Swearing, it is as old and American as anything else I’ve ever encountered. Sure, the English, Scottish and Irish are more free with their swearing, and the Australians have elevated cussing to a higher art form, but there’s just something about American culture that makes American swearing so interesting to me. I only really remember my pops dropping the F-bomb twice while I was a kid, and that didn’t happen until I was well into high school. The first time was when he couldn’t find his hammers when we were installing new windows on the house. It is such a legend that my little brother does an impression so accurate that you’d think you’re right back in the middle of a hot Midwestern day and the old man has lost his patience with his goofball sons again. When ever Pops hears my brother do the impression he turns red with laughter. That’s what inspired this episode, good ole, hardworkin’, Midwest American swearing! OK, fine, not all these acts are American, and only one is from the Midwest, but you know what I don’t give a single one of, right?
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!