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The Ongoing History of New Music encore presentation: A not-so-brief history of ska, part 2

As I said in the preamble to part one, ska seems to be one of those immortal musical genres. And like metal, goth, punk and a few others, ska has a rich, rich history that extends back decades. And while the music’s popularity is cyclical, it’s never gone away. In fact, ska occasionally roars back in a way that sometimes dominates our attention.

Part two of this not-so-brief history of ska will start with a quick recap of the Second Wave before moving into the Third Wave, a tsunami that’s still being felt today.

Songs on this show:

The Specials, Concrete Jungle

The Toasters, 2 Tone Army

Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Someday I Suppose

Gangster Fun, Wish You Were Here

The Untouchables, Twitch’n’Shake

Fishbone, Party at Ground Zero

Rancid, Salvation

Sublime, Date Rape

No Doubt, Just a Girl

Planet Smashers, Surfin’ in Tofino

Less Than Jake, All of My Best Friends are Metalheads

Want a playlist of all of the above? Eric Wilhite has taken care of that.

Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

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. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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