Why is Pilfers on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
You think it’s funny but what I say is true.
Some stats & info about Pilfers
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Ska Punk, Ska, Alternative Rock
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars
- When was Pilfers released? 1998
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #698 out of 1,000
Pilfers on Spotify
What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?
Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.
But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.
What does Pilfers mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
“Dr. Kevorkian” (more on the song title below) is exactly what I want out of a ska punk tune: upbeat, great hooks, catchy as hell, fun horns, an instant head bobber. And Pilfers throws a truly unique vibe in terms of its legit grounding in ska and reggae-flavored influence versus many other bands who touch on ska but do little to distinguish their sound.
What else can you say about “Jolly Jolly Jolly” except that it’s a grim and dour affair? I’m joking of course – it’s jolly!
I absolutely love that Pilfers covers Devo, that the song choice is “Jerkin’ Back ‘n’ Forth,” and most of all that they entirely throw their own super loose, super fun, and catchy spin on it.
Pop culture stuff that has something to do with Pilfers
If Pilfers sounds a little familiar, it might be because lead singer Coolie Ranx is an alum of The Toasters (of the heavyweight ska bands of all time).
Side note: Between Pilfers’ “Dr. Kevorkian” and the band name The Suicide Machines (one of the heavyweight ska punk bands of all time), who released their debut album, Destruction by Definition in 1996, there was a weirdly lot of focus on Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the topic of assisted suicide in the ska punk community in the mid- to late 1990s.