- Released: March 15, 1999
- Label: TVT
CMJ - 3/29/99, p.22
"....LIBIDO certainly doesn't reinevent ska or punk, but it further proves the value of the two combined forms as worthy energy sources for lightheared pop..."
- 1.Who Are They?
- 2.Tell It Like It Was
- 3.Something Funny
- 4.Falling Back to Sleep
- 5.Swimming in Sand
- 7.Awkward Girl
- 9.Alot in My Head
- 10.Here We Go Again
- 11.All Along
- 12.On a Sunny Day
- 13.Pigeonhole Disease
Buck-O-Nine: Jon (vocals); Jonas (guitar); Craig (saxophone); Anthony (trumpet); Dan (trombone); Scott (bass).
Additional personnel: Chuck Treece (drums).
Personnel: Jonas Kleiner (guitar); Chuck Treece (drums).
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Kevin Shirley.
Recording information: Big Fish Studio, San Diego, CA; Big Fish Studios, San Diego, CA.
Photographer: Sean Murphy.
Right in step with their California ska-pop brothers Sugar Ray and Sublime comes San Diego's Buck-O-Nine. After more than five years of playing clubs, Buck-O-Nine attracted a loyal following with their raucous combination of ska, reggae and a touch of The Clash. While others in their genre, such as the aforementioned California bands, as well as Boston's Mighty Mighty Bosstones, have gone on to major success, Buck-O-Nine remains something of an insider phenomenon with a strong, cult following.
However, LIBIDO, packed with crunching, over-driven guitars and stabbing horn lines, makes a strong case for Buck-O-Nine deserving a little more attention. From the energetic, radio-ready opening track, "Tell It Like It Was" to the acoustic guitar-driven "Swimming in Sand," and the Specials homage "All Along," Buck-O-Nine is at the top of the '90s ska/punk/pop pack.