Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Reel Big Fish Still Reeling In Fans Despite Ska Craze Demise

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The ska craze of the mid- 1990s may have run aground but Reel Big Fish is still expecting a new wave of popularity.

The Fish – which had hits like “Take On Me” and “Sell Out” back when Bill Clinton was in office – are now hoping to make a big splash with their newest album, We’re Not Happy Until You’re Happy, which hits stores on April 5.

One person excited about the CD is the band’s newest member, trumpet player John Christianson, who says he was surprised the group has jazz chops to go along with their ska sound.

In addition, he says the band’s fans aren’t stuck in the past.

In his words, “I look at the audience and it’s always young kids, unlike some bands whose fan base gets older as the group matures.”

But while the Fish are reeling in young fans, they’re not ignoring their own maturity. The new CD features shout-outs to their favorite records of the past, including the first single, a cover of the Tracy Chapman song, “Talkin’ About A Revolution,” and a remake of Morrissey’s “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful.”

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