ska Archive

‘Later’ is Now for The English Beat’s Dave Wakeling

When The English Beat hit the UK music scene in late ‘70s England, the Birmingham group found a huge audience for its brand of 2-tone/ska with elements of punk, reggae, […]

They Built This (Ska) City

Originating in 1960s Jamaica, ska is an uptempo dance music that predates reggae. The style’s popularity grew in England, where it became a favorite of the mod subculture. A ska […]

30 Days Out, January 2022 #1: Ska City, Nordista Freeze, James McMurtry, Caravan Palace

Happy New Year! And today also marks another, more personal celebration: This is the seven-year anniversary of “30 Days Out.” Through the years, its mission has never changed: twice a […]

The English Beat: Life is Difficult, but Life is Good

The English Beat (known in the UK simply as The Beat, and in Australia as The British Beat) were at the forefront of the late 1970s and early ’80s musical […]

Hundred Word Reviews for August 2014, Part 2

Today’s set of five 100-word capsule reviews looks at recently-reissued, previously-unreleased, and/or compilation albums. How to Stuff a Wild Bikini: Original Stereo Soundtrack What we have here, in my estimation, […]

45rpm Roundup

The 45rpm vinyl format isn’t dead. In fact, I see more of those little seven-inchers in my mailbox these days than I did even a couple of years ago. Here […]