Ya can’t keep a good podcast down! 23min of Ska hitting back at you after another long week. Get prepped for that weekend, it’s gonna be fun and relaxing one. At least I hope so for your sake. We all need a respite after these last few weeks, right? Now, I’m never one to warn people away from the show, but if you’re not a ska/punk fan, eeeeee, this might not be the episode for you. Certainly there’s some straight up ska in here, but there’s some ska/punk that’s rather heavy on the punk, and just heavy in general. That’s a fair warning: this podcast plays both kinds of music, ska & ska/punk. Deal with it.
This week seemed like the perfect week to dedicate an episode to one of the greatest movies from the ’80s, that’s right “Sixteen Candles!” What other movie would apropos to reference this week? There’s not a single one that I can come up with. I hope you enjoy it, it’s another one that was going one way and then at the last minute there was a sudden shift that made more sense song wise, but took me back the drawing board!
In a few short days it will be my birthday, hurrah! What better way to celebrate than with some of my favorite ska songs? In the old school category we have the Wailers and Althia & Donna. Both songs are totally great, and make be want to dance, especially “Uptown Top Ranking”. Johnny Socko is the first band to repeated in this series, I there’s been a decent amount of separation from the first episode to this one to warrant that. Seeing Johnny Socko on or near my birthday was a tradition for most of my early 20s. For my 23rd they sang happy birthday to me in the middle of “Dancing Queen” at the Elbo Room in Chicago, it was such a trip. I picked “Hey Hey Hi” because it is from the later version of Socko that was more classic for my personal experience: Chris, Josh, Dylan, Matt and Demon Hooter personally gave me hours of excellent shows as well as fun converstaion. I included Lockstep because some of the members are close personal friends of mine (which I met through going to see Socko) and what better birthday music than something rad played by your friends? Speaking of friendliness in ska, Dan Potthast has always been super awesome to me. He’s always super nice to me when I see him and after about 4 minutes of chit chat it hits him that we’ve talked several times before and it is like the conversation starts over again, it makes me laugh every time!
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 at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com!