Let’s Go Bowling- Music to Bowl By (1991)

Let’s Go Bowling is a Third Wave ska band out of southern California formed in 1986 and still playing to this day. Music to Bowl By is the album I am most familiar with, a band that toured with many big name bands so most everyone knows the name, but a band that is often overlooked.
They play good Third Wave with their own twist that is both energetic and fruity, but I still like it. Musically it is like Laural Atkins made love to the Beach Boys and this is their offspring.


The Skoidats- A Cure For What Ales You (1999)

The Skoidats are an Oí-Ska-Punk band from Montana of all places. They formed in 1995 and released two albums and a split. Interesting sound but there seems to be a severe limit on their style of ska. I have always felt that must have been a contributing factor in regards to their break up. It is likely a result of the Oí influence, which is more monotonous than even punk rock. Seriously, you hear a couple of good Oí songs and that’s it, the entire genre can be “played-out” in an hour.
But I still like them, one for the collection anyway.


The Toaster- Skaboom (1987)

The Toasters are often thought to be the first “Third-Wave” ska band (Wiki), with this being the first such album. I would go even further and say that their sound is so appealing and energetic that they sold the world on ska as a genre.
Third Wave Ska is universal music that brings a smile to one’s face. It’s happy music where the vocals often follow the lead of the instrumentals making Japanese or Spanish ska just as listenable and enjoyable as American bands.
I used to love Third Wave in high school, not to the extent of dressing in checkers and making a spectacle out of myself, but I was quite fond of the music. There must be a threshold for how many hours a person can truly enjoy Third Wave because now I can only listen to a few songs at a time…

download Skaboom

Also, last week’s YouTube-only Skatalites post had to be pulled down because some ass-clown who isn’t in the band complained. He was quite rude and that attitude surprised and insulted me because ska used to be a very friendly DIY scene, so I found another link to download the album, yet again, so that everyone can enjoy it.
Fans will naturally pay to see bands play, just as they will buy merchandise over the internet. Downloading music is not some cardinal-sin, it is just portrayed as such by non-musicians trying to makes a living off of the music industry and a few bands that can not seem to grasp economic realities. I mean there are still sound waves reverberating around from the Big-Bang for Christ’s sake! And these guys expect payment for canned sound??? So please, download and enjoy.
download the new Skatalites album,”Walk With Me”