Top 10 Third Wave Ska Bands of All Time; Sublime Tribute Badfish Show at Revolution

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Do you long for the golden age of pop-punk-with-horns otherwise known as the 1990s? Of course you do! Everybody loves the '90s!

Can you think of a better way to express your deepest nostalgia for the blowjob-laden Clinton Era than by celebrating one of the decade's biggest reggae-rockers, Sublime? You'll have an opportunity to do just that next Wednesday at Revolution's "Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime."

Sublime didn't exist in a vacuum, however. Oh, no. Alongside No Doubt, the trio were crossover alums from a West Coast-originated, nationally-brewing "Third Wave" of ska that dared to pair pop-punk with Island music's spunky kid brother.

Check the jump for complete details on "Badfish" and County Grind's Top 10 third wave ska bands of all time.

10. Save Ferris
This septet sounds like No Doubt if Gwen Stefani (and those other dudes) had stayed the course on the two-tone brick road until they finally met the Wizard of Ska. And they look like the cast of Friends if they'd started a band with a horn section, subsequently lost most of their female cast, replaced them with grown men frozen in metaphorical carbonite as high school band dorks, and moved to Orange County. Much like Alien Ant Farm, their big hit was a should-have-been-ironic cover of a song from the '80s.



9. The Suicide Machines
The term "ska-core" denotes a punk/hardcore edge. Bands like the Suicide Machines play off fast and loud dynamics by using horn sections and metallicized reggae breakdowns to offset snotty, sneering skate punk. Like many of the rock-inclined ska groups of the '90s, The Machines went on to abandon wind instruments altogether.



8. Against All Authority
Speaking of ska-core, few bands did it better than Miami's own 18th best band ever, Against All Authority. In the latter era, they parred down to a lone trumpet -- a former member of Kendall ska-punk heavyweights the Fundamentals, BTW -- but guitarist Danny Lore and bassist Joe Koontz never strayed from blurringly-fast insta-pit ragers and heavy, skank-mosh interludes and crescendos.

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paulkemp007
paulkemp007

@NewTimesBroward @ReelBigFish @CATCH22_Music @LessThanJake @mmbosstones @FishboneSoldier Thx! epic playlist created!

MATTPREIRA
MATTPREIRA

MATT PREIRA: I don't typically respond to comments because they are usually filled (much to my confusion) with hate. But this seems to be a civil nerd argument so I'll bite. While a part of ska's "third wave," The Toasters were trad-revivalists. For the purposes of this list, reference to the third wave has to do with the "punk with horns" contingent. All of the bands on this list are punk with horns. The inclusion of Op Ivy and Fishbone was part of similar logic - both bands play the type of ska-infused punk this list was about - but I concede that implying either are third wave is technically incorrect. As far as just naming bands for bands sake, I am sad to admit that this is my actual, earnest ranking of third wave (punk-with-horns) bands. I'm not sure who else you guys think should be on this list? Mustard Plug? In conclusion, pickitup pickitup. P.S. I am not on Twitter and I'm sure this shit is gonna post all wanky in the continuity but I'm too backed up on shitty lists about the history of everything to have the time to figure out how to properly respond. 

PhillyAndre
PhillyAndre

@ariellec quick, name 10 bands you can think of

BobbyShuby
BobbyShuby

@ariellec @newtimesbroward UUHHH the TOASTERS?? #weak

shallowrewards
shallowrewards

@ariellec @NewTimesBroward This is actually worse than 20 Worst Hipster Bands @1000TimesYes @maura Fishbone is not fucking "third wave ska"

ariellec
ariellec

@PhillyAndre That's what I thought too

NewsbySmiley
NewsbySmiley

@BobbyShuby @ariellec @newtimesbroward How could the list leave out Taxi? Their singer was amazing #where'sbo?

jayjohero
jayjohero

@BobbyShuby @ariellec @NewTimesBroward let's be real guys RBF #7 weak call

ariellec
ariellec

@BobbyShuby no no actually I agree w/ the inclusion of the Toasters. They pretty much established the 3rd wave in the U.S. #NERDSHIT

1000TimesYes
1000TimesYes

@shallowrewards @ariellec @newtimesbroward @maura WIKIPEDIA! The List

ariellec
ariellec

@shallowrewards Op Ivy is not either... I am being pedantic about ska perhaps but stilllllllll

BobbyShuby
BobbyShuby

@NewsbySmiley @ariellec @newtimesbroward aaaaaand we have the obligatory TAXI reference. My dentist did, in fact, like ska.

BobbyShuby
BobbyShuby

@ariellec agreed, I'll admit to not reading the article. I thought they'd skipped past the Toasters and gone straight to punk ska

mariatsciarrino
mariatsciarrino

@ariellec @shallowrewards @maura @1000timesyes Fishbone as 3rd wave ska = the price one pays for cultural amnesia/not doing homework, etc

BobbyShuby
BobbyShuby

@DipItInTheSauce @newsbysmiley @ariellec the first rule of taxi is 'don't talk about taxi'

ariellec
ariellec

@DipItInTheSauce omg. Stop. PS I think I saw Carlos at a hardcore show?! (The band Off!) Not sure though.

DipItInTheSauce
DipItInTheSauce

@BobbyShuby @newsbysmiley @ariellec wait--who is this fourth person who knows about the Taxi tape?!? Also: Trenchtown > Taxi. Just sayin'.

BobbyShuby
BobbyShuby

@ariellec ahaha time to go back and read! BRB

ariellec
ariellec

@BobbyShuby wait were they on there? i read really quickly. Maybe they didn't make it. argh

FishboneFilm
FishboneFilm

@shallowrewards Rocking! Thanks. While a roller coaster at times it was a fun film to make and the guys in the band are great.

mariatsciarrino
mariatsciarrino

@ariellec I guess multiple screenings of "Back to the Beach" would do that to a person

ariellec
ariellec

@mariatsciarrino "list of bands i vaguely remember being called ska in 1998"

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