I wish I could say that this episode is a trip down memory lane, that I’m just playing you all the cool shit I was into back in the late ’90s, specifically the stuff from Stubborn Records… but alas, I ain’t that cool. I don’t know how Stubborn was such a blind spot to me for so long, but they were, and I really didn’t start exploring their catalog until the mid-’00s. And man or man there was a wealth of fantastic stuff to find and listen to! Bless King Django for bringing us this label and allowing it to get all of us some very fine fine music to listen to!
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Someone on Reddit told me that if I stopped making politically slanted episodes that this podcast might be worth listening to. You know something, I agree, I plan that last week’s episode was the beginning and end of all that! From now on, politically neutral. Just like ska is. Politics free.
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Five! The countdown is real… in case you haven’t noticed for the last eighteen episodes the titles have been counting down… but to what? Truth be told, it might be counting down to the end. The end of the podcast proper? When I started the countdown, yes, this is exactly what it was leading to. But I’m having second thoughts. Months ago when this countdown started it was when I was getting hardly any downloads, listens, shares, likes, what-have-you and zero feedback. It was depressing. Ska isn’t supposed to depress people. Then the month of January hit… and it has been crazy! Huge download numbers, a number of new listeners and several supportive comments… I’m kind of shocked. It makes me want to keep going. So what are we counting down to? Listeners, tell me what you want from this podcast, we’ll go from there! This show is nothing with out you and the bands, I’m just a middle man, hit me up, let me know! Maybe we’re just counting down to an even better version of 23min of Ska!
When I started out putting this episode together I didn’t intend to start it off w/ some mid ’90s ska, it just worked out that way. Don’t be mad about it, sometimes I go looking for great modern ska, but sometimes I get reminded of a bunch of great music from when I was younger. So yeah, I dipped back into it, and pulled these awesome tracks to share w/ you. The rest of these songs will join those mid ’90s tracks in the fact that they’ve really gotten stuck in my mind since I’ve heard them. In fact, I had to triple check that I hadn’t used any of them before. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them all as much as I have.
Here we are, at the end of our journey through out the 90s ska that made a huge impression on me as a young man. These songs are so classic! “Direction” is the first song off the first ska album I ever bought! You just can’t beat the Toasters! Potshot seemed to be all over the place back then, but I don’t remember many people talking about them. Mealticket and Inspecter 7 never really seemed to get the respect they deserved back then. I’m happy to see most people remember them quite fondly. The Slackers, one of the greats, not much more could be said about them. My Superhero are the nicest guys to eat at a Chicago Cracker Barrel with and talk about music. Let’s Go Bowling was always one of my favorites and one of the few I never got to see live. And who didn’t belt out “Teen Idol” out with their friends while driving around town from a local show the Denny’s/Perkin’s/Steak n’ Shake? I know who did though, me, Timmy Dee and Joshy Tea, you couldn’t stop us! There it is, this virtual 90min 90s ska tape is up!
the Toasters – Direction (Dub 56 ’94)
Potshot – Someone to Lean On (Pots and Shots ’97)
Mealticket – Lisa Marie (Lisa Marie ’97)
Inspecter 7 – Cookin’ (the Infamous ’97) the Slackers – Have the Time (the Question ’98) My Superhero – Going Somewhere (Solid State 14 ’97) Let’s Go Bowling – Sick Fish (Music to Bowl By ’91)
Pharmaceutical Bandits – Teen Idol (Those Damn Bandits ’97)
This is the final part of a 90min ska mix tape from the nineties that ran each Thursday throughout May.
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What’s this? A bunch of songs about the ladies? Hells yeah it is! Go crazy! But, for reals, several odes to women, how awesome they are, how much they are missed and even a few about how they’ve done ya wrong. Oh, and that little guy in the picture, that’s my lil two tone cat Mr. Pants. He’s always tryin’ to seduce the ladies. Oh, that Mr. Pants!
This episode and all episodes can always be found here. You can also subscribe to the podcast by going to your advanced tab on iTunes, then select “subscribe to podcast…” and entering this address: http://23minofska.podomatic.com/rss2.xml into the box that opens. Also if you’d like, find & like us on facebook. Get this podcast to go by downloading it.
Woo! More ska, and it is some of the meanest, rudest ska around this time for you. Or maybe not. I could’ve went more crass, but that didn’t turn out to be nearly as much fun as I thought it would, so much for a “theme episode”. If there’s a theme at all, I think it would be that a lot of these bands never really got their “due” as it were, in fact I think only the Suicide Machines did. I think the Blue Meanies were close and of course the Hub City Stompers, Amphetameanies and Johnny Nine & the Racers still have a chance if anyone would pay attention to how good they are. Sorely missed are Secret Society who are all but forgotten but always put on a hell of a show, and their album isn’t even bootlegged on dozens of websites like a lot of their other late 90s contemporaries.
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