The Wailing Wailers is the debut album by The Wailers published on the Studio One label. Originally released in very late 1965 and compiled from various recordings made over the years 1963-1965, it compiles what Clement Coxsone Dodd considered the best Wailers recordings from this period. It is not a studio album in the conventional… [Continue Reading]

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Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and reggae vocal groups. According to Sandra Brennan at Allmusic, “The Maytals were key figures in reggae music. Formed in the early 1960s when ska was hot, the Maytals had a reputation for having… [Continue Reading]

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Mustard Plug is a ska punk band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Formed in 1991, the band’s original members were Dave Kirchgessner, Mike McKendrick, Colin Clive, and Anthony Vilchez. Currently the band consists of Dave (Vocals), Brandon Jenison (trumpet), Jim Hofer (trombone), Nate Cohn (drums), Colin Clive (guitar/vocals), and Rick Johnson (bass). The band has regularly… [Continue Reading]

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Cecil Bustamente Campbell, O.D. (born 28 May 1938), better known as Prince Buster, and also known by his Muslim name Muhammed Yusef Ali, is a musician from Kingston, Jamaica. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ska and rocksteady music. The records he made on the Blue Beat… [Continue Reading]

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Let me tell you ’bout Sally Brown Let me tell you ’bout Sally Brown Sally Brown is a girl in town, Sally Brown is a girl in town, She don’t mess around, She don’t mess around, (if you mess with Sally she gonna hit you with a co co maja stick) co co co co… [Continue Reading]

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Alton Ellis     Biography Ellis was born in 1938 and grew up in Kingston’s Trench Town district. Born into a musical family, he learned to play piano at a young age.[6] He attended Ebeneezer and Boys’ Town schools, where he excelled in both music and sport.[7] He initially sought fame as a dancer, competing… [Continue Reading]

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Reggae/ska band The Skatalites. © David Corio, MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/Venice, CA Although many people today would associate ska with bands like The Specials, The English Beat, and Crawdaddy, it was actually The Skatalites, formed in 1963, that pioneered this musical sound. Lasting only 14 months after their original inception, this ground-breaking band has made some major… [Continue Reading]

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The Toasters was one of the first American bands in the third wave of ska, and is one of the longest active third wave ska bands. They have released nine studio albums, most of them on Moon Ska Records. The Toasters experienced a small degree of commercial success in the late 1990s due to the… [Continue Reading]

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. HISTORY Formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in England in 1978 The Beat arose at a time of high unemployment and social upheaval. From the outset the band offered messages of hope and peace with an insight into sociopolitical topics would later alongside The Specials see them heralded as forerunners of… [Continue Reading]

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For the ska scene, the spectacular two-CD compilation Skarmageddon was proof positive that the third wave had swept across every corner of the country, and held out hope of it finally washing out into the mainstream. With zero interest from the majors, little hope of airplay outside one’s own locale, and only the brave (and foolhardy) touring… [Continue Reading]

Skarmageddon

  Hepcat’s debut album, Out of Nowhere was released in 1993 on New York-based ska label Moon Records. Two years later, they followed it up with Scientific on BYO Records. In 1998, after signing with Epitaph Records subsidiary HellCat Records, they released Right on Time, scoring a modest hit with the swinging “No Worries” and… [Continue Reading]

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Before the Skatalites: 1954-1964 The founders of the Skatalites were Tommy McCook (died 1998), Rolando Alphonso (died 1998), Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Knibb (died 2011), Lester Sterling, Don Drummond (died 1969), Jah Jerry Haynes (died 2007), Jackie Mittoo (died 1990), Johnny Moore (died 2008) and Jackie Opel (died 1970). These ten musicians started to play together… [Continue Reading]

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Bim Skala Bim, formed in Boston, Massachusetts, was a third wave ska band that started in 1983 and remained active until 2002. They were influenced by the bands in England‘s 2 Tone movement, as well as bands such as the Clash, UB40 and Bob Marley. They released several albums and they started their own record label, BiB Records, to release some of their own music as well… [Continue Reading]

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  S K     A    Z I N E .                  C                O M The Story of Jamaican Music – From Ska to Reggae After World War II, Jamaicans purchased radios in increasing numbers and were able to hear rhythm and blues music from Southern… [Continue Reading]

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Skarmageddon

For the ska scene, the spectacular two-CD compilation Skarmageddon was proof positive that the third wave had swept across every corner of the country, and held out hope of it finally washing out into the mainstream. With zero interest from the majors, little hope of airplay outside one’s own locale, and only the brave (and foolhardy) touring the underbelly of clubs outside their region, only … [Read More...]

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The Wailing Wailers

The Wailing Wailers is the debut album by The Wailers published on the Studio One label. Originally released in very late 1965 and compiled from … [Read More...]

Prince Buster

Cecil Bustamente Campbell, O.D. (born 28 May 1938), better known as Prince Buster, and also known by his Muslim name Muhammed Yusef Ali, is a musician … [Read More...]

The Skatalites

Reggae/ska band The Skatalites. © David Corio, MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/Venice, CA Although many people today would associate ska with bands like … [Read More...]

The Skatalites

Before the Skatalites: 1954-1964 The founders of the Skatalites were Tommy McCook (died 1998), Rolando Alphonso (died 1998), Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd … [Read More...]

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Ska’s the Limit

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Let me tell you 'bout Sally Brown Let me tell you 'bout Sally Brown Sally Brown is a girl in town, Sally Brown is a girl in town, She don't mess … [Read More...]

The English Beat

. HISTORY Formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in England in 1978 The Beat arose at a time of high unemployment and … [Read More...]

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The Maytals

Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and reggae vocal groups. … [Read More...]

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Alton Ellis     Biography Ellis was born in 1938 and grew up in Kingston's Trench Town district. Born into a musical family, he … [Read More...]

Hep Cat

  Hepcat's debut album, Out of Nowhere was released in 1993 on New York-based ska label Moon Records. Two years later, they followed it up with … [Read More...]

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Mustard Plug

Mustard Plug is a ska punk band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Formed in 1991, the band's original members were Dave Kirchgessner, Mike McKendrick, … [Read More...]

The Toasters

The Toasters was one of the first American bands in the third wave of ska, and is one of the longest active third wave ska bands. They have released … [Read More...]

Skarmageddon

For the ska scene, the spectacular two-CD compilation Skarmageddon was proof positive that the third wave had swept across every corner of the … [Read More...]

Bim Skala Bim

Bim Skala Bim, formed in Boston, Massachusetts, was a third wave ska band that started in 1983 and remained active until 2002. They were influenced by … [Read More...]

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