Friends and fans of The Aquabats all across the country pulled together from the comfort and safety of their own homes to help create the group’s new, unique music video for “Pajamazon.” The video for “Pajamazon!” (the latest single from the upcoming album Kooky Spooky… in Stereo!) features self-shot clips from the band and submissions from The Aquabats’ legion of fans as a part of the #pajamazonchallenge. A song about never leaving the house again might be a little more timely than anyone had ever imagined (or hoped), but the ever-positive Aquabats challenged their fans to make the most of social distancing by submitting videos of themselves and their families goofing in their pajamas.
Even some high profile friends of The Aquabats got in on the act, including Kimmel announcer and frontman of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Dickie Barrett, actor/musician Drake Bell and skateboard legends Tony Hawk and Steve Caballero! They all feature in their jammies alongside The Aquabats and their enthusiastic fans, creating an upbeat, wacky, and positive celebration of our newfound free time. “Pajamazon!” is streaming now on Spotify and Kooky Spooky… in Stereo is available for pre-order (click here).
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Beginning as a zany eight-piece ska unit in the mid-’90s, Los Angeles County’s the Aquabats were lauded for helping energize a fresh wave of ska-punk from such figures as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Squirrel Nut Zippers. Dressed in matching masks and colored costumes inspired by Adam West’s Batman from the ’60s, the group made their debut with 1996’s The Return of the Aquabats! as an eight-piece. A fluctuating lineup over the years was stabilized by the constant presence of lead vocalist Christian Jacobs (MC Bat Commander) and bassist Chad Larson (Crash McLarson). Coinciding with a reduced lineup in the early 2000s, they shifted from exuberant ska to playful, punky indie rock before recording 2005’s Charge!! as a quintet. Part musical sketch comedy show and part campy, superhero adventure series, the band developed their own family-friendly TV series, The Aquabats! Super Show!, which aired in 2012 and 2013. The soundtrack to the first season proved the outfit’s continued popularity when it made it onto the Billboard 200 upon release seven years later, in 2019.