Deal's Gone Bad

Deal's Gone Bad

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Deal’s Gone Bad, hailing from Chicago, are a modern mashup up of vintage Memphis meets Motown meets Trenchtown.
They've released 4 records, toured North America and Europe, and shared stages with Flogging Molly, The Slackers, The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, etc. New album coming in 2011.


What do you get when you mix the chugging rhythms of Jamaica, the energy and emotion of American Motown, and the overthe-top pub/rock of the Pogues? Now in their 14th year, Deal’s Gone Bad is touring extensively with its strongest and most consistent line-up in its history. With elements of ska, rocksteady, reggae, and American soul, DGB is sure to please on the dancefloor as well as on their fourth release to date, “The Ramblers” on Megalith and Jump Up! Records (March, 2007). Although the band draws its influences from classic Jamaican (Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Ken Boothe) and American (Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, The Temptations) artists, the sound is a uniquely modern combination, unlike anything else on the scene today. Deal’s Gone Bad will appeal to fans of both soul and Jamaican music, as well as anyone looking for a turn on the floor or a song in their hearts. While “The Ramblers” is a testament to the strength of the songwriting, as well as the close-your-eyes-and-its-Otis voice of Todd Hembrook (his first record with the group), it is in live performance where the boys truly shine. Deal’s Gone Bad shows are a combination of soul rave-up and island dance party, with the force and energy of any punk band worth their salt. Lace up your dancing shoes and slip into your sharpest suit or pencil skirt, Deal’s Gone Bad is coming to your town so get ready!

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1998- Large and In Charge Cd
1999- Overboard Cd
2002- Guilde to Boat Drinks and Cruise Cocktails - Cd
2007 - The Ramblers -Cd/LP
2008 - Welcome to the Vault (Box Set)
2009 - Chicago's Quality Jamaican Soul (European Greatest Hits) Cd

Set List

Things Are Gonna Get Better
Take Time
Movin On
Games People Play
Lonely Feeling
Perfect Combination
You Get The Keys
Cry For Me
54-46 (Thats My Number
Good Old Days
One More Day
City City
These Arms Of Mine
Be Mine Tonight
Messin Around
Shame and Humiliation
Save A Bread
I Was Wrong
Time Marches On
Fat Cat
Old Fashion Way
New Ruler
Knock On Wood
Freedom Street
Rough And Ready