Catch 22 – Keasbey Nights: #758 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Catch 22 - Keasbey Nights

Why is Catch 22’s Keasbey Nights on my best 1,000 albums ever list?

Day in day out and on and on and on, *this* is the version of Keasbey Nights you’ve been looking for.

What does Catch 22’s Keasbey Nights mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?

I have long been aware that Catch 22 and Streetlight Manifesto are both really good ska punk bands (with sounds that are much more upbeat, up-tempo, and high energy versus angry and aggressive) and have some crossover in personnel.

I was also sort of aware that both bands curiously had an album titled Keasbey Nights, and eventually I took the time to figure out what the deal is… which is a little complicated. Suffice to say that Tomas Kalnoky, lead singer for both bands, spearheaded a complete re-recording of Catch 22’s “original” Keasbey Nights under the name of Streetlight Manifesto. The reasons have to do with contractual stuff.

Both albums are really good if you enjoy both band’s similar style of upbeat and horn-driven ska punk. I prefer the slightly more raw and less produced sound as originally produced by Catch 22.

At the moment, my favorite song on Keasbey Nights is “9mm and a Three Piece Suit,” which has a frantic but tightly controlled tempo and zooms by on the power of gorgeous ska punk and great backing horns.

Here’s the Streetlight Manifesto version if you’re interested. Listen closely and you’ll hear a slightly different horn arrangement and a somewhat cleaner sound overall.

“Dear Sergio” layers in a little Latin ska flavor into the high flying ska punk mix.

I really like the way that “As the Footsteps Die Out Forever” dials back the tempo and volume considerably… at least at first!

Pop culture stuff that has something to do with Catch 22’s Keasbey Nights

Also see: Catch 22’s Alone in a Crowd, #822 of the best 1,000 albums ever.

Some stats & info about Catch 22 – Keasbey Nights

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock, Rock Music, Ska Punk, Punk, Punk Rock, Third Wave Ska Revival, Alternative Rock
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Keasbey Nights released? 1998
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #758 out of 1,000

Catch 22’s Keasbey Nights on Spotify

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