This episode of Music 101 highlighted the Third Wave Ska music scene. Third Wave Ska grew out of the punk scene in the late 1980s with musicians who wanted to fuse their love of Punk and (primarily) the 2 Tone Ska movement. For a few hot years in the 1990s, Third Wave Ska was everywhere; radio, MTV, music magazines, and topping the charts.
There were Third Wave Ska bands in every state but the largest concentrations were on both coasts and in the Midwest.
Part 1 of this episode started with bands considered the pillars of the Third Wave Ska movement, Parts 2 and 3 highlighted bands part of the Third Wave of Ska.
Here is the list from this episode:
The Toasters “2 Tone Army”
The Uptones “Radiation Boy”
Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Someday I Suppose”
Rancid “Time Bomb”
No Doubt “Just A Girl”
Sublime “Wrong Way”
Reel Big Fish “Sell Out”
Gangster Fun “Brown Paper Bag”
Deal’s Gone Bad “The Elephants”
The Slackers “Have The Time”
Bim Skala Bim “Skeleton”
To explore more Third Wave Ska, check out the Music 101 Spotify playlist below. In addition, Aaron Carnes has written a book that’s really a love letter to ska called In Defense Of Ska, that beautifully explains the scene and the bands. Also, check out the documentary called “Pick It Up! Ska In The 90s” .