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"The Bouncing Souls are a punk rock band, formed in 1987. They are originally from New Brunswick, New Jersey. By time of their acknowledgement by the national punk scene, they had reignited a 'pogo' element to New Jersey punk rock by playing fast light-hearted songs, a model followed by various other local bands (e.g. Blanks 77 and the Bristles). In the early stages of their career, they played a hybrid of punk, funk, metal, and just about anything else they felt like including. They were known for their energetic live shows, albeit with an amateurish element on their recordings at that stage. Soon, they had whittled it down to their own brand of punk, and become one of the most popular bands in the punk scene.

The Bouncing Souls are one of the best selling and longest lived of the punk bands from New Jersey, following the legacy of previously successful punk bands Adrenalin OD and the Misfits. After playing mostly parties and shows they put on themselves, they released their first full-length album, The Good, The Bad & The Argyle on Chunksaah Records in 1994. The album was a compilation of several EPs the band had released previously. Two tracks of this record, 'Candy' (popularized by Bow Wow Wow) and 'What Boys Like' (originally by the Waitresses) served as homage to 1980s new wave while simultaneously striking a humorous jab at homophobia. Their next album, Maniacal Laughter was released in 1996. Half the album was written in a week. It led to a high profile tour with Youth Brigade that got the attention of Epitaph records.

The Bouncing Souls signed with Epitaph in 1997 and released Bouncing Souls later that year. While it contains some Bouncing Souls classics like 'Cracked,' 'Kate is Great,' and 'East Coast! Fuck You!,' certain tracks on the record are anticlimactic in comparison to their low-fi earlier recordings. Greg himself stated on Do You Remember? 15 Years of the Bouncing Souls that 'It's a CD of unfinished songs.' Hopeless Romantic followed in 1999. Hopeless Romantic has been heralded for admixing poignant lyrics with their melodic rapidly-paced punk style. Soon after the album's release, personal problems arose between the band and long-time drummer Shal Khichi which resulted in his departure from the band. He was replaced by former Skinnerbox and Murphy's Law drummer, Michael McDermott.

The band's name is a reference to an advertising slogan used by punk standards, Doc Martens shoes, in reference to their air-cushioned soles. To this day, tags on Doc Martens read 'with Bouncing Soles'."

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