Less Than Jake – Dopeman


Losing Streak is the second studio album by ska punk band Less Than Jake, released on November 12, 1996, on Capitol Records. The album was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami and Mirror Image Studios in Gainesville, Florida, both with producer Michael Rosen. Drums and bass were recorded at the former, while everything else was recorded at the latter. The album includes re-recordings of “Jen Doesn’t Like Me Anymore” and “Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts”, both of which appeared on PezcoreLosing Streak was re-released with Hello Rockview as a double album in 2000.

The album reached #18 on the Top Heatseekers chart.

Music videos

The album’s first track, “Automatic” was featured in a music video on MTV alternative music showcase 120 Minutes. The video consisted of fan video footage from shows in Gainesville, Florida, and Chicago.

A controversial video was also made for “Dopeman”. MTV has refused to air the video allegedly due to drug references. Band supporters maintain that the song has fewer references to drugs than many videos played on MTV and is actually commenting on the negative aspects of a “Dopeman” lifestyle. In addition claims have been made that the band Sugar Ray copied the video’s concept in one of their own music videos.