Ska Punk

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Intro

This is, we would guess fairly obviously, a fusion music genre that combines elements of Ska and Punk. It achieved its highest level of commercial success in the USA during the late '90s, a subgenre would be "Ska-core" (sometimes spelled skacore), which blends Ska with Hardcore Punk.

The more punk-edged style of Ska Punk often features faster tempos, guitar distortion, onbeat Punk style interludes (usually in the chorus), and Punk styled vocals.

The more Ska styled, features more developed instrumentation with cleaner vocals and musical sounds.

Common instruments would include electric guitar, electric bass, drums, brass instruments, reed instruments and keyboards.

Growing the Genre

Ska and Punk were first combined in the Two Tone movement of the late-'70s UK, which featured bands such as The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, and The Clash. The fusion of the two music genres, however, became most prevalent in the 1980s, during the third wave of Ska, as well as the '90s.

Fishbone, founded in 1979 in Los Angeles, is widely considered a pioneer of the Ska-Punk genre. Fishbone was followed by bands such as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, founded in 1983 in Boston; Culture Shock, founded in 1986 in Warminster, England; Operation Ivy, founded in 1987 in Berkeley, California; Voodoo Glow Skulls founded in 1988 in Riverside, California; Dance Hall Crashers, founded in 1989 in Berkeley, California, and Citizen Fish founded in 1990 in Bath, England. The Offspring and Rancid have also played Ska-Punk songs.

No Doubt gained mainstream popularity after the release of their 1995 album Tragic Kingdom, and Sublime did the same after the release of their 1996 self-titled album. Both albums went platinum multiple times, with No Doubt going on to diamond certification. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones appeared in the 1995 movie Clueless, and their 1997 album Let's Face It went platinum. Less Than Jake songs were included in the soundtracks of the 1997 films Scream 2 and Good Burger. Reel Big Fish performed songs in the 1998 movie BASEketball, and Save Ferris appeared in the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You.

Some Bands

A B C

Against All Authority

The Aquabats

Bad Manners

The Beat

Buck-O-Nine

Catch 22

Citizen Fish

The Clash

D E F G

Dance Hall Crashers

Fishbone

Five Iron Frenzy

The Flatliners

Goldfinger

H I J K L

Hepcat

I Voted for Kodos

The Interrupters

Leftöver Crack

Less Than Jake

Long Shot Hero

M N O P

Mad Caddies

Madness

Mephiskapheles

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Millencolin

Mustard Plug

No Doubt

NOFX

Operation Ivy

The Planet Smashers

Q R S

Radioactive Chickenheads

Rancid

Reel Big Fish

Rx Bandits

Save Ferris

The Selecter

Ska-P

The Slackers

The Specials

Streetlight Manifesto

Sublime

Suburban Legends

T U V W X Y Z

The Toasters

Voodoo Glow Skulls