The Scofflaws

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The Scofflaws
Origin Huntington, New York, United States
Genres Third wave ska
Years active 1988–present
Labels Moon Ska Records
Associated acts The Bluebeats, New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, The Toasters
Members Richard "Sammy" Brooks
John Soldo
Brian Duggan
Greg Bucking
Jared Dubin
Past members Mike Drance
Jennifer South
Dennis Langel
Scott Miller
Johnny Brooks
Bill Grillo
Paul Gebhardt
Victor Rice
Buford O’Sullivan
Brian Lavan
Tony Mason
Kerry Lafferty
Ben Klingberg
Cary Brown
Fred Reiter
Regina Bellantese
Wendy Scher
Glen Saunders
Tony Calarco
Jerica Rosenblum
Matthew Voss
Daniel Voss
Tom McGee
Jay Hackett
Glenn Hackett
Adoni Xavier
Henning
Dave Waldo

The Scofflaws are a Huntington, Long Island, New York-based third wave ska band that debuted in 1988. Known for their rambunctious live shows, technically proficient horn solos and tight arrangements, The Scofflaws were one of the top third wave ska acts of the '90s and one of the most beloved bands on the now-defunct Moon Ska label, as well as the center and focal point of the once-thriving Long Island ska scene.

The band originally performed as The New Bohemians, initially with a stronger emphasis on novelty ‘60s, R&B and television-show theme cover songs, bolstered by original ska-oriented anthems such as "Rudy's Back" and "Paul Getty". They sold the New Bohemians name to Geffen Records, who had just signed Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, in 1988, and regrouped as The Scofflaws.

The Scofflaws early sound was characterized by strong R&B and jazz influences as well as eclectic covers of such songs as Henry Mancini's "A Shot in the Dark", Danny Elfman's theme for Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and a scorching live rendition of The Skatalites instrumental "Ska-La Parisian". Original songs like "Ska-La-Carte", "Nude Beach" and "William Shatner" became cult favorites due to the offbeat lyrics and quirky vocal stylings of bandleader Richard "Sammy" Brooks and trombonist Buford O'Sullivan.

They toured the United States several times, including stints as the openers for Desmond Dekker and Bad Manners. In addition, they toured Europe in 1998 supporting Laurel Aitken & The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble.

The band's lineup saw frequent changes and served as a springboard for numerous New York ska musicians, as well as sprouting several spinoff groups. Original co-frontman Mike Drance left in 1994 to form The Bluebeats, while bassist Victor Rice went on to be a founding member of The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble and continue a career in music production. Several Scofflaws members including O'Sullivan, Paul Gebhardt, and Tony Calarco also played for fellow Moon Ska artists The Toasters as well as One Groovy Coconut and Royal Roost, and The Scofflaws have often shared members with Huntington disciples Spider Nick & the Maddogs (whose leader, "Spider Nick" Martielli, wrote Scofflaws favorite "Spider on My Bed").

Although The Scofflaws have not released a studio recording since 1998, Brooks continues to lead the band in live performances within the New York area.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1991: The Scofflaws
  • 1995: Ska in Hi Fi
  • 1998: Record of Convictions

Live albums[edit]

  • 1996: Live! Vol. 1

Compilations[edit]

  • 1988: Ska-Ville USA Vol. 3 ("Rudy's Back")
  • 1990: NYC Ska Live ("Going Back to Kingston", "Ali-Ska-Ba")
  • 1995: Oi!/Skampilation Vol. No. 1 ("The Whip")
  • 1995: Ska – The Third Wave ("After the Lights Go Down Low", "William Shatner")
  • 1996: This Are Moon Ska ("William Shatner", "Nude Beach")
  • 1997: Freedom Sounds: A Tribute to The Skatalites ("Dr. Ring-A-Ding")
  • 1997: New York Beat Volume 2: Breaking and Entering ("Man With the Golden Arm")
  • 1997: Ska: The Instrumentals ("Watermelon Man")

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Richard "Sammy" Brooks – Lead vocals, tenor saxophone
  • John Soldo – Drums
  • Brian Duggan – Bass
  • Greg Bucking – Guitar
  • Jared Dubin – Trombone

Past[edit]

  • Mike Drance – Baritone saxophone, vocals
  • Jennifer South – Keyboards
  • Dennis Langel – Guitar
  • Scott Miller – Drums
  • Johnny Brooks – Bass
  • Bill Grillo – Drums
  • Paul Gebhardt – Alto saxophone
  • Victor Rice – Bass
  • Buford O'Sullivan – Trombone, vocals, theremin
  • Brian Lavan – Guitar
  • Tony Mason – Drums
  • Kerry Lafferty – Keyboards
  • Ben Klingberg – Guitar
  • Cary Brown – Keyboards
  • Fred Reiter – Baritone saxophone
  • Regina Bellantese – Baritone saxophone
  • Wendy Scher – Baritone saxophone
  • Glen Saunders – Acoustic bass, electric bass
  • Tony Calarco – Baritone Saxophone, alto saxophone
  • Jerica Rosenblum – Keyboards
  • Matthew Voss – Alto saxophone
  • Daniel Voss – Baritone saxophone
  • Jay Nugent – Guitar
  • Tom McGee – Bass
  • Jay Hackett – Guitar
  • Glenn Hackett – Drums
  • Adoni Xavier – Guitar
  • Henning – Drums
  • Steven Prisco - Guitar

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