More Ska-Deprecation

Posted on July 3rd, 2008 by JJ Loy

The good news is that Ska is still big enough to piss it’s nay-sayers off.  The bad news is that everyone’s laughing at us. Ska Geeks have never been discouraged by our scene’s unpopularity, but rarely are we subjected to such acute scrutiny.

Over at Your Scene Sucks, recent American Ska fashion is being picked apart with sharp accuracy.  The accompanying text goes on to declare that Ska is dead, but we know better.  This is more a condemnation of the 3rd Wave fashion and music.  As a Trad loving, non-uniformed Ska Kid, I neither resemble nor resent this characterization.

“…the rude boy was never good at any sports, so instead he opted to join the marching band which, incidentally, led to the formation of his own group. the band enjoyed their biggest success at a recent high school battle of the bands, where they showcased their originality by covering the reel big fish cover of a-ha’s “take on me”.

How about you?  Is this your look? Does this burn your britches a little?  Check out some of the other scenes covered at Your Scene Sucks to cheer you up a little.  Everyone looks silly when they play dress up.  Click the image to visit the Rude Boy page at Your Scene Sucks:

Thanks to Lawless over at Dancin Mood for hipping me to this.

Check out more Ska Deprecation from Ska Blah Blah:

- Spot Shitty Ska Band Names

- Ska vs. Ska-Punk: The Debate Continues

Comments (10) Jul 03 2008

Rude Boy for President

Posted on May 28th, 2008 by JJ Loy

I can’t find any evidence that the future President of the US enjoys Reggae or Island music, but Jamaica is behind him anyways.  I can’t say that I really enjoy any of the songs for the various candidates- and I know they aren’t all meant to be enjoyed, some of them are jokes- but I’m impressed that Reggae hasn’t missed the train on the most socially conscious hopeful in decades.

Obama embodies many of the ideals espoused in Reggae Music. His calls for drastic reform, an end to the war, transparency in the government, and support and compassion for the least of us is decidedly anti-Babylon.

Here’s a big roundup of Obama themed music videos- some Reggae, one calypso tune from the legendary Mighty Sparrow, and one that has nothing to do Ska or Reggae but is simply irresistible.

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Comments (0) May 28 2008

Ted Leo Misses the Second Wave

Posted on April 2nd, 2008 by JJ Loy

Drew Bell, fellow Creve Core Six member and champion of all things cool, sent me this 2003 Ted Leo track, informing me that the chorus was “referentialicious.”

In the song, Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone? by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Leo laments the days when popular bands sang about the injustices of the world. That’s right, those nearly-forgotten days Leo sings about are the days of the Two Tone movement.

The Lookout Records artist presents his love for 2 Tone in a decidedly un-Ska way. Which is cool because it wasn’t just about Ska, 2 Tone was about the current affairs of the time as well as dancing and fashion.

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Lyrics:

it’s times like these when a neck looks for a knife,

it’s times like these when a neck looks for a knife,
a wrist for a razor, a heart is longing for bullets.
tension is high under sea and over sky.
pressure drop, people are acting foolish.

ooh – but it’s easy to see!
ooh – we could dance and be free.
ooh – to that 2-tone beat!
but it looks like it’s gone…
gangsters and clowns with a stereotyped sound
it’s coming like a ghosst town – someone always knew it.
hatred and shame, a racialist game
cycles of blame – someone sang me through it.
who? well it’s easy to see.
ooh – we could dance to be free.
ooh – to that 2-tone beat!
but it looks like it’s gone…
i asked jerry, he told terry, terry sang a song just for me,
lynvall gave a message to me,
rhoda screamed and then she asked me,
“where have all the rude boys gone?”

Links:
Ted Leo’s website
Get the track from Amazon
Listen to Sound of Young America’s Interview with Leo

Comments (0) Apr 02 2008

Rude Boy Sex Toy

Posted on March 24th, 2008 by JJ Loy

Off-topic? Maybe.

Safe for work? It’s questionable.

This might be the first time I’ve ever written about a dildo, but with a name like Rude Boy Stimulator, I just couldn’t resist. As of yet, there isn’t a model available in checker board- so I assume the name of this prostate buzzer is merely coincidental. Link

Speaking of co-opting our vocabulary to sell sex, any google search for ‘ska teens’ brings up another sex site that has nothing to do with Ska Music, what-so-ever. Definitely NSFW, and is just porno so I won’t be linking to it.

 

 

 

Comments (0) Mar 24 2008