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So Sad to Say: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones break up

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have broken up.

In a statement posted to their website, the long-running ska outfit writes, “After decades of brotherhood, touring the world and making great records together we have decided not to continue on as a band.”

“Above all, we want to express our sincere gratitude to every single one of you who have supported us,” the band adds. “We could not have done any of it without you.”

Formed in the early ’80s, the Bosstones would become a staple of the third-wave ska and ska punk scene of the ’90s alongside bands including No Doubt, Fishbone, Less than Jake and Reel Big Fish. Their 1997 album Let’s Face It was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and spawned the biggest Bosstones single: “The Impression That I Get.”

In total, the Bosstones released 11 studio albums, the most recent of which being 2021’s When God Was Great. Aside from a three-year hiatus in the mid-2000s, original members Dicky Barrett, Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton, Ben Carr and Joe Gittleman remained in the band throughout their career.

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