Bim Skala Bim formed in Boston as a ska punk band that was influenced by the bands in England’s 2 tone movement as well as artists such as the Clash, UB40 and Bob Marley. Bim’s Boston Blue Beat sound, a mix of upbeat 2 tone ska, rock ‘n’ roll and calypso with a substantial reggae undertone, made them, along with The Toasters, the premier bands kickstarting the third wave of ska in the 1980s. Other bands quickly followed their example resulting in a lively scene in Boston and much of the United States.
Album · 1997 · 15 Songs. More By Bim Skala Bim. See All. Bim Skala Bim. 1986. Tuba City (Bonus Track Version).
This album has an average beat per minute of 90 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 76/105 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. 1. Pete Needs a Friend. BPM Profile Universal. Album starts at 105BPM, ends at BPM (-105), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Bim Skala Bim. Chet's Last Call. The One That Got Away.
Bim Skala Bim – Universal. Label: Jamdown Records – JAMD CD 006. Format: CD, Album, Reissue. Country: UK. Released: 1999. Producer – Bim, Huck Bennert. Trombone, Saxophone – Mark Paquin. Vocals – Dan Vitale, Jim Jones (5), John Cameron (3). Notes. Produced at Wellspring Sound, Concord, Massachusetts January 1997 Mastering by M-Works. Other Versions (2 of 2) View All.
Bim Skala Bim came along in 1983, and the American ska-punkers still had a lot to say when they recorded Universal in early 1997. From high-energy originals like "Rings of Saturn," "Red Eyes" and "Freeman" to an inspired cover of "Shaking All Over" (first recorded in the 1960s by Johnny Kid & the Pirates and later popularized by the Who), Universal is a fine example of a band that hadn't lost any of its freshness after being together for 14 years.
This was the second Bim Skala Bim CD I have purchased, and since I was not really all to enamoured with my first purchase (Eyes and Ears), I wasn't too excited, but since I had found it exceptionally cheap, I figured I'd give them a try. This CD is what pretty much turned around my view of this band. They seemed somewhat predicable and uninteresting on my first few listens to Eyes and Ears, but Universal seems to be anything but predictable. While there are a lot of expected attributes you'd expect from a seasoned ska band, the atmosphere of these songs is remarkable