Reel Big Fish
Turn the Radio Off


5.0
classic

Review

by Dir en X USER (1 Reviews)
June 9th, 2005 | 57 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


Band: Reel Big Fish (RBF)
Album: Turn the Radio Off
Lineup: Aaron-Guitar, Vocals
Scott-Trumpet, Vocals, Guitar
Matt-Bass
Dan-Trombone, Backing Vocals
Grant-Trombone, Backing Vocals
Tavis-Trumpet, Backing Vocals
Andrew-Drums

Let me start off by saying that Reel Big Fish, (RBF for laziness) are one of the most popular and infuential ska bands of the third wave and their first album is a total classic. If you like ska and don't have this album, go and get it now.

Tracks:

Sellout

RBF starts out with one of the most recognizable intros to anyska song or any song in the 1998-9 era. Very catchy song about quitting your day job and signing to a major label and the possible hazards of selling out by playing what the company wants the listeners want to hear. 5/5

Trendy

This song is about the strive of the general public to be cool, in this case "trendy" and the songs subject hate of people not as trendy as him and his quest to prove to others how trendy he really is. Matt really shines on this song with his lines consisting of slaps, pops and walking runs. Guest spots of sax from Efrin Santana of Hepcat. 4/5

Join the Club

About 30 seconds into this song a heavy reggae feel is established, and Aaron sings about being in a band for the girls and the futility of being in a band because all of what he wants to achieve has already been done.
the chorus and second verse transition to a faster punk feel, and adfter a sax solo, they go back into the reggae and then to into the bridge into the punk feel again. 4/5

She's Got a Girlfreind Now

Monique Powell from Save Ferris add vocals to this song about a guy's ex becoming a lesbian and the guys futile attempts to win her back. Lyrics are especially funny in the breakdown / Well I never thought it'd end like this/ Just because I got no tits/ I'll shave my legs/ I'll wear a bra/ Even cut my penis off for you/(Awww, that's so sweet)/ 5/5

Snoop Dogg, Baby

Reggae/ska feel on this one, the focus is on a relationship that has gone sour, and then transitions with the horns, guitar and bass to a rock/punk feel about not wanting fame. this transition is very well done and the guitar licks are very good. Sax solo in the reggae feel again and ends. 4/5

Beer

A fan favcorite, as well as a big song it itself, Beer is about a guy now wanting to see a girl and drinks to escape. General instrumental work is very good, everything falls nicely nito place. Another song where Matt shines, not only in the verse and chorus, but at the outro with his fill/cadenza. 5/5

241

An instrumental, save for the shouts of 241! Good writing and arranging, but IMO a skipper. 3/5

Everything Sucks

Another big song and a fan favorite. Aaron sings about failing at life and complains about a local ska band that everyone loves. Like Sellout, I'm 90% sure you've heard this song in some form. Very bouncy and catchy, an instant favorite. 5/5

S.R.

Mellow song about the breakup of a band and the singer's lament about them not getting back together. IMO the live version is better, they play it a bunch of times, each in a diferent style of music, ska, speed punk, southern rock/blues, 70's rock/disco, metal. 3/5, 5/5 live

Skatanic

I laugh when I think of this song. A stalker pursueing his girl tries to get closer to her. Think ska + metal. It has a feel like the devil's version of jazz. Great breakdown/bridge, speeding up and ramping up in difficulty with the speed up. 5/5

All I Want is More

A large departure from Skatanic, RBF goers back too thier more traditional catchy/bouncy ska feel, an almost innocent intro. The song is about a guy leaving a girl because she didn't give him everythnig he wasnted. The verse goes into a more faster punk feel, very well written.
5/5

Nothin'

ALmost the opposite of All I Want is More, Nothin' talks about the singer failing at life again, and then choosing apathy with this outro/bridge, /I don't ****ing care!/I don't ****ing care anymore!/ Nice addition with the other horn players as backing vocalists. Note: the backing vocals for the rest of the album are done by Scott, and its mostly just harmonizing with Aaron. 5/5 for the bridge, being awesome to bump in your car.

Say "Ten"

A silly song about anti-veganism, sone in a reggae style, transitioning to a punk feel. /Save a plant!/Eat a cow!/I want meat, I want it now!/
Very funny, major theme of RBF, silly, then funny, then silly. 5/5

I'll Never Be

The ballad on the album, but starts with a ska feel and a sax solo. Aaron laments about never attaining fame and fortune. the chorus is the point where it gets ballad...y. 3/5

Alternative, Baby

One of my favorites on the album, it switches perspectives from a kid at a show, to a band member trying to get a girl in the audience. High energy, very very good to dance/skank to. 5/5

Overall

Awesome album, one of the epitomes of third wave ska. If you don't have it, you know what to do; Pick it up pick it up pick it up!

5/5


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Rudd13
June 19th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, ive always loved Reel Big Fish, but have never picked this one up. Ill pick it up soon.

Zaine
November 5th 2005


199 Comments


such a great album. "Sell-Out" and "She has a gf now" are such fun songs to listen to. just like the aquabats, their albums seem to never get old. as if when you plug it in, all your worries go *woosh* right out the door. honestly though, this is an amazing album that really defined RBF and the talent they have. your review was good, but some more info the the TxT would've been nice. anyway, keep up the good work.

LiveWire420
November 19th 2005


90 Comments


Great review, I listen to this CD at least once a week. You should review Cheer Up.

NuMetalMania
December 17th 2005


325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All I Want Is More is a wicked single, good review for a good group! 4/5

cjstunna
December 20th 2005


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Classic Ska album, if you're into Ska or Reggae you should def. check this out.

Rudd13
December 20th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album and I used to be pretty inseparable about a year back. It lasted a while, but in the end, it really is no five.

Saintkrakker
January 23rd 2006


2 Comments


one of the coolest albums to hit store shelfs, awesome job guys, i give you a 5 out of 5...


Yasgotcha69
January 27th 2006


18 Comments


I finally picked up this album today, and I gotta say, it is everything that everybody makes it out to be.

TheGreatFedora
February 5th 2006


117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album. Trendy, Sell Out, and Skatanic are my favourites

JumpTheF**kUp
February 7th 2006


2713 Comments


Beer pretty much owns my soul. And the rest of the songs are pretty good as well.This Message Edited On 01.06.07

drumorange
February 14th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love RBF. i saw them this summer in Florida. AMAZING performance. lots of energy. damn their trumpet can play!

this cd is my fav of theirs. especially the song "she's got a g/f now" and "sell-out"

Mathias HIMSELF
May 31st 2006


161 Comments


1...2...3...SKANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

smokersdieyounger
May 31st 2006


672 Comments


This review makes me really want this record, Ive seen them live a few times, but still dont have any records.

patrick5
June 14th 2006


40 Comments


somehow, i have only heard everything sucks from this album. this review makes me want to buy the whole darn thing, though.

Golan
July 21st 2006


4 Comments


Good review/cd. Picked it up for $2 used.

f_u_c_t
July 21st 2006


1406 Comments


aha gotta love the cheap used cd's.

downwardstanley
January 5th 2007


18 Comments


haven't heard the whole album, but I've got most of it :p Beer is incredible and one of my favourite songs ever, skatanic and sell out are cool too...

downwardstanley
January 5th 2007


18 Comments


good review by the way

iarescientists
January 5th 2007


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I kind of hate these guys with a passion =/

JumpTheF**kUp
January 5th 2007


2713 Comments


Why? I thought you liked third wave ska? =/



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