An explanation of ska waves

There’s a lot of discussion and questions concerning what is ska kids mean when we talk about waves in ska music. This isn’t meant to be THE answer on all that as there is much disagreement, th following is just my answer.

To start, ska has been existing and evolving since its inception in early 1960’s or late 1950’s Jamaica. The wave simply represents a period of time when the genre enjoyed extreme popularity and seeped into mainstream culture.

The first wave was from the early 60’s until around 66 came along. In 66 there was an extraordinarily hot summer in which the rudies couldn’t dance at the standard pace. So the music got slowed down and reggae came out of this. Reggae is also where to social change politics made their way into ska.

2nd wave was roughly 3 years in the UK when 2Tone happened. This was the first blending of punk and ska. Also you had The Clash who were thoroughly blurring those lines.

In the early 1980’s ska was building in America at a slow pace, but gaining popularity. The genre wasn’t dead as Dick Lucas (prior to Subhumans) had Culture Shock who were blending the Anarcho punk of the time with ska music. I mark the 3rd wave as starting in 87 with Operation Ivy. Though the mass popularity didn’t fully hit until around 95 when ska bands from all over the country started getting signed to Epitaph or major labels. They were gaining radio and MTV rotation. This was the Skaboom. Most of these bands were ska punk, basically the children of what Op Ivy did. This lasted until about 2000.

From 2000 till about 2018 we’d been in post wave. There’s been many amazing bands and evolutions in ska such as crack rock steady and some solid soul ska acts.

2018 through now is presently weird as we’re not sure if it’s a slight crest of the post wave, or if we’re coming into a true 4th wave. This is being led by Skatune Network and Bad Times Records. I know some people point to The Interrupters for this. Gonna say no there. They’re a great band, but what sounds like female fronted Rancid is neither innovative nor particularly interesting from a musical standpoint. Jer did a better cover of Bad Guy. Also, Aimee is not our ska queen. That’s Reade Wolcott from We Are The Union.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #48

Hoping to help set some things straight on the White Supremacists. The media keeps only mentioning factions like Proud Boys who’ve sprung up in the last 5 years. This shit goes back and goes deep. Since the 1800’s the Klan has been around and is still active in every state of the continental U.S. Around the 1970’s or 80’s Neo-Nazis started happening broken into varying factions. There’s militias that operate out of training compounds throughout remote parts of this nation, they believe in what’s called RAHOWA (racial holy war) the shit we’ve been seeing play out. There’s the nazi gangs that I’ve seen around since the 90’s. These are the crazy white dudes with racist tats and meth. These hateful mutants have been building a cultural infrastructure for decades. They have music, record labels, clothing brands, publishing and a host of other cultural outlets to celebrate their hate. The movements we’ve seen with the rise of Trump are the culmination and mainstreaming of this work. Back in the 90’s through early 00’s there was Anti-Racist Action that would chase these guys out of punk shows and neighborhoods. After some firebombings and a badly planned public attack of White Nationalists in Chicago this whole thing fell off. With a lack of anti-racist enforcement at shows their tolerated underground presence likely helped them reach the levels we were seeing in 2015 through now. The motto was expose confront act. ARA had chapters throughout the country and anyone who was down could start one up with the goal of spreading anti-racist ideas. How you did this was up to the chapter. You didn’t necessarily have to fight every nazi goon to achieve it, but that may be required at times. If we’re gonna win our society back, we need to bring back ARA. Big events only fight racism in a broad stroke manner when we need to work block by block on a daily basis. Links below for further research and help taking action

-C Fish

https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map

https://antiracistaction.org/

Punk Politics #12

On the white washing of revolutionaries to declaw their message and meaning. Time to dispel these white lies. To talk about 2 specifically that mainstream culture watered down and fed us false idols of. Martin Luther King who we are taught is just this peaceful minister and “I have a dream” is the whole of his gospel. Well to just pass him and the civil rights movement off as that while Malcolm X and the Panthers are villanized is to tell the black community to know their place. To be docile and not uppity. He recanted the famed speech and scarily fortelling the reality in which we currently find ourselves. Link below

Second is Bob Marley. We’re constantly fed imagery of Bob is this popt smoking reggae man and misinformed white kids think rasta is an excuse to have dreads and get high. Bob was a revolutionary, practically anarcho. Rasta was a fight against Babylon which is the power and wealth held by the few (1%ers). Essentially the belief system of MOVE. The white right hand has gone to great lengths to ensure no one gets hip to these ideas by lying to white America and fetishizing the less challenging aspects of black power movements.

-C Fish

A theory on Trump

A theory on Trump’s remarks on immigration. It’s a dog whistle to certain groups. Identity Evropa (white nationalist group behind the tiki torch Nazis) has been distancing themselves from the alt-right and therefore Trump. Which means that likely other white hate groups are doing the same. In other words Trump’s base is jumping ship. So he likely said something this radically offensive knowing full well it would be published and shared as a way of saying “hey guys, I hate like you”. It’s also an adept bit of misdirection as a lot of us missed the expansion of FISA (the warrantless wiretapping and data mining started under the Obama administration) which Trump denounced and then supported in strong man style in a span of 2 hours.

A Look At Germs History

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Germs MIA Germs

 


Read More About “The Germs” Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germs_%28band%29

Skate Punk Legends J.F.A. (Jodie Fosters Army)

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JFA

Maty’s Corner #16 Pulley: The Esteem Driven Engine Still Matters

Maty’s Corner #16

Pulley: The Esteem Driven Engine Still Matters

Pulley started up in 1994, right in the beginning thick of the Southern California skate punk revolution of music that shaped my life. This 5 piece hard hitting melodic punk unit is led by Scott Radinsky who was no stranger the punk scene by 94 having been in Scared Straight during its 10 year existence (83-93) being heavy hitters in the Nardcore Mystic Records scene. They then went on to become skate punk greats Ten Foot Pole. Radinsky was in charge of that unit for their first 2 releases then forced to leave due to his pro baseball that he was already 3 years deep into. Being that baseball conflicts with the tour schedule of most punk rock I see it is making sense. That didn’t preclude Radinsky from being the voice of TFP’s seminal single My Wall.

Right outta the gate Pulley was a bit of a super group consisting of Radinsky from his aforementioned bands; Jim Cherry (may his soul be rested) of Strung Out; Matt Riddle of Face To Face and No Use For a Name; and Tony Palermo from Ten Foot Pole and Unwritten Law.

Pulley’s first drop in was 1995’s Esteem Driven Engine. A strong door kicker of a debut from these punk veterans. It slams open with Cashed In which would be a candidate on a best of record. Right away this first album sets a tone for more introspective lyrics which tends to happen to us punks as we get older. Take for instance Bad Religion’s material from the mid 90’s and forward.

Right after this was 97’s 60 Cycle hum. Again a really strong track starts the whole album off on the right foot, or left if ya skate goofy. The most interesting track on this was Noddin’ Off. It kicks like Ten Foot Pole or Scared Straight. I think kinda letting us all know that they remember who they are. Another overall solid effort from this board breaking unit.

1999 brought us @#!*, referred to as self titled. Honestly my favorite album by these guys. I believe it’s also their most popular. The lyrics start getting real introspective and the music on a couple tracks is even a bit dark. It’s still Pulley. The differences show growth in the band and they sound tighter than their first 2 albums. The stand out for me has always been Over It. Somewhat of a scathing indictment of the rat race that even the punk scene can degenerate into. Less of a middle finger and more a wake up call. The more incendiary and equally great track is Nothing To Lose. It’s been the background to a fuck you in my life numerous times. Just a great one to sing with and let something out.

2001 marked Pulley’s first album as a 4 piece, Together Again For The First Time. Jim Cherry had left the band to pursue Zero Down and dropped one solid album with them before he departed us. Despite the missing guitarist, this is as solid and tough an album as Pulley had put out. The first real stand out on this is “Hooray”hooray,matters,olympus,friends, for me. Another honest critique of the scene from the perspective of growing up but not giving in. The other one that hits me of this effort is “Same Sick Feeling.” Always sounds like one off of the 99 album and that’s not at all a bad thing.

2004 marked Pulley’s longest gap between albums. Matters shows the band hasn’t lost a bit of edge over their first 10 years. The band just sounds tighter with each offering they put out. It was also dedicated to their guitarist and friend Jim. This for me is like 99’s “self titled”. Most stand out on Matters is Insects Destroy. Has a bit of Bad Religion and Pennywise feel. Makes sense being that they were all label mates for so long. This marks Pulley’s final album on punk rock Olympus of Epitaph records and their last full length to date.

2009 after about 5 years Pulley gave us their first ep on a new label, Time Insensitive Material. Ghost Inside My Skin is the stand out of this short offering. It’s a blend of classic Pulley with some new ideas. The first glimpse of something new to come. 20011 gave us The Long And The Short Of It ep. Coming in at only 3 tracks, it leaves me hoping for a full length in the near future. There’s been rumors swirling around a new full length since 2012. I was fortunate to see them play recently. After 20 years of Pulley and 31 years of Scott Radinsky, neither part shows any sign of letting up for a long time to come.
Check out Pulley if you don’t know ‘em, re listen or catch ‘em live if ya do.

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