Their debut album, "Everything Sucks" (1995), was an underground hit and led to a deal with MOJO RECORDS (see also Mojo), an indie label. "Turn The Radio Off" (1996) established the band in the underground music scene, and they began touring throughout the USA. After the single "Sell Out" began breaking into the mainstream, including MTV, the album made an appearance on the charts. The ska revival was short-lived, however, and "Why Do They Rock So Hard?" (1998) did not lead the group to the mainstream.
Reel Big Fish released "Cheer Up" (2002) which began a movement into harder rock and pop sounds, with much less ska than the previous albums. The song "Where Have You Been?" was aimed at a wider audience, trying to drop the less popular ska sound, but was met with little mainstream success, despite the video. Their second most recent studio album was "We’re Not Happy Until You’re Not Happy" (2005).
They recently released "Our Live Album is Better Than Your Live Album" (2006) which includes 2 discs worth or their own tunes and a few covers of popular songs along with a DVD. They have worked on the soundtrack to BASEketball, which included a cover of a-ha‘s Take On Me.
In 2006, they split from Jive records, who produced a "Best of" album against the will of the band, who could not prevent the release. The band has made a campaign to try and stop people buying the album.
Their latest album, "Monkeys For Nothing and the Chimps For Free" (2007) includes some songs that were previously recorded and released on other albums.
Aaron Barrett – guitar, lead vocals (1992–present)
Dan Regan – trombone, backing vocals (1994–present)
John Christianson – trumpet, backing vocals (2004–present)
Ryland Steen – drums (2005–present)
Derek Gibbs – bass guitar (2007–present)
Ben Guzman – vocals (1992–1994)
Zach Gilltrap – keyboards/synthesizers (1992–1994)
Lisa Smith – guitar (1992–1994)
Eric Vismantes – trumpet (1994)
Stephan Reed – saxophone (1994)
Robert Quimby – trombone (1994–1995)
Adam Polakoff – saxophone (1994–1995)
Grant Barry – trombone (1995–1998)
Andrew Gonzales – drums (1992–1998)
Tavis Werts – trumpet (1994–2001)
Carlos de la Garza – drums (1999–2003)
Tyler Jones – trumpet (2001–2004)
Justin Ferreira – drums (2003–2005)
Matt Wong – bass, backing vocals (1992–2007)
Scott Klopfenstein – trumpet, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1995–2011)
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