Turn the Radio Off

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Turn the Radio Off
Reel Big Fish - Turn the Radio Off cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 13, 1996
RecordedApril - May 1996 at Media Ventures, Santa Monica, California
GenreSka punk
ProducerReel Big Fish, Jay Rifkin, John Avila
Reel Big Fish chronology
Everything Sucks
Turn the Radio Off
Keep Your Receipt EP
Singles from Turn the Radio Off
  1. "Sell Out"
    Released: August 13, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Punktastic5/5 stars[2]

Turn the Radio Off is the second full-length album by ska punk band Reel Big Fish. It was released in the U.S. in 1996 on Mojo Records.

The single "Sell Out" both received a lot of radio airplay and had mainstream success during 1997. "Sell Out" also appeared on the soundtrack to the video games FIFA 2000, Aggressive Inline, and Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure. KROQ air personality Jed the Fish appears on the album cover held at gunpoint by frontman Aaron Barrett's then-girlfriend. The album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Reel Big Fish later released a song titled "Turn the Radio Off" on their album We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy, named after this album.

A limited press of the album was released on Vinyl on 13 May 2014. The rerelease was exclusive to Enjoy The Ride Records, with copies also being available through Hot Topic.

Track listing[edit]

1."Sell Out"Aaron Barrett, Scott Klopfenstein3:47
2."Trendy"Barrett, Matt Wong, Grant Barry2:23
3."Join the Club"Barrett, Tavis Werts3:26
4."She Has a Girlfriend Now" (vocals: Monique Powell of Save Ferris)Barrett, Klopfenstein3:05
5."Snoop Dog, Baby"Barrett, Andrew Gonzales, Werts3:26
7."241"Reel Big Fish2:40
8."Everything Sucks"Barrett, Werts, Klopfenstein2:41
10."Skatanic"Barrett, Gonzales, Werts, Wong3:15
11."All I Want is More"Barrett, Wong, Adam Polakoff3:03
13."Say 'Ten'"Barrett2:11
14."I'll Never Be..."Barrett, Gonzales, Polakoff3:15
15."Alternative, Baby"Barrett, Robert Quimby, Gonzales, Polakoff2:57
16."Cool Ending" (Hidden track; begins with 2:00 silence)Barrett3:57

Songs From Everything Sucks[edit]

Over half of the songs are re-recorded versions of songs from RBF's first album Everything Sucks:

  • "Cool Ending" (an acoustic version of "I'm Cool")
  • "Join the Club"
  • "I'll Never Be"
  • "Trendy"
  • "Skatanic"
  • "Say Ten"
  • "Beer"
  • "All I Want is More" (originally titled "Fuck Yourself")
  • "Snoop Dog, Baby"
  • "S.R." (appeared on the original pressing of Everything Sucks, but not the Mojo re-release)

Oddly, the song "Everything Sucks" was not on the album Everything Sucks and may have been written after Everything Sucks was released. Similarly, a song titled "Turn The Radio Off" would appear on the band's 2005 album, We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy. Aaron Barrett has stated that he had planned to have a song on each album named for the previously released album. He claims that this idea eventually fell apart.[citation needed]


Reel Big Fish[edit]

Guest Musicians[edit]



  • The album lists the song "In The Pit" under the Writer's credits section, although "In The Pit" is not on the album. This song would later appear on the Teen Beef split 7" with Goldfinger and later on Why Do They Rock So Hard? as "Thank You For Not Moshing" with some minor lyrical changes.
  • The cover of a "clean" version of the album is a blank white field with just the band's name, the name of the album and the text of the First Amendment, incorrectly identified as "Article I".[4]


  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r238189
  2. ^ http://www.punktastic.com/reviews/95
  3. ^ "American certifications – Reel Big Fish – Turn the Radio Off". Recording Industry Association of America.
  4. ^ http://www.answers.com/topic/turn-the-radio-off-clean

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