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The Slackers are an American ska band, formed in Manhattan, New York in 1991. The band's sound is a mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, soul, garage rock, and jazz. The Slackers' notability is credited to their prolific career, tours of North America, Europe, and elsewhere, and signing to notable punk label Hellcat Records.

The Slackers
L to R: Vic Ruggiero, Ara Babajian, Marcus Geard, Dave Hillyard, Jay Nugent, Glen Pine
Background information
Also known asSundy
The Nods
OriginManhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1991–present
LabelsHellcat, Moon Ska, Whatevski Records
Associated actsStubborn All-Stars
SKAndalous All-Stars
Dave Hillyard Rocksteady 7
Da Whole Thing
WebsiteOfficial Site
Past members

The members of the Slackers have also been known to perform in other bands and musical projects, including Reggae Workers of the World, David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven, Crazy Baldhead Sound System, Da Whole Thing, The Hall Trees, Stubborn All-Stars, and the SKAndalous All Stars. Vic Ruggiero performs as a solo act performing both original compositions as well as reworked Slackers songs.



The band's second album, Redlight, released on September 23, 1997,[1] was ranked number seven in Billboard editor Carrie Bell's "The Year in Music (1997)" list.[2] The album's track with the same name charted at number 116 on the week of November 10, 1997—the song's third week—in CMJ Radio Top 200.[3]

Current lineupEdit

Former members and contributorsEdit

Former producers and collaboratorsEdit

  • Victor Rice - producer and bass
  • Zack levine - producer
  • Eric Sierra - songwriter
  • David Lindome - producer


Studio AlbumsEdit



  • 2-Face (1996)
  • Minha Menina (2007)
  • Dreidel (2009)
  • New Years Day (Urban Pirate Records, 2010)

Demo CassettesEdit

Live albumsEdit

  • Live at Ernesto's (2000)
  • Upsettin' Ernesto's (2004)
  • Slack in Japan (2005)
  • NYC Boat Cruise 2009 (digital only, 2009)
  • Slackfest NYC 2009 (digital only, 2009)
  • Holiday Party With... (digital only, 2009)
  • Live On the West Side 4/6/10 (digital only, 2010)
  • Live In San Francisco 12/31/10 (digital only, 2011)




  • Give 'Em the Boot (2005): "And I Wonder"
  • The Slackers: A Documentary (2007)
  • The Flamingo Cantina Series with The Slackers (2009)


  1. ^ CMJ Network, Inc. (8 September 1997). CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. pp. 51–.
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (1997-12-27 - 1998-01-03). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 71–. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ CMJ Top 200, Page 7, 10 Nov 1997, CMJ New Music Report

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