02. Somebody's Wife
05. Cowboys Always Win
07. Angel And A Devil
08. Carnival Sense
10. Wise Up
11. Thinkin' 'Bout You
14. Jenny Jones (Leave The Death Rock Kids Alone)
Wish We Never Met
Take one foppish mod-kid songwriter, one fifteen year-old drummer who blends his Sly and Robbie with the anarchic savoir fare of Keith Moon, take one of those rare bass players who writes, sings and plays with perfect balance of heart and head and add one keyboard player whose presence both on record and stage is like that of Cyndi Lauper and Steve Nieve's love child...total it up and you have the Gadjits. Wish We Never Met is fourteen song of boiling urgency. The churning garage-ska of "Somebody's Wife" wrestles with a headstrong lyrical plea to be heard. Nonsense-free anthems of tell-it-like-it-is teen angst, love and frustration are set to backgrounds sixties rock and seventies scratchy reggae.
Wish We Never Met
All songs by Brandon or Zach. #1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 published by Edible Panties Music (BMI) and #4, 6, 7, 11, 12 published by Very Crucial Music (BMI) Administered by Wixen Music Publishing.
Thanks to: Gates Barbeque of Kansas City, The Hellcat/Epitaph gangs, Vic Ruggero, Vic Rice, Ken Peulakovitch, John J. Phillips, Gina Phillips, Tom & Laura Allen, Hepcat, Slackers, Rancid, Mustard Plug, Bouncing Souls, and the many booking agents involved therein; Gregory Hickman Williams, Brent Kastler, George Nueman, Keri Brammer, Even North, Shelby @ N.L.M., Pezz, the Casualties, Latex Generation, Tim and Margo @ Rude International, Elyse and the Dance Hall Crashers, Spring Heeled Jack USA, JIM, Eddie Schryer, Ken and Josh, Kevin Lymon, Limo, Pyro, Doug, Kevin, Pete's mom, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Josh Durham, Ben and Sheila, but most of all we thank you folks that buy these records and come to the shows...hope everything is cool with you guys. Thanks, Bye. Oh Yeah...We kinda owe everything to Jeff Fortier, thanks babe.
US Rel. Date: 07/13/1999
EU Rel. Date: 07/01/1999
The Gadjits must have a larger record collection than most of their ska buddies and are unafraid to dip into it for inspiration on this album. From outright soul to Specials-vintage ska, the band indulges in a wider range of flavors on this album, giving it a much broader feel than its previous records. Strangely enough, though the band draws primarily on sounds strongly influencing the ska of yesteryear, the Gadjits’ sound meshes well with modern ska, though showing a strong sense of its roots often absent in the days of Reel Big Fish, Buck-O-Nine and mindless upstroke mania.
Thicker compositions are featured on this record, from the soul/ska mix of "Bad Gadjit," blending organ melodies in its verse with jerky ska rhythms in its chorus, to the rockabilly intro of "Carnival Sense," lifted neatly from "Jailhouse Rock," to Brandon Phillips’ best impression of the Specials’ Terry Hall on tracks like "Cowboys Always Win." Though not exactly the epitome of groundbreaking, Wish We’d Never Met puts as novel twist on its ingredients as is humanly possible.
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