Answer to Friday quiz
The correct answer to the question is Ska-La-Carte, by noted third-wave ska group, The Scofflaws and can be found on the CD titled "The Scofflaws."
Ska-La-Carte is light on lyrics but heavy on atmosphere and is probably a rockin' crowd pleaser. Starts off reminiscent of Mancini's Baby Elephant Walk with hard breaks to shout out sushi, then slides into a raucous sax solo over a rapid beat of snare and cymbals. While this is going on, the band is yelling "Hey" over and over. Another round of sushi, another sax solo, more sushi, then a trombone solo, and one last round of sushi.
Doesn't sound like much on paper. But turn it over to a band with a heavy horn section and you have mayhem. I envision a college basketball pep band; instead of sushi, yell out players names; and when you get to the solos everyone is pogoing madly and screaming. Get the crowd in on this and it would be scary.
I wasn't really familiar with the term "third-wave ska." I know ska predates reggae, then there was a revival in the mid-70s London that birthed two-tone and rude boy. It looks like "third-wave" is more of an American fusion of ska and metal or punk. Alright, guess I missed the naming ceremony. Looks like bands like Mighty Mighty Bosstones are included along with The Scofflaws, even though they are dissimilar. As long as we're subcategorizing to the nth degree, I'd separate groups like the SCofflaws and the Toasters from Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt. Though all American ska owes a great debt of gratitude to Fishbone.
Buford O'Sullivan played with the Toasters and the Scofflaws, and writes about both in his history. Sounds like the Scofflaws are still playing around Long Island.
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