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Reel Big Fish

Reel Big Fish performing at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California on March 27, 2008.
Background information
Origin Huntington Beach, California, United States
Genres Ska punk, alternative rock, third wave ska
Years active 1990–present
Labels Mojo, Jive, Rock Ridge Music
Associated acts The Littlest Man Band
The Forces of Evil
The Scholars
Jeffries Fan Club
Spring Heeled Jack USA
Suburban Rhythm
Nuckle Brothers
Website myspace.com/reelbigfish
Members
Aaron Barrett
Scott Klopfenstein
Derek Gibbs
Dan Regan
Ryland Steen
John Christianson
Former members
Ben Guzman
Zach Gilltrap
Lisa Smith
Robert Quimby
Adam Polakoff
Andrew Gonzales
Grant Barry
Tavis Werts
Carlos de la Garza
Tyler Jones
Justin Ferreira
Matt Wong

Reel Big Fish is an American ska punk band from Huntington Beach, California, best known for the 1997 hit "Sell Out." The band gained mainstream recognition in the mid-to-late 1990s, during the third wave of ska with the release of the album Turn the Radio Off. Founding member Aaron Barrett has been with the band since 1992, and horn players Dan Regan and Scott Klopfenstein have been involved with the band for more than 14 years.

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History

Early success (1992-1999)

The band's debut album, Everything Sucks, was successful and resulted in a deal with Mojo Records. The album Turn the Radio Off appealed to fans of ska punk style, and the band began touring throughout the United States. After the single "Sell Out" became well-known in mainstream venues, including MTV, the album scored on the charts. However, the ska revival was short-lived, and their 1998 album Why Do They Rock So Hard? was not popular. During 1998, the band appeared in the movie BASEketball, performing in the stands to rouse the crowd. The band also collaborated on the soundtrack with a cover of a-ha's "Take on Me". Why Do They Rock So Hard? was the last album for three members of the band. Trombonist Grant Barry and trumpet player Tavis Werts were fired[1]. Drummer Andrew Gonzales left the team to spend more time with his family. Reel Big Fish then had a changing cast of drummers and trumpeters over the next six years.

Major label years (2000-2005)

In 2002 the band fared much better on the rock charts, particularly because of the single "Where Have You Been?", which did not prominently feature the horn section. Former Suburban Rhythm drummer Carlos de la Garza and ex-Spring Heeled Jack U.S.A. trumpeter Tyler Jones, who tracked for two songs on Cheer Up! (because Werts had already done the majority of recording before his departure), were brought in. De la Garza's last concert with Reel Big Fish was on June 20, 2003 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. That concert was later released as a DVD in the The Show Must Go Off! series. Jones appeared in the Music Videos for Where Have You Been? and Monkey Man, and continued to play live in Reel Big Fish, until early 2005, when he was fired by Barrett for his excessive drinking.[citation needed] He was replaced by trumpeter John Christianson, who had played with Barrett in The Forces of Evil.

On April 5, 2005, Reel Big Fish released their fourth album on Mojo; We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy. Justin Ferreira (who replaced De La Garza) was on drums for the recording, but left before the album's release to join the Orange County band Takota and subsequently is listed as an additional musician on the CD. He was replaced by Ryland Steen.

Aaron Barrett has stated that We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy was "the third record in a trilogy" that began with Turn the Radio Off. "The first one was about being in a band and trying to make it. Then Why Do They Rock So Hard? was like, 'we've made it, we're rock stars'. Cheer Up we made because we had to make it. But We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy is about us being old and jaded now."[2]

Independent work (2006-Present)

While on tour in early 2006, Reel Big Fish were dropped from the Jive Records label.[citation needed] The band formed their own label and released a 3-disc live performance CD/DVD set, Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album. This package became available on July 18, 2006 on the Internet and in retail stores on August 22. Jive later released a Reel Big Fish greatest hits album, Greatest Hit...And More, because they owned the rights to all previous songs. The band did not approve of, or make any money from the album, and have spoken out against it.

On February 20, 2007, the band released Duet All Night Long, which is a split EP with Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. It features six cover songs (three from each band), with the vocalist of each band performing in the other band's songs (except in the case of Scott Klopfenstein singing in the song, "Say Say Say".)

Reel Big Fish released their first studio album since leaving Jive Records; Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps For Free worldwide on July 10, 2007, on the Rock Ridge Music record label. On June 26, 2007, shortly before its release, the band announced in a Myspace blog that Matt Wong was leaving the band to spend more time with his wife and newborn child. He was replaced by Derek Gibbs who played bass in Jeffries Fan Club and Aaron Barrett's now defunct side project, The Forces Of Evil. Since Matt Wong was very popular with fans, some are skeptical of the new bassist's ability, but the band has stated that Derek is "Matt Wong Approved" and fans have nothing to worry about. Gibbs had been filling in for Wong on various tours since early 2002.

On December 19, 2007, the band announced that they would play the entire Warped Tour 2008.[3]

Reel Big Fish released a new studio album on January 20, 2009.[4] The name of the album is Fame, Fortune and Fornication, and it consists of 10 cover songs.[5] Another album, with original material, was planned for late 2009.[5] The band has also recorded a live DVD at The Grove in Anaheim, California, on January 4, 2009; which was released on July 21, 2009 with the title Reel Big Fish Live! In Concert![6]

Band members

Reel Big Fish lineups
(1992–1994)
In the Good Old Days...
(1994)
Return of the Mullet
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Stephan Reed - saxophone
  • Eric Vismantes - trumpet
  • Andrew Gonzales - drums
(1994)
Buy This!
(1994–1995)
Everything Sucks
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Adam Polakoff - saxophone
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • Robert Quimby - trombone
  • Tavis Werts- trumpet
  • Andrew Gonzales - drums
(1995–1998)
Turn the Radio Off
Keep Your Receipt
Why Do They Rock So Hard?
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • Grant Barry - trombone
  • Tavis Werts- trumpet
  • Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Andrew Gonzales - drums
(1998–1999)
live shows only
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • Tavis Werts- trumpet
  • Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Andrew Gonzales - drums
(1999–2001)
Cheer Up!
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • Tavis Werts- trumpet
  • Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Carlos de la Garza - drums
(2001–2003)
Live at the House of Blues
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Tyler Jones - trumpet
  • Carlos de la Garza - drums
(2003–2004)
live shows only
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Tyler Jones - trumpet
  • Justin Ferreira - drums
(2004–2005)
We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals
  • John Christianson - trumpet
  • Justin Ferreira - drums
(2005–2007)
Duet All Night Long
Our Live Album is Better Than Your Live Album
Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Matt Wong - bass
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals
  • John Christianson - trumpet
  • Ryland Steen - drums
(2007–present)
Fame, Fortune and Fornication
  • Aaron Barrett - lead vocals, guitar
  • Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Derek Gibbs - bass
  • Dan Regan - trombone
  • John Christianson - trumpet
  • Ryland Steen - drums

Current members

Past members

Left to right: John Christianson, Dan Regan, Aaron Barrett, Ryland Steen, and Scott Klopfenstein. Derek Gibbs is not visible behind Klopfenstein.
Reel Big Fish at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ 1/5/09


Discography

Studio albums

Year Album Record Label Chart Position
1995 (Re-released 2000) Everything Sucks Piss-Off Records --
August 13, 1996 Turn the Radio Off Mojo Records/Jive Records US #57
October 20, 1998 Why Do They Rock So Hard? US #67
June 25, 2002 Cheer Up! US #115
April 5, 2005 We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy US #155
July 10, 2007 Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free Rock Ridge Music US #106 UK #40
January 20, 2009 Fame, Fortune and Fornication US #177 UK #

Live album

Year Album Record Label Chart Position
August 22, 2006 Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album (Sold with You're All In This Together DVD) Rock Ridge Music Never charted

Band members' other projects

References

External links


Simple English

Reel Big Fish is a ska punk band that started in 1992 in California. They have played strictly ska/punk music but had moved more to a rock sound during the album "Cheer Up!" They have had many different members since the start of the band, including two different singers and over 10 different horn players. They mainly got successful from the album Turn The Radio Off, which had the single "Sell Out," in 1997, their most famous song.

Contents

Members

Current Members

Aaron Barrett - guitar, lead vocals (1992–present)

Dan Regan - trombone, backing vocals (1994–present)

Scott Klopfenstein - trumpet, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1995–present)

John Christianson - trumpet, backing vocals (2004–present)

Ryland Steen - drums (2005–present)

Derek Gibbs - bass guitar (2007–present)

Former Members

Ben Guzman - vocals (1992–1994)

Zach Gilltrap - keyboards/synthesizers (1992–1994)

Lisa Smith - guitar (1992–1994)

Eric Vismantes - trumpet (1994)

Stephan Reed - saxophone (1994)

Robert Quimby - trombone (1994–1995)

Adam Polakoff - saxophone (1994–1995)

Grant Barry - trombone (1995–1998)

Andrew Gonzales - drums (1992–1998)

Tavis Werts - trumpet (1994–2001)

Carlos de la Garza - drums (1999–2003)

Tyler Jones - trumpet (2001–2004)

Justin Ferreira - drums (2003–2005)

Matt Wong - bass, backing vocals (1992–2007)

Albums

Everything Sucks (1995)

Turn The Radio Off (1996)

Why Do They Rock So Hard (1998)

Cheer Up! (2002)

We're Not Happy Til' You're Not Happy (2005)

Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album (2006) (Live Album)

Duet All Night Long (2007) (With "Zolof The Rock And Roll Destroyer")

Monkeys For Nothing And The Chimps For Free (2007)

Fame, Fortune And Fornication (2009) (Cover Album)

Record Companies

A common theme throughout some of their songs (such as "Don't Start A Band" and "Sell Out") is their disapproval of big record companies. Reel Big Fish was signed onto Jive Records, but after their short-lived success, the record company neglected them and did not advertise their albums. In their 2005 album, We're Not Happy Til' You're Not Happy, Reel Big Fish directly and indirectly expresses their anger towards their record company in several of their songs.

During 2006, Reel Big Fish was dropped from Jive Records. The band formed their own label and released a 3-disc live performance CD/DVD set, Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album. This package became available on July 18, 2006 on the Internet and in retail stores on August 22. Jive later released a Reel Big Fish greatest hits album, Greatest Hit...And More, because they owned the rights to all previous songs. The band did not approve of, or make any money from the album, and have spoken out against it.








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