You’ve gotta love Ska…

After my last post about Catch 22 I decided that I need to post a little more about Ska in general. The video I posted below is  Ska remix by Reel Big Fish of Aha’s song Take On Me

‘Ska is an odd looking word: short punchy, almost funny. So is the music at times, a light, bouncy, horn infused grandfather of reggae.’ – Niel Strauss8

What do you get when you mix a marching band, reggae and a punk band? Ska. There are considered to be three main “waves” of ska, the first starting in the 1960s and 1970s. It was mainly a combination of reggae with the addition of brass instruments (saxophone, trumpet and trombone) and keyboards. In the second wave (usually known as two-tone after the record label), ska starting combing with punk over in England. Third-wave ska is mainly American bands that began to grow in popularity in the mid 1990s. They were mainly influenced by the two-tone ska, and had more of a punk sound to them than traditional ska. Several bands such as Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones became quite well known during this time.

Ska even has its own type of dancing! “Skanking is the style of dancing that goes along with ska music. It has remained popular among ska fans since the beginning, and it’s a relatively easy dance to do. Basically, the legs do “the running man”, bending the knees and running in place to the beat. The arms are bent at the elbows, with hands balled into fists, and punch outward, alternating with the feet (left foot, right hand, etc.).”

Several of the most well known ska bands:

Reel Big Fish

I actually had the unique opportunity to see them in concert last year. They were very entertaining in a strange sort of way, but they did sound good!

Streetlight Manifesto

Discovered these guys when I got a free song from a music sampler, they sound pretty sweet!

Less Than Jake

No clue how I found these guys, although I think I found this song through the radio

Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I think I heard this song in a restaurant somewhere and fell in love with it. As soon as I got home I looked it up on youtube!

Aquabats

Discovered these guys while writing a term paper about punk music!

These are just a few of my favorite ska bands, hope you enjoy them!

Advertisements
  • More Favorite Albums

    Fallen

    Fallen by Evanescence

  • American Idiot

    American Idiot

  • Comatose

    Comatose by Skillet

  • Innocence & Instinct

    Innocence & Instinct by Red

  • Dear Agony

    Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin

  • Never Take Friendship Personal

    Never Take Friendship Personal by Anberlin

  • Storm the Gates of Hell

    Storm the Gates of Hell by Demon Hunter

  • Scars & Souvenirs

    Scars & Souvenirs by Theory of a Deadman

  • Phobia

    Phobia by Breaking Benjamin