Less Than Jake

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Less Than Jake is a popular ska punk band from Gainesville, Florida. They are currently on the roster of Sire Records. One thing that distinguishes LTJ is their use of trombones and saxophones in songs. This is most notable in the earlier albums such as Hello Rockview, Losing Streak Pezcore. Their current line-up includes Chris semakes (vocals, guitar), Roger Manganelli (vocals, bass), Vinnie Fiorello (drums, lyrics), Peter (J.R.) Wasilewski (saxophone), and Buddy Schaub (trombone). Vinnie is also the owner of the independant record label know as feueled by raman. This record company has signed bands such as fall out boy, puncline,the akas and gym class heroes.

The band has contributed many of their songs to various multimedia projects, such as movies and video games. The song called We're All Dudes was written exclusively for the soundtrack to the movie Good Burger; every other contribution is a song featured on one of their albums. All My Best Friends Are Metalheads is featured on the soundtracks for the video games Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and Street Sk8er, as well as for the movie Digimon: The Movie. Short Fuse Burning is featured on the Gran Turismo 4 soundtrack, while That's Why They Call It A Union is featured on the Tony Hawk's Underground 2 soundtrack. Surrender and Motown Never Sounded So Good are both featured on the soundtrack for the video game ATV Offroad Fury 3. Additionally, they have contributed a song - The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out - to the Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 compilation album.

Roger (the bassist) and Vinnie (the drummer) have an unexplained fondness for PEZ candy, they actually own one of each pez dispenser ever made and have new ones delivered directly to their homes. This love for pez goes so far as to name one of their albums "Pezcore" (parodying of the way in which many bands are described as [thing]-core, starting with hardcore) and Pez dispenser motifs are a common feature of their merchandise.

They also have an album named The Pez Collection which is a collection of songs from Pezcore, Greased, Losers, Kings, and Things We Don't Understand, Losing Streak, Hello Rockview and some tracks from some of their vinyl releases. This compilation was made for European release.

The members of Less Than Jake also served as backup musicians for Asian Man Records owner Mike Park in the B.Lee Band (once called "the Bruce Lee Band", changed for legal reasons).


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