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Why Do They Rock So Hard?
Studio album by Reel Big Fish
Released October 20, 1998
Recorded Sunset Sound Recorders and Music Grinder Studios-Hollywood, CA.
Genre Ska punk
Length 73:52
Label Mojo, Jive
Producer Reel Big Fish, John Avila
Professional reviews
Reel Big Fish chronology
Keep Your Receipt EP
Why Do They Rock So Hard?
Favorite Noise

Why Do They Rock So Hard? is the third full-length release by the ska punk band Reel Big Fish. It is also their second release on Mojo Records, and the follow up to the album Turn the Radio Off. It was first released in late 1998, with a second pressing in 2001.

This is the only Reel Big Fish studio album where the line-up has not changed from the previous album.

Aaron Barrett has said in two interviews that this was his favorite album until the release of Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album.


Track listing

  1. "Somebody Hates Me" – 3:28
  2. " Take On Me (a-ha cover)(only appears on some international releases)" - 3:02
  3. "Brand New Song" – 3:04
  4. "She's Famous Now" – 3:05
  5. "You Don't Know" – 3:26
  6. "The Set Up (You Need This)" – 4:22
  7. "Thank You for Not Moshing" – 2:41
    • (Titled "In the Pit" on subsequent albums)
  8. "I'm Cool" – 3:20
  9. "I Want Your Girlfriend to Be My Girlfriend Too" – 2:53
  10. "Everything Is Cool" – 3:07
  11. "Song #3" – 3:28
    • (On the clean version of this album "Song #3" is stripped of its vocal track and called "Sleep All Day")
  12. "Scott's a Dork" – 3:04
  13. "Big Star" – 3:34
  14. "The Kids Don't Like It" – 3:20
  15. "Down in Flames" – 4:49
  16. "We Care" – 3:55
  17. "Victory Over Peter Bones (The Legend of Alan Guile Versus Peter Bones)" – 10:50
    • "Hidden Instrumental" – 11:26
  18. Bonus Track "Hungry Like the Wolf" - 3:38 (Japanese release)


The band

Additional musicians


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