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First Listen: The Prizefighters – “The Prizefighter Beat” & “A Fistful Of Credits”

The hysteria surrounding the coronavirus increases daily. While we all need to stay informed and take precautions to remain healthy and not contribute to the spreading of this flu-like virus, amid this growing panic, let’s not lose sight of those who are fighting for their lives against much more deadly diseases, like cancer.

Minneapolis ska and early-reggae revivalists, The Prizefighters, are lacing up their gloves to help combat the dreaded “c” word. On Friday, March 13, they will be releasing a new digital single, “The Prizefighter Beat,” along with a “B-side” titled, “A Fistful Of Credits (Theme from The Mandalorian).”

“The Prizefighter Beat” was one of the very first songs the band had ever written, dating back to their inception in 2006. Starting out as sort of an unofficial theme song, it eventually got pushed aside and would rarely be performed live. Because of this, over the years, an inside joke developed amongst the band and their fans, where the crowd would often yell, “Play ‘Prizefighter Beat!’” akin to classic rock fans drunkenly belting out “Freeeeebiiiiiird!”

In late 2019, a longtime fan and friend of the band, Jeni “Jock Jams” Larson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Larson has been cheering on The Prizefighters since the band was formed and is one of the most vocal supporters among those who urge the band to play “The Prizefighter Beat.” Given this, The Prizefighters wanted to “make good on 14 years of this odd infatuation,” so they “cleaned up the song’s loose ends, patched up the holes, and finished actually writing the entire song.”

“The Prizefighter Beat,” a sizzling ska stomper with that old school sound that the band is known for, will be released exclusively on the band’s Bandcamp page, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Sladjana M Crosley Fund for GCT Research, a zero-overhead organization dedicated to the eradication of ovarian cancers.  The purchase also includes a digital “B-side,” that reimagines the main theme from Disney’s awesome streaming television show, The Mandalorian, as a menacing Spaghetti Western reggae number, titled, “A Fistful of Credits.”

This release will coincide with a benefit concert on Saturday March 14, at Can Can Wonderland in Saint Paul, MN. The concert will feature the reunion of local reggae favorites, The Dropsteppers, a Specials tribute band called Blank Expressions, DJs spinning reggae, ska, and soul, plus a raffle and silent auction. The event is free to attend and open to the public. More information for the benefit concert can be found on the Facebook event page.

You can listen to these two Prizefighters tunes now on the Rootfire soundcloud page, but we encourage you to join the fight against ovarian cancer by purchasing the tracks for your own digital collection and/or donating to the cause directly at the links mentioned above.

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Dave is the author of "The Cosmic Burrito", a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. In the past, he has written for various music publications and interviewed a range of artists including Sublime, Everclear, Burning Spear, Big Mountain, Bad Brains, Neal Casal and Lucky Dube. Dave has a deep passion for reggae music, Rasta consciousness and island culture. In reggae circles, he goes by the name "Rootsdude," and he has dubbed his extensive music collection “Rootsdude Sound System.” David plays ice hockey weekly for two recreational teams he founded and manages, Team Rasta and The Wailers.

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