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South Jersey Ska Scene

Updated 5/30/03

What used to be your one of many stops to exploring the South Jersey Ska Scene, but is now one the few and the cowed, err, proud.

Name: The Banana Factor!
Location: Pitman, NJ
Website: http://www.thebananafactor.8m.com/
Listen: http://www.mp3.com/thebananafactor
Albums: None
Contact: Luke @ lukeysays@hotmail.com

The Banana Factor has an insane stage show that features many a crazy charachter. My personal favorite is Jacob, who has size 15 feet. That is one mighty perch for a cow like me! They are working on recording an insanely long album, which will be done just in time for Jimmy Carter's return to the Presidency. Score! And on top of that, they are adding a string section! Just when you thought that they couldn't get much crazier...

Name: The Cherry Tarts
Location: Moorestown, NJ
Webpage: http://www.angelfire.com/nj/cherrytarts
Listen: http://www.mp3.com/cherrytarts
Albums: None
Contact: Michelle @ michellecherrytart@hotmail.com

The Cherry Tarts are a ska/surf band from Moorestown, NJ. They blend.... okay so they don't blend anything to play an upbeat communist style of music that will leave your knees sore and your mind warped, expecially for skankin' communist asians. Did I mention they have girls? Just thought the cow should mention that.....

Name: Dirty Larry
Location: Haddon Heights, NJ
Webpage: http://www.angelfire.com/punk2/dirtylarry/
Listen: http://www.mp3.com/dirty_larry
Albums: Lady in Leopard (2002)
Contact: Rob @ punksurfer15@aol.com

The hotdog brigade of rockingness is armed with a good, clean ska-punk sound and a knack for having fun in dusty conditions. Despite being spread out across a few states at the moment for college, Dirty Larry continues to keep the South Jersey dream alive. On top of the simple dream, they have their album out and ARE STILL PLAYING SHOWS! Yes, we all need not worry, Dirty Larry is not abandoning us any time in the near future!

Their new cd is great. Buy it. Buy several copies of it. They did not pay me to say this. Really.

Name: Drive-Thru Pharmacy
Location: Voorhees, NJ
Webpage: http://www11.brinkster.com/dtp
Listen: http://www.mp3.com/dtp
Albums: Ugly Baby Contest (1999), DTP vs. The Aceholes (2000), and Somebody Call Gian: A Decade of Hits 1997-2001 (everything from first two albums on one cd)
Contact: Mike @ drivethrupharmacy@hotmail.com

DTP is a mindbogglingly large ska band hailing from Voorhees, Franklinville, and Collingswood, NJ (all within the great wide open range of South Jersey, home of Walt Whitman). They have been compared to many bands, none quite so oddly accurate as being compared to Kansas. If you know who Kansas is, this is funny. If not, all I can say is carry on my wayward son...

Name: Jackson One-Seventy
Location: Franklinville, NJ
Webpage: http://www.jackson170.com
Listen: http://www.mp3.com/jackson170
Albums: Live From the Basement (2001)
Contact: Clay @ NjJackska170@aol.com

Jackson One-Seventy is back! They have a bunch of new songs and have a completely new keyboardy sound! They're also in the midst of recording, so you can hear some of their non-yet-mixed stuff at their webpage. It's really good!

Name: No Regrets
Location: Collingswood, NJ
Webpage: http://nrrock.itgo.com
Listen: http://www.mp3.com/no_regrets
Albums: Heiner Tap (2001)
Contact: nrskacore@hotmail.com

No Regrets is a worthless ska-core band hailing from the exotic pastures of Collingswood, NJ. Ska-core isn't all that common a thing to hear, but you can hear it on their album "Heiner Tap" or if you see them live in person. You can also see Zach say really dumb things if you see them live, which just one way that No Regrets goes above and beyond the call of duty to entertain you. They also are the official Fluffy the Cow "South Jersey Ska Band with the Most Entertaining Guestbook" award winners!

Name: Red Plaid Menace
Location: Pennsauken, NJ
Contact: Steve at toroksv@aol.com

RPM is a new band out of Pennsauken that are ready to take the scene by storm. Go ahead out and see them, and give 'em a big ol' welcome to the South Jersey ska scene. Tell 'em the cow sent ya. Or else maybe talk to them about NASCAR instead, everyone likes NASCAR, right?

Name: SGR
Location: Voorhees, NJ
Webpage: http://www.sgrband.com/
Listen: http://www.sgfnr.com/sgrband/sounds/sounds.html
Albums: For the Crazy Indian (1998), Livin the Good Life (1999), and The Temby Chase (2002)
Contact: sgr1@hotmail.com

What is there ever to say about SGR? These South Jersey ska-core animals already took South Jersey by storm, and are now working on the world after getting signed to Sonance Records, a new label out of Philly. Sure, they are collasal jerk sell-outs, but Frank is still as hairy as he ever was! (Kidding on the first part, not kidding about Frank). You can get their old album, "Livin' the Good Life" or thier new album The Tenby Chase...


Name: Short Arms
Location: Blackwood, NJ
Webpage: http://shortarmsnj.tripod.com/
Albums: Making the World a Little Safer (???), Demo 2002 (2002)
Contact: Bret @ skunkydunk@hotmail.com

Short Arms is a six peice ska band from Blackwood, NJ. Short Arms basically a) plays instruments b) plays shows and c) rocks like there is no tommorow. I wasn't quite this entertained by a band since Uncle Elmer used to play on the barn doors when I was a wee calf. As if that wasn't enough, they also sing about baseball and have just finished a new demo cd. Hooray!

Name: Son of Alf
Location: Southampton, NJ
Webpage: http://www.sonofalf.cjb.net
Listen: http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/282/son_of_alf.html
Albums: Galaxy O' Fun
Contact: insert1namehere@yahoo.com

There are only two things one must know about Son of Alf. 1) They are named Son of Alf and 2) their inspiration is Mr. T. I believe he said it best with "I pity the foo who don't like Son of Alf".

Ska Shows!

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Drive-Thru Pharmacy & Duck Island!
Where?: Full Circle Records in Blackwood, NJ
When?: 7 o'clock pm- 8 o'clock pm!
Cost?: FREE!!!
Directions?: Click here and scroll to bottom

Candlewalk for Cancer: Dirty Larry & more
Where?: Haddon Heights High School in Haddon Heights, NJ
When?: 6 pm
Cost?: ???

Relay for Life Battle of the Bands: Dirty Larry and more!
Where?: Cherry Hill West High School in Cherry Hill, NJ
When?: ???
Cost?: $10

Wednesday, June 11

SGR, April Blue, Guta
Where?: The Grape Street Pub at 105 Grape Street in Philadelphia, PA
When?: 8 pm 21+
Cost?: $5
For more info, e-mail sgr1@hotmail.com

Saturday, June 14

SGR, Twenty Fast, Six Foot Smurf, The Fuzz, and more
Where?: West Chester YWCA at 123 N. Church Street in West Chester, PA
When?: 6 pm
Cost?: $5
For more info, e-mail sgr1@hotmail.com

SGR, Prufrock, and All Wrongs Reversed
Where?: Medford Ice Rink on 15 Fostertown Road in Medford, NJ
When?: 9:45 pm
Cost?: $6
For more info, e-mail chuckass_7@hotmail.com

Sunday, June 15

SGR, Still Standing, The Bank Robbers, and more tba Where?: Breakline Billiards on Rt 45 in Westville, NJ
When?: Noon- 7 pm
Cost?: $7
For more info, e-mail lastweekoftheday@hotmail.com

Sunday, June 22

Church Picnic & Pool Party w/ Jackson 170
Where?: The Chesnut Run pool
When?: 11:30 AM
Cost?: ???

Monday, June 23

SGR, Hilliard, I Voted For Kodos
Where?: Doc Watson's Pub at 216 S. 11th Street in Philadelphia, PA
When?: 9 pm. 21+
Cost?: $6
For more info, e-mail sgr1@hotmail.com

Friday, June 27

The New Jackson170, A Moment After, Chromelodeon, Slamhound, and more
Where?: Woodstown Presbyterian Church in Woodstown, NJ
When?: 7:00 PM
Cost?: A donation

SGR, Tag Your It, Unopposed, and Plunger
Where?: The Hamilton Street Café and Stage at 22 Hamilton Street in Boundbrook, NJ
When?: 7 pm
Cost?: $10
For more info, e-mail sgr1@hotmail.com

Saturday, June 28

SGR, Out To Lunch, Kitty Yum Yums, The Elimenos, 33 West, Friendly Neighborhood Vandals, Charly Horse, Plan Nine USA, Ready Steady Go, The Konami Code, Reggae Dance Party, The Mauvities, Cant Hang, I Voted for Kodos, Murphys Kids, and the Distorted Penguins
Where?: The New Market Grange Hall at 1 South 8th Alley in New Market, MD
When?: 11 am - 11 pm
Cost?: ???

For more info, e-mail sgr1@hotmail.com

Friday, July 4

The New Jackson170 & more!
Where?: Woodstown Presbyterian Church in Woodstown, NJ
When?: 7:00 PM
Cost?: A donation

Friday, July 11

The New Jackson170, No Regrets, and more
Where?: Woodstown Presbyterian Church in Woodstown, NJ
When?: 7:00 PM
Cost?: A donation

Thursday, July 25

SGR, Hub City Stomper, and The Miasmics
Where?: Keyport Knights of Columbus at 54 State Route 35 in Keyport, NJ
When?: 6 pm
Cost?: ???
For more info, go here

Friday, August 1

Drive-Thru Pharmacy, The New Jackson170, Slamhound, and one more!
Where?: Woodstown Presbyterian Church in Woodstown, NJ
When?: 7:00 PM
Cost?: A donation

Friday, August 8

The New Jackson170, Grace Versus May, Drive-Thru Pharmacy, and more!
Where?: Woodstown Presbyterian Church in Woodstown, NJ
When?: 7:00 PM
Cost?: A donation

Friday, August 15

Halfway Home, Unsent Letters, The New Jackson170, and Drive-Thru Pharmacy
Where?: Woodstown Presbyterian Church in Woodstown, NJ
When?: 7:00 PM
Cost?: A donation

Dead Ska

Note: Some of these links don't work, some do. These bands broke up, but their links shall live here forever, whether they work or not. DEAL WITH IT!


Gale Force aka Skamakazi. RIP Skamakazi/Gale Force


The Havoctones - RIP the Havoctones!


Delerium Theory RIP Delerium Theory


Dolemyte RIP Dolemyte


21 Fold
RIP 21 Fold


Big Fat Huge
RIP Big Fat Huge

RIP BPC

http://www.fatsmash.com/> RIP Fat Smash

RIP Greekonauts

The Swingkidz RIP the Swingkidz
Drea's Band- RIP Drea's Band
The Mad Agents - RIP the Mad Agents
Sexy Chocolate- RIP Sexy Chocolate

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Know another ska band in South Jersey? Did I screw up? E-mail Fluffycow@hotmail.com