Monday, May 1, 2017

The Rebel Black Dot Song of the Day: SKAfter Party

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "The Impression That I Get" from Let's Face It (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary: You are cordially invited to the second annual SKAfter Party. The R.B.D.S.O.T.D. used to have a strict policy that after SKApril no ska music could be chosen for at least several days, preferably weeks. Last year, I awoke to the reality that SKApril is too darned much fun to confine to a single thirty-day month. Thus was born the SKAfter Party!

"The Impression That I Get" is the first song ever chosen for SKApril, way back on 1 April 2011: Wayback Machine. With this year marking the twentieth anniversary of the Summer of Ska, those halcyon days when the airwaves were full of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Sublime, & No Doubt, I'd be very suprised—shocked, in fact—if we've heard the last of "The Impression That I Get" & "Sell Out," the first two ska songs I loved, from the very first time I heard them.
"Have you ever been close to tragedy
Or been close to folks who have?
Have you ever felt a pain so powerful,
So heavy you collapse?…

"Have you ever had the odds stacked up so high
You need a strength most don't possess?
Or has it ever come down to do or die,
You got to rise above the rest?…"
Being a ska kid (of any age) is not for the fainthearted.

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