And quite a few notable reggae musicians began playing ska and its offshoot rocksteady first—including Bob Marley. Enjoy these 10 essential ska tracks. Covers are encoded into the DNA of ska, rocksteady, and reggae. You might know this track from when The Specials covered it for a hit single, but the original is a foundation of the ska genre.
It turns out that the optimal skanking track is, in fact, mostly instrumental. The 2 Tone label and its various bands gave ska a distinctively English voice, one that spoke to the rising political tensions of the era On My Radio - Various - Ska Story the dangerous right-wing factions that had been cropping up at the time—and whose ilk sadly still linger.
Yet The Beat left their mark in creating essentially perfect pop with ska rhythms. Once ska made its way to America in the s, plenty of great small-time acts took up its banner. Only when it crossed over into ska punk, however, did it really start to make a commercial impact. A downright zany collection of young black rockers from Los Angeles infused it into the nearly seven-minute-long splash they made on the music scene in Their crushing drums, funky riffs, and bleating horn section give jet propulsion to kaleidoscopic lyrics about nuclear war.
In a genre notorious for being insular, aloof, and buttoned-up cool, Fishbone After Hours (Nathan G Luvbug Deeper Dub) - Tuff & Mello* - After Hours ska could be positively epic. In a musical climate primed by punk revivalists like Green Day and The Offspring, this centerpiece song from their second album confirmed that everything old, then new, could be new again.
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