The Toasters playing at LabaDaba Festival, August 2013
|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Genres||Ska, third wave ska|
|Labels||Megalith, Moon Ska Records, Moon Ska World|
|Associated acts||New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, The Klingons, The Pilfers|
|Members||Robert "Bucket" Hingley
|Past members||Mike "Philly" Armstrong
Adam "Prince Beaver" Birch
John "Skoidat Sr." Chapman
Rick "Chunk" Faulkner
Paul "Sondoulix" Gephardt
Donald "The Kid" Guillaume
Weston "Gigglefist" Thomas
Andrew "Jack Ruby Jr." Lindo
Fred "Rock Steady Freddie" Reiter
Erick E. "E-Man" Storckman
Obi-Ajula "Coolie Ranx" Ugbomah
Big Steve Carroll
Pablo D. "The Professor" Wright
Englishman Robert "Bucket" Hingley relocated to New York City in 1980, where he managed that city's Forbidden Planet comic book store location, and formed The Toasters in 1981 after seeing The Beat perform at the Roseland Ballroom. The group's first live show was supporting Bad Brains at A7 in 1981. One of the original third-wave ska bands, the early lineup of the band included other employees of the store. The group self-released their first single, Beat Up, in 1983. They recorded their Joe Jackson-produced debut EP, Recriminations, in 1985 and after failing to find a label to release it, Hingley formed his own Moon Ska Records label. The group collaborated further with Jackson, whom Hingley had known since 1978 and who appeared under the pseudonym Stanley Turpentine, on later albums and in live shows. The group expanded with the addition of a brass section, and their first full-length album, Skaboom!, was released in 1987.
Hingley has been the only constant member in the band. While the band's lineup has seen many changes, regular contributors included Coolie Ranx (vocals), Matt Malles (bass), Dave Barry (keyboards), Johnnathan McCain (drums), Freddie Reiter (saxophone), Brian Sledge (trumpet), and Rick "Chunk" Faulkner and Erick "E-Man" Storckman (both trombone). Veteran Jamaican saxophonist Lester Sterling also made several guest appearances. Deejay Andrew "Jack Ruby Jr." Lindo, son of Jamaican producer Jack Ruby was also a long-time member. Reiter joined after playing in The New York Citizens, who had supported The Toasters on tour. Trombonist Buford O'Sullivan joined around 2000 after leaving The Scofflaws. Faulkner and Reiter went on to form the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble.
The Toasters experienced a small degree of commercial success in the late 1990s due to the popularity of third wave ska in North America. Their song "Two-Tone Army" is also the theme song for the Nickelodeon show KaBlam! (performed by the 'Moon Ska Stompers' - members of the Toasters and friends), and they recorded background music in many TV commercials, including for America Online and Coca-Cola. Their song "Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down" appeared in the pilot episode of the animated series Mission Hill. In 1998 they were part of the 'Ska Against Racism' tour, along with The Blue Meanies, Five Iron Frenzy, and Less Than Jake. Moon Ska Records collapsed, and since 2004 Hingley has been based in Valencia, Spain; He started the Megalith label which has since been the band's home. They still perform around the world, and in 2007 they celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a new studio album, One More Bullet. In 2011 they undertook a 30th anniversary world tour.
|1988||Thrill Me Up|
|1990||This Gun for Hire|
|1992||New York Fever|
|1996||Hard Band for Dead|
|1997||Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down|
|2002||Enemy of the System|
|2007||One More Bullet|
- 1990: T-Time
- 1995: Ska Killers
- 1996: History Book
- 1998: History Book 1987-1998'
- 2000: The Best Of...
- 2003: In Retrospect
- 2007: Ska is Dead
- Recriminations (1985), Moon Ska
- The East-Side Beat EP (1987), Moon Ska
- Live In Sao Paulo Brazil (2002), Grover
- Beat Up: "The Beat"/"Brixton Beat" (1984), Moon Ska
- "Don't Say Forever" (1990), Pork Pie
- "Chuck Berry"/"Maxwell Smart" (1995), Moon Ska
- "Dub 56" (1995), Stubborn
- "Dog Eat Dog" (2000), Grover
- "You're Gonna Pay!" (2006), Megalith
- "House Of Soul" (2013), Megalith
- Split singles
- "Talk Is Cheap" (1987), Moon Ska - split with Beat Brigade
- "The Stage" (1997), Island - promo only, split with Fishbone
- Robert "Bucket" Hingley: vocals, guitar
- Thaddeus "Westbound" Merritt: bass, backing vocals
- Jesse "The Void" Hayes: drums, backing vocals
- Logan LaBarbera: trombone (US tours)
- Arjen "Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation" Bijleveld: trombone, backing vocals (European tours)
- Neil "Lonestar" Johnson: saxophone
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- Rogovoy 2000, p. 142.
- Nickson (March 1998).
- Iwasaki 2006.
- Anderson, Rick. "Enemy of the System Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- Augustyn, Heather (2010). Ska: An Oral History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co Inc. ISBN 978-0786460403.
- Budjinski, Jason (September 15, 2004). "The Toasters". Riverfront Times (St. Louis, Missouri). Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- Fernandes, Matt (February 16, 2011). Q&A: "Toasters celebrate 30 years of skankin' at Firebird Friday". St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri). Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- Greene, Jo-Ann. "Skaboom! Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
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- Hainer, Cathy (June 6, 1988). "Hot and Toasty". New York Magazine: 26. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- Houlton, Jennifer (September 1989). "The International State of Ska: The Toasters". Spin (New York): 16. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- Huey, Steve. "The Toasters". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- Iwasaki, Scott (November 17, 2006). "Toasters on a mission of music". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah). Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- Nickson, Chris (February 1998) "NYC Ska Mob", CMJ New Music Monthly, p. 17. Retrieved September 7, 2013
- Nickson, Chris (March 1998) "Toasters Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down", CMJ New Music Monthly p. 46. Retrieved September 7, 2013
- Nickson, Chris (July 1998) "Ska Against Racism", CMJ New Music Monthly pp. 28–29, 77. Retrieved September 7, 2013
- Partridge, Kenneth (January 20, 2005). "A Hard Band to Keep Down: Rob Hingley, Reformulated Toasters Keep the Beat in Ska's Down Cycle". Hartford Courant. p. 8.
- Rogovoy, Seth (2000). The essential klezmer: a music lover's guide to Jewish roots and soul music, from the Old World to the Jazz Age to the downtown avant-garde. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Workman Publishing, Algonguin Books of Chapel Hill. p. 142. ISBN 978-1565122444.
- Smallwood, Sue (February 12, 1993). "For Toasters, Ska is Simply Living History". The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Virginia). p. 5 ('Preview' section).
- Travis, Tiffini A.; Hardy, Perry (2012). Skinheads: A Guide to an American Subculture. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0313359538.
- Official website
- The Toasters collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
- The Toasters discography at MusicBrainz