Monday, May 22, 2017

The Rebel Black Dot Song of the Day

Less Than Jake, "Sunstroke" from See the Light (The Last Angry Man)

Commentary: Though Less Than Jake (L.T.J.) are SKApril All-Stars, I cannot consider the choice of "Sunstroke" as the R.B.D.S.O.T.D. part of the SKAfter Party because "Sunstroke" just isn't a ska song: there's no syncopated beat, no bouncing horns, no electric organ. "Sunstroke" wouldn't be the R.B.D.S.O.T.D. if it was not a worthy song, & L.T.J. still stands as one of the pillars of third-wave ska, this just happens to be one of their rare non-ska songs.

The subject matter is vintage L.T.J., all the same:
"When did I become a tourist
In the city I got my name from?…"

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