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Voodoo Glow Skulls are an underground third-wave ska band. Their music is a mixture of old-style ska, punk and metal. The band formed in 1988 in Riverside, California by brothers Frank, Eddie and Jorge Casillas and their longtime friend Jerry O'Neill. The Voodoo Glow Skulls practiced for two years in a sweaty back bedroom/practice space until they forged a taut unit that performed with demonic intensity and a demented sense of humor. Voodoo Glow Skulls first played out at backyard parties; when Spanky's Café opened they played shows with the Angry Samoans, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Firehose, Murphy's Law and The Dickies.

In 1990 VGS put out their first 7" ep with the help of local band Public Humiliation and also booked their own diy US tour by using "book your own f***ing life" as the guide.

In 1991 the band added a horn section. The band added Joey Hernandez Aka "Crusty Elbow Boy" (Nut Sax), Joe McNally on trumpet and Brodie Johnson on trombone. This would cement their blend of hardcore and ska. The band's first indie release came out in 1992 with the "Rasta Mis Huevos" 7" EP for Signal Sound Systems Records. Later in 1992, the band would release their first 12" with SSS Records called "We're Coloring Fun". Voodoo Glow Skulls later performed as headliners and support act for The Offspring, No Doubt, Reverend Horton Heat, and 311.

Voodoo Glow Skulls recorded their debut, Who Is, This Is? for Dr. Strange Records in 1993, selling 200,000 copies worldwide. The band then signed to Epitaph Records and released four CDs that collectively sold over 750,000 copies worldwide. Voodoo Glow Skulls soon began receiving positive critical reviews and the mainstream support of commercial radio and MTV. Eventually they had main stage spot on the 1998 Warped Tour.

VGS have maintained their core 4 piece line-up and have switched the horn players out a few times. Currently Eric Fazzini plays sax and Ruben Durazo plays trombone.

Their three most recent albums "Steady as She Goes", "Adiccion, Tradicion y Revolucion" and "Southern California Street Music" have been released on Victory Records.

Their lyrical content varies between English and Spanish. One of their albums, Firme, is available in both Spanish- and English-language versions. In addition, they made a compilation album called Exitos Al Cabron, a collection of Spanish-language material from their previous releases.

To this day VGS continue to release music they love and tour the world as much as possible....

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