1997 was probably the most bizarre music year of all time. Puff Daddy, as he was known back then, was on MTV constantly, but not for being the outrageously wealthy, hilarious egomaniac that we know and love him as today. People actually liked him for his music. (I know. It’s insane to think about.) Weirder still, the only form of music that managed to receive any airplay amongst the constant rotation of “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems,” “I’ll Be Missing You,” and “Been Around the World” was ska. Maybe 1997 signaled the final death knell of mainstream rock, but at the time, ska was great, and served as the soundtrack to the lives of Sk8er Bois everywhere.
Well The Forces of Evil are here to say that ska is back! Signed to Jive records (yes, that Jive Records of Britney fame), Reel Big Fish frontman Aaron Barrett has teamed up with some of the guys from the legendary Jeffries Fan Club, resulting in Friend or FOE? Chock-full of timeless tales of teen angst, it’s safe to say that Friend or FOE? contains more profanity than every other Jive release combined. Sure, the songs are indecipherable from every ska song you’ve ever heard before, but I say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So come on, put on some Forces of Evil, don a stupid pair of black sunglasses, and sell out with me, oh yeah, because it’s 1997 all over again.
Archived article by Ross McGowan