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Eldergays: Tell Me About Ska Music

At the end of one of the episodes of "The Crown" they played a song called "Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret" by The English Beat.

I found it on Spotify, which launched a whole radio station of songs by bands like The Specials and The Jam and even threw in some Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson (who I'd heard of and probably aren't really considered ska artists even if they did some ska-like songs)

Tell me more about the music and the movement and what became of it and where it fit in with disco and new wave and reggae.


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by Anonymousreply 2111/22/2020

The Specials.

by Anonymousreply 111/21/2020

The (English) Beat fit more into the 2 Tone era more than pure Ska. Madness were the most successful band of that genre and lasted the longest.

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by Anonymousreply 211/21/2020

The Fine Young Cannibals fit right in here. They were Ska-adjacent.

by Anonymousreply 311/21/2020

R2, Madness is still going. I attended a local music festival over here about 18 months ago and they were playing there. They still put on a good show.

by Anonymousreply 411/21/2020

On My Radio!!

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by Anonymousreply 511/21/2020

The band General Public - loved Rankin’ Roger

by Anonymousreply 611/21/2020

R4 40+ years and counting for Madness, 'Suggs' will be 60 in January.

Amy Winehouse was massively influenced by Ska/2 Tone and even did an EP of it in 2008.

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by Anonymousreply 711/21/2020

Fishbone’s “ugly”.

This is the first thing that came to mind. Also The Radiators.

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by Anonymousreply 811/21/2020

My older sister was a fan of a band called 'Doe Maar', who were sort of like the Dutch Madness

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by Anonymousreply 911/21/2020

Was literally just listening to some ska an hour ago! My favourite ska song ever, Let's Do Rock Steady by The Bodysnatchers.

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by Anonymousreply 1011/21/2020

What was the difference between ska and 2-tone? I had not heard of two-tone before

It's fascinating that all these different musical genres existed at the same time and they were good.

Nothing like that for the past 25 years

by Anonymousreply 1111/21/2020

2 Tone was heavily influenced by Punk Music, basically more aggressive than Jamaican Reggae and Ska.

' Eton Rifles' by The Jam is probably the most obvious early example of the fusion starting.

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by Anonymousreply 1211/21/2020

Thanks R12

by Anonymousreply 1311/21/2020

R12 God, Paul Weller was so beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 1411/21/2020

Thanks R14--was just going to look up names as they looked so young and Weller was 19 in the video at R12, assuming it was 1977

by Anonymousreply 1511/21/2020

Paul Weller's son with Dee C. Lee, Natt Weller is bisexual/gay. If some of my friends are being truthful Paul was open to anyone male or female, I think most people were in the early 1980's though.

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by Anonymousreply 1611/21/2020

Mighty Mighty Bosstones are postmodern ska

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by Anonymousreply 1711/21/2020

Oscar Isaac was in a ska band

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by Anonymousreply 1811/21/2020

I don't know much about 3rd Wave Ska in the late 80's / 90's, I was hitting my mid 20's then and music was starting to pass me by.

by Anonymousreply 1911/21/2020

Third wave ska straight outta Michigan:

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