Kings of Nuthin’ – Fight Songs – Review

Kings of Nuthin’

Fight Songs (Bomp!)
by Ewan Wadharmi

I don’t give a good goddamn what sort of rebel music you’re into or what scene you claim, sell all that you own, take your bread and purchase Fight Songs. Reports of the death of swing have been greatly exaggerated. Boston’s own Kings Of Nuthin’ come on like gang busters, Mafia suits and all. G-men beware, it’s as though the whole movement was a precursor to this. The Kings are it, and you know it, daddio! With their stellar musicianship and impeccable style, a more perfect album is scarce. Intent on bringing back the neglected elements of swing, they infuse it with barhouse boogie-woogie, gospel, and ragtime. It’s surprisingly authentic, as these boys have obviously done their homework. But make no mistake (as Bush Jr. would say) this is highly energetic music that will have you reeling. The lyrics are superb, with a sense of humor bigger than a plate of pasta at your Aunt Dora’s, and nearly as big as her. Gruff frontman Torr Skoog will undoubtedly endure comparisons to the Bosstones’ Dicky Barrett. His classic growl at times recalls a really pissed off Tom Waits or Louie Prima. Not ones to skimp, they give up fifteen songs here without a single clunker. Why are you still here? Go down to the corner and buy this. And get me a pack while you’re out.
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