Rump Shaker (album)

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Rump Shaker
Suburban Legends - Rump Shaker.jpg
Studio album by Suburban Legends
Released June 28, 2003
Genre Ska punk
Pop punk
Length 42:30
Label Lobster Girl
Brand New Hero (UK)
Asbestos/Underground Communiqué (vinyl re-release)
Producer John Avila
Suburban Legends chronology
Suburban Legends (Tim Remix)
Rump Shaker
Dance Like Nobody's Watching
Professional ratings
Review scores
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AbsolutePunk 91% link 4.5/5 stars link

Rump Shaker is the second album of the third-wave ska band Suburban Legends. It was released June 28, 2003 in Los Angeles, California by Lobster Girl Records. The album initially sold 15,000 copies and was subsequently released on Brand New Hero Records in the UK. Rump Shaker was the last Suburban Legends album to feature trombonist Dallas Cook, who died in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident on October 19, 2005. It was also the last CD to feature Chris Maurer on bass guitar and Tim Maurer on vocals. Aaron Bertram and Vince Walker also left the band after this album, but Walker returned as the band's lead singer and Bertram started performing live with the band again from 2009 onwards.

It was produced by John Avila, former bassist of Oingo Boingo, one of the band's major influences. In 2005, when the band was featured as ManiaTV!'s Artist of the Day, Tim Maurer jokes of the experience, "We went to [Avila's] house. We strapped him down to a bed. We played our music in the CD player 20,000 times. We fed him only a diet of oatmeal and gruel. He agreed then to produce our album. And we paid him and we thanked him and it was fun. And it was good. And it was fun."[1]

On January 1, 2011, the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band performed the song "You" live on national television in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Asbestos Records and Underground Communiqué Records set up and successfully crowdfunded a Kickstarter project in 2011, which allowed a re-release of Rump Shaker on vinyl in 2012 alongside The Pietasters' Oolooloo, Edna's Goldfish's Before You Knew Better, and Pilfers' self-titled album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "High Fives" – 4:24
  2. "You" – 3:59
  3. "Bright Spring Morning" – 4:04
  4. "Up All Night" – 4:13
  5. "Blingity Bling" – 2:36
  6. "Autumn in the Park" – 3:56
  7. "Powerful Game" – 3:29
  8. "Zanzibar" – 3:58
  9. "All the Nights" – 2:53
  10. "Do it for the Kids" – 3:52
  11. "Last Dance" – 5:04

Music videos[edit]

Promotional music videos were released for "High Fives" and "Up All Night". The video for "High Fives" was a compilation of clips of the band performing at the Disneyland Resort and visiting a fair. The music video for "Up All Night" features an animated version of the band, based on Nic Cowan's Rump Shaker album artwork, performing in the streets of Tokyo, which subsequently comes under attack from a giant lizard called Skazilla.


Regular members:

Guest musicians:

  • Tubazar – Tuba ("Autumn in the Park" & "Zanzibar")
  • Yoko Nishiguchi, Brent Toda, Walter Tsushima & Evan Webb – from Nishikaze Taiko ("Bright Spring Morning & "Zanzibar")


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