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The O.C. Supertones - Supertones Strike Back (1997)
Third-wave ska might have been a bigger deal -- or at least a longer-lasting deal -- on the Christian music circuit than it was elsewhere. Among other bands you had the Big 3, which offered screamier (The Insyderz), punkier (Five Iron Frenzy), and praisier (the Supertones) options for the discerning Vans-owner. I was a Five Iron Frenzy guy -- the reunion album they released this year, following a successful Kickstarter, is actually really good -- but the Supertones, much more evangelism-oriented, were the youth-group-default.
Like the other third-wave ska bands, only maybe a little later, Christian ska's luminaries eventually had to figure out what they were going to do once the trend crested. The Supertones went with a weird pop/hip-hop hybrid that helped them keep up the momentum until their 2005 break-up.