The Slackers are one of the more well-known bands emerging from the New York City ska scene, having been formed in Brooklyn in 1991. The band's sound is a mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, soul, swing, garage rock and jazz. The Slackers' notability is credited to their prolific career, tours of North America, Europe, and elsewhere, and signing to notable street punk/reggae label HellCat Records.

Several side projects have stemmed from the band including the Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 and the SKAndalous All Stars, as well as an acoustic solo project by Vic Ruggiero.

The band's current lineup (As of Peculiar/Big Tunes!...)

  • Vic Ruggiero - Keyboards, Vocals
  • Jay "Agent Jay" Nugent - Guitar
  • Dave Hillyard - Saxophone
  • Glen Pine - Trombone, Vocals
  • Marcus Geard - Bass
  • Ara Babajian - Drums

Former members and guests of the band include...

  • Marc "Q-Maxx 4:20" Lyn - Vocals
  • TJ Scanlon - Guitar
  • Luis "Zulu" Zuluaga - Drums
  • Jeremy "Mush One" Mushlin - Trumpet
  • Allen Teboul - Drums
  • Dunia Best- Vocals, Flute
  • Jeff "King Django" Baker - Trombone
  • Tobias Fields - Congas
  • Eric "E-ROC" Singer - Alto Saxophone
  • Dave Hahn - Lead Guitar

Full Discography:

  • Do The Ska With The Slackers - 1992
  • The Slackers - 1993
  • Better Late Than Never - 1996
  • Redlight - 1997
  • The Question - 1998
  • Before There Were Slackers There Were... - 1999
  • Live at Ernesto's - 2000
  • Wasted Days - 2001
  • The Slackers and Friends - 2002
  • Close My Eyes - 2003
  • International War Criminal - 2004
  • Upsettin' Ernesto's - 2004
  • The Slackers/Pulley Split - 2004
  • An Afternoon in Dub - 2005
  • Slackness - 2005
  • Slack in Japan - 2005
  • Peculiar - 2006
  • Big Tunes! Hits and Misses from 1996 to 2006 - 2007