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[Music] I Voted for Kodos – My New Obsession

01. Turn The Radio On
02. Never Go Home
03. Friday Night Lights Out
04. These Scars Won’t Heal Themselves
05. Radio Love Song
06. Please Die In A Fire
07. You’re My Favorite
08. Wishful Thinking In Fourth Period
09. Sherrie’s Song
10. Three Days ’til Rome
11. Perfecting The Art Of Persuasion

Apparently there are also 3 bonus tracks that I can’t find anywhere, so if anyone knows something please let me know.

12. Turn It Up
13. Good Riddance
14. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

They were founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999, after singer-trombonist Rick Bisenius met guitarist Chris Holoyda at a Reel Big Fish concert. They began playing together when the members were in high school/college. After a guest show at Battle of the Bands in Plattevile, WI, they quickly became one of the best ska bands known to mankind. Their name comes from an episode of The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror VII”, in which Homer Simpson says, “Don’t blame me—I voted for Kodos.” [watch it here] Although known for their tongue-in-cheek material (they have noted that celery is the band’s official vegetable), their song lyrics have also tackled serious issues such as murder and teenage depression. Their first album, Close Enough for Ska, is considered the success story of a small independent record label, Close to Nothing, which was founded by three teenagers.

The band members would begin shows with informal instruction on how to skank so that the audience would appreciate the style of dance associated with ska music. They toured nationally in 2004, and placed number 7 in PureVolume’s top ten unsigned bands in the US. The band played the 2004–2006 Vans Warped Tours, and music critic Joe Lynch described their 2006 performance as “freewheeling and energetic”. During a separate national tour in early 2006, one music journalist wrote that the band “uses a hot horn section, plenty of guitar and on-the-mark lyrics to fuel a high-energy show.”

The band stopped working together in 2007, although Bisenius and Holyda continued to collaborate on a new band, Firefight, and Bisenius began a solo project, The Faster We Fall.

Artist: I Voted for Kodos
Album: My New Obsession
Label: Snapdragon
Playtime: 34:59 min
Genre: Ska/Pop-Punk
Released: March 17, 2006
Size: 63.78 MiB
Quality: 320 kbps / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Download: MediaFire (64 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website
Rating: 7/10 (may change in time)

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I’m posting it so you can discover (or rediscover) this band while I’m getting to know them.

Do you like the way they sound? What are your favorite songs?