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The O.C. Supertones

The Orange County Supertones (a.k.a. The O.C. Supertones a.k.a. The Supertones) is a Christian ska band hailing from Orange County, California. The band was signed to Tooth & Nail Records and its imprint, BEC Recordings, before becoming an independent band. The band disbanded in 2005, then reunited in 2010. The reunion was initially to last several shows in 2010, but they have since decided to keep playing several shows a year. The OC Supertones were one of the first widely successful Christian ska bands.

The band began in the early 1990s as Saved. Originally formed by Matt Morginsky, Jason Carson and Tony Terusa while in Junior High School, the band played a mix of many styles including punk, rap, metal, disco, and funk. In 1995 they formed as The Orange County Supertones and settled on a ska based sound, similar to Operation Ivy or Mike Park's Skankin' Pickle. Although drummer Jason Carson had known Tooth & Nail founder Brandon Ebel for years, the label was reluctant to sign them. As characterized by Ebel: "The Supertones were good, but Saved was not good. I had years of Saved in my head."

The Supertones' debut release, Adventures of the O.C. Supertones, received a 1997 Dove nomination for the "Alternate / Modern Rock" category. Their second album, 1997's release Supertones Strike Back, was a surprise smash hit, peaking on both Billboard's Heatseekers and Top Christian Albums charts at No. 3 and No. 2 respectively. In the fall of 1997 the Supertones headlined a tour with Ghoti Hook and Stavesacre, and the next spring opened for Audio Adrenaline, with whom they recorded a duet, "Blitz," on the Audio Adrenaline album Some Kind of Zombie, also in 1997.

In late 1998 they embarked on the all-Christian-ska "Skamania 98" tour with The Insyderz and Five Iron Frenzy. In 1999 the Supertones played for the papal visit to St. Louis by Pope John Paul II.

Beginning with a more traditional ska sound, The Supertones moved next to a harder rock sound, which eventually changed again with more of a pop-rock influence. The band explained the musical evolution to CCM: "pop culture has the attention span of a flea... ska's time in the white-hot spotlight has come and gone." When saxophonist Dave Chevalier joined The Dingees in 1998, the band made the decision not to replace his position. Rap and R&B influences also became more prevalent in their sound, which remained "about 40 percent reminiscent of the older stuff." Their next two albums, 1999's Chase the Sun and 2000's Loud and Clear, each charted on the Billboard 200 chart.

They continued to release albums until 2005, when they announced plans to break up. The band released Unite, a greatest hits compilation, and played their last show at Biola University in La Mirada, California on October 7, 2005. Former members Jason Carson, Darren Mettler and Tony Terusa re-joined the band on stage for three songs. Kevin "Slim" Chen was on hand but did not play with the band. The Supertones played for 21⁄2 hours at their final show, playing close to 30 songs.

On March 11, 2008 BEC Recordings, Inc. released "The Ultimate Collection," a sort of greatest hits album with select songs from each of the bands studio albums, with the exception of "Revenge of the O.C. Supertones," which has no tracks represented.

On March 11, 2008 BEC Recordings, Inc. released "The Ultimate Collection," a sort of greatest hits album with select songs from each of the bands studio albums, with the exception of "Revenge of the O.C. Supertones," which has no tracks represented.

In 2010, the band announced that most of the original members would be reuniting for handful of dates in 2010, and then going back into retirement.
On November 6, 2012, The Supertones released a new album, For the Glory, eight years after their last album. The album featured the original members Matt Morginksy, Tony Terusa, Jason Carson and Darren Mettler. (Wikipedia)

Genres:
ska
From:
Orange County
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Overall Rating computed from Album Ratings
Year Title Rating Views
2012 For The Glory 238
2010 Reunite 220
2008 The Ultimate Collection 240
2005 Unite 4397
2005 Faith of A Child 570
2004 Revenge of the OC Supertones 2725
2002 Live Vol. 1 658
2002 Hi-Fi Revival 3328
2002 Hi-Fi Revival DVD 517
2000 Loud And Clear 3086
1999 Chase The Sun 3156
1997 Supertones Strike Back 3084
1996 Adventures Of The OC Supertones 3036

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