What is "ska?"

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  1. markjsmith

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    Bob Marley's first records with "The Wailers" (before "Bob Marley and The Wailers) could be characterized as ska! Simmer Down was the first Marley hit and it is straight up ska!

     
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    Some will roll their eyes at my crude, overgeneralized and largely inaccurate analogy, but ska is to reggae somewhat what rock&roll is to blues. There, I said it. This is remarkably informative...
     
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    Trust me, you don’t wanna know.
     
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    Your analogy would only be crude and overgeneralized but not inaccurate if it weren't for the fact that it's actually backwards. Reggae came from ska, not the other way around.

    And that video is very confused about it too.
     
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    You said it. That video's a mess -- as is much of its rankings.
     
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    Want to feel old? 4th wave ska is apparently stiring on the edge of mainstream.

    Ska has the unique ability to sing about death and pain in a happy way. Problem with a lot of ska and most popular punk is that they sing about kids stuff, highschool type stuff, really deep, yiu know?

    Here's a good one from the Skunk label that also signed Sublime and Slightly Stoopid.


    Years before I knew I liked Fishbone or Ska... and probably the first time to see Seth Green (unless his Married with Children episodes predate this)
    My wife is a huge fan, one of the few not overly mainstream ska bands she likes.
     
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    When I think Ska, I think Reel Big Fish:

     
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    That could be the prototype for ska right there!
     
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    Recorded with the rhythm section of the Skatalites, I think.
     
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    Wouldn’t The Police be considered second wave... ? Third wave all sound the same to me and why isn’t Fishbone (before they got heavy) on that WatchMojo list... ? I mean, WatchMojo sucks the last few years and all, but still...
     
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    Right? Or The Selecter. The order is bad enough, but missing those bands is criminal.
     
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    When I think of ska...
     
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    Well, blow me down! You make way too much sense. It's pretty clear now. I extended reggae (genre) to more basically mean reggae beat, or more specifically "offbeat". As much as I had it backward, it's actually interesting that it sort of is backward. R&R is largely (but not exclusively) sped up from its roots whereas Reggae is largely (but not exclusively) slowed down from its (immediate) roots. And what precursed Rocksteady and even Ska? R&R and R&B? Well, apparently all these tap from common root... Songs are like tattoos... You know I've been to sea before...
     
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    I've always thought of ska as punk with horns! LOL!
     
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    American R&B, jazz, calypso, other Caribbean folk music
     
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    This is a few years old, Ranglin still plays a rare club date in his mid 80s.
     
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    Oddly enough, as soon as I saw the thread title, not only did I immediately think of Reel Big Fish, I thought of this song.

    Freaky.

    That was actually a great record: "Skatanic", "She Has A Girlfriend Now (w/ Gwen Stefani)", "Everything Sucks" got some rotation back in the day, ha.
     
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