Ska music is an awesome genre that has become quite popular worldwide. In the United States and within California in specific there are many people who get carried away by the spectacular uniqueness of the specific music genre. Having its roots in Jamaica and combining the sounds of the Caribbean along with American jazz and even punk elements, ska music is unique and one of a kind. In California, there are legendary ska bands that have helped towards establishing the music genre as a wonderful alternative form of expression.
First of all, we cannot help but mention some of the most inspirational ska bands that have shaped the history of this type of music in North America. The Uptones have been the first band with active contribution in the Bay Area and this is quite impressive to consider. Ever since they were first introduced to the public in 1981, they have been going from strength to strength. Some of their best songs include “Burning Sky”, “Get out of My Way” and “Laws and Sausage”, although apparently the list is not limited to these few examples as they have a find line of great hits.
Another popular ska band that has been ranked among the most popular ones globally and has originated from California is Reel Big Fish. They have successfully made ska known to the wider public internationally. Their history dates back in 1992, when they released their first demo. Among their best moments professionally, we can highlight the stunning success of “Sell Out” and “Skatanic”, “Take on Me” and “Where Have You Been?”, even though there are innumerable songs that can also be added in the list.
Finally, Sublime has made quite an impact in the field of ska and punk music. They have also originated from the region of California and they have been hitting the charts for many years! Even though their career ended suddenly with the death of their main singers, Bradley Nowell, their legacy is regarded as anything but insignificant. Two out of their three CDs have become multi-platinum, with the last one even becoming five times platinum. If we had to choose among the songs that have stood out among the rest, we would definitely include “Caress Me Down” and “Wrong Way”, Doin’ Time” and “Santeria”. However, there is an endless plethora of ska songs for us to enjoy from this Californian band.
Ska music in California is quite distinctive when compared to the rest of the other places where ska has become popular, due to the fusion of different types of music and given the polymorphic details that the most successful artists have been adding over time. Ska has had a history of more than fifty years, but it was not till the 1980s when it started making its baby steps in California. Of course, such baby steps have been the spark that lit the fire for the United States as a whole to enjoy ska and appreciate what this genre has got to offer. With so rich past and so intriguing present, it is exciting to think of what the future holds for ska music in California!