Self-releasedCD/digital download2017(Review by Steve Shafer)On the surface, the new(ish) First Proper Album from The Stiff Joints is simply incredibly good fun, as the cover image suggests. The band plays amped-up, hook-filled, sing-along-to-the-chorus modern/2 Tone-inspired ska that may remind one of Madness, The Busters, or The Toasters (they must be a blast to see live). However, despite the good-time musical zaniness, the lyrics (full of word-play) reveal that life in The Stiff Joints’ version of the world is kind of off-kilter and crappy–and some of the catchiest and most compelling tunes on the album are the darkest
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