BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE: Strictly Rude: CD

It’s always a crapshoot with opening bands. There are three different types: the ones that are so terrible you show up late or stay outside during their set, the background music bands where you can listen if you want or complete zone it out, and the ones who completely blow you away. It seemed like every ska show in the Boston area in the ‘90s had either Big D And The Kids Table or Kicked In The Head opening. For me, they both fell into the middle group. I wouldn’t dislike them, but I’d never put in any effort to see them either. I feel the same with this CD. They’re sort of a third-wave take on second-wave ska; think Madness with more punk than pop, especially in the guitar.

 –megan (Side One Dummy)