Anyone ready to ska out with Reel Big Fish?
Get ready katz and kittenz, 'cause RBF comes out strong with Our Live Album is Better Than Your Live Album and shows us why they rock so hard. After dropping Jive Records, RBF is on its own and doing what it likes, such as this triple-disc release of two CDs and one DVD recorded live during a seven-show tour. If you think these guys were just a one-hit wonder, guess again.
Sure you won't hear them on the FM dial, maybe "Sell Out" if that, but then again what FM station would play "Turn the Radio Off." There isn't a non-public station on the dial that has the balls to play any of these songs. Some say their lyrics are more comedic than touching, well, fuck them. RBF plays to the thoughts and ideas of their fans and this set gives it back to those who have followed them from the beginning. The CDs were recorded over a seven-show stretch and then edited, giving the tracks a better flow; the DVD was recorded live at the Alley in Fullerton, CA.
Disc One has 17 tracks that include "Trendy," "Everything Sucks," "Beer," and the Ah-Ha song "Take on Me." Songs such as "Ban the Tube Top" and "She's Famous Now" rock hard and have classic lyrics, classic in the sense that not only do you sing along but your laughing at the same time because of what's being said. That's what Reel Big Fish is about, good music and having a good time. They also cover The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry", and create a ska-punk version of a depressing song, lifting it up and making it fun.
The second CD has 18 tracks including "Kiss Me Deadly", "Your Guts (I Hate'em)" and my all-time favorite "She has a Girlfriend Now." It ends with the band’s only radio hit "Sell Out," which propelled them into the spotlight back in the early '90s. (That was when Matt Wong, the bassist, was trying to date my cousin Lil', but that’s a story for another time.) The tracks on both CDs are full of energy coming from both the band and the audience.