Pop/ska duo The Monroes
had a big hit in Norway with Sunday People
in 1983. Perhaps the tallest musical duo ever they were often referred to simply as 4 meters of pop
. Sadly, last year they both
died of cancer. Their second hit was Cheerio
posted by sidra
on Apr 14, 2014 -
The Studio One Story. 2. Described by Chris Blackwell as the Motown of Jamaica, or ‘The University of Reggae’, Studio One is where the careers of literally hundreds of reggae artists began: Bob Marley and the Wailers, Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Burning Spear and Sugar Minott, to name but a few! Studio One is the ‘foundation’ label of Jamaican Reggae and Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd is seen by many as its father.
posted by Golden Eternity
on Feb 16, 2014 -
They were a one-hit wonder in the 90s
. Then they got a hit show on Nick Jr. and introduced a generation of young children to Of Montreal
, Mos Def
, and MGMT
. They have another TV show where they fight evil monsters
, but first and foremost they're a kick-ass band that mixes new wave
, surf rock
, and general ecstatic feel-goodiness
into a tight, clever, and totally awesome package. WHO ARE THOSE MASKED MEN, YOU MAY ASK??!? THEY ARE... THE AQUABATS. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Dec 12, 2013 -
Where did Lily Allen get her music from?
Her own head? Her producer's heads? Her co-writers' heads? No. Lily 'borrowed' liberally from old reggae and ska tracks and even soft porn soundtracks. The music like dirt
blog (a find in itself) outlines every sample and influence in 'Alright, Still'
, and the result is much more interesting than the album itself. Music like dirt provides some brilliant links to classic reggae, ska, calypso, jazz..... [more inside]
posted by Summer
on Feb 17, 2008 -
Reggae and ska legend Desmond Dekker died today
in London. In 1968, Dekker's song "Israelites", recorded with his band The Aces, became the first international hit by a Jamaican artist. According to his official site
, the sixty-four-year old Dekker was still touring and booked to perform well into fall 2006.
posted by bcveen
on May 25, 2006 -
I dont know about you but I dont think enough has been said about Ska.
Sure, theres guys like Reel Big Fish and Sublime who try to claim the bragging rights for making Ska what it is today, however, many people dont know the real origins
of this movement. More inside:
posted by wheelieman
on Nov 11, 2005 -
Is Ska dead?
Moon Records hadn't produced any of the really good Ska music for years, but I can't believe they've closed down. Is this it for Ska? Does anyone care? Do I care?
posted by Doug
on Jan 19, 2001 -