The Toasters playing at LabaDaba Festival, August 2013
|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Labels||Megalith, Moon Ska Records, Moon Ska World|
|Associated acts||New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble, The Klingons, The Pilfers|
|Members||Robert "Bucket" Hingley|
Englishman Robert "Bucket" Hingley relocated to New York City in 1980, where he managed that city's Forbidden Planet comic book store location. Hingley 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 Toasters lineup included other employees of the Forbidden Planet store.
The group self-released their first single, "Beat Up", in 1983. They recorded their Joe Jackson-produced debut EP, Recriminations, in 1985. After failing to find a label to release it, Hingley formed his own label Moon Ska Records.
The group collaborated further with Jackson on later albums and in live shows. Jackson had known Hingley since 1978, and appeared on some Toasters albums under the pseudonym Stanley Turpentine. Then later the group expanded with the addition of a brass section. 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 both Rick "Chunk" Faulkner and Erick "E-Man" Storckman on trombone.
Reiter joined The Toasters 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.
After Moon Ska Records
In 2004 Moon Ska Records collapsed, and Hingley has been based in Valencia, Spain. He started the Megalith label, which has since been the band's home. The Toasters 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.
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 the theme song for the Nickelodeon show KaBlam!. The song is performed by the 'Moon Ska Stompers' - members of the Toasters and friends.
The Toasters song "Skaternity" was used for the end credits of KaBlam! during most of season 1, while "Everything You Said Has Been A Lie" was used for the end credits during seasons 2-4.  Their song "Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down" appeared in the pilot episode of the animated series Mission Hill.
|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
- Gilbert Covarrubias: trombone
- Nathan Koch: sax
- Tim Karns: bass
- Jon Degen: saxophone
- Carlos "Charlos" Menezes: saxophone & trombone
- Robbie "Fancy" LaFalce: Drums
- Steve "the Basement" Russo: drums
- Chappman "Choppah" Sowash: trombone
- Thaddeus Merritt: bass
- Jesse Hayes: drums
- Arjen "Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation" Bijleveld: trombone
- Neil "Lonestar" Johnson: saxophone
- Jason "Jah-Son" Nwagbaraocha - bass, vocals
- Dan "Duckie" Garrido - drums
- Jeff Richey - saxophone (alto and baritone)
- Mike "Philly" Armstrong - tenor saxophone
- Greg Robinson - trombone
- Lionel Bernard - vocals
- Adam "Prince Beaver" Birch - trombone, trumpet
- Tim Champeau - trumpet
- John "Skoidat Sr." Chapman - saxophone
- Mark Darini - bass
- Sean Dinsmore - vocals
- Brian Emrich - bass
- Gary Eye - percussion (original member)
- Rick "Chunk" Faulkner - trombone
- Paul "Spondoulix" Gephardt - alto saxophone
- Donald "The Kid" Guillaume - drums
- Gregory D Grinnell - trumpet (1985–1988), bass (1988–1990)
- Ann Hellandsjo - trombone
- Steve Hex - keyboards (founding member)
- Scott Jarvis - drums (founding member)
- Dan Jesselsohn - bass
- Neil Johnson - saxophones
- Danny Johnson - drums
- Tim Karns - bass
- Ivan Katz - drums
- Matt Malles - bass
- Johnnathan "JMac" McCain - drums
- Kashu (Cashew) Miles - vocals
- Andrew "Jack Ruby Jr." Lindo - vocals
- Fred "Rock Steady Freddie" Reiter - saxophone
- Ron Ragona - guitar, vocals
- Marcel Reginato - alto saxophone
- Nilda Richards - trombone
- Mo Roberts - drums
- Vicky Rose - bass, vocals (founding member)
- Jim Seely - trumpet
- Brian Sledge - trumpet, vocals
- Erick E. "E-Man" Storckman - trombone
- Obi-Ajula "Coolie Ranx" Ugbomah - vocals
- Big Steve Carroll - vocals
- Dave Waldo - keyboards, vocals
- Pablo D. "The Professor" Wright - vocals
- Chris Rhodes - trombone
- Ozzy "The Wiz" Cardona - trumpet (1988-1990)
- Larry "Ace" Snell - drums
- Anthony Vito - drums
- Lluís Martínez: Drums
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