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Jeff Baker, better known as King Django, is a Jewish American ska musician based in New York City. He was the leader of Skinnerbox and Stubborn All-Stars.

Since 1986, Django has been playing, touring and recording with a series of NY based bands including The Boilers and Murphy's Law while at the same time being a full-time member of Skinnerbox.

He has had some commercial success leading the Stubborn All-Stars, a collection of New York ska musicians, with their single "Pick Yourself Up" seeing heavy rotation on MTV.

He also runs Stubborn Records and Version City studios, home of the Version City Rockers. In August 2006 he started running the monthly Version City parties at the Knitting Factory in New York City, on the first Saturday of every month.

Discography

with Skinnerbox

  • Instrumental Conditioning cassette 1990
  • Now & Then cassette 1992
  • Tales of the Red CD/cassette (Stubborn), May 1993
  • "Does He Love You"/"Right Side" 7" single (Stubborn) Dec. 1993
  • Sunken Treasure 4-song EP (Stubborn) July 1994
  • Special Wild 1989-1994 CD (Stubborn), May 1996
  • What You Can Do, What You Can't (Moon Ska) Apr 1997
  • Demonstration full-length CD/CS (Triple Crown Records/Stubborn) Dec 1998

Compilation appearances

  • NYC SKA Live LP (Moon) 1991
  • Step on a Crack (Sound Views) 1992
  • Skarmageddon CD (Moon) July 1994
  • Stay Sharp Vol. 2 (Step-1 - England) June 1995
  • Skinnerbox, Scofflaws V/A: Joint Ventures of Ska CD (DVS Media) May 1996
  • Skinnerbox, Dunia & Django, The Stable Boys, Noah & The Arks, et al. V/A: Roots, Branch & Stem CD *(Stubborn), June 1996
  • This Aren't 2-Tone compilation CD (Too Hep) 1996
  • Big Skank Theory (1997, Le Silence De La Rue - France)
  • Skankaholics Anonymous (Moon Ska) Apr 1997
  • Skinnerbox, Stubborn All-Stars V/A: Give 'Em the Boot (1997, Hellcat)
    • Track 08 - "Does He Love You?"
  • Skinnerbox, The Lonely Boys V/A: Who's The Man (Full Stop) 1998
  • All Around Massive (Cole Mack) 1998
  • Ska, Punk & Disorderly (BANKSHOT!) 1998
  • NYC Ska Mob & Friends (Grover - Germany) Dec 1998

with Stubborn All-Stars

  • Old's Cool EP (1994, Stubborn)
  • Open Season CD/LP (1995, Another Planet Records 6009)
  • Back With a New Batch (November 1997, Triple Crown Records 3003)
  • Nex Music (1999, Stubborn)

Compilation appearances

  • Spawn of Skarmageddon (1995, Moon Ska Records 058)
    • Track 01 - "Tired of Struggling"
  • Ed's Next Move soundtrack CD/CS (1996, Milan Records 35776)
    • Track 04 - "Look Away"
  • Rancid with Stubborn All-Stars: Beavis & Butthead Do America soundtrack (1996, Geffen)
    • Track 05 - "I Wanna Riot"
  • New York Beat: Breaking and Entering CD (1997, Moon Ska Records 099)
    • Track 20 - "Bald Man Jump"
  • Dancin' Mood CD/LP (1997, Triple Crown Records 3002/Another Planet Records 6019)
    • Track 03 - "Dave Helm" / Track 07 - "Citadel"
  • Give 'Em the Boot CD (1997, Hellcat Records 80402/Epitaph Records 04022)
    • Track 10 - "Open Season"
  • Roots, Branch and Stem: Living Tradition in Ska! CD (1998, Stubborn Records 002)
    • Track 02 - "Tin Spam (Bokkle mix)"
  • Somewhere in the City soundtrack CD (1998, Velvel Records 79717)
    • Track 11 - "Tim Spam"
  • City Rockers: A Tribute to The Clash CD (1999, Chord Records 030)
    • Track 11 - "Lose This Skin"
  • NYC Ska Mob & Friends (December 1998, {Grover Records - Germany)

Other recordings

  • Subatomic Sound System: On All Frequencies (featuring King Django)(Subatomic Sound/ Modus Vivendi / Nomadic Wax) 2007
  • King Django: Roots Tonic (Jump Up/Stubborn/Big 8) 2005/2006
  • Subatomic Sound System: Lost Hits Vol. 1: Dancehall versus Hip Hop (dancehall remixes with King Django) (Subatomic Sound) 2005
  • King Django: A Single Thread (Megalith/Leech) 2004
  • V/A: Version City Sessions (Asian Man) 2004
  • Sonic Boom Six Through the Eyes of a Child (Rebel Alliance Recordings) 2009
  • Version City Rockers: Deeper Roots (Antifaz) 2004
  • King Django meets the Scrucialists (2003, Leech/Grover)
  • Don Khumalo: De Vuelta al Ska (2001, Stubborn Venezuela)
  • King Django: Reason (2001, Hellcat/Epitaph)
  • Version City Rockers: Version City Dub Clash (2000, Stubborn/Jump Start)
  • Radiation Kings Early Years (1999, Stubborn)
  • King Django King Django’s Roots & Culture (1998, Triple Crown)
  • The Agents For All The Massive (Radical) Oct 1998
  • Rocker T & Version City Rockers Nicer By The Hour (June 1998, Stubborn/December 1998, Grover Records - Germany)
  • Rocket From the Crypt
  • The Usuals At Shirley & Juicy’s (1997, No Idea)
  • The Toasters Hard Band for Dead (1996, Moon)
  • The Slackers Better Late Than Never (1996, Moon Ska)
  • CIV Set Your Goals (1995, Revelation Records/Atlantic)
  • Die Monster Die 1995
  • Murphy's Law Good For Now EP (1993, We Bite Records)
  • Outface Outface (1993, Crisis/Revelation)
  • The Boilers Rockin' Steady LP (Oi/Ska - England) 1988

Compilation appearances

  • Too True: NY Beat - Hit & Run (1985, Moon)
  • The Boilers: Skaface LP (1988, Moon)
  • Django and Elwood: Keep the Pressure On (1996, Kingpin Records)
  • Castillo y La Rabia: Latin Ska Vol. 2 (Moon) 1996
  • King Django, The Demanders, Selika and Django: Version City (Stubborn) Dec 1997
  • King Django: Give 'Em the Boot III (2002, Hellcat/Epitaph)
    • Track 17 - "Precipice"
  • Version City Rockers: Roots of Dub Funk 3 (Tanty Records) 2003

References

  • Artistdirect.com[1]
  • music.com [2] [3]
  • rockmusiclist.com [4]

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