Bosstones Aim To Release Mighty Mighty Live LP

Popular, Boston-based ska-core band records hometown club dates for first album from the stage.

After years of ruling the concert stage with their highly influential

ska-rock sound, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones have decided to venture into

the arena of live recordings with an LP taken from a series

of memorable hometown gigs.

Singer Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones said he initially

didn't want to make this album, entitled Live From The Middle East,

or any other live album. His feeling was that the band's live sound was

best left to the

concert stage and had no place on a stereo.

"I was against it," Barrett said. "I think this one came out really good,

but I always felt like the Bosstones' live experience was supposed to be

just that, left live. You have to use all five senses to fully understand

what's going on, but the album came out good."

However, now that the record is complete and ready for a Sept. 22 release, the

ska-rock band's boisterous frontman said he doesn't think that it's such a bad

idea after all.

The Bosstones' first live LP attempts to go a long way toward capturing

the octet's frantic live show. It was recorded over five nights at a former

bowling alley and current club called The Middle East as part of the

Bosstones' annual "Hometown Throwdown" -- a series of Boston club shows

that the ska act puts on as a means of giving something back to longtime fans.

"It's kind-of like a huge, week-long adrenaline rush," Barrett said. "The

kids go off. We're toe to toe. We're face to face. We're eyeball to

eyeball, and everyone kind-of goes ballistic."

Fans such as 20-year-old Dan Gavin, a student at Rutgers University and a

resident of New Brunswick, N.J., say they have long craved a live

recording of the Bosstones' ska-core sound.

"I am looking forward to the album," Gavin said, "because I've always felt

that the Bosstones' live performances had not only far exceeded the quality

of their albums but also distinguished them from other bands long before

their recent popularity.

"Although no piece of recorded media could capture the essence of one of

the Bosstones' concerts, I do feel that this upcoming album is a dream come


Pulling liberally from the Bosstones' 1997 breakthrough LP, Let's Face

It, the live LP includes tracks such as the simmering "Royal Oil" (RealAudio excerpt),

"The Rascal King" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Let's Face It." It also features tunes from their

five previous albums, including the

early hit "Someday I Suppose," which was featured in the film "Clueless."

The Bosstones formed in Boston in 1985. On Live From The Middle

East, the band's lineup consists of Barrett, guitarist Nate Albert,

bassist Joe Gittleman, saxophonist Tim Burton, drummer Joe Sirois,

trombonist Dennis Brockenborough, former saxophonist Kevin Lenear and

designated dancer Ben Carr, who, Barrett mentioned, does not translate well

in the live recording.

Despite enjoying the live recording in its present form, Barrett was

disappointed about some aspects of the LP.

"My inability to actually hold a note, my foul mouth," he said. "That's one

thing I'm kind-of bummed about. It sounds like I have Tourette's for God's

sake. I'm going to try and keep this one away from my mom.

"The word f--- is pretty prominent. That might be the most used word, at

least ... I think it was. This is like the only Bosstones album where I'm a

little bit excited that there's going to be a Wal-Mart version available."

The complete track-listing is: "1-2-8," "Do Somethin' Crazy," "He's Back,"

"Devil's Night Out," "Kinder Words," "Noise Brigade," "The Rascal King,"

"Hell of a Hat," "Holy Smoke," "Hope I Never Lose My Wallet," "I'll Drink

To That," "Royal Oil," "Cowboy Coffee," "Drums & Chickens," "Let's Face

It," "HOWWHYWUZ, HOWWHYAM," "Dr. D," "Where'd You Go," "737," "Someday I

Suppose" and "Lights Out."