An instant classic, this ebullient party track has all that a bunch of kids or grown up kids could ask for. West Coast ska fans are familiar with Critical Mass’ amazing live show, but few are prepared for this brilliant slab of casiotone-inspired latin ska candy.
8. Piñata by Critical Mass & The Lazy American
Bloody timeless track from east bay champs of the 90’s thrash funk era, Black Pole. They do say “punk motherfucker” quite a lot so yeah, parental advisory or whatever. This band was truly amazing live, and this track was recorded live in the studio. That’s right, no pro-tools tomfoolery, kidz, this went down, just as you hear it. Was really glad Matthew picked this for the first MP3 Jackpot comp. Enjoy.
9. P.M.F. by Black Pole
A song about a talking horse, of course of course. Trust me, this one really works.
10. Mr. Ed by Sex 4 Moderns
This masterpiece by the Berkeley combo Hobo is powerpop at its best. The vocal performance is extraordinary, and the lyrics cascade images and poetry full of music fun.
This rare pop gem from Berkeley-based garage band the Gazillions defies description, but the title speaks for itself. Fronted by the inimitable David Hollogram, this remarkable group only played together long enough to do a few legendary gigs and release an amazing album called “The Gazillions Have Landed.”
12. Hobbit Love by The Gazillions
This song was a regular on Video West. It’s full of fun, the singer extols janitoral joy to all who will listen. I listened over a hundred times. What’s wrong with me?
13. I Am a Janitor by Surface Music
Read the lyrics
You have to love her passion. There is only one Repulsa and this is her trademark song. Enjoy or die.
14. I Want You Dead by Repulsa
I love this song about the joys of the radio. It’s a real honor to be able to introduce the reclusive pop genius Count Slowly to the world. Be sure to check out the Count’s rad site.
15. R.A.D.I.O. by Count Slowly and The 4 Twenties
McBAIN is the brainchild of Oakland resident madman Adam Bergman. Like XTC without the PhD. Great hooks, cool lyrics. Nice old school production. Check it out.
16. They Cheat, They Steal, They Lie by McBain
Outstanding groove, great haunting horn samples, some rainy ambience, a beautiful and unique piece. Check it.
17. Meditations from a Father by Subverse