The Slackers are doing what they actually use to hate. At their new album ‘The Radio’ they are covering famous pop songs as every third-class Ska band does. Plus, by doing so they are particularly devoted to the 80ies, to their own opinion a completely lost decade for the music. Though the Slackers don’t need to do all that. Already 15 years ago with their first album fully packed with great songs they proven not lacking good ideas on their own. They can rival with the big shots in pop music since many, many years.
It was not their own idea to do a cover album. But the New Yorkers noticed the challenge in that idea from the very beginning. They especially took care of songs they usually didn’t like to bring to light it’s kernel of truth. This was also a kind of playing with and against their own prejudices. And even not beeing a big fan of Madonna Singer Vic Ruggiero really loves ‘Like a Virgin’ and badly wanted to record it for the album. With ‘Ganbare’ a tribut to the people of Japan is included, a kind of greating card – saying that they are with the ones that greating each other with ‘Ganbare’ when starting cleaning up at Fukushima.
Recorded in Berlin ‘The Radio’ is a like of radio show when the station’s mp3 server droppes out and the Slackers are the studio guests to bridge the time gap. By doing so they disburden the song’s souls from the slag of time and the ballast of it’s mighty interpreters.