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IMO, the slackers were the pinnacle of 90s ska revival. Bought the Redlight CD on a whim, and glad I did. Had a chance to see them in Lake Charles, LA a few years later and they rocked the house.How a ska thread goes 5 pages on TGP is something of a miracle.
How a ska thread goes 5 pages on TGP without someone putting up some Slackers is a travesty!
Vic is a severely underappreciated talent, and the band is an institution. Go see them if they come to your town. You'll enjoy the hell out of it, no matter your preconceptions on the genre.
I can see where your coming from.It's reggae inspired music made by punk rockers basically.
and I can also see where your coming from.It really isn't.
You're right...he DOES know things that I don't know about, and they're all from the 1970's. He just stopped at some point in the 1970's. He still makes comments about something Rodney Dangerfield said on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson...I mean, THAT'S his typical time frame for conversation, and I'm not kidding.
As for educating him...I did, or...I tried, but he can't be bothered. I played a song by the Specials and one by The English Beat and it was like he couldn't get out of there fast enough.
I remember another incident and I was playing something by a newer artist, Rihanna maybe and he actually just went outside...just no interest, and I literally can not understand that!
And BTW I didn't "confront" him or anything. I did my best to get him to understand about ska. I posted about it here (1) to vent, and (2) just to get the opinions of others...
It only went four pages. I posted their Bon Jovi cover a page back. I have always been impressed by the ability of ska bands to incorporate "ska" or "tones" into their band name, album titles, etc.How a ska thread goes 5 pages on TGP without someone putting up some Slackers is a travesty!
What is your band??Ahhhhh... I love that this is a discussion. I was told in Jamaica as a youth the origins of ska music:
There were very few places with electricity, and the privelidged few would flaunt their wealth by building huge sound systems, on which they played american R&B records. A couple hilltops away, musicians sitting around a fire would add their rhythms and vocals to the basslines carrying through the air.
Take it for what it's worth, but that was the oral history passed down to me. I love ska music. We're seeing people referencing a lot of 2nd and 3rd wave ska, and that's cool. It's all street-level music. That's why it works so well with punk rock. Op Ivy/Rancid carried the torch of ska/punk, and the Interrupters continue the Unity message today (saw them earlier this year, and they all were enamored with my 8 year old daughter knowing every word... she walked away with their guitar picks and Amy hugged her and gave her the hat she was wearing).
Don't judge anyone too harshly, please, for their experience with what ska means to them. It has always been invitational, and life affirming. If it's meaningful to you, hold onto that and keep it with you. That was always the point: in the midst of suffering and oppression of all sorts, we find joy and beauty. We sing, smile, and dance.
Annnnyway... my band is opening for the legendary Toasters on the west coast tour in February, so if you want to see what old school NYC 2nd wave ska sounds like (or a bunch of cowpunk weirdos who also make some ska sounds), I'll be there playing bari sax, keys, guitar, bass, singing, and whatever else it takes.
I thought early 1980 but wiki says '79.Didn't Dammers start the label at the end of the 70s?
Desmond Dekker & The Aces have a great back catalogue and I would recommend a search. Really soulful.Spotted a mention (or two) re Desmond Dekker, the Israelites tune guy, one of my favorite tunes, but my recollection is that Millie Small’s “My boy Lollipop” was a very early ska tune.