World of Reggae Music: Third Wave Ska

Third Wave Ska

The Jam-Tex selector presents a new chapter in the World of Reggae Music Collectioncalled “Third Wave Ska.”

The Jam-Tex selector has been working on a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music called “The World of Reggae Music Collection.” The selector invites others to comment on the selected tracks and to join in on the conversation about the history of reggae music.  This collection of singles began with the greatest roots reggae hits in categories entitled: “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah”and “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth.”

Now the selector moves back in time to the roots of reggae, exploring the greatest singles from the ska tradition. Please feel free to suggest your favorite singles. The examination of the ska genre included a focused study on the founders of ska music from the late 1950s to the 1960s called: “The Ska Originals.” The next post explored the “Two-Tone Ska” movement of the 1970s and 1980s often called the second wave of ska music. This post focuses on “Third Wave Ska” music that fused ska and elements of punk.

In the 1990s the revival of ska music, known as the third wave, came in a raw form with strong ties to the punk rock music scene. It’s no surprise since ska music comes with a fast-paced rollicking energy that appealed to young working-class youths. British and American punks ate up reggae and ska, and the sound fused well with rip-roaring punk rock. My favorites from this genre include Operation Ivy, Fishbone, Rancid, and Sublime. Brad Nowell of Sublime had a knack for making great third-wave ska punk rock.

The Aggrolites have mad a distinct impression on the third-wave ska movement, bringing their California soul-drenched sound to the mix. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are symbolic of this genre, laying grimy vocals over ska horns and rock guitars. Some of the great punk bands have made their own ska-infused tracks, including NOFX, Goldfinger, the Offspring, and even the hardcore punk group Propagandhi.

Propagandhi’s track “Ska Sucks” is really a critique of the ska revival. As a representative of the punk intelligentsia, Propagandhi questions everyone and everything, including authority, religion, and the quality of the ska revival.  The song makes a captivating argument why the ska revival “sucks,” singing the message over a wonderful third wave ska sound.

Third Wave Ska…

Operation Ivy Sound System

FishboneParty At Ground Zero

RancidTime Bomb

SublimeDate Rape

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones The Impression That I Get

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Strawberry Fields Forever

Hepcat – Marcus Garvey

Slightly Stoopid & Angelo Moore – Ska Diddy

The Slackers – Wasted Days

Manu Chao – Machine Gun (Live)

311 – Grassroots

Rancid & Dr. Israel – Coppers

The Aggrolites Countryman Fiddle

NOFX – Bob

Manu Chao – Machine Gun

Alborosie – Patricia

Seeed – Goosebumps

Sublime – Jailhouse

Jimmy Cliff – World Upside Down

Fishbone – Cheyenne Star Forever Moore

Rancid – Fall Back Down

No Doubt, Toots & The Maytals – Monkey Man

311 – Welcome

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Simmer Down

Sublime – Wrong Way

The Slackers – I Shall Be Released

No Doubt – Spiderwebs

Rancid – Brad Logan (California Sun)

La Vela Puerca – Llenos De Magia

Reel Big Fish– Take On Me

Sublime – All You Need

Gwen Stefani – All of the DJs

The Offspring– Why Don’t You Get A Job?

La Vela Puerca – Gente

Goldfinger – I Love You More Today

Rancid & Buju Banton – Life Won’t Wait

The Slackers – Married Girl

Propagandhi – Ska Sucks

Sublime & Gwen Stefani – Saw Red

Rancid – Ruby Soho

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Rascal King

Skalariak – El Tiempo Tuyo

Fishbone – Skankin’ to the Beat

The Aggrolites – Hot Stop

Manu Chao – Mr. Bobby (Live)

Suicide Machines – I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Rancid & Skinhead Rob – Red Hot Moon

Sublime – Same in the End

King Chango – Sin Ti

Jimmy Cliff – Blessed Love

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Rudie Can’t Fail

Rancid – Cocktails

Sublime – Chica Me Tipo

Panteon Rococo – Asesinos

Seeed – Eminem Ska

Manu Chao – King Kong Five (Live)

La Vela Puerca – Pedro

311 – Reggae Got Soul

Reel Big Fish – Monkey Man

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Where’d You Go?

Rancid – Hooligans

Reel Big Fish – Walkin’ On Sunshine

Rancid – Wrongful Suspicion

Fishbone – Date Rape

Skalariak – La Solucion

Reel Big Fish – Keep A Cool Head

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Why Can’t We Be Friends

La Vela Puerca – Alta Magia

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – What’s New Pussycat

Skalariak – En Mi Nombre

King Chango – Full Time Business

 

NEED

Reel Big Fish – Sellout

Skavoovie & The Epitones – One Mint Julep

The AggrolitesGhost Town

The Stingers ATX Painting Portraits

Supervillians – Resin

Buck-O-NineIrish Drinking Song

Dance Hall Crashers Lost Again

The Mighty Mighty BosstonesSomeday I Suppose

Sektacore – Cool Cat

The InstepsThe Insteps

Mu330Hoosier Love

The Scofflaws – Grazin’ in the Grass

Westbound TrainCheck Your Time

Hub City Stompers – Leave Me the Fuck Alone

The Pietasters – Out All Night

Deal’s Gone BadMovin’ On

The AquabatsPool Party

Stingers ATX – Let’s Be In Love

Less Than Jake – We Go Together

Mustard Plug – Mr. Smiley

Skavoovie & the Epitones – She Sure Can Cook

Streetlight Manifesto – Keasbey Nights

Mad Caddies – Drinking for 11

Soweto – Blue Ska

No 1 Station – Last Train

Skapone – Guns and Steeples

Soulsteppers – Warhead

Deal’s Gone Bad Messin’ Around

Soweto – Honey Rider

Stan or Itchy – Feelin’ Good

The New York Jazz Ensemble – Haitian Fight Song

The Pietasters – Maggie May

Buck-O-Nine My Town

Dancehall Crashers – Don’t Wanna Behave

MU330 – KKK Hiway

Deal’s Gone Bad – Be Mine Tonight

The Scofflaws Ska-La-Carte

The Hub City Stompers – I’ve Got A Boot

The Stingers ATX – Rock and Ska

Mustard Plug – Brain on Ska

Skavoovie & the Epitones – Parakeet

Westbound Train Why You Cry

World of Reggae Music: Third Wave Ska

The Top Albums of September 2009

The Top Albums of September 2009

The masterful singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie told stories with his music. He sang songs about the plight of immigrants, farmers, and workers. He told the story of America. He represented the common man. This new collection of Woody Guthrie music is superb. It contains everything from the well-known mainstream hits “This Land Is Your Land,” “Going Down The Road (I Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This Way),” and “Hard Ain’t It Hard” to some of  politically charged ballads like “Tear The Facists Down,” “You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union,” and “Jesus Christ.”

The legendary folk singer mastered the folk hero ballads like “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Stackolee,” “John Henry,” and “Harriet Tubman’s Ballad Part 1.” The collection contains fun classic folk songs “More Pretty Girls Than One,””Brown’s Ferry Blues,” and “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” and captures the storytelling abilities of the man with tunes like “The Sinking Of The Reuben James.”

Furthermore Woody Guthrie had an extensive catalog with wonderful children songs like “My Daddy (Flies A Ship In The Sky) and magnificent New Deal era tales of bringing power and jobs to the country in celebratory tales like “Grand Coulee Dam.” This is an  amazing collection with good quality sound. In this new era of economic hardships the sounds of the Great Depression and New Deal seem to be a perfect soundtrack for the “Hard Travelin’” ahead.

  1. Woody Guthrie My Dusty Road [Rounder 2009]
  2. PhishJoy [Jemp Records 2009]
  3. Soja – Born In Babylon [DMV Records]
  4. Willie Nelson American Classic [Blue Note 2009]
  5. Polvo – In Prism [Merge Records 2009]
  6. Casual Sax Baby I’m Black [Wonder Sound 2009]
  7. Pearl JamBackspacer [2009]
  8. A.A. Bondy – When The Devil’s Loose [Fat Possum Records 2009]
  9. Jay-ZThe Blueprint 3 [Roc Nation 2009]
  10. PitbullRebelution [Jive 2009]
  11. Rodrigo y Gabriella 11:11 [ATO Records 2009]
  12. John FogertyThe Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again [Verve Forecast 2009]
  13. Busy Signal Hott Ed [Greensleeves 2009]
  14. The Black Crowes Before The Frost…Until The Freeze [Silver Arrow Records 2009]
  15. Yonder Mountain String Band The Show [Frog Pad Records 2009]

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The Top Albums of September 2009

The World of Reggae Music: Two-Tone Ska

The World of Reggae Music

Two-Tone Ska

The Jam-Tex selector presents a new chapter in the Wolrd of Reggae Music Collection on the second wave of Ska Music called “Two-Tone Ska” or “2-Tone.”

The Jam-Tex selector has been working on a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music called The World of Reggae Music Collection.” The selector invites others to comment on the selected tracks and to join in on the conversation about the history of reggae music.  This collection of singles began with the greatest roots reggae hits in categories entitled: “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah” and “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth.”

Now the selector moves back in time to the roots of reggae, exploring the greatest singles from the ska tradition. Please feel free to suggest your favorite singles. The examination of the ska genre included a focused study on the founders of ska music from the late 1950s to the 1960s called: “The Ska Originals.” This posts explores the Two-Tone Skamovement of the 1970s and 1980s often called the second wave of ska music. A future post will focus on Third Wave Ska music that fused ska and elements of punk rock music.

Two-Tone (2-Tone) ska music emerged  out of Great Britian during the 1970s and 1980s. English lads played Jamaican music, including ska, rocksteady, and early reggae music, often immitating, adapting, and appropiating the music of the Caribbean islands. It reminds me of the ways in which Southern white Americans (Elvis “The King” Presley, Jerry Lee “The Killer” Lewis, Johnny “The Man in Black” Cash, etc.) and even British bands (The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc.) immitated and transformed the rhythm and blues of African-American musicians. In a similiar fashion the working-class kids of England found something compelling about Afro-Caribbean musical forms, especially ska and reggae music. I personally think they found something honest and soulful in the music. But most importantly it moved them in new and interesting ways.

The Specials stick out as the prime example of this Second Wave musical movement. Some Jamaican artists crossed over into this genre riding both the original and first wave, and also the second wave in England. Desmond Dekker, one of the orignators of ska music, found himself participating in the second wave touring throughout the UK. The Untouchables, the Bad MannersBig Five, the Toasters, King HammondSelecter, and Mark Foggo’s Skasters are all representative  artists of the second wave. Some big U.K. pop stars participated in this second wave ska movement including the Beat, Madness, and even the legendary Elvis Costello cut a few 2-tone ska tracks.

The Jam-Tex selector proudly presents…

The World of Reggae Music Collection

Two-Tone Ska

The Specials – Rudi, A Message To You

Maroon Town – Average Man

Madness – Our House

The English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom

Riffs – These Things

Selector – On My Radio

The Loafers – Everyday

Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Watching the Detectives

Rico – Sea Cruise

Madness – One Step Beyond

Big 5 – Live Injection

Maroon Town – City Riot

King Hammond – King Hammond Shuffle

Madness – The Prince

Judge Dread – Reggae and Ska

Selector – James Bond

The Specials – Ghost Town

Madness – Madness

Ska Boys – Norwegian Wood Disco

Selector – Train to Skaville

Rico – Carolina

The English Beat – Ranking Full Stop

Madness – Bed and Breakfast Man

Bad Manners – Wooly Bully

King Hammond – Skaville UK

The English Beat – The Tears of a Clown

Judge Dread –  Big 8

Laurel Aitken & Potato 5 – Blue Beat Suit

Madness – Night Boat to Cairo

Special Beat – Rough Rider

Big 5 – Skinhead Love Affair

The Specials – Monkey Man

Madness – Rockin’ In A Flat

Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down

The English Beat – Save It For Later

Mark Foggos Skasters – Hello

Judge Dread – Big 9

Madness – Swan Lake

International Beat – Magical Feeling

Potato 5 – Do The Jerk

The Loafers – Laughing Loafer

Madness – Grey Day

Riffs – One Egg (Nevilles Breakfast)

The Specials – Too Hot

The Toasters – Flight of the Bumble Bee

Bad Manners – Lip Up Fatty 

Madness – House of Fun

Mark Foggos Skasters – Skadansk

International Beat – Hands Off She’s Mine

Madness – My Girl

Bad Manners – Can Can (Live)

International Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom (Version 2)

Madness – It Must Be Love

Special Beat – Ranking Full Stop (Live)

Madness – Cardiac Arrest

NEED

  1. The Specials Maggie’s Farm
  2. Rico – Jungle Music
  3. BodysnatchersPeople Do Rock Steady
  4. Swinging Cats – Montavoni
  5. Apollinaires – Envy the Love
  6. SelectorThe Whisper
  7. UntouchablesFBI (I Spy For The)
  8. Bad Manners My Girl Lollipop
  9. Desmond Dekker & the Specials Take It Easy
  10. LoafersIt’s So Easy
  11. Selector – Too Much Pressure
  12. The Riffs Blind Date
  13. The UntouchablesBe Alright
  14. Judge Dread – Big Seven
  15. Mark Foggos Skasters – Captain Skarlet
  16. Coventry Automatics – Concrete Jungle
The World of Reggae Music: Two-Tone Ska