Friday, June 3, 2011

Ska history part 5 of ?: Ska goes mainstream

During the 1990s third wave ska finally broke into the mainstream in the US with bands like Sublime, No Doubt, Gold Finger, The mighty Mighty Boss Tones, Less Than Jake, and Reel Big Fish topping charts and receiving mainstream radio play and punk bands like Rancid and NOFX adopted ska sounds. Ska scenes were by this point spread through out the US though were most prominent in the North Eastern US, Southern California, Florida, and Urban pockets of the mid west. During this time period ska bands were for the first time producing large budget music videos that ran on such stations a MTV (back when it still played music =P). This could possibly be seen as the golden age of the US ska scene as never before and not since has it been as widespread. Below are some videos of the more prominent bands at the time,
                                                                       No Doubt
                                                               Sublime
                                                                  Reel Big Fish

28 comments:

  1. Quite a young genre of music, awesome post!

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  2. Seems like ska died off recently - why is that?

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  3. wtf no doubt used to do ska? didnt know that!

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  4. Ska hasn't died off, its just gone back underground again. =)

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  5. awesome vids keep it up =D

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  6. Wow, I'd never thought old skool No Doubt qualified as Ska.

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  7. The Suicide Machines, another good ska/and then punk band.

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  8. yeah no doubt used to do ska XD. then........it turned to gwen talkin about bananas =/

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  9. Love all three of these songs, RBF is awesome.

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  10. Sublime are so good, especially when under the influence of certain substances

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  11. I was never that keen on this scene of ska, it seems to be the one that most people associate with though.

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  12. no doubt was the greatest. one of the first CDs i ever bought!

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  13. No Doubt was so good, its a shame Gwen Stafani ruined it with her solo career..

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  14. No doubt, before Gwen Stefani became a monster or something with asian.

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  15. Music always gets worse when it goes lamestream, they start playing to please the audience, to make money, instead of making music that they are good at.

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  16. Memories came flooooding back with Sublime's Wrong Way.

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  17. Cool blog, pal! followed, MC-hammer style!!!

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  18. nice songs, enjoyed the second one the most. thanks for sharing.

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  19. Sublimeee, good pick my man haha love them

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  20. Censorship is what kills the world.

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  21. I've liked this series of entries so far, keep it up. Cheers

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