Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mad Caddies "Consentual Selections"

(Fat) If you told me that a greatest hits compilation by a 90s California ska band would convince me of anything other than that all my prejudices against such groups were well founded I would have scoffed. But hearing fifteen years worth of the Mad Caddies is to hear a group that didn't limit themselves to ska conventions, incorporating actual reggae, klezmer, 40s jazz, and rock, the band does what too few ska bands do...they figure out that if they have the fucking brass anyways, why not figure out something interesting to do with it. Obviously my favorite song here is a Spike Jones-esque tune about monkeys called "Monkeys," but even some of the non-primate cuts here are charming.

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