In 1985, guitarist Jim Jones auditioned to join a Boston ska band called Bim Skala Bim. He thought it would be fun.
"I remember I was psyched to jump in, because it was a band that I actually knew the name of," Jones says. "The other bands I was auditioning for hadn't really been anywhere. It was cool to be in this band that knew people in the scene."
Over the next 15 years, Bim Skala Bim recorded nine studio albums, took home dozens of local music awards, toured with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish and the Dropkick Murphys, worked with famed Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller and performed at CBGBs. Fun, indeed.
"We set up to...