Thursday, June 21, 2012
Mashin' Up The Nation: The Best Of American Ska - Volumes I And II
I have no idea where this album came from but it's pretty fun. It's a bunch of ska from the U.S. made in the late 80s most of which I was completely unfamiliar with. There's a few bigger names, however, Bim Skala Bim, The Bosstones and Gangster Fun to name a few. For the most part everything has a strong Two-Tone feel to it. Very, very danceable. The upside is that, although there are a few mediocre songs, The songs as a whole aren't bad.
This album is a chill pill for the ears. I've heard that it was once standard practice for the police to respond to calls about domestic disturbances by playing this to the couple in question. Soon everybody would be dancing and the whole incident would be forgotten.
Problem was, as soon as the police left with the music, it was forgotten and the couples just started arguing again.
All of this is a pretty pointless metaphor about an album that manages to be catchy and forgettable at the same time.