Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Interviews | Dec 7th, 2007

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are making a triumphant return after four years. The band is playing a series of shows (The Hometown Throwdown) after Christmas in Boston and playing New Years Eve in Providence, RI. Of course, those concerts were sold out in the matter of minutes. ReadJunk.com sent some questions to Bosstones bassist Joe Gittleman, who was nice enough to take the time from his busy schedule.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are reuniting for the 10th Hometown Throwdown. Let’s get out of the way the question everyone’s asking you guys, and feel free to make up a fake answer – How did the reunion come about, and what’s in store for you guys?
Not sure what’s in store after the Throwdown. Speaking for myself, I missed playing those songs and thought it would be fun for us and people in Boston.

You guys are releasing “Medium Rare” at the end of the year. Describe this album in the form of a haiku.
Can’t do that, thinking back to the 4th grade is too painful.

Do you worry that people have forgotten what ska sounds like?
No, I would only worry that if WE forgot.

If the Bosstones wrote a concept album, sort of like Rush’s 2112, what would be the storyline?
I’m not familiar with that record. If I have any time left from the 2 minutes I alloted to knock out this interview I’ll hit Wikipedia and try and hit you with something clever.

Does it annoy you when you’re typing Mighty Mighty and Microsoft Word’s Clippy is like, “Hey, you repeated a word, dumbass!” and you get the red squiggle underneath? Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?
I don’t have Word… Free trial ran out long ago.

What’s the #1 perk of being a Bosstone?
All the car shows and weddings we get to play.

Conversely, what is the absolute worst thing about being a Bosstone?
Splitting the money eight ways.

Because of the plaid thing, many Bosstone fans are, how you say, dorkalicious. Does any fan stand out in your mind as being the most cringe-worthy? Do wannabe groupies wear sexy plaid things?
No such thing as “sexy plaid things.”

Have you ever gotten into a fistfight during a show (with fans or amongst each other)? Which fight was the scariest?
I once hit a skinhead in his skin-head with my bass after a sieg-heil incident in Florida.

What is the Bosstones’ philosophy of life and secret to happiness?
Have a good time, all the time.

What were you for Halloween?
Home with the lights out.

Can I be an honorary Bosstone? I can dance like a monkey!
Uh oh, two minutes are up…

The Bosstones currently have some videos on their Myspace page and their homepage. The videos are called “Road to the Throwdown.” Check them out!