No joke! TheOnion.com’s serious media wing, The AV Club, has just picked ska as the subject for the latest Gateway To Geekery. This is not the long-winded, comprehensive history of ska, that I usually link to- no. This is a cursory overview- an introduction. After all, this is the big idea behind Gateways To Geekery, to give an entry point into a densely geek-ified scene.
If Ska has never crossed your path, The AV Club recommends that you test the water with 70′s Ska- This Are Two Tone, in particular. I don’t think I would immediately point the uninitiated straight to The Specials, but their reasons are sound. I don’t want to sum up the piece too much, it’s not that long to begin with.
Be sure to keep scrolling for all of the comments, it’s amazing to read a wide sampling of opinions on the ever-expanding subject of ska music. Less Than Jake fans that are more earnest than Scientologists- armchair musicologists brave enough to drop “mento” bombs- a thread dedicated to ska-pun band names- I’m telling you, the comments section is worth the visit.
I hesitate to, but after several cringes, I’m filing this under Ska-Deprecation