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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by LowThudd, Jan 24, 2018.
Yep. Big ska fan.
Maybe my favorite ska song, which a hundred people have recorded:
Don’t have YouTube clip but Newtown Rocksteady have just released this new album. 12 piece band with serious horn section!
I was really into ska in the 80s. The Selecter was outstanding, English Beat and Madness were a lot of fun. The Specials of course.
Late 80s and 90s ska turned me off for a long time. A million teenage girls saying their favorite ska band is No Doubt can do that to you. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were a lot of fun, but I kinda liked their metal side better than their ska side - and then there's Fishbone, who could do ska as well as anyone but refused to stay on any one specific style for more than 30 seconds
Getting back into the classic stuff made me realize how much I liked original 50s-60s ska and especially Rocksteady.
One of my favorites - great song, great sounds - I love those diabolical piano stabs especially
I know a couple of the tunes I posted above are probably better classified as Rocksteady than Ska, but I think there was a lot of overlap back then and without a really clear delineation at the time.
I am pretty much a purist when it comes to Ska, really appreciating the original stuff. I did love a handful of bands from the late '70s, too; especially the Specials and English Beat. Sorry to say, but the '90s stuff doesn't even register on my musical radar as Ska.
All that said, one of my favorite "recent" developments in the genre was Ska Cubano. Great stuff. I love Cuban music and Ska, and they do an amazing job of melding the two. Highly recommended.
We went to the Supernova International Ska Festival in Fredericksburg, VA last year and had the privilege of seeing Derrick Morgan perform. It was his 60th anniversary in the biz. Total badass.
Man, some of these songs bring back memories!
I was a huge ska fan back in my college days. Bosstones, Pietasters, Buck-O-Nine were my favorites as well as Op Ivy, Less Than Jake and Catch 22/Streetlight Manifesto. Here are a few of my faves:
I love Fishbone. Never really thought of them as Ska, but certainly they incorperate elements of Ska and a dozen other forms of music.
I was a huge ska fan from back in the 90’s and still count The Toasters among my favorite bands.
Absolutely, they're all over the place. But "Party at Ground Zero" put them on the map back in the day, and "Housework" is one of my all-time favorites.
There was an online ska station I used to listen to a few years ago but I think they’re gone now. It was skafreaks.com
Pretty sure I was at his show, I've seen these guys close to 2 dozen times
That Dandy Livingstone guy ripped off The Specials man! Or vice versa?
He was first. I've always been told that song was a rocksteady song.
Funny, as much as I love Ska and rocksteady, I can't always tell the difference.
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