The Ongoing History of New Music, encore presentation: A Not-So-Brief History of Ska, Part 1

Since ska was born in Jamaica in the 1950s, it was declared dead at least twice. The first wave petered out in the late 60s as reggae took over. The blues will never, ever die. Neither is metal or punk or pop. We also had grim, freak-folk, crabcore, crunk, nu-balearic, blog house, glo-fi, hipster metal–you get the idea. There are, however, certain types of music that seem immortal. Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
The Zone/Victoria
The Fox/Vancouver
Live 105/Halifax
WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
Live 88-5/Ottawa
107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6. Anyone remember glitch? Hip-hop isn’t going anyway. Just look at the graveyard of forgotten genres. But on both occasions, ska rose from the dead to return even stronger. After a big post-punk surge, the second wave was declared passe in the early 80s. They’re hyped, reach some kind of peak, and then fade away. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do. It existed alongside electro-clash, a half-hearted resurrection of music from the synth side of the New Wave era. They will all evolve and mutate over time, but the kernal at the heart of their operating systems will remain pure. All of these genres and scenes had their moments and then faded into the background or were killed off altogether. This brings me to another genre that will not die. That scene began around the start of the century and featured some weird electronic manipulations of bloops and bleeps. Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. Songs heard on part one of this history of ska include:
English Beat, Mirror in the Bathroom
Prince Buster, Al Capone
Desmond Dekker, The Israelites
The Special AKA, Gangsters
The Selector, The Selector
Madness, The Prince
The English Beat, Ranking Full Stop
Specials, Ghost Town
Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hope I Never Lose my Wallet
The Uptones, Get Out of My Way (Live)
As usual, we have this Eric Wilhite-supplied playlist to go along with everything. When it comes to genres of music, most of them come and go.
The Ongoing History of New Music, encore presentation: A Not-So-Brief History of Ska, Part 1