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How Do You Describe "ska"?  
User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

What words would you use to describe "ska", the genre of music. Here are some examples if you need them:
"sell out" reel big fish
"keasbey nights" catch 22



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User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3311 times:

I would descibe "ska" as "an incredibly BAD attempt at imitating swing music."

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User currently offlinePANYNJ From Bahamas, joined Sep 2001, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3299 times:

I think RBF is awesome and "Turn the Radio Off" is a first rate album.

Ska is sort of punk with big band brass sounds.


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

Hmm...how about "so 4 years ago." Big grin

PANYNJ pretty much has it correctly in his description of ska. When it was popular here, I liked Buck O' Nine, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 743 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

My friend (who played in a ska band) described it to me as "fast reggae, with a punk twist." I think it's right on.

Actually, both ska and reggae trace their roots to the old calypso stuff - you know, from the Carribean. Ska has actually been around for a long time, but the punk part is a modern addition. I've heard some swing bands do ska sounding songs. But other than that, swing and ska really have very little to do with each other, at least in lineage.



Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

Ska is kinda like a cross between raggae and dub. Here in Chicago there are lots of ska and dub clubs where you can really appreciate that type of sound. It definitely is an acquired taste. Friend of mine used to be in a ska band and that's how I got to know and enjoy the music.


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User currently offlineDropkick From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3284 times:

You guys should listen to some classic reggae and ska!
Try the Maytals or The Ethiopians. Enjoy!


User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

Well it would be your standard alternative garage band with a trumpet, tubba or a synthesizer. Most don''t play hard, there's this sound that makes you fell like you've gone back in time, without the culture that reminded you of your parents.

Don't forget early "No Doubt" and the big one from 1997, "Smash Mouth"



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User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

smoke&enjoy  Smile
For me, the greatest ska band are The Agents
some stuff about'em

Jernej



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3273 times:

Remember, reggae evolved from Ska music. I don't really consider No Doubt, Smashmouth, Reel Big Fish Ska bands, as there sound is not pure enough. Also, Ska has been broken down into 3 waves, first, second and third. I prefer the first 2, but there is some stuff worth while in the third wave as well. Good Ska bands that come to mind are The Skatilites, The Toasters, Skankin' Pickle, Hepcat, ect.....

User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

I'm a trumpet player who's never heard of it  Confused

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

Really SSTjumbo? It's kind of an onscure form of music now. It was prominent in the 60's I believe. That was the first wave.

User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

Simply the Best!  Big thumbs up

I like to say mix between ROck and Jazz...but thats not really all that accurate...but it works for non-musical people like me.


User currently offlineJm-airbus320 From Jamaica, joined Aug 2000, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

"Ska" music was started in Jamaica in the 1960's and was and is still very popular here today. Indeed reggae did evolve from ska as they btoh share similar roots (that is from the ghetto's of Jamaica) Great music! don't you think?

Jm-airbus320


User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

Ska? C'mon, that's old fashioned!
Listen to Kylie, Nelly Furtado, Train, Travis, Madonna and all the other modern musicians, but ska...
-turbolet


User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

How can you not like ska? its so upbeat and fun!

User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

I'm not offending anyone, it's just a question of taste.
As long as you enjoy it, don't worry wot others think about it  Big thumbs up.
-turbolet


User currently offlineChe From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

I dont really know how to describe ska. All I know is that i like it. Bands like LTJ and ReelBigFish are my faves.

che


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

For a detailed look at SKA music, go to www.allmusic.com From there type in "SKA" in the search, and select 'styles' then search it. You will be taken to a screen where you can select 1.) Ska 2.) Ska-revival and 3.) Ska-Punk. Here is a great description of each style, as well as a list of key artists and albums. I highly recommend it.

MC


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8059 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

Ska is sped up reggae. The punk thing is an American twist. The genre was big in the 80s in the UK, best known bands are Bad Manners and also people like The Selector and Madness. I think someone's wearing a Bad Manners t-shirt in a No Doubt video. They are the undisputed kings of the genre, at least in it's 'overground', commercial incarnation. (Maytals etc not so well known but more influential, and better too.)


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User currently offlineChe From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3207 times:

thanks KROC i will have to check it out.
Most ska i listen too is ska-punk

che


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