Dicky Barrett Biography
Dicky Barrett born as Richard Michael Barrett, is an American singer. He is the frontman of Ska punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones as well as the announcer for Jimmy Kimmel Live! since 2014. His voice is loud and gravelly making it distinctive.
He went to Norwood Junior High School and Xaverian Brothers High School in Massachusetts. After leaving Xaverian Brothers High School he went to Norwood Senior High Norwood, MA and later Bunker Hill Community College where he met Bosstones drummer Joe Sirois. He was born as the son of a cobbler.
Dicky Barrett Age
Barrett was born on 22nd June 1964 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is 54 years old as of 2018.
Dicky Barrett Wife | Dicky Barrett Rosemary Barrett
In 2002, the singer married Rosemary, now known as Rosemary Barrett. The family lives in Los Angeles and he is an Irish Catholic.
Dicky Barrett Daughter
The Jimmy Kimmel live! announcer has a daughter born in 2012. He is quite protective of his young daughter with him highlighting that she’s not quite ready for the punk and ska brand of rock and he is content to let her make choices on her own.
In an interview he said, “I’m not going to pump The Clash into her head right now. I don’t think she should have loud music banged into her head yet. I hope to god she likes the right stuff, and I certainly want her to like the stuff that I like, but who knows. I’m not going to force feed her anything. I’m not going to be the kind of guy that’s like, what are you listening to? Even though I’m sure in my head I’m gonna be like, what are you listening to?”
Dicky Barrett Singing Career
Barrett is most known for being the frontman of Ska punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones prior to which, he was with local Boston area bands Cheapskates, Toxic Toast and Impact Unit. However, a majority of his singing career he has been with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
He has toured the world with the band and appeared in nine of its studio albums. They decided to take a hiatus in December 2003. In the same year, he began working on an untitled solo album which was said to be a radical departure from the ska-core sound made popular by the Bosstones. It is however not clear whether the album will be released as there has not been any mention of the album since then.
The Bosstones returned to the recording studio to record three new songs, which were included with unreleased material and vinyl B-sides on a collection titled Medium Rare released on December 18, 2007.
Dicky Barrett Radio
In 2005, Barrett got a radio job on Los Angeles radio’s Indie 103.1 FM as the host of the “Mighty Morning Show”. However, he was fired on March 22, 2006 in unclear circumstances.
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How Tall Is Dicky Barrett | Dicky Barrett Height
Barrett is 1.75 m (5′ 9″) tall.
Dicky Barrett Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $600,000.
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Dicky Barrett Interview
Dicky Barrett has declared summer 2018 the “summer of ska.” And if you disagree, he has a special message for ya: “Fuck you.”
Updated: 21st August, 2018
Adopted from: vanyaland.com
Victoria Wasylak: You said that you’ve had the idea for Cranking & Skanking festival since 1995 at Lollapalooza. Can you elaborate on that epiphany?
Dicky Barrett: [I thought] a ska-themed or ska-strong festival would be a good idea and an easy excuse to return to New England in the summertime. The Hometown Throwdown is working out so well, so maybe a festival in one of the other working-class New England cities [would work too]. Worcester came correct and said “hey, we’d love to have it here,” and so we said “sure.”
I was almost surprised to see that it was in Worcester and not Boston.
Worcester does have a strong music scene, and we’ve had a love and a very close relationship with Worcester — we’ve had a lot of great Bosstones shows in Worcester. We’ve never had a bad time there, and it seems like it’s not too close and not too far from Boston. Worcester seemed right, and I’m glad. We’ll see. I hope we don’t piss Worcester off, I hope we made the right choice. We’ll find out.
What made 2018 the right year to start this festival?
It feels like a pretty good year for ska. Every year, for me and in my heart, is a good year for ska music — I’ve never considered it a trend or [felt] “oh, it’s very popular right now,” I haven’t paid attention to the “waves” at all since I fell in love with it when I first heard The English Beat when they played The Orpheum Theatre so many years ago. I never looked back. It’s always been good, it’s always had something to say, and I’ve always loved it, so it’s a huge passion of mine and the very center of my whole existence, my life, and my universe.
But, having said all of that, it feels like there’s some type of resurgence or some type of renaissance. There’s a lot of young great ska bands like The Interrupters, The Skints, Buster Shuffle. Some of the classic ska bands like The English Beat and ourselves — and Madness put out a tremendous record last year — have released some great records [recently].
So I’ve been going around calling summer 2018 the “summer of ska.” We’ve been out there on the road, and we released a new album, along with other bands and friends of ours, [who] all put out ska records this year. Other people have been saying “not it’s not [the summer of ska]” and then I’ve been following that up with “fuck you.”
The true Boston response to someone’s incorrect opinion.
If I say it’s true, it’s true. And other people can say “why is this the summer of ska?” and they can feel free to say “because Dicky said so.”
What do you think caused this boom in ska?
If we want to get heavy and we want to get political, it seems like it shows up like some sort of a superhero, right when we need it the most, right when we couldn’t feel any worse. Socially and politically — wow. Things are pretty messed up right now, and whether it was Jamaican kids in Jamaica in the late-’60s, or Margaret Thatcher’s England in the late-’70s, it seems like whenever that happens, the best ska music comes out of nowhere. So maybe it’s that, maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe it’s “when we’re feeling down, it’s time to feel good.” And I’ve said this about ska all along — it does what I love most: It sounds good and it says something. Those two things are important to me, and that’s the type of music I like to listen to. I think sounding good and saying something is very necessary. It seems to be something we could use right now, and here it is.
When you were working on the new album, you had said that it came out angrier than expected.
People have argued with me and said “we’ve heard you angrier,” and “it’s not all that angry,” but it’s certainly pissed. It has point of view, it has something to say, it takes a stance, it’s not afraid, but it also has an enormous, healthy dose of hope in it. I’ll tell you one thing — the nine of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are extremely proud of it. When we finished it — angry or not angry — there were high fives all around, and hugs and kudos; all of those things. We made a dang good Mighty Mighty Bosstones record.
If there’s a lot of anger and commentary on an album, how does that fit into a festival setting for you, where people want to go to relax and unwind?
I think that when you show up, it’s time to feel good. We do that at the Hometown Throwdown. I think this has been a long time coming. You get in there, you look around, and you say “hey, people are only here for one reason, and that’s to feel good,” and I think that’s what happens at Mighty Mighty Bosstones shows. That’s what happens at the Hometown Throwdown, that’s what’s been happening on the tour we’ve been on, and that’s what’s gonna happen in Worcester August 25.
Do you see this becoming another tradition for you folks like the Hometown Throwdown?
It could become one of two things: A tradition, an annual thing, or, it could be a huge mistake where I embarrass myself in the city of Worcester in front of my friends like The Bouncing Souls and The Pietasters, Fishbone. I’m so hoping it’s a) and not b).
Usually, whenever we do something like this, afterwards people will say “see? I told you. Why were you worrying?” but beforehand I am constantly a nervous wreck. There’s always a part of me going “this may not work.” As things currently stand, I think everybody’s gonna show up, the bands will be tremendous, people are going to be thoroughly entertained, the craft beer people are going to be very, very pleased and say “oh gosh I can’t wait until next year,” and then I’m going to rest easy and comfortably once again.
Would you ever consider making more of these festivals across the country, like a Warped Tour kind of thing?
Oh, let’s not get too far in front of ourselves! I don’t know, if it’s good I certainly would, but it has to be good, I wouldn’t just want to cookie cutter something that’s half-assed or not good. But — sure? The short answer is yes, the long answer is it would require a lot of thought and a lot of planning.
A lot of your pals are also on the lineup. How many bands did you actually get to select?
The lion’s share. We wanted there to be local, smaller bands from the Worcester area, and that was handled by other people, but we also knew that we wanted Big D and the Kids Table to be there, Fishbone was a no-brainer. Toots and the Maytals was some sort of a godsend — I don’t know how that happened, but I’m so happy it happened. I hope they leave going “we’re good friends with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones” and not high-tailing it back to Jamaica, going “fuck those guys.” They’re on the bill and that’s a thrill. Like the Hometown Throwdown, most of the credit for the bands we have on the road with us or that play with us goes to Joe Gittleman. He spends a lot of time putting bills together, figuring out who could be there, so that’s to his credit.
It’s great that you have three or four local bands on the bill — that’s a pretty good amount for only a one-day festival.
That was important. You don’t really want to storm into Worcester and ignore that they have healthy, strong, and really great musicians in that town and ignore that.
That would piss people off.
I wouldn’t want to piss people off, plus, having friends and family in that town, I know that those bands exist. It was just a matter of saying “okay, who wants to play?”