I’m not sure where I got my first copy of it- and I certainly didn’t know much about it once I had it. What I did know was that this was digital ska gold. This album I’m speaking of, this ska masterpiece that’s never been released in physical form, and hidden away from the world is Tooth- and for years, it’s been my secret weapon.
I’ve dropped Running For The F-Train and Intello Punk on countless mix tapes, and Out Of The Fryin’ Pan and Banker have blown minds when played on Ska’s The Limit. The response is always along the lines of, “Where’d you get this?,” “Who was that band?,” “Where can I get it?“ Until yesterday, I’d normally just smile and shake my head, “Oh that’s Da Whole Thing. What you don’t have that?”
Da Whole Thing was a short-lived NY super-group and they were like the Sex Mob of Ska. The group was the brain child of Patrick Carayannis and executed by some of the top names in US Ska, Victor Rice, Vic Ruggiero, Chris Murray and Agent Jay, so you don’t need to take my word for it. Those of you that have been coming to Ska Blah Blah from the beginning might remember Da Whole Thing being a point of topic in the first series of podcasts.
Da Whole Thing’s first record, @Version City has been available online for several years, but Tooth has always been my preference- for it’s chaotic brilliance, it’s creepy humor and it’s sheer rarity. Scratch that last one off the list, it’s time that Tooth was available to the masses, and time you got your hot little hands the mp3′s that have been my secret weapon for too long.
Whatevski Records, the online record shop that’s been dishing up Slackers bootlegs for almost a year now, is branching out. Along with Tooth, Whatevski’s also hosting digi-downloads of The Great Rocksteady Swindle, and Mr. T-Bone’s Heroes- both available with drool-worthy bonus features.
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