March 11, 1997: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones drop their fifth studio album, Let’s Face It. It was a breakthrough, but Boston fans knew better.
If you grew up in the Boston area in the ’90s, you were wise to the Bosstones. I was a freshman at Wakefield High School in the fall of 1991, and the Where’d You Go? EP was already making the rounds. More than a few juniors and seniors were sporting plaid and two-tone oxfords on the regular. And as a budding trombonist in the Wakefield High School Jazz Band, I couldn’t have been happier that a local ska band was the height of popularity.
Flash-forward to 1997 and the rest of the country was catching on to the band that we’d been skanking to for the better part of the decade. 25 years on, let’s revisit Let’s Face It.