CD Review: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “When God Was Great”

“When God Was Great”

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Hellcat Records

Producers: Ted Hutt/Tim Armstrong

Tracks: 15

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ska-punk pioneers The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are set to release their 11th studio record on May 7th. The album titled “When God Was Great” is being released via Hellcat Records and features 15 tracks Co-produced by longtime collaborator Ted Hutt and Rancid front-man Tim Armstrong. “When God Was Great” has the band bringing back friends, tour-mates, and bandmates from the past for a sonic celebration that stresses the power of perseverance and human connection during tumultuous times.

The patron saints of plaid are back and doing what they do best, bringing upbeat, relatable music to anyone willing to listen. Over the course of the fifteen tracks which make up “When God Was Great” listeners are treated to a wide musical landscape that blends almost seamlessly with the signature raspy delivery of vocalist Dicky Barret. Tracks like the catchy “I Don’t Believe In Anything”, “The Killing of Georgie (Part III) and “You Had To Be There” are classic Bosstones through and through as each song offers an upbeat feel with bright instrumentation and resonating lyricism which will surely align with issues many people are facing each and every day. As little more than midway through the album listeners are treated to a unique rendition of the John Fogerty song “Long As I Can See The Light”. The band does a great job of capturing the original versions soulfulness while at the same time breathing in a breath of freshness and style. Other tracks worth mentioning are “The Truth Hurts” which features the return of original guitarist Nate Albert who left band in 2000 and “The Final Parade” which features guest spots by Angelo Moore, Tim Timebomb, Aimee Interrupter among others as they take turns belting out verses for the albums closing number.

“When God Was Great” is a fitting follow up to the bands 2018 release “While We’re at It” as it follows the more mature sound of later Bosstones records featuring more laid-back traditional ska sounds as opposed to the distorted, punk driven sounds found on earlier records such as “Devil’s Night Out” and “Don’t Know How to Party”. Sure, it would have been nice to hear some of the sounds that first got me into the band however it is a completely different time and place. People change, bands change, musical tastes change. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have embraced these changes and because of this we are treated to albums like “When God Was Great” which will provide an enjoyable listening experience time and time again.   

Track List:

1.) Decide

2.) M O V E

3.) I Don’t Believe In Anything

4.) Certain Things

5.) Bruised

6.) Lonely Boy

7.) The Killing of Georgie (Part III)

8.) You Had to Be There

9.) When God Was Great

10.) What It Takes

11.) Long As I Can See the Light

12.) The Truth Hurts

13.) It Went Well

14.) I Don’t Want to Be You

15.) The Final Parade

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To celebrate release of “The Mighty Macs”, which hit theaters on Oct.21st, Media Mikes would like to giveaway AN AUTOGRAPHED POSTER from the entire cast including CARLA GUGINO & DAVID BOREANEZ. If you would like to win one of these great prizes, please leave us a comment below or send us an email and let us know your favorite inspiration sports film. This giveaway will be open until Monday October 24th at Noon, Eastern Time and is only open to residents of the United States. Only one entry per person, per household; all other entries will be considered invalid. Once the giveaway ends, Movie Mikes will randomly pick out winners and alert the winners via email.

“THE MIGHTY MACS” is based on the incredible true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original Cinderella story in women’s basketball. This team of pioneers went from barely making that inaugural tournament to the first dynasty in their game. And Cathy Rush, the woman that was ahead of her time, became immortalized when she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“THE MIGHTY MACS” stars Carla Gugino as Cathy Rush; David Boreanaz as her husband, NBA referee Ed Rush; Marley Shelton as Sister Sunday; and Academy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn as Mother St. John. The film was written, directed, and produced by Tim Chambers. The film’s executive producers are Pat Croce, the former president of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, and Vince Curran, a successful businessman and former basketball star at Penn. Curran and Chambers are founders and partners of Quaker Media. Get ready to cheer on a true Cinderella team when “THE MIGHTY MACS” opens in theaters on October 21.


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Film Review “The Mighty Macs”

Directed by: Tim Chambers
Starring: Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn, Marley Shelton, David Boreanaz
Quaker Media
MPAA Rating: G
Runtime: 100 minutes

Our Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars

When it comes to sports inspiration films, it is usually not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong though, if it is got I usually will get into it. I enjoyed the recent film “The 5th Quarter”. The film was fast paced and inspiring but it felt out of balance in parts and off-sides with its story. This film has been shelved for a while since it was made in 2009 and I understand why. But I am sure that this film will find its audience with the catholic groups and with fans of sports movies…just not with me.

in case you don’t already known this is based on a true story and takes place in 1971. Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) who chooses to work as a women’s basketball coach. The college team at Immaculata College are no good and in fear of being shut down for good. Under the lead of Cathy, she decides that this is the year for the team and does everything she can to accomplish that goal.

The cast is great but not used to their full potential in this. Carla Gugino is damn good in the recent film “Sucker Punch” but seems to be holding back in this one. Ellen Burstyn is always wonderful but also is too secondary of a character to real shine. The same goes for David Boreanaz, who is just swept aside as the husband figure. He character feels just added in at last minute.

First Look at Inspiring New Film “The Mighty Macs”

Media Mikes is working with Ocean Ave Entertainment and StoryCrawler to help spread the word of this exciting and inspiring new film “The Mighty Macs”. The film opens in theaters on October 21 and includes The all-star cast with Carla Gugino (“Spy Kids”, “Sucker Punch”), David Boreanaz (“Bones”), Marley Shelton (“Sin City”), and Academy Award and Tony Award winner Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream”).

Stay tuned as we are going to be covering this film quite a bit and will be giving away some great prizes including exclusive movie posters autographed by the by the stars of the film and even a contest to win a trip to the movie’s premiere!!

She Dared to Dream. They Dared to Believe. It’s 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time … and she’s about to embark on an adventure for the ages. As the coach of tiny Immaculata College, Cathy’s challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams her Macs will face. While it appears they don’t have a prayer, all hope is not lost. Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? Get ready to cheer on a true Cinderella team when “The Mighty Macs” opens in theaters on October 21.

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