Why Do They Rock So Hard?

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Why Do They Rock So Hard?
Reel Big Fish - Why Do They Rock So Hard? cover.jpg
Studio album by Reel Big Fish
Released October 20, 1998
Recorded Sunset Sound Recorders and Music Grinder Studios-Hollywood, CA.
Genre Ska punk
Length 73:52
Label Mojo, Jive
Producer Reel Big Fish, John Avila
Reel Big Fish chronology
Keep Your Receipt EP
(1997)
Why Do They Rock So Hard?
(1998)
Favorite Noise
(2002)

Why Do They Rock So Hard? is the third full-length release by the ska punk band Reel Big Fish.

This is the first (and, so far, only) Reel Big Fish studio album where the band line-up has not changed from the previous album.

Aaron Barrett has said in two interviews that this was his favorite album until the release of Our Live Album Is Better than Your Live Album. The album was mixed at Scream Studios by Tim Palmer.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Punktastic 5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Somebody Hates Me" Aaron Barrett, Dan Regan 3:28
2. "Brand New Song" (see notes 2a) Barrett, Regan, Grant Barry 3:04
3. "She's Famous Now" Barrett 3:05
4. "You Don't Know" Barrett, Scott Klopfenstein 3:26
5. "The Set Up (You Need This)" Barrett, Klopfenstein, Tavis Werts 4:22
6. "Thank You for Not Moshing" (see notes 6a) Barrett, Adam Polakoff, Robert Quimby 2:41
7. "I'm Cool" Barrett 3:20
8. "I Want Your Girlfriend to Be My Girlfriend Too" Barrett 2:53
9. "Everything Is Cool" Barrett, Regan 3:07
10. "Song #3" (see notes 10a) Barrett 3:28
11. "Scott's a Dork" Barrett, Obiajula Ugbomah 3:04
12. "Big Star" Barrett 3:34
13. "The Kids Don't Like It" Barrett, Clifton Chase, Cheryl Cook, Guy O'Brien, Sylvia Robinson, Michael Wright 3:20
14. "Down in Flames" Barrett, Regan, Werts 4:49
15. "We Care" Barrett, Werts 3:55
16. "Victory Over Peter Bones" Barrett 5:25
17. "The Legend of Alan Guile Versus Peter Bones" (see notes 17a) Barrett 16:51
Notes
^(2a) A cover of the A-ha song "Take on Me" (2:54) appears on some international releases in between "Somebody Hates Me" and "Brand New Song".
^(6a) Titled "In the Pit" on subsequent albums.
^(10a) On the clean version of this album, "Song #3" is stripped of its vocal track and called "Sleep All Day".
^(17a) Hidden track; begins with 5:20 silence. On the Japanese release, a cover of the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like the Wolf" (3:39) appears in place of this track.

Personnel[edit]

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