The ’90s were a weird, wonderful time for music. Ska was a legitimate chart force, and bands like Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish were nearly household names for like, a minute. If you came from certain sections of the East Coast, however, there was but one name that truly mattered: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It wasn’t just regional love, however, as their 1997 smash Let’s Face It produced three Top 50 hits, including the No. 1 single “The Impression That I Get”. That track made a mark even on West Coast youth like a young Mikal Cronin, who’s covered the song for The A.V. Club’s Undercover series.
Cronin’s own music has been known to embrace a variety of genres, but ska has never exactly been one of them. Still, the Bay Area garage rocker does his best to stay close to the brassy roots of ska, picking up a trombone and turning his face red blowing out some big notes. Sure, some fall a little flatter than others, but Cronin said he’d never played the instrument before, so he gets a gold star for trying. Minus that, it’s a pretty ripping take on the nostalgic number, so check it out below.