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(YouTube) Video 50 years ago, Mickey Mouse Club alumna and ska aficionado Annette Funicello introduced "Jamaica Ska" to Bob Hope and rest of America. Now you know who to blame for all those indescribably awful ska bands   (youtube.com ) divider line
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2014-08-02 06:16:08 PM  
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires doing it better, and in context...

Ska is a hair older than rock and roll. It is one of the older of popular music genres, though jazz and blues do have it over on the style. It birthed reggae, dance-hall, and a lot of other forms. Ska keeps coming back, because it's a fun form. It relies on solid musicianship, a sense of timing, rhythm and a lot of energy. It keeps coming back, with differing waves of resurgence taking hold, not just in America, but England, and now it is doing fair well in a lot of Spanish speaking countries. Desorden Publico, Ska-P, and a lot more. The latest iteration with Latin Ska is a huge amount of fun, and seeing a good amount of airplay, and is just great fun.

Second Wave, Third Wave, it's getting near a time to see a resurgence again, what with nostalgia nipping on folks' heels with Sublime STILL getting airplay, and the LA scene rediscovering the style, and remembering fondly folks like Mealticket, Agent 99, Checkered Cabs, and folks like the Skatilites STILL touring. Bring on more ska bands in my book, because the mix of horn, guitar, and Latin and Caribbean beats is just fun. In a lot of markets, The Toasters, The Selector, The Specials and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones never stopped airplay, and that's fine with me. We need more fun dance music, and with folks who play and love the old stuff too. Folks who remember seeing the Skatilites play, who spun Desmond Dekker, who then branched out to Soca and the Trini beats. Bring it on.
 
2014-08-02 06:55:14 PM  
She revisited that chestnut in Back To The Beach in the 80s.  It was a much cooler version, largely because her backing band was Fishbone.
 
2014-08-02 08:03:34 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F03gEzdLa2g
 
2014-08-02 08:11:37 PM  

hubiestubert: Byron Lee and the Dragonaires doing it better, and in context...

Ska is a hair older than rock and roll. It is one of the older of popular music genres, though jazz and blues do have it over on the style. It birthed reggae, dance-hall, and a lot of other forms. Ska keeps coming back, because it's a fun form. It relies on solid musicianship, a sense of timing, rhythm and a lot of energy. It keeps coming back, with differing waves of resurgence taking hold, not just in America, but England, and now it is doing fair well in a lot of Spanish speaking countries. Desorden Publico, Ska-P, and a lot more. The latest iteration with Latin Ska is a huge amount of fun, and seeing a good amount of airplay, and is just great fun.

Second Wave, Third Wave, it's getting near a time to see a resurgence again, what with nostalgia nipping on folks' heels with Sublime STILL getting airplay, and the LA scene rediscovering the style, and remembering fondly folks like Mealticket, Agent 99, Checkered Cabs, and folks like the Skatilites STILL touring. Bring on more ska bands in my book, because the mix of horn, guitar, and Latin and Caribbean beats is just fun. In a lot of markets, The Toasters, The Selector, The Specials and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones never stopped airplay, and that's fine with me. We need more fun dance music, and with folks who play and love the old stuff too. Folks who remember seeing the Skatilites play, who spun Desmond Dekker, who then branched out to Soca and the Trini beats. Bring it on.



All this!

You could spend quite a bit of time listening to anything on the Trojan Records label and enjoying it. Desmond Dekker no doubt, and if you give Dandy Livingstone a listen you won't be sad you did.
 
2014-08-02 08:24:26 PM  
desmond dekker frowns on these shenanigans.
 
2014-08-02 08:36:32 PM  
Yeah, Annette's tits are great.
 
2014-08-02 09:02:49 PM  
Is there a joke in the headline I'm missing? Who doesn't like ska? Ska is totally bad-ass.

/Huge Skatalites fan.
 
2014-08-02 09:09:09 PM  
I could't hate Annette Funicello. It just doesn't seem possible.
 
2014-08-02 09:17:00 PM  
Love the toasters!

/don't let the bastards get you down
 
2014-08-02 09:26:15 PM  

Trail of Dead: Is there a joke in the headline I'm missing? Who doesn't like ska? Ska is totally bad-ass.

/Huge Skatalites fan.


Hand up.

I admit it. I find ska grating and repetitive. Reggae I like for a while depending on who's performing it, but ska... Bleh. I especially dislike American or European bands full of white boys (or girls) playing ska or combining it with other styles.

I'll take funk, prog rock, folk rock, goth, darkwave, 80s alternative, postpunk, classic rock, dreampop, new wave, synthpop, R&B, soul, neo-soul, chiptunes, old-school punk, some new age, or psychedelic rock before I'll bother listening to a ska band.
 
2014-08-02 09:26:51 PM  

Mangoose: I could't hate Annette Funicello. It just doesn't seem possible.


What if she raped your mom? Still?
 
2014-08-02 09:28:44 PM  

brap: She revisited that chestnut in Back To The Beach in the 80s.  It was a much cooler version, largely because her backing band was Fishbone.


Until this comment, I had no idea the song was older than that movie.
 
2014-08-02 09:31:39 PM  
That video is to good ska what Fabian and Pat Boone were to rock and roll at about the same time.
 
2014-08-02 09:36:01 PM  

Trail of Dead: Is there a joke in the headline I'm missing? Who doesn't like ska? Ska is totally bad-ass.

/Huge Skatalites fan.


I like the first wave and the first revival (English, late '70s), but the "rock-ier" it gets, the less time I have for it.  And rock bands? Putting a horn or two in your song doesn't make you a rude boy.
 
2014-08-02 09:42:02 PM  
I liked ska better when it was played by the one novelty band on a 10 band bill at all ages VFW hall shows.
 
2014-08-02 09:42:44 PM  
Remember when ska was popular? That was an interesting week.
 
2014-08-02 09:43:56 PM  

Thosw: brap: She revisited that chestnut in Back To The Beach in the 80s.  It was a much cooler version, largely because her backing band was Fishbone.

Until this comment, I had no idea the song was older than that movie.


Two Tone really brought back a LOT of folks to Ska, and introduced it to a whole new generation, and that infusion, along with folks like Desmond Dekker charting and fiddling with the sound, who was part of the scene in the 60s and all through to the Two Tone era and beyond. Desmond was one of those figures who bridged those early years, and on into the Third Wave.

And let's face it, Desmond was fun as Hells in the 80s...

And as for Fishbone...those motherf*ckers were badass as 10,000 Hells...
 
2014-08-02 09:45:11 PM  

I Like Bread: Remember when ska was popular? That was an interesting week.


Yeah, it's only been around since the 50s...so flash in the pan...
 
2014-08-02 09:49:13 PM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I liked ska better when it was played by the one novelty band on a 10 band bill at all ages VFW hall shows.


lol, nailed it
 
2014-08-02 09:50:57 PM  

hubiestubert: Thosw: brap: She revisited that chestnut in Back To The Beach in the 80s.  It was a much cooler version, largely because her backing band was Fishbone.

Until this comment, I had no idea the song was older than that movie.

Two Tone really brought back a LOT of folks to Ska, and introduced it to a whole new generation, and that infusion, along with folks like Desmond Dekker charting and fiddling with the sound, who was part of the scene in the 60s and all through to the Two Tone era and beyond. Desmond was one of those figures who bridged those early years, and on into the Third Wave.

And let's face it, Desmond was fun as Hells in the 80s...

And as for Fishbone...those motherf*ckers were badass as 10,000 Hells...


This is one of my favorites... what does hubiestubert think? ;)
 
2014-08-02 09:54:51 PM  
I love me some ska. It's one of those genres that makes me feel better when I'm feeling down.
 
2014-08-02 09:57:20 PM  

I Like Bread: Remember when ska was popular? That was an interesting week.


Pretty edgy coming from a Belieber.......
 
2014-08-02 10:11:52 PM  

hubiestubert: Byron Lee and the Dragonaires doing it better, and in context...

Ska is a hair older than rock and roll. It is one of the older of popular music genres, though jazz and blues do have it over on the style. It birthed reggae, dance-hall, and a lot of other forms. Ska keeps coming back, because it's a fun form. It relies on solid musicianship, a sense of timing, rhythm and a lot of energy. It keeps coming back, with differing waves of resurgence taking hold, not just in America, but England, and now it is doing fair well in a lot of Spanish speaking countries. Desorden Publico, Ska-P, and a lot more. The latest iteration with Latin Ska is a huge amount of fun, and seeing a good amount of airplay, and is just great fun.

Second Wave, Third Wave, it's getting near a time to see a resurgence again, what with nostalgia nipping on folks' heels with Sublime STILL getting airplay, and the LA scene rediscovering the style, and remembering fondly folks like Mealticket, Agent 99, Checkered Cabs, and folks like the Skatilites STILL touring. Bring on more ska bands in my book, because the mix of horn, guitar, and Latin and Caribbean beats is just fun. In a lot of markets, The Toasters, The Selector, The Specials and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones never stopped airplay, and that's fine with me. We need more fun dance music, and with folks who play and love the old stuff too. Folks who remember seeing the Skatilites play, who spun Desmond Dekker, who then branched out to Soca and the Trini beats. Bring it on.


NY/NJ scene was pretty decent....Inspecter 7, Skoidats, Slackers, Mephiskapheles, Pilfers.....

But I was there to bloody up Nazi trash and listen to Niblick Henbane.....(even as a 40 to 50 year old)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHFMpS6rsOg

Plus I got to watch a group of young lads from Boston blossom into men and a national act....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DDJEK_6_s4
 
2014-08-02 10:15:53 PM  
 
2014-08-02 10:21:23 PM  
Ska thread? Even better than a poop thread, but much rarer.

Streetlight Manifesto kickin it 3rd wave style.
 
2014-08-02 10:33:37 PM  
Skindred's fun.
 
2014-08-02 10:39:04 PM  

DeltaPunch: This is one of my favorites... what does hubiestubert think? ;)


I haven't heard that in frippin' years...

Damn.

On a more Third Wave note, Mealticket and Genai Canale's vocals are still haunting. Band geeks doing it right.
 
2014-08-02 10:40:40 PM  

Giltric: hubiestubert: Byron Lee and the Dragonaires doing it better, and in context...

Ska is a hair older than rock and roll. It is one of the older of popular music genres, though jazz and blues do have it over on the style. It birthed reggae, dance-hall, and a lot of other forms. Ska keeps coming back, because it's a fun form. It relies on solid musicianship, a sense of timing, rhythm and a lot of energy. It keeps coming back, with differing waves of resurgence taking hold, not just in America, but England, and now it is doing fair well in a lot of Spanish speaking countries. Desorden Publico, Ska-P, and a lot more. The latest iteration with Latin Ska is a huge amount of fun, and seeing a good amount of airplay, and is just great fun.

Second Wave, Third Wave, it's getting near a time to see a resurgence again, what with nostalgia nipping on folks' heels with Sublime STILL getting airplay, and the LA scene rediscovering the style, and remembering fondly folks like Mealticket, Agent 99, Checkered Cabs, and folks like the Skatilites STILL touring. Bring on more ska bands in my book, because the mix of horn, guitar, and Latin and Caribbean beats is just fun. In a lot of markets, The Toasters, The Selector, The Specials and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones never stopped airplay, and that's fine with me. We need more fun dance music, and with folks who play and love the old stuff too. Folks who remember seeing the Skatilites play, who spun Desmond Dekker, who then branched out to Soca and the Trini beats. Bring it on.

NY/NJ scene was pretty decent....Inspecter 7, Skoidats, Slackers, Mephiskapheles, Pilfers.....

But I was there to bloody up Nazi trash and listen to Niblick Henbane.....(even as a 40 to 50 year old)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHFMpS6rsOg

Plus I got to watch a group of young lads from Boston blossom into men and a national act....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DDJEK_6_s4


HFS.  So I'm not the only person who remembers Inspector 7?

(Actually, a former member lives in the same complex as my brother.)

But yeah, ska.  Ska haters are the folks who likely have never heard ska, think we're talking about No Doubt.  (Not hating on No Doubt, but it's like having a punk thread and you know some folks are thinking Blink 182.)

Anyway, another excuse throw up this

www.interpunk.com

Pickle threads, Ska threads, it's good for all sorts of threads.
 
2014-08-02 11:10:09 PM  

hubiestubert: I Like Bread: Remember when ska was popular? That was an interesting week.

Yeah, it's only been around since the 50s...so flash in the pan...


Yeah, because "been around" and "was popular" are synonyms.
 
2014-08-02 11:31:46 PM  
The Slackers make me happy. At least for tonight...

Justin Hinds and the Dominoes. Carry Go Bring Come.

Bob and Marcia were indeed Young, Gifted and Black.

Bad Manners and Special Brew. A love song perfect for Fark, because it's about beer.

One of my favorite Messages to Rudy, because Dandy Livingstone.

Ska-P, because Spanish anarchist ska is fun.

Skapate conmigos, because Desorden Publico is MOAR Latin ska. And channels some Old Skool vibes and beats.

Hepcat channels his inner monkey. Animaniacs introduced me to this tune.

Hotknives, because I love these cats. So much so, that Chippie--my first novel--includes references to it. My heroine hums this tune while she's out in the Long Dark.

John Holt and the Paragons hit with The Tide is High LONG before Blondie hit with the tune, and they hit with it because they listened to the damn song when it was a hit in Jamaica. You been listening to ska for a long ass while, haters.

The Toasters Thrill Me Up.

Maroon Town, and an Average Man.

Isaac Green and the Skalers, Junbok. Yeah, I sing this to myself in the kitchen fair often.

More Ska-P. NSFW lyrics, if your co-workers speak Spanish.

MOAR Hepcat. Because Dance Wid' Me will drive Peggy Noonan nuts.

MOAR Isaac Green and the Skalers, because their covers are fun. Beechwood 45789.

Checked Cabs. Darling Boy. Because ska bands with female leads are a thing.

And just because a girl fronts a ska band, doesn't mean it's going to be sweet and kind. As the Skandalous All Stars proved with I Wish You Were a Beer.

All the Pietasters is want to get to know you. In the Biblical Sense.

That's just with I-Tunes sort of noodling around. That doesn't even touch Ska-Punk and the other offshoots.
 
2014-08-02 11:38:55 PM  
Giltric: I Like Bread: Remember when ska was popular? That was an interesting week.

Pretty edgy coming from a Belieber.......


i.imgur.com


/#rekt
 
2014-08-02 11:38:57 PM  

Not_Todd: hubiestubert: I Like Bread: Remember when ska was popular? That was an interesting week.

Yeah, it's only been around since the 50s...so flash in the pan...

Yeah, because "been around" and "was popular" are synonyms.


If by "popular" you mean, "playing a lot of shows across the world and staying a form that sells a damn lot of records and singles" then yeah, I think it counts. Bob Marley started off in a ska band. He took it into reggae, which is an offshoot, the same as rocksteady and dancehall and more. Even that pesky Ska Punk still gets life from the folks like John Holt. If you mean "was popular" as "played by a bunch of frat boys around a kegger" then it still counts, because ska has been played all over the world, for a long ass while, been in a LOT of film soundtracks, and just because it's not your favorite, don't even begin to front that studios KEEP producing ska albums because of the love in their greasy producers hearts...

Ska isn't as popular in this country as it was. I'll readily admit that. Then again, there are still plenty of ska bands out there, still touring, still playing, and still keeping the beat going. Things have changed a lot. Two Tone gave way to Third Wave, which went into Ska Punk, which inspired a LOT of folks to take it into all sorts of directions, but that studios are still turning out ska albums, that's not out of the kindness of their hearts. It's a market that has a fair number of fans. And that movie soundtracks keep using the Wayback Machine to grab up tunes, that says something about the style.
 
2014-08-02 11:50:25 PM  

mcmnky: HFS.  So I'm not the only person who remembers Inspector 7?


They were a staple at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick and The Pipeline in Newark when the Pipeline was still around.
Fondled many a Chelsea girl in the lot behind the Pipeline


Cause Chelsea girls like skinhead boys.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vja1P7PMsQ
 
2014-08-02 11:58:35 PM  
Good, good good. Funny to think it goes back so far. Beautiful music for fun and dancing. Haters go away. Dis is a happy day. All musics are for me. I no judge, I jus' be free.
 
2014-08-03 12:05:09 AM  
I can't even begin to fathom the number of kittens killed in her honor

technicolordreams70.files.wordpress.com
theeyeoffaith.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-03 12:09:36 AM  
I had the pleasure of seeing the Specials in the mid-90s in Chicago and it was farking great. To this day I still have one of their stickers on my hardhat. Not many people recognize the logo, but the folks that do are usually good people.
 
2014-08-03 12:25:10 AM  
Johnny knows about ska

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBt-mXIY-tI&sns=em
 
2014-08-03 12:50:57 AM  

jaytkay: I can't even begin to fathom the number of kittens killed in her honor


Thank you, good man...was getting worried about this thread.
 
2014-08-03 01:05:02 AM  

DigitalCoffee: First, we learned how to do the ska.


It was that movie where Annette stumbled on set and noticed she couldn't keep her balance for some reason. She was shortly thereafter diagnosed with MS which progressed and took her life last year.
 
2014-08-03 01:18:10 AM  

merrillvillain: I had the pleasure of seeing the Specials in the mid-90s in Chicago and it was farking great. To this day I still have one of their stickers on my hardhat. Not many people recognize the logo, but the folks that do are usually good people.


Oh, the Two Tone logo is one of the best!  Never got to see them, but saw the Beat on their Special Beat Service tour in '83 I think.  As often as I can, when someone gives me something, I tell them I'll  "save it fellator".
 
2014-08-03 01:18:41 AM  
Thanks for reminding me how much I disliked Bob Hope.
 
2014-08-03 01:25:05 AM  
media.mademan.com
img001.lazygirls.infoi39.tinypic.com
 
2014-08-03 01:28:30 AM  
Can you imagine they put this shiat on tv?  I mean, they put other shiat on tv now but still.  It was a different time.
 
2014-08-03 01:34:18 AM  

Makh: Can you imagine they put this shiat on tv?  I mean, they put other shiat on tv now but still.  It was a different time.


And you watched it because you had that, or 2 other channels with the same variety shows. If you were lucky enough to live in a large market area, you might have a couple UHF channels with some really bad programming.
 
2014-08-03 01:57:15 AM  
Fark you, Rudy!
 
2014-08-03 02:03:32 AM  

hubiestubert: Desorden Publico,


Wow, there's a band I never thought I'd hear mentioned on Fark.  I hadn't even thought of them since about 1995 when you couldn't walk down a street in Venezuela without hearing this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QuYHcfGwJE

Of course, the other hugely popular song that year had somewhat less lasting power

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Df-YjO8W8

/I got back to the states just in time to suffer that song's popularity all over again
 
2014-08-03 02:25:14 AM  
Toots and the Maytals + the Skatalites = pure bliss

But you don't have to like what I like.
 
2014-08-03 03:07:32 AM  
You're right Subby, ska musicians never went anywhere...
 
2014-08-03 03:47:07 AM  

hubiestubert: Byron Lee and the Dragonaires doing it better, and in context...

Ska is a hair older than rock and roll. It is one of the older of popular music genres, though jazz and blues do have it over on the style. It birthed reggae, dance-hall, and a lot of other forms. Ska keeps coming back, because it's a fun form. It relies on solid musicianship, a sense of timing, rhythm and a lot of energy. It keeps coming back, with differing waves of resurgence taking hold, not just in America, but England, and now it is doing fair well in a lot of Spanish speaking countries. Desorden Publico, Ska-P, and a lot more. The latest iteration with Latin Ska is a huge amount of fun, and seeing a good amount of airplay, and is just great fun.

Second Wave, Third Wave, it's getting near a time to see a resurgence again, what with nostalgia nipping on folks' heels with Sublime STILL getting airplay, and the LA scene rediscovering the style, and remembering fondly folks like Mealticket, Agent 99, Checkered Cabs, and folks like the Skatilites STILL touring. Bring on more ska bands in my book, because the mix of horn, guitar, and Latin and Caribbean beats is just fun. In a lot of markets, The Toasters, The Selector, The Specials and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones never stopped airplay, and that's fine with me. We need more fun dance music, and with folks who play and love the old stuff too. Folks who remember seeing the Skatilites play, who spun Desmond Dekker, who then branched out to Soca and the Trini beats. Bring it on.


One more to add:

The Aggrolites
 
2014-08-03 04:49:25 AM  
 
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