The Slackers

The Slackers

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Slackers

Img_capt = L to R: Vic Ruggiero, Ara Babajian, Marcus Geard, Dave Hillyard, Jay Nugent, Glen Pine
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Alias = Sundy
The Nods
Origin = New York City, New York, USA
Genre = Ska
Years_active = 1991 - Present
Label = Hellcat
Moon Ska Records
Associated_acts = SKAndalous All Stars
Dave Hillyard Rocksteady 7
Da Whole Thing
URL = [ Official Site]
Current_members = Vic Ruggiero
Jay Nugent
Dave Hillyard
Glen Pine
Marcus Geard
Ara Babajian
Past_members = Marc Lyn
TJ Scanlon
Luis Zuluaga
Jeremy Mushlin
Allen Teboul
Dunia Best
Jeff Baker
Tobias Fields
Eric Singer
Victor Rice
Dave Hahn
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The Slackers are one of the more well-known bands emerging from the New York City ska scene, having been formed in Brooklyn in 1991. The band's sound is a mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, soul, garage rock, and jazz. The Slackers' notability is credited to their prolific career, tours of North America, Europe, and elsewhere, and signing to notable punk label Hellcat Records.

There are several side projects of The Slackers, including David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven, Crazy Baldhead Sound System, Da Whole Thing, the SKAndalous All Stars, as well as an acoustic solo project by Vic Ruggiero. Vic Ruggiero, Jay Nugent, and David Hillyard were also in the NYC Ska band Stubborn All-Stars lead by frontman King Django.

Current Lineup

*Vic Ruggiero - Keyboards, Vocals
*Jay "Agent Jay" Nugent - Guitar
*Dave Hillyard - Saxophone
*Glen Pine - Trombone, Vocals
*Marcus Geard - Bass
*Ara Babajian - Drums

Former Members And Contributors

*Marq "Q-Maxx 4:20" Lyn - Vocals
*TJ Scanlon - Guitar
*Luis "Zulu" Zuluaga - Drums
*Jeremy "Mush One" Mushlin - Trumpet, Vocals
*Allen Teboul - Drums
*Dunia Best- Vocals, Flute
*Jeff "King Django" Baker - Trombone
*Tobias Fields - Congas
*Eric "E-ROC" Singer - Alto Saxophone
*Victor Rice - Bass
*Dave Hahn - lead guitar
*Justin Redekop- Trumpet

Full Discography

tudio Albums

*"Better Late Than Never" (1996)
*"Redlight" (1997)
*"The Question" (1998)
*"Wasted Days" (2001)
*"The Slackers and Friends" (2002)
*"Close My Eyes" (2003)
*"An Afternoon in Dub" (2005)
*"Slackness" (2005)
*"Peculiar" (2006)
*"The Boss Harmony Sessions" (2007)
*"Self Medication" (2008)


*"2-Face" (1996)
*"Minha Menina" - (2007)


*"International War Criminal" (2004)
*"The Slackers/Pulley Split" (2004)


*"Do The Ska With The Slackers" (1992)
*"The Slackers" (1993)

Live Albums

*"Live at Ernesto's" (2000)
*"Upsettin' Ernesto's" (2004)
*"Slack in Japan" (2005)


*"Before There Were Slackers There Were... (1999)
*"Big Tunes! Hits & Misses from 1996 to 2006" (2007)


*"Give 'Em the Boot"
*"Give 'Em the Boot II"
*"Give 'Em the Boot III"
*"Give 'Em the Boot IV"
*"Give 'Em the Boot V"
*"Give 'Em the Boot VI"
*"This Is Special Potatoe Vol. 1"
*"From New York to Luxembourg (Live @ the Kufa)" (with P.O. Box, Kunn & the Magic Muffins and Toxkäpp)
* New York Beat: Breaking And Entering Volume 2


"Walking On" off Wasted Days appears in the horror movie "Shredder" directed by Greg Hudson.

A The Slackers sticker is seen on Drake and Josh’s bed on the Nickelodeon TV series, Drake & Josh.

External links

* [ The Slackers official homepage]
* [ Interview with the Slackers on] []
* [ AMG entry]
* [ The Slackers collection] at the Internet Archive's live music archive
* [ The Slackers' Chords] , a website dedicated to The Slackers' music
* [ Management (Europe) Tourbooking (GER, AUT, CZ, DK, CH)]

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