Friday, January 23, 2009

Rat Race - The Specials

This is one song from back in the 80's by a band called the specials. They rode on the 2nd wave of ska.
Now some people ask me: "Waves of ska?"
A brief rundown. Ska came out in the 50's and 60's in Jamaica and was a lot more reggae oriented then it is today. Ska bands were stereotypically from the poorer class of people, and this music was their way of escape. Played in small clubs and bars that many workers would come to after hours. This wave didn't see much outside of central America.
The Second wave came in the 70's and 80's, The band I am showcasing today was at the front of the new wave. This was known as the 2 tone wave, because many americans and euopeans played in the band, making them multicultural.
Finally we have the late 90's, which the Third wave is just dying out now. A few bands made it big, like Five Iron Frenzy and Reel Big Fish.
For more information, see this video here:
And enjoy one of the classics


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