Bim Skala Bim

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Bim Skala Bim
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Third wave ska
Ska punk
Years active 1983–2002
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 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 10 Boston Music Awards, 8 Boston Phoenix Reader’s Poll awards as well Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” twice. In March of 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 has reformed with all of the original members and just finished recording a brand new album, “Chet’s Last Call” released late 2013. The album has their unmistakable sound, and they’ll be touring in support of this new album in Europe next spring. Finishing with an appearance at the much acclaimed Freedom Sounds Festival in Cologne Germany in May.


  • 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)


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