 2 (1999)
  • Welcome to Beatville (1999)
  • Mash It Up 2000 It’s Alive Boston Ska Vol. 5 (2000)
  • Still Standing – A North American Ska Uprising (2003)

Singles and EPs[6]

  • Fat Head (1987)
  • Bim Skala Bim / Stabilizer (3) (1991)
  • Concert-Freebie: Marquee; Friday 14th July 1995 (1995)
  • Skeleton (1995)
  • Capone and the Bullets / Bim Skala Bim - Godfather/Sunshine (1996)
  • Test Patterns (1999)
  • King Hammond, Bim Skala Bim - Mad Not Cancer (2014)

Awards[edit]

  • 10 Boston Music Awards
  • 8 Boston Phoenix Reader's Poll Awards
  • Boston Magazine's Best of Boston twice
  • Boston Business Journal - Bim Skala Bim Bones Album, #19 of Boston Top 40 Albums of All Time
  • Top Ten Local Shows for 2014 - Bim Skala Bim at The Middle East Cambridge MA (August 2014)[7]
  • Reggae Steady Ska - Best of 2014 - Best Live Band #2 Bim Skala Bim[8]
  • Reggae Steady Ska - Best of 2014 - 7" Vinyl of the Year #1 Various: Bim Skala Bim, King Hammond (taken from Specialized 3 - Mad Not Cancer)[9]
  • Bim Skala Bim Chet's Last Call debuted on National Jamband.com radio chart at #25 (Marcy 2014)[10]


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