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There is more than one artist called The Hippos

1) The Hippos, a third wave ska-punk band from Southern California.

2) The Hippos, a blues band from Sydney, Australia.

The Hippos’ first full album release was Forget the World, released in 1996. Interestingly, many of the songs on Forget The World were written when Ariel Rechtshaid, the band’s primary songwriter, was only 15 years old. Unlike other typical bands of the genre, The Hippos employed heavy use of a Moog synthesizer. This album employed traditional ska-punk songwriting, including upbeat tempos and heavy brass instrumentation. Additionally, various percussion instruments were used, such as bongos and wood blocks. The next album was Heads Are Gonna Roll, released in 1999. A transitional album, a balance of horns and synthesizers is found on this album. Commercially, this album was the band’s most successful; it is the only album to be fully produced by a large record label and thus is assumedly the most circulated and heard of the three albums.
The Hippos, a self titled final release, was released in 2003 after the band’s break-up. This album completed the gradual transition from traditional ska-punk to the unique, orginal synthpop sound exhibited here. Ties to the ska-punk scene from which they began had been all but completely severed. In fact, only one track from this album uses horns at all, an essential element of ska. Much of the Hippos’s fanbase was initially reluctant at such a different sound, but for the most part, this reluctance gave way to admiration. To many fans, the Hippos’s final album was their best written and most enjoyable, despite its limited commercial success.


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  • ddddbbbb

    can't believe this guy went on to be a top tier pop/dance/rnb producer.. good for him!

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jellian

    I miss the days of playing in a ska punk band, listening to amazing bands such as the hippos, loving living life, summers and skateboarding... I had an amazing youth. Thank you Hippos

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BearsandLions

    holy fuck, how did I not know! The only song I'd ever listen to was asleep at the wheel, but fuck me running this is stupendous

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Skavovoee

    I wish I had the money to press all 3 of their albums on vinyl...someday...maybe...if they let me

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • masha_t

    love these guys, best ska band ever!

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Elementree1

    Please check our band "The Ohms" out. We sound alot like The Hippos and have a huge roots reggae/ska influence. Our page is: NEW MUSIC!!

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • FeuerTier

    I wish more people knew of their self titled album. A true hidden gem.

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • kaneelkip

    Heads Are Gonna Roll is my album I listen to when I feel really lovesick, whether the good, or the bad kind

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
  • SubStndrdTuning

    Better watch your back, son!

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • WatchBanditRun

    The Hippos self titled final album will be one of those hidden gems that future bands will claim as their inspiration. We will be among the lucky ones who listened to it before it was popular.

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • heyrobwilcox

    their final album was their best album

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • rawkit

    damm i miss these guys, makes me miss them more listening to the songs :(

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Millers

    "WHYTOKIO" Just have a look at this great Band. They have skanking Beats in Rude Boys Rockin' and chilling Songs like Jack the Dude or Soapbubble But don't forget to party with all the other Songs!! Engines Start

    13 Jan 2010 Reply
  • kenobikaht

    Hippos make me SAD.

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
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    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • duncan_donuts

    "Don't Worry" is one of the most amazingly hypocritical songs ever. "You feel betrayed, you feel left out, all your favourite bands have all sold out." And then they sold out utterly.

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Skawesome7

    Why did they break up WHY!?!?!

    5 Aug 2009 Reply

    6 May 2009 Reply
  • cake_shop

    jesus.. this was the first band I saw on my own, sans parents, wayyyy back in 1998, at the ripe old age of 13. Me and my friend took 3 buses from Torrance to Anaheim, and we hung out with them afterwords and it was so adorable and her mommy picked us up in the parking lot and we were SO embarrassed because we totally lied and said we were in highschool. oooops.

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • cecil19

    Every song on Heads are Gonna Roll is a great listen.

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
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