ska
Ska starts in Jamaica in the late 1950s and from there a lot of ska is misinterpreted. Ska was a popular sound in dancehalls and is Jamaicans first very own style of music. The bands and fans originally and for the most part idolized al Capone style gangsters and dressed the like; this is where the signature rude boy suit came from. The term rude boy was a term that the islanders called the ruffians associate with ska and is what they called each other out of prestige associate with gangsters once again.
The name "ska" came from the sound the guitar makes. The music its self is a blend of calypso, R&B, jazz and other more Americanized music, but with a Jamaican spin. Generally ska includes up strokes on the guitar, island style bass lines, drums using mostly toms and symbols, trumpet, trombone, keyboards and saxophones are also associated with ska. But the upstrokes are the most important part. Ska was a very big hit in Jamaica and from it came rock steady, dancehall, and reggae.
From Jamaica ska made its way to Europe, mainly the UK and was changed slightly to something more commonly called "two tone ska" the two-tone ska movement was named for the overwhelming unity between blacks and whites within the scene at the time. The music got fairly faster and more poppy. A number of the bands incorporated horns less often, or used very simple melodies for the horns. Ska was most popular among the pre-racist skinheads, mods, and rudies(rude boy) sub cultures. Though for such a huge explosion the fad died out within the better part of five years.
Around the mid eighties ska was beginning to see the start of a third revival. Small bands were sprouting out of the northeast and were generally ignored by the media and public. During its start in America ska became faster still and actually accented the horns the most out of the three generations. it broke off into many ska sub genres including a ska-core with kind of metal influences, a punkish ska with less up strokes and well, more punk, there’s a jazzy sort of ska that kept it laid back, even rap, Christian, satanic and pretty much any other genre you can think of has been incorporated into ska. Though there were, and still are, American traditional ska bands and American two tone ska bands as well. About ten years of enjoying underground success ska exploded into America’s limelight and was brutally exploited like any other American music fad. Every garage band in America claimed to be ska, though punk with horns is more appropriate due to the lack of any other ska influence for the most of the bands. Though thankfully those waves died and when the dust cleared the true ska bands were still standing on the ashes.
Though Ska’s 40+ years of existence it has never died, and has been to hell and back. underground ska is still out and about and unfortunately still being misunderstood and assumed, this time with more of a hXc or scremo twists yuck! But there are still good ol' real ska bands out, in fact the toasters (claimed to be the first American ska band) and the skatilites (credited as the first ska band ever) are still around and tour. Ska is all about unity, dancing, and having a fun time. Don’t hate on it.
some ska bands
*traditional*
Skatilites
Prince buster
Toots & the maytals
The Ethiopians
Desmond Dekker
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires
early Bob Marley and Peter Tosh was ska also
*two tone*
Specials
Selecter
English Beat
Bad Manners
Madness
Bigger Thomas
Bodysnachers
*third wave*
Toasters
Bim Skala Bim
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Streetlight Manifesto
Five Iron Frenzy
Reel Big Fish
Mephiskapheles
Ruder Than You
Dance Hall Crashers
Hepcat
New York Ska Jazz Ensemble
Fishbone
Let's Go Bowling
Hippos
early No Doubt and Sublime
by mevlin May 11, 2006
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I love listening to ska.
by Nora May 24, 2003
ska
One of the most versitile and long lasting genre of music alive today. Disregarding some peoples beliefs, Ska makes itself individualised by its brass section, walking basslines and offbeat guitar chords. There were 3 waves of ska; Trad, 2 tone and 3rd wave but most bands today are 3rd wave caus its totally cool. It has derived from alot of influences, of which jazz, reggae, swing and punk would be the most prominant. Suits, big shades and dancin' shoes are usually worn at a ska concert.
"Man, Ska is totally cool! All other music bites serious ass compared to it!"
by Riley July 31, 2003
Ska
Jamaican R&B artists developed their nation's first indigenous music genre when they began to incorporate jazz, African and Calypso rhythms into their songs in the late 1950s. The result was Ska, a fusion of the unique Jamaican mento rhythms with R&B. In Ska, the drum comes in on the 2nd and 4th beats, while the guitar emphasizes the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th beats. Ska bands usually consist of a strong rhythm section, guitars, keyboards and brass. The early Ska music of in the '60s and '70s spawned later revivals. The first was in the U.K. in the '80s, giving rise to bands like Madness and the Specials. The next, known as Third Wave Ska, struck the U.S. in the '90s.
Ska: Laurel Aitken, Don Drummond, Lord Tanamo, No Doubt, Mustard Plug, Hopalong Knut, Reel Big Fish, Skadaddyz, The Toasters, The Skatalites, Less Kro, The Busters, One Cool Guy, The Selecter, RX Bandits, The Planet Smashers, Desmond Dekker, The Specials, The English Beat, Madness, Operation Ivy, Big D And The Kids Table, Bim Skala Bim, Catch 22, Buck-O-Nine, Streetlight Manifesto, The Suicide Machines, Troy's Bucket, Bad Manners, The Forces Of Evil, Go Jimmy Go, Upstanding Youth, Skarface, The Pietasters, Mad Caddies, Save Ferris, Suburban Legends, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The O.C. Supertones, The Scofflaws, and Hepcat.
by ♫ Highway to Hell ♫ February 03, 2010
Ska
A genre of music stylized by the influences of American jazz and swing, born out of Jamaica. It underwent three waves, Trad(itional), Two-Tone, and 3rd wave. The guitar is always played on the off beats, or "upstrokes." The bass line is almost always a walking bass line unless the band is more punk influenced (however, ska is what helped bring about punk), and there is a horn line, usually with some swinging stuff. Ska gave birth to many different types of music, such as rocksteady, reggae, punk, rap and hip-hop (it's true).
Reel Big Fish (3rd wave), The Skatalites(trad), the toasters(3rd wave) and the specials(two-tone).
by Roadie August 16, 2004
ska
A music genre created in Jamaica. The orginal music called ska is now called first wave. Then it went to England and became two tone because of racial unity between black and whites. Then it moved into America and became third wave because it was more punk influenced in America. Ska bands are defined because of the guitars and keyboards playing on the upbeat, not because of horn sections, which are also commonly ascociated with ska. Ska gave birth to reggae, rocksteady, dub, and punk. Ska is also considered the opposite of emo because emo is usually more sadder sounding whereas ska is more happy sounding. The horn sections in ska bands are usually made up of saxes, trumpets, and trombones.
First Wave Band - Skatalites
Two Tone Band - Specials
Third Wave Band - Toasters

-Hey man what are you listening to?
-Ska!
-Ska rules, man!
by TheSkaboss August 08, 2004
ska
Ska is a type of music that has an upbeat guitar sound. It is normally acompanied by horns but not always. Ska has been around since the late 1950's and Reggae originated from it. Ska, today, has more of a punk influence to it. It was not originated from punk, since Ska came around before punk. The two sounds mixed together when Ska hit the America music scene.
The Skatalites, The Selecter, The Specials, etc.
by Adrian February 21, 2003
ska
A genre of music often mis-identified by pop-rock, rap and country fans as being a new band rather than a whole genre.

"What do you listen to?"
"Ska"
"Oh, they must be new!"
by Hu$tla' $teve September 02, 2003
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