Maximus Stephens – Ska Classics

This week we are taking a look at the Ska genre and listening to some classics! I have also placed some interesting covers of Ska alternatives near the bottom of the post for people already familiar with the genre. These will hopefully get you in a cheerful mood and ready for whatever this week will throw at you. Enjoy!

The Specials

Photo Credit – Facebook (The Specials)

The first artist up this week is a very well known Ska band called The Specials. They were first formed in 1977 in Coventry. Below are some of their most popular tracks everyone has likely heard before – but they are bound to get you in a positive mood!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cntvEDbagAw – A Message To You Rudy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdu8VOWk3pg – Too Much Too Young

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ2oXzrnti4 – Ghost Town

Madness

Photo Credit – Irish News

Next up this week is Madness! They were formed just a year before the previous band in 1976 (Camden Town, London). Madness are arguably the biggest band in terms of the revival of Ska. They still perform today with six of the original band members.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P149VEaUmeI – Night Boat to Cairo (Live)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc3AovUZgvo – Baggy Trouser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpQhBHs3A4Y – Two Mad Men and a String Quartet (Live)

Alternative Tracks!

Photo Credit – Reuters

To finish this week, here is a small collection of Ska covers and less well known/ recognised Ska tracks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rylbj33b8qA&list=PL3ozWt4qBKSZR48uiloqftc4Tm2K7rBg5&index=30 – Amy Winehouse, Monkey Man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPgF_A8ZFeI – Ska Tune Network, Bad Guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emM_2uEzppg – Half Past Two, I Will

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJl0fpUc4U8 – North East Ska Jazz Orchestra, Take Five

Thank you for taking time to read through this blog post! A new post will usually be uploaded every Wednesday and will be around the topic of music in some form. If you have any feedback or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment, or visit my website!

www.maxstephensmusic.com 

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