July 8, 2011Posted by on
It’s a shame that in the independent or underground music scene some bands never get the credit and acclaim they deserve from the mainstream. I suppose that comes with the territory, but it is always refreshing to see some of “our” (as in independent christian) bands get noticed and accepted by the mainstream, especially when they don’t have to sacrifice their message and creativity to get there. Christian ska icons Five Iron Frenzy were one such band. At one point Five Iron Frenzy was arguably the most popular ska band, mainstream or christian in the scene. They released their first album, Upbeats and Beatdowns, in late 1996. The album spawned two hit singles, “A Flowery Song” and “Where Zero Meets 15”, showing FIF were a force to be reckoned with. Their follow-up, 1997’s Our Newest Album Ever, was released on the forefront of the late ’90’s ska explosion. It took the band to a new level of both acclaim and popularity. Songs such as “Suckerpunch”, “Every New Day”, “Blue Comb 78”, and “Oh, Canada” provided listeners with some of the best ska songs ever created. At the height of the ska craze the band released an EP titled Quantity Is Job #1. Although not as good as their previous album, it was a solid effort, especially for an EP. By their next album 2000’s All The Hype That Money Can Buy the ska craze had died down, replaced by boy bands and pop princesses, but FIF still managed to put out a very good, if not totally cohesive album. Five Iron Frenzy would go on to release four more studio albums, 2001’s Five Iron Frenzy Vol. 2: Electric Boogaloo, 2003’s Cheeses Of Nazareth, 2003’s The End Is Near, 2004’s The End Is Here; and a live album 1999’s Proof That The Youth Are Revolting. After a successful run that saw the band transcend their genre, staying relevant long after the ska craze died, the band called it quits in 2003. Leaving behind a solid discography that had a couple spectacular releases. Lately there have been rumblings about the band reuniting in 2013 for a ten year reunion. Hopefully, this comes to fruition.