It’s May and that means another mix tape! Hurrah! Now, the ’00s were getting to be a dark time for ska music. Bands were breaking up, switching over to emo and rock and/or dropping their horn sections all together. It was sad. Luckily, two things were going on, some bands were sticking it out and other bands were forming to fill that void. Getting booked wasn’t easy, ska was on its way back underground, but you’d have to be really out of touch to miss these acts. This whole month is dedicated to those bands in the form of a 90min mix tape broken up over a month. Enjoy it, let it take you back, it did for me!
Hey all, hate to hit you with another “back in the day” episode so soon, but the holidays have been getting rather busy for me! This originally ran back in Nov 2010 and it just might be one of my favorite episodes ever. I hope that you enjoy it again if you were here back then, and I hope that you’re enjoying it now for the first time if you’ve just joined this podcast this year! Thanks again, to every one of my listeners!
Stinkfish – All in the Family (Stinkfish Does it Again ’97) the Jinkies – Success (the Jinkies ’97) Do It With Malice – Russian Roulette (the Burned-Over District ’10)
the Smooths – Get By (No Breaks ’98)
Johnny Nine & the Racers – Gone (Chin Up ’09) Big D & the Kids Table – Halfway Home (Noise Complaint ’07)
If you’re in a ska band and would like to be interviewed or have a song featured, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com.
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.
If you’re in a ska band and would like to be featured or if you know some music that you think I should hear for future inclusion, please email me!