Post by Calvinball on Aug 24, 2019 21:06:29 GMT -5
Alright I'm in, and only 3 beers deep! Ska was a huge part of my musical journey, for a few years in the early 2010's it was damn near all I listened to. To this day I still say my favorite band is a ska band "Streetlight Manifesto". It's an underrated genre and most people just think about bands like Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but there is a lot more to it than that. With different groups taking a slew of influences, some heavier in reggae and some heavier in punk, and very importantly to me it's not afraid to make fun of itself and it doesn't always take itself too seriously. It as a lot to offer. In honor of this glorious thread I shall christian it buy linking one song from my 5 personal favorite ska albums (in order)
1. Streetlight Manifesto - Somewhere in the Between: My favorite album of all time, I could gush about it for hours, but I just wont. Every song with meticulously written and the whole experience is nonstop energy.
2. The Arrogant Sons of Bitches - Three Cheers For Disappointment: DIY activists, high octane, and another shining example of a genre that isn't afraid to get goofy. This albums is a masterpiece.
3. The Suicide Machines - Destruction by Definition: Best known for the song I'm linking thanks to it's time in THPS, this band is proof that the genre was much more than goofy haircuts and horn sections. True punk roots with a two tone emphasis, this is another album that goes down as an all timer.
4. The Skints - Part and Parcel: Much more on the reggae side of this genre, this band took a lot from the hip hop scene too. It just goes to show off how wide reaching this genre can tap into.
5. Less Than Jake - Hello Rockview: It's fucking Less Than Jake, do I need to elaborate?!
Last Edit: Aug 24, 2019 21:07:38 GMT -5 by Calvinball
I’ve only ever liked a small handful of ska songs, especially because I don’t like the reggae-like tendencies that frequently appear. However, I do enjoy the sounds of the more punk-related ska bands like the Suicide Machines. I also enjoy Less than Jake a bit, because, well, they’re just good.
But Cherry Poppin’ Daddies are probably my favorite ska band. Here’s what probably became their biggest hit, despite totally being a swing song that they redid that basically sounds like the original honestly.
Post by chainbreaker on Aug 25, 2019 9:00:03 GMT -5
chainy story time.
i don't like ska, there are a handful of songs which are alright fair bangers i guess. but overall i don't like it.
Nowa days, i hate it and there was one situation that really solidified my hate.
i once saw sonic boom six cos my gf really likes 'em and has interviewed them a bunch of times so we went to the academy they were playing and went backstage and said hello and etc - and i was like, these people are alright, nice people. ok i will give them a chance cos at this point i hadn't heard them just knew they were "ska" + whatever gemre they wanna mix in.
ok cool, get into the standing venue area, im stood right at the back on my own, leant against the back wall, stood next to me was 2 old people with canes.
Now at this point in my life, i had one of my many health problems, the current health problem was my legs. They didn't work, i dnno why, don't ask. But they didn't, i could barely walk, i definitely couldn't do stuff like get up stairs quickly. If i had a cane like my gig neighbour at the time, it would of been a big improvement on my life. (sidenote: physical therapy, pills and massages and i could walk again so thats good)
SO am at the back of this venue watching this ska band play, now they weren't terrible but it wasn't 10/10 im watching glassjaw. When all of a sudden i hear the girl singer.
"alright i need everyone to crouch down and when this part of the song happens everyone jumps up, the whole venue, c'mon everyone"
so im stood in the dark at the back like:
"we do what now"
now, i've been to loads of gigs, when someone asks the venue to do something, circle pit, clapping hands, hand waving... getting on the floor to jump up again - normally lets say the firs 15/20 rows of people get involved.
so im like heh, yeah, i'm chilling here with bloody cane and un-able stood next to me. Cool. no knee bending for me, callum wants to be able to hobble home. (it was approx a 90 second walk home, can provide receipts).
in this split second, the lady at the front "cmon everyone, lets get these lights turned on"
in my head "lights turned on..."
i aint documenting my entire medically history but my eyes are fucked, im a lil blind boy, bright lights aren't my friend.
SO lets review.
whole crowd is now slowly getting down, further to the back AND some big lights are on so you can see who is still standing up.
and im just happily looking forward, squinting to not go further blind, i can't see anything, we cool.
then i hear "you too".
Now infront of me i can't really see anyone standing up, who tf she talking to? then i look at my mates next to me.
fuckin' cane and un-able are fucking hunched over like half/half slouched down.
so shes talking to only bloody me.
so i did what any normal person whose legs don't work would do.
"ah its alright my legs don't really work *points to legs*"
clearly she can't hear me from the other end of the venue, everyone's head is turned and everyone is looking in my direction.
cane and un-able are looking at me like wtf 'av got a walking stick and im at least trying and i don't really have a leg to stand on at this point (kill me for the joke, just end my life)
so i just collapse,on the floor, legs in a heap, insane amount of pain and they play the song and everyone jumps up and has a great time.
no joke it took me probably about 60 seconds to get back up, i was so pissed off. C & U-A didn't help me up either.
and ever since that day, ska is cancelled. stupid trumpet music.
Jesus, man. How good are you at throwing canes through a crowd? What a horrible move by the vocalist.
looool its more funny than horrible at this point, you wouldn't be able to tell if you saw me then and literally less than 30 minutes before i had just met 'em like hey what up fam, obviously not rolling through in a wheelchair or summat.
I'm sure I've seen sonic boom six at some point but don't remember where. Probably at one of those all dayers back in the day. Wasn't much of a fan was always more into old Jamaican ska and later 2 tone stuff like specials and the selector.
Post by Calvinball on Aug 26, 2019 20:26:33 GMT -5
This band never really took off, and honestly most of what they wrote was pretty meh. They did however put out this banger which was one of my favorite songs when I first found it, and they were one of those bands that were 3X better live than on album.