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Cheer Up!

Cheer Up! is the fourth full length release from ska punk band, Reel Big Fish.

It is a slight departure from the band's other releases, veering toward more of a rock sound as opposed to ska, especially on the first five tracks, where nary a syncopated drum beat or upstroke on the guitar is heard. Nevertheless, the album is a continuation of the band's longstanding tradition of putting self-loathing lyrics to upbeat music. The hornless single, "Where Have You Been?", was a moderate success in 2002, helping album sales. The last track, "Drunk Again," is sung by Reel Big Fish trumpeter/guitarist/pianist/vocalist Scott Klopfenstein. The CD cover art of the evil clown for this album was drawn by Aaron Barrett's father.

The album also contains an a cappella cover of Frank Sinatra's classic "New York, New York" as well as a cover of Sublime's "Boss DJ".

Track listing

  1. "Good Thing" – 3:38
  2. "Somebody Loved Me" – 3:19
  3. "Ban the Tube Top" – 3:10
  4. "Cheer Up" – 2:43
  5. "Where Have You Been?" – 4:00
  6. "Suckers" – 3:57
  7. "What Are Friends For?" – 3:35
  8. "A Little Doubt Goes a Long Way" – 3:19
  9. "Dateless Losers" – 3:34
  10. "Valerie" – 3:55
  11. "Rock and Roll Is Bitchin'" – 2:53
  12. "New York, New York" (Frank Sinatra cover) – 3:25
  13. "Sayonara Señorita" – 4:09
  14. "Boss DJ" (Sublime cover) – 3:09
  15. "Brand New Hero" – 3:39
  16. "Drunk Again" – 4:49
  17. Bonus Track "Kiss Me Deadly" (Lita Ford cover) – 3:40 (UK release)
  18. Bonus Track "Rock It with I" (The Melodians cover) – 3:11 (UK release)
  19. Hidden Track "Give It to Me" (J. Geils Band cover) (attached to "Rock It With I" on UK release; attached to "Drunk Again" on US release)
  20. Hidden Track "Average Man" (Japan only) - 3:34



Additional musicians


  • George Marino - Mastering
  • Richard Harbaugh - Photography
  • David Schiffman - Engineer
  • Ross Garfield - Studio Technician
  • Alex Feliscian - Studio Technician
  • Tom Ames - Studio Technician
  • Joe Zook - Engineer
  • Pavan Grewall - Assistant Engineer
  • John Avila - Engineer
  • Robert M. Barrett (Aaron's Dad) - Cover Art
  • Val Garay - Producer, Engineer
  • Josh Atkins - Assistant Engineer


  • This is actually the first Reel Big Fish CD to be released which does not contain a version of the song "I'm Cool". Their early release Everything Sucks opens with a version of it which is also included on Keep Your Receipt EP. Why Do They Rock So Hard? had a slower reggae version of the original song, and Turn the Radio Off has an acoustic version of the song as a hidden track, which is tagged onto their cover of Operation Ivy's "War". It is also the first album not to have re-recorded songs from Everything Sucks.
  • On the commentary for Reel Big Fish's "The Show Must Go Off!" DVD, Aaron Barrett says that the song "Valerie" is, contrary to popular belief, not about a girl, but is in fact about the album's producer, Val Garay.
  • "Good Thing" is played on the news show The Daily Buzz.
  • Aaron Barrett is quoted on You're All In This Together (the concert DVD included with Our Live Album is Better than Your Live Album) as saying that he was asked indirectly by the president of Jive as to why "all of his songs were so depressing." In response to this statement, Aaron claims he went into the president's office and played a version of "Cheer Up", replacing all negative words with positive words; "I've got a funny feeling, we're not born to lose, and I've got a funny feeling that this life is worth living through!" Apparently, the president said he understood why the songs were so pessimistic.
  • This is the only Reel Big Fish album to have a title track that bears the same name of the album that it's featured on.
  • This is the only full-length Reel Big Fish album to not bear a Parental Advisory sticker.

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