Editor’s note: With the recent release of Let’s Go Bowling’s Music to Bowl By on vinyl–for the first time ever–through Mike Park’s Asian Man Records, we thought it would be a good time to revisit this essential American ska album. Despite issuing some incredible releases in the late ’80s–most notably The NY Citizens’ On the Move and Ska Face: An All-American Ska Compilation (The Toasters’ Skaboom! and Thrill Me Up were actually issued through Celluloid/Skaloid, since Moon was hard-pressed for cash)–by the end of the decade, Moon Records was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. A series of indie distributor failures–Greenworld, Rough Trade, and New World–condemned almost 75% of Moon’s pressed product to America’s landfills (and then Celluloid/Skaloid went out of business right after the release of Thrill Me Up, without paying The Toasters any royalties on either album–and Skaboom! had sold around 12K copies by that point)
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