Buck-O-Nine

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Above average California ska-punk, very much in the same vein as No Doubt and Sublime. As the title suggests, the album is a combination of live and studio tracks, the live stuff recorded in a small club in front of an enjoyably rowdy audience (singer Jon Pebsworth sets the tone of the proceedings on the opening "Sorry We're Late," in which he explains that their drummer had been outside throwing up).

Other high points include a blistering and long overdue remake of Joe Jackson's "I'm the Man," the very funny "Pink Panther Theme" quote in the intro of "Jennifer's Cold," and the concluding (studio) title song, a rueful folkie number complete with banjo that closes the album on a surprisingly gentle note.

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