Sure, I don't have anything specific in mind.
Sure, I don't have anything specific in mind.
Start with early(1963-65) Bob Marley and the Wailers stuff recorded at Studio One. Most people don't realize that Bob was a rudeboy before he was a Rasta. Bob, Bunny and Peter had shaved heads, black suits + black sunglasses + black ties...fucking gangsters!
Then check out the other Studio One artists.
I also highly recommend The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Toots & the Maytals and HEPCAT!!
Start from the roots and work your way up from there if inspired.
There are a lot of bands that are labeled as ska that either ARE NOT or just complete disgraces to the genre.
This is from an Amazon review and is pretty spot on in my opinion.
There are four kinds of ska:
1. Traditional aka 'first wave' (60's Jamaica) (ex. Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Toots & The Maytals).
2. Rocksteady (late 60's Jamaican music with a tempo between the Skatalites and reggae) (ex. Phylis Dillon, Alton Ellis, Ken Booth, The Gaylads, The Paragons, Jackie Mittoo and Tommy McCook after the Skatalites broke up).
3. 'Two-Tone' aka 'second wave' (early 80's British ska revival) (ex. English Beat, Bad Manners, Madness, The Specials, Selector),
4. Neo-trad (90's traditional style) (ex. Jazz Jamaica, The Slackers, Hepcat, The Toasters, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra)
Streets of Ska compilation
Foundation Ska by The Skatalites
Israelites: Best of 1963-1971 by Desmond Dekker
Best of Studio One Collection compilation
The Specials by The Specials
Out Of Nowhere and/or Scientific by Hepcat
Operation Ivy - Energy
Best ska/punk record ever made. Start here.
Catch 22 - Keasbey Nights
Reel Big Fish - Turn the Radio Off
The Suicide Machines - A Match and Some Gasoline or Destruction by Definition
- These guys kind of fall much more on the punk/hardcore side of things, but that's very much where the genre has gone.
The Toasters - Thrill Me Up
- The Toasters were the forefathers of what the ska movement was to become. Definitely straddle the line of the older 2-tone stuff.
The Aquabats! - The Fury of the Aquabats!
- People love or hate the antics and message of the band, but while they were trying to parody/lampoon the genre they created some of its best songs.
No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
- Believe it or not, they are one of the best ska groups in recent year if you hide from their pop song efforts and Gwen's solo stuff. Perfect album.
Save Ferris - It Means Everything or Modified
- More female vocalists stuff. SOOOOOO good. If only there was more then the 2 records.
Mustard Plug - Evildoers Beware!
K so this is more of what I like more then anything, but a good place to start.
Much obliged, gentleman. This should keep me busy for a while.
Definitely Destruction by Definition in terms of Suicide Machines if ska is the mission. A Match and Some Gasoline is much heavier, less ska. But listen to both.
Yeah, that's why I included both. I'd be turned off pretty quick going through some bands catalouges looking for more ska.
I wanted to add this compilation to the Rocksteady list because it is incredible; lots of the artists higgybaby23 mentioned and a few others too.
12/12 - Dismemberment Plan @ Fonda
Cool. Good timing. I've been beefing up my reggae/ska collection lately.
Cutter's list is a perfect example of how broad the ska umbrella can be. I personally wouldn't include No Doubt or Save Ferris in a ska list, but to each there own. I'm not familiar with all of the groups on the list, but I would call it a ska-punk list based on what I know.
If you've never heard Operation Ivy, then you will finally here where Sublime ripped off their sound. I also endorse The Toasters and Mustard Plug.
That op ivy album is the only ska album I've ever owned. it was really good - I hated sublime at the time too - I still hate sublime. Early no doubt is ska and save ferris is just pitiful.
God bless the specials though. I'm going to go buy the recommended album.
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It was I grew up with, so it's what I recommended. I've always found it easy to go back from the newer things because so much is still present if you listen closely.
But yeah, the umbrella can get big and sometimes when bands move away from it, it's a big turn off. For example, I don't really fancy much Real Big Fish's later career because they go for more of the punk side and it falls flat. But some people like the punk stuff when the ska bridge comes in or keeps the trumpets. So versatile to go from light to heavy.
Op Ivy is perfect. If you can, get the self titled anthology which has some of their ep's tacked on to the end of Energy. The best "1 and done" band of all time IMO.
This is the easy pick, but you can't tell me this isn't "ska"
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Singer has always annoyed me... I have a friend who always had them as a favorite. They okay.
They're not very good, but they were such a part of my Freshman year.
I get the complaints though. It took me forever to just get passed those kind of vocals.
But seriously man:
Zach I assume you're also familiar with the predecessor Choking Victim?
Of course, for every jokey song they have they have some really fucking brilliant ones
What kind of adolescent do you take me as, Drinky? Of course I know Choking Victim.
This is the shit I listened to in Junior High.. haha.
Also, for no real related reason i want to recommend Evan Drokin's ska-themed science fiction comic Pirate Corp$/Hectic Planet, which was fucking awesome.
Dorkin was heavily involved in the NY ska scene in the '80s and drew from a bunch of his experiences for this book.
He did a lot of fun record covers too
hahahaha no worries
Anyways, yeah Choking Victim/Leftover Crack is my shit. There was a period of time where Mediocre Generica was stuck in my friends car's cd player and that's all we could listen to for like 3 or 4 months.
I'm totally wearing my F-Minus Suburban Blight shirt right now.
Some more randomness...
So going through what.cd similar artists maps reminded me of these guys. Which reminded me I have not played THPS in a long time.
Holy fucking shit I used to LOOOOOOVE Goldfinger. I remember requesting "Here In Your Bedroom" from KROQ so i could tape it. I saw them several times, so much fun live! Hang-Ups is such a fantastic album, still.
Tony Hawk games turned me on to a lot of good stuff. I got so many cd's based on one song, and they were always great. Hang-Ups is great, as is their s/t. It's weird how you totally don't recall so much of this for a long time.