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went to some ska punk gigs in russia and their probably some of the most fun gigs ive ever been to.

ska = Jamaican polka. And polka = Slovak rock. Hence, its attraction to Slavs (such as my relatives in Poland I visited six years ago, though the Poles seem to have snapped outta it and are recently responsible for a good batch of death metal -- Sto Lat! ).

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Ska = Jamaican R'n'B

Ska only started being made when the supply of decent US R'n'B records dried up. you can play US R'n'B and early Ska back to back with no noticeable difference

m jemmeson, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

If nothing else, ska shows are FUN! People dancing and smiling and laughing and being goofy. It's a joyous celebration. When was the last time you saw that at a rock show?

Come to one of the beer-soaked jock-rock fests passed off as ska around here and you'll never find a more joyless, sad experience. Especially when those fuckers in the Bosstones are involved.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

"Sell Out" by Reel Big Fish = anthem of '97?

Sterling Clover, Friday, 19 October 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

eight years pass...

There are only like 5 references to Bim Skala Bim on ILX, but I've heard one of their songs twice as background music for cable tv shows. First in an emeril green segment on salads, then last night on a travel channel segment about the world's largest halloween store in worcester, ma.

I haven't listened to it in ages, but I used to rep pretty heavily for their live album.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 19 October 2009 10:32 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

fsr photo of my hs ska band in this buzzfeed article 23 things that totally made you ska kid in high school

flopson, Monday, 25 February 2013 05:14 (nine years ago) link

seven years pass...

oh we postin about our hs ska bands here?

I went to my folks house in February to look at the Super Bowl with them, and my mom had put the contents of their VHS/DVD collection into a box and tasked me with reviewing it and choosing what wouldn't be destroyed for eternity. I couldn't not save a professionally-reproduced DVD that our Peruvian Mormon Trumpet Player's mom had made of our rad Aquabats-style anti-communist multi-racial themed ska-core band that took 2nd place at the 1998 Battle of the Bands and I'm proud to say FIRST PLACE at the 1999 Battle of the Bands, an honor legitimized by a $200 cash reward and a formal opportunity for us to play on the campus's outdoor stage during lunch a few weeks before graduation (we covered Less Than Jake, it was 1999).

anyway here's the back of the DVD (thumbs 1-3 are the ska band's opening band, which was the Peruvian Mormon Trumpet Player's sub-band consisting of three members of the main band, where he played piano and the ska band's drummer and singer backed him up on drums and bass, respectively. We covered Ben Folds, it was 1999)

the burrito that defined a generation, Thursday, 27 August 2020 05:10 (two years ago) link

i was playing a pearl export kit with cheap paiste cymbals in a 7-piece HS ska band around those years. i salute you!

davey, Thursday, 27 August 2020 09:01 (two years ago) link

i played trumpet in a ska band in HS too, we were called the 'skaskank redemption'. gawd. the best day of the band's life was when streetlight manifesto played in our small town in wisconsin for some reason

i always associate wisconsin and new jersey with high school ska bands

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 27 August 2020 16:19 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

do I wanna go see Less Than Jake and Bowling For Soup when they're touring together here pretty soon?

seems kinda fun, right? or ...

note: i have never been a fan of either band or ska, but am feeling open to this.

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 19:40 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

following up on my own question...I had *zero* idea which band was "bigger" and/or headlining, so I looked at Spotify monthly listeners:

Less Than Jake: 797,068
Bowling For Soup: 3,065,902

it's certainly not a perfect way to measure, but does that feel right?! is BFS really 3 to 4 times bigger than LTJ?

alpine static, Saturday, 27 August 2022 21:42 (three months ago) link

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