As the tittle would suggest, most music is just plain better if you add horns!
You may not know however, that ska actually dates back a lot farther than you may realize if you’ve never fully researched it before!
For the most part, it is generally said to consist of three major periods of influence!
Ska has been around since the Jamaicans first primarily started the genre during the 50s to 60s roughly? This was a huge time for the “rock-steady” and reggae era which sparked much of the initial influence for the basis of the style. This primarily drew upon heavy use of walking bass lines and was made for dancing!
It wasn’t until about the 70s to 80s that it really started to have that major of an influence on other cultures all around the world! This is when the sound really first began to pick up it’s slight jazz and punk influences and really started becoming more “well known” and really being something pretty cool for a lot of people who may have been experiencing something like this for the first time.
This was a huge time for developing musical genres of all different types, obviously, so I feel that sometimes Ska has become almost overlooked and more of a “niche” musical taste with it’s fans varying immensely for the various individuals who have enjoyed it throughout history!
Now, Once you starting getting more into “my time” in the 90s to early 2000s is when the genre completely took on more “extreme” punk undertones. Usually, involving a three piece horn section, at the very least, with upbeat sounding rhythm and style that as happy as they may seem can honestly been some of the most depressing songs you’ll ever hear in your life more often than not!
At a typical “average Ska show” nowadays you will most likely see what is known as a style of dancing which has become known as “skanking!”
This style itself, in my opinion, is in a few words phenomenal, random, and awesome!
It tends to be a lot more relaxed than say a typical “pit” involving multiple people going around in a circle tossing their arms, legs, and everything else about in various personal styles to the beat of the songs in appreciation of the music!
It’s amazing all music genres and sub genres all have their respective back stories and influences!
Everything is so cool!
If you ever want to ask me for a good recommendation feel free anytime in a comment!
For, any of you current rude boys and gals out there!
I have a great joke for you!
How many rude boys does it take to screw in a light bulb?!
I don’t know! How many?
Seven! One to drop it and another 6 to yell….
Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!
Corny I know, but it always made me laugh!
I don’t even remember who told me that for the first time at this point!
That will about do it for now I suppose!
Thank you so much for reading!
I have a lot of fun topics coming up in the future I think so stayed tuned!