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Do You Like Ska?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by liran, Jun 26, 2001.

  1. YES!!!!!!!!

    48 vote(s)
  2. no.............

    16 vote(s)
  1. liran


    Dec 18, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas

    I DO!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. cole


    Sep 14, 2000
    no, but thanks for asking.
  3. I love all forms of punk (old punk, hardcore, emo, etc.) except for ska. Those horns really annoy me. Take away all the horns and stuff and it would be more enjoyable to me.
  4. Jebis

    Jebis Guest

    Nov 28, 2000
    Long Beach, CA
    Ska predates punk by many, many years. The new school crossover stuff is mostly cr@p to me. There are a few exceptions though, like Vodoo Glow Skulls and Op Ivy(not new-school, but definitely crossover). Anyways, the Specials and Madness are a couple ska bands that I really dig.
  5. I luurrve Ska! Love the jazzy feel of it. Only like the real Ska bands though, I hate those rock/punk bands that call themselves a Ska band just because they have horns (ie most current 'Ska' bands). The bands that really blend the styles together are excellent.
    Anyone know what the term 'ska' stands for?
  6. DAD: guess what kids?

    KIDS: what, dad?

    DAD: since recordings[BG] already has a 2 page thread about ska RECORDINGS, we're taking a trip to... MISCELLANEOUS[BG]!!

    KIDS: yaaaaaaayyyyy!!
  7. Kids: Are we there yet?
    Dad: Well yes we are, and you are going to smile until you need your smile removed by a surgeon.
  8. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    I´m not into it but some songs are really cool

    in fact i´m going to a Ska festival tomorrow! :eek:

  9. mr. roboto

    mr. roboto

    Jun 25, 2001
    Hell yeah.

    who are some of your favorites. I like Sublime and Op Ivy
  10. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    Hell yeah! Ska is cool
  11. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Actually, the original SKA came from the Skatalites in the mid 1960's. Their tune Man in the Street was the first SKA tune to reach the top 10 in the UK. Their most popular tune was "The Guns of Navarone" a rendition on the movie theme in 1967.

    What most people think of as the major commercial era of SKA is actually the next wave in the early '80's known as Two-Tone SKA. This featured Madness, the Specials, English Beat, Bad Manners, Selecter, etc.

    Most recent success by bands like No Doubt and the Bosstones has resurected the style and merged with a modern pop, punk, and hard rock feel.

    Meanwhile, bands like the Toasters have been driving the SKA scene with a bit less commercial acclaim for decades.

    I'm in a mostly SKA band right now. Our horn section kicks booty and blows audiences away. But, having a horn section does not make it SKA. It's more the derivation of the original Dub/Rock Steady style with rhythmic syncopation.
  12. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    i have a CD called "Ska Island" and has cool songs from Real Ska...

    bands like: Skatalities, Toasters, Fishbone, Hepcat, Prince Buster, Jump with Joey, Freetown and many more...

    i bet you have listened that cd (or actually own it)

    a must have...

    PS: "Ska Sucks" by Propaghandi is pretty cool :D
    i play that intro sometimes.
  13. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
    i can only take so many songs in a row with guitar on the offbeats, chord progressions identical to the previous song, and non-varied tempos.
  14. liran


    Dec 18, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    who cares, it still kicks ass. its 100% energy! SKA RULES. MUAHHAAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHH!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. 72beetle


    Jun 10, 2001
    Phoenix, Arizona
    The story I always heard was that SKA was short for 'skavoovie', which was a style of music that originated when Jamaica was searching for a musical style they could tag as their national music. Ska was part of the evolution of reggae, but was picked up in the UK and grown into the the sound of the Specials and Selecter.

    I love the stuff. I also love what Ska has become, a lot more edgy and biting (Case, early Bosstones). Arizona has a pretty decent Ska scene, check out Big Dave's Deluxe from Tucson, and Kongo Shock (although they lost a lot when their sax player decided to play the bible instead of music) from Phoenix.

    p.s. I wear my ska on my skin!<br>
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  16. jbass27


    May 4, 2001
    St. Louis, MO
    I got into ska when I was like 10 and I saw teh video for Our House on MTV, I was hooked. Had no idea what it was, or anything else, but I liked it.
    Afew years later I got turned onto The Urge, which is a St. Louis band that had roots in ska, over the years, they have gotten heavier, and Fishbone, which is similar to the Urge at the time. Then I ended up going to see The Toasters in Carbondale IL at the last Springfest that they had. From there I got into bands like Hepcat, the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble, the Scofflaws, as well as Madness and the Specials.

    Quick history, as I understand it...
    The DJ's would go to the US and buy records to use in their sound, but as the tastes in the US changed to less dance oriented R&B, the Jamaicans started to record their own.
    Ska developed from having local Jamaican, mento (similar to Calypso, where the upbeat thing comes from) and jazz musicians play on basicly what started out as covers of US R&B that they heard on the radio. Probably the best known ska band from that time is the Skatalites. Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were also part of this scene.
    There was a shift in about 1967, and the weather grew hotter, people didn't want music that was so fast to dance to so ska slowed down and was known as bluebeat. In the 1970's the horns dropped out and you have reggae.
    In England however ska became popular with skin heads and mods, who went on to form the 2 Tone bands such as Madness and the Specials (second wave ska)
    The 3rd wave is taking place in the US, and includes most anybody who plays ska now, Skankin' Pickle, the Toasters, etc.

    I think that is about right. Let me know if I have made any huge errors, or left anything out.
  17. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    THAT IS SO SWEET. That's actually on my desktop dancing around. I wish I knew how to attach stuff to postings. Anyway, I for one am glad to see SKA got it's due recently in the US. One of the best shows I've been to was the Toasters in VA beach in 1992ish. Not a huge room, but pack a rockin horn section in front of a packed crowd that's jumpin...

    My band will be tryin' out a couple of SKA tunes on Monday night (Girlfriend Now and Come on Eileen by Save Ferris). It's cool because I'm an old Skanker from the 80's, but this was the singer's idea, I'm proud of her. I'm so pumped because this place usually has half-drunk classic rockers draggin' out the same old swill or young punkers who think punk is just bad playing. We have a trombone, trumpet, and another trumpet that also handles keys and some vocals. This place has never seen anything like it.

    jbass27, you're right on track. I didn't realize this and it really struck me when I found out that Ska spawned Reggae. Jamaican music is totally perceived as just Reggae by most in the US. The best period of the Ska IMO was the 2-tone era for for one thing...it brought people together. Whites and Blacks making music that was accepted by both sides. The music of that era regularly addressed racial harmony - figuratively and literally.

    The best collection from that period I have on one tape is called Dance Party (Special, English Beat, Selecter, Bad Manners, Body Snatchers). It is always in my car.
  18. I love ska. Maybe not one of the main genres I listen to, but I listen to it and enjoy it! :)
  19. I take my friend to ska-punk shows all the time, and man do they suck (mostly). Of course, it isnt true ska, its not really ska at all, I might actually like it if they took the horns away, they are just annoying. Plus they don't know how to dance in a pit :D I mean, what is this "skanking", when I go into a pit, all I wanna do it hit someone, its aggravating to see a bunch of 14 year old kids dancing around, wearing ambiguous shirts and the like.
  20. I like ska!!!! I like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones!! They're a great ska band!!!

    I tell my mates I like ska and they say "Who are ska?"!!!??!

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