Ska Crazy #28 – Evolution Of Ska Part III: USA – The 3rd Wave No.1

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By the early 1980s, influenced by 2 Tone, ska bands began forming throughout the United States.The Uptones from Berkeley, California and The Toasters from New York City, both formed in 1981, were among the first active ska bands in North America, both credited with laying the groundwork for American ska and establishing scenes in their respective regions. While many of the early American ska bands continued in the musical traditions set by 2 Tone and the mod revival, bands such as Fishbone, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Operation Ivy pioneered the American ska punk subgenre, a fusion of ska and punk rock which typically downplayed ska’s R&B influence in favor of faster tempos and guitar distortion.

Two hotspots for the United States’ burgeoning ska scenes were New York City and Orange County, California. In New York, Toasters frontman Robert “Bucket” Hingley formed independent label Moon Ska Records in 1983. The Orange County ska scene was a breeding ground for ska punk and more contemporary pop-influenced ska music. It was here that the term “third wave ska” was coined and popularized by Tazy Phyllips (host of the Ska Parade radio show) to describe the new wave of ska-influenced bands which were steadily gaining notoriety.

The mid-1990s saw a considerable rise in ska music’s underground popularity.Over the next few years, a string of notable ska and ska-influenced singles became hits on mainstream radio. By 1996, third wave ska was one of the most popular forms of alternative music in the United States.

By the late 1990s, mainstream interest in third wave ska bands waned as other music genres gained momentum
In This Episode:
The Allstonians – Another Night
New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – John & James
The Toasters – Don’t Blame Me
Steady Earnest – Hold ‘em Back
Unsteady – What Kind of Fool
Johnny Socko – (Do The) Post-Modernist Ska
The Scofflaws – William Shatner
Bruce Lee Band – Go Feet Go
New York Citizens – Sticky Situation
Mock Turtle Soup – Frustration
Spring Heeled Jack – Running Man (Lookin’ Thru The Mirror)
Skinnerbox – Twisted and Bent
Checkered Cabs – Hopelessness
Mephiskapheles – Centre of The…
The Slackers – I Still Love You
Save Ferris – Under 21
Let’s Go Bowling – Spy Market
Dance Hall Crashers – Shelley (Acoustic)
The Blue Meanies – Accelleration 5000
MU330 – Spilled My Drink

Ska Crazy #27 with Roddy Radiation

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This episode I had the pleasure of talking to Roddy “Radiation” Byers of The Specials and The Skabilly Rebels about the upcoming Skabilly Rebels US Tour and more!! Enjoy!!
In This Episode:
Skabilly Rebels – Rat Race (live)
The Specials – Bonediggin’
Skabilly Rebels – Blues Attack
The Specials – Concrete Jungle

Valentine’s Day Bonus Episode – Songs Of Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Ska Crazy
In This Episode:
Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
The Slackers – Game Of Love
After Hours – Almost Like Being In Love
Desmond Dekker – My Precious Love (A Woman’s World)
Metro Stylee – Perfect
Skankin’ Pickle – Special Brew
Prince Buster – My Girl
The Pietasters – Tell You Why
The Aggrolites – Precious And Few

Ska Crazy #26 – Evolution Of Ska Part II: England – 2tone

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The 2 Tone sound was developed by young musicians in England who grew up hearing 1960s Jamaican music. They combined influences from ska, reggae and rocksteady with elements of punk rock and New Wave music. Within the history of ska, 2 Tone is classified as its second wave, and is the precursor of the third wave ska scene of the 1980s and 1990s.
The term 2 Tone was coined by The Specials’ keyboardist Jerry Dammers, who — with the assistance of Horace Panter and graphic designer John “Teflon” Sims — created the iconic Walt Jabsco logo to represent the 2 Tone genre. The logo was based on an early album cover photo of Peter Tosh, and included an added black-and-white check pattern.
Most of the bands considered to be part of the 2 Tone genre were signed to 2 Tone Records (a subsidiary of Chrysalis) at some point. Other record labels associated with the 2 Tone sound were Stiff Records and Go Feet Records. The music was especially popular among skinheads, rudies and some mod revivalists.
In This Episode:
The Bodysnatchers – Let’s Do Rocksteady
The Skadows – Ska’d For Life
Big 5 – Shame
Laurel Aitken & The Loafers – Rudi Got Married (Live)
The Specials – Little Bitch
Natural Rhythm – Bluebeat And Ska
The Beat – Rankin’ Full Stop (Live)
Madness – One Step Beyond
Judge Dread – Je t’aime
International Beat – Hands Off She’s Mine (Live)
The Loafers – Bad News
The Specials – Why?
Mark Foggo’s Skasters – Two Legs
Burial – Sheila
Case – Oh
Bad Manners – Lorraine (Live)
The Riffs – Blind Date
Arthur Kay and the Originals – No One But You
The Hotknives – W.L.N. (Live)
Special AKA – What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend
The Selecter – Train To Skaville
Plastic Gangsters – Plastic Gangsters

Ska Crazy #25 – Evolution Of Ska Part I: Jamaica – The 1st Wave

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After World War II, Jamaicans purchased radios in increasing numbers and were able to hear rhythm and blues music from Southern United States cities such as New Orleans. Jamaicans could listen to broadcasts of American music, and there was a constant influx of records from the US. As jump blues and more traditional R&B began to decline in popularity in the early 1960s, Jamaican artists began recording their own version of the genres.To create the ska beat, they essentially flipped the R&B shuffle beat, stressing the offbeats with the help of the guitar. As music changed in the United States, so did ska. In 1965 and 1966, when American soul music became slower and smoother, ska changed its sound accordingly and evolved into rocksteady. Soon after, ska evolved again into reggae. During the 1960s, ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica and was popular with British mods. By the late 1960’s it became popular with many skinheads…

In This Episode:
The Skatalites – Cornerstone
Alton Ellis – Can I Change My Mind
Derrick Morgan – No Raise, No Praise
The Paragons – Tide Is High
Laurel Aitken – Hey Bartender
The Maytals – My Daily Food
The Upsetters – Country Girl
Desmond Dekker – A It Mek
Prince Buster – Madness
The Slickers – Johnny Too Bad
Lynn Taitt and the Jets – Storm Warning
The Clarendonians – Rudie Gone A Jail
Owen Gray – Running Around
Duke Reid Group – Pink Lane Shuffle
Lynn Hope – Shockin’
The Wailers – Magadog
Desmond Dekker and the Aces – 007 (Shanty Town)
The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone
Symarip – Must Catch A Train
The Ethiopians – Reggae Hit The Town

Roddy Radiation Announces US Tour With Skabilly Rebels

Roddy “Radiation” Byers, best known for his work as lead guitarist of The Specials, announced dates for the first leg of his 2012 Rebellion America Tour. This limited engagement leg of the tour will hit California and parts of the south west from Feb 23 to Mar 11 with an american version of his band The Skabilly Rebels.

The US version of the band features Danny Dean (Danny Dean and the Home Wreckers). They’ll be hitting the stage for 12 shows, playing a mix of Specials’ classics and new Skabilly Rebels originals mixing the Ska/Punk/Rockabilly sound that Roddy is known for.

Tickets are on sale now for many of these shows and fans can get up to the minute tour date info at Some of the dates are listed below. (I’ll update as I get more info)

February 23rd

1215 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NV
$14 in advance  $16 day of show
March 1st
The Rhythm Room
Phoenix, AZ
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm  Tickets $15.00 – $17.00
Tickets @ The Rhythm Room

March 2nd

The Casbah
2501 Kettner Blvd, San Diego
Doors at 8:30pm – $10.00 in advance – $12.00 day of show
Tickets @

March 3rd

The Tiki Bar 1700 Placentia Ave Costa Mesa
Doors at 8:00pm
Tickets @

March 4th

The Red Devil Lounge 1695 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA. 94109
Doors at 8:00pm

March 8th

The Mint 6010 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles
Doors at 9:00pm
$15.00 in advance  $17.00 day of show
Tickets @

The Slackers/Crazy Baldhead Release Single To Benefit Occupy Wall Street

The Slackers and Crazy Baldhead have each contributed a track for a vinyl only release to help benefit the OWS movement. Side A of the 7″ features The Slackers’ “Volunteers” from their latest release “The Radio”, which is a collection of cover songs they recorded last year (which is now available for direct purchase! see links below). The B side is a track by Crazy Baldhead – “Cutback” which was inspired by a popular chant at the OWS protests “When they say ‘cutback’ we say FIGHT BACK!”  Recorded back in early October, The line up for this track is: Jah Point – lead vocals; Eddie Ocampo – drums; Vic Ruggiero – bass; Jack Wright – piano; Agent Jay – guitar, organ, percussion; Chris EastRev, Joey Steel & Brukky Dan – backing vocals.

The single is being released on Simmerdown Productions and all proceeds will go to the Occupy Wall Street cause. Only 500 copies are being pressed! Pre-orders are now being accepted in the following forms:
send check or money order for $7 (US) $11 (Int’l, Canada) to: Simmerdown Productions, P.O. Box 344, Portland, OR 97207
or via PayPal to

You can get The Slackers new album “The Radio” the following different ways:
Digital Download at
You can order it on CD or Vinyl at the Whatevski Store on ebay:

Mike Park Announces East Coast Tour Dates

Asian Man Records owner and founding member of Skankin’ Pickle, Bruce Lee Band, and The Chinkees, Mike Park has announced a few upcoming dates on the east coast in March. Park, who hasn’t played on the east coast since 2005 is touring with Asian Man label mates Classics Of Love (featuring Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy and Common Rider) and Bomb The Music Industry. As of now there are only three dates set, so if you want to catch one of these shows, you may have to travel a bit. I will update the page if anything changes.

03.16.12-Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Bomb The Music Industry, Classics of Love, Spraynard, Captain We’re Sinking
03.17.12-Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio w/ Bomb The Music Industry, Classics of Love
03.18.12-Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Bomb The Music Industry, Classics of Love