There is more than one artist called The Hippos 1) The Hippos, a third wave ska-punk band from Southern California. 2) The Hippos, a blues band from Sydney, Australia. The Hippos' first full album release was Forget the World, released in 1996. Interestingly, many of the songs on Forget The World were written when Ariel Rechtshaid, the band's primary songwriter, was only 15 years old. Unlike other typical bands of the genre, The Hippos employed heavy use of a Moog synthesizer. This album employed traditional ska-punk songwriting, including upbeat tempos and heavy brass instrumentation.