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Subject: Ska! and the like

Written By: Henk on 02/20/12 at 3:08 pm

Basically an upbeat version of reggae, not? The two are closely related anyway - that's why I started a second new topic tonight.

Ska music, IMHO, has a greater diversity than reggae (feel free to disagree). Its popularity also started in the mid to late 1970s, following the popularity of reggae, but I think it lasted longer. Possibly stretching as far as the late 1980s or early 1990s, when house took over (I'm talking Europe here).
Anyway - I like ska music better than reggae. And I'll be posting some of my favorites. Join in, if you like.

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Henk on 02/20/12 at 3:13 pm

Starting with one (or two) of my all time favorites...

Madness - Baggy Trousers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc3AovUZgvo&feature=fvst


Beatmasters - Ska Train

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhzQY5V0bGU

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: whistledog on 02/20/12 at 6:00 pm

Excellent ones.  the Beatmasters and Madness were great!

Hrere's a few I enjoy ...

Bad Manners - My Girl Lollipop (1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_N1qQZL550

The English Beat - Save it For Later (1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bM0wVjU2-k

The Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela (1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgcTvoWjZJU

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The Impresstion That I Get (1997)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIGMUAMevH0

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Foo Bar on 02/20/12 at 8:32 pm

ONE TWO...

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  - Specials, Little Bitch (1979 original)

...THIRTY-THREE!

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  - Specials, Little Bitch, 30th anniversary BBC performance, 2009.

(For a band of thirty three, that ain't half bad - it's a scene :)

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 02/20/12 at 9:39 pm

Ska actually preceded Rocksteady and Reggae in the 1950s.

If you're going to talk about the Specials, don't forget:

The Specials: A Message to You Rudy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIoHSu5v1Mo

More Ska:

Fun Boy 3: The Farmyard Connection
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCF1HwD6bOw

The Pietasters: Same Old Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osPijYP_f3g&feature=related

The Skatalites: Simmer Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9HyXc4e7Qc

Prince Buster: Madness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZC6Ot1MLP0

Ranking Roger: Muscle Ska
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpdsGu3wuw8

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Henk on 02/22/12 at 2:37 pm

Thumbs up to all of the above! 8)

Of course Madness recorded their own version of Madness, but I think you all know that. So instead I'll post something different. Something Dutch. Sorry about the poor video.

What Fun! - The Right Side Won

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXTJ_eaG2to

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Paul on 02/22/12 at 2:50 pm

A few early favourites

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hga_jhNgG8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDfvXrMnJu0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEt7PtNz6_o
(Still played at some football grounds to this day!)

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Henk on 02/22/12 at 3:04 pm


A few early favourites



Thanks for those. 8)

May sound silly, but until now I never even wondered where Double Trouble got their sample from. :-[

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Foo Bar on 02/23/12 at 12:06 am


Thanks for those. 8)

May sound silly, but until now I never even wondered where Double Trouble got their sample from. :-Preaching to the Perverted.

  -Prince Buster, Al Capone - t=0:10 "Al Capone guns don't argue."
  -PWEI, Preaching to the Perverted - t=1:05 first chorus in the linked mix, after "this is the law," the sample "don't argue!"

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Paul on 02/23/12 at 4:45 am

This just qualifies as ska, but is actually more of a curious hybrid of that genre and typical British smut!

(It's also the first charting record that had the word 'ganja' in it...not that it got a scrap of airplay!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nje4VQlzhHc

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: nally on 02/23/12 at 11:37 pm


Excellent ones.  the Beatmasters and Madness were great!


I agree; Madness had some good ska songs. Including "One Step Beyond" which has no actual sung words, but a little spoken intro and then the title exclaimed at the end of each instrumental routine. "One step beyond!!!"



The English Beat - Save it For Later (1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bM0wVjU2-k


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The Impression That I Get (1997)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIGMUAMevH0

Those are good ones too. O0 I really enjoyed "The Impression That I Get" when it came out.

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Foo Bar on 02/25/12 at 1:23 am


This just qualifies as ska, but is actually more of a curious hybrid of that genre and typical British smut!

(It's also the first charting record that had the word 'ganja' in it...not that it got a scrap of airplay!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nje4VQlzhHc


Not that anything by Judge Dread could ever have aired in the 70s, but karma for reminding me of an ancient '45. 

http://s.dsimg.com/image/R-1397464-1298842810.jpeg

Until I read this thread, I had no idea he was a white dude from the UK :)

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Henk on 02/25/12 at 9:12 am

More Dutch ska...

In spite of their shortlived existence (1980-1984), Doe Maar were an extremely popular band.
'De Bom' (The Bomb) was their most popular song (a Dutch #1).
It paints a crude picture of the early 1980s, with the ever present fear of the possibility
of a nuclear war and the general feeling of defeatism.

A rough translation of the chorus:

You might as well drop the bomb today
It's bound to be dropped anyway
There's no use in running away...
I've never had a chance to know you
I sure would like to know you,
know who you are
.

Doe Maar - De Bom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_O5KCJjdyE

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: nally on 02/27/12 at 10:56 pm

"Ghost Town" by The Specials...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqZ8428GSrI

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Paul on 02/29/12 at 1:25 pm


http://s.dsimg.com/image/R-1397464-1298842810.jpeg

Until I read this thread, I had no idea he was a white dude from the UK :)


I think he surprised quite a few people when he eventually unveiled himself!

And one of the most genuine, modest guys you could ever wish to meet (which I did some years ago)...taken from us far too soon... :(

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: Henk on 03/03/12 at 2:48 am

Gangsters - The Specials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgCZN1rU5co&ob=av2e


And since I've brought it up in the Reggae! thread, here's the original version of...

Stop That Train - The Spanishtonians

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnqYweNVBFw

Subject: Re: Ska! and the like

Written By: loki 13 on 03/03/12 at 6:02 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBNy3l3Me5o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoL1Uxwk6vc

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