Flashback Friday

The O.C. Supertones

When I was a teen, there were many a time I wished I lived in Orange County California. There was one reason and one reason only for that, and no that reason had nothing to do with that dreadful Fox show The O.C. (besides my day dreams of “the O.C. concert going life” predate that show by about 7 years). The reason was the music. Many of my favorite bands growing up resided there; Plankeye, Joy Electric, Starflyer 59, and by far the most popular of all, The O.C. Supertones. The O.C. Supertones played a style of music called ska. Ska was created in Jamaica during the 1960’s as a fusion of Reggae and Rock N’ Roll. By the ’90’s the genre had been reborn again thanks to punk bands getting bored and listening to a lot of reggae and old ska. Thus this new “third wave” of ska had a slant toward punk rock, or as one colleague of mine put it, “It took something awesome, punk rock and added a trumpet full of poop”, while I totally disagree, I’m sure there are more people that think that style is a little cheesy to say the least. Well enough of the “Introduction To Ska” class and let’s get down to whom this article is about. The O.C. Supertones debuted in 1996 with The Adventures Of The O.C. Supertones. The album although suffering from rough production had many great songs which showed a young bands potential. Their next release 1997’s Supertones Strike Back was a much more mature, well produced album. Some of my all-time favorite ‘tones songs are on this album. This is also my favorite album from the band. Their next album 1999’s Chase The Sun featured a more hip-hop/rock sound, with ska playing a secondary role. Their next two albums, 2000’s Loud and Clear and 2002’s Hi-Fi Revival would continue in a harder rock/hip-hop direction with the ska influence becoming lessened. The bands final album 2004’s Revenge Of The O.C. Supertones was a continuation of this sound. At that point in their career the band had accomplished quite a lot, including playing before The Pope, and decided to call it a day. In 2005 the band put out a greatest hits album, Unite, and played their final show that October. That wouldn’t be the last we would hear from the band as they reunited for a tour in 2010 and put out another greatest hits album, Reunite, to accompany the tour. Hopefully we will get some new music from them soon, but if not, we will always have their classics.


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