HOT STOVE JIMMY “Theme for a Major Hit” LP (JUMP027LP) {OUT OF PRINT}

It seems strange, but we are seeing a bit of a renaissance on this album! At the time it was generally overlooked (some flat out hated it!) – but the fact of the matter is that HOT STOVE JIMMY’s “Theme From A Major Hit” was a bit ahead of it’s time. Fast forward t0 2017, RIOT FEST does a post on the “Ska’s Strangest Strands” and mentions it alongside the BLUE MEANIES in a truly favorable light calling it AVANT-SKA: “Likeminded Chicago bands The Blue Meanies and Hot Stove Jimmy would embrace the ska tag and push it to its psychedelic, drugged-out limits, with their respective final albums, 2000’s The Post Wave and 1999’s Theme For A Major Hit, respectively, being the most prime examples. By then, ska-punk was de rigueur, and though both acts fell into that tag at one time or another, their final albums sounded like acid-drenched freakouts that just so happened to ska elements peppered in. Surely confounding at their time, The Post Wave and Theme For A Major Hit remain documents of a time when ska became its most untethered and experimental, something that would take years to be fully embraced.” Continue reading HOT STOVE JIMMY “Theme for a Major Hit” LP (JUMP027LP) {OUT OF PRINT}


After appearances on top U.S. ska comps “Return of American Skathic” (Vol 4), “Generic Skaca” (combined over 15,000 units), plus a scheduled appearance on MOON SKA NYC’s third volume of the Skarmageddon series, Chicago’s HOT STOVE JIMMY are well on the way to being one of 1997’s brightest “new skool” ska bands. Locally, the band has quickly become a fave through their debut CD on Strike Out!; a track on the Taste Of Chicago punx comp; opening for top national acts The Specials Continue reading HOT STOVE JIMMY – “Salute” CD – (JUMP009 – OUT OF PRINT)