Bad Boys Gotta Rock It​!​: Live Recordings From 1996​-​2012

by Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits

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Originally compiled by the band from open air, radio station and live show soundboard cassettes, DATs and CDs, this collection was released on musician / artist / community organizer Ami Lawless' Selfish Satan Recordings (SSR #31) in 2013 as a double cassette box set. This live album features almost two hours of live Bobby Joe Ebola tracks spanning from 1996 to 2012 and is available here for the first time in digital format.

Collection was originally divided into 4 sections:
1.) NOT A REAL BAND (Tracks 1-11)
2.) JUST BECAUSE IT’S FUNNY, DOESN’T MEAN WE’RE JOKING (Tracks 12-21)
3.) THE MOST OFFENSIVE BAND ON THE PLANET (Tracks 22-31)
4.) UNRELEASED ORIGINAL SONGS, COVERS & MORE (Tracks 32-39)

From the original release:

Since Dan Abbott and Corbett Redford formed Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits in 1995, the band has been one of those acts you just have to see live to fully understand them. In the course of over 1000 shows, mostly as an acoustic duo, they’ve played basements, theaters, backyards, festivals, bars, protests and preschools, bringing to each an unforgettable and deeply weird mix of humor, fearless social criticism, and infectious songwriting. Punk-influenced but more nuanced and focused, its acoustic incarnation too jagged and aggressive for folk, Bobby Joe Ebola exists between musical worlds, and its intense, unpredictable performances have always easily matched the energy, and sometimes volume, of the plugged-in bands they play with.

The band called it quits in 2000, a hiatus that lasted until 2009, when Dan and Corbett began writing and performing again with renewed vigor. In the intervening years, they discovered dozens of audio recordings from old performances, gathering dust in their friends’ archives. The idea of releasing a live album was bandied about, but it was not until the band reformed that the project got off the ground.

Now, with help from Selfish Satan Records, we are proud to release Bad Boys Gotta Rock It!, a two-hour double cassette collection of live performances spanning 17 years. This box set features unforgettable onstage moments from the early years (1995 – 2000), as well as recordings of more recent shows (2009 – 2012), with the newly-formed full band incarnation.

Shocking, hilarious, emotional, and fun, Bad Boys Gotta Rock It! captures the inimitable feeling of being at a Bobby Joe Ebola show and offers something unique for music historians, archivists, and fans of the band - both new and old.

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released March 29, 2020

Sequenced by Craigums and Lauren Banjo

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Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits Oakland

Bobby Joe Ebola and The Children MacNuggits was mightily formed in 1995 in a fast-food parking lot by guitarist Dan Abbott and singer Corbett Redford.

The MacNuggits have become legend in the musical underground of the Bay Area and beyond, with their infamously unpredictable mix of searing social satire, soaring harmonies, outlandish and shocking truths, and poop jokes.
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