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Ska: American Style

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Ska American Style? Why, that naturally means ska-punk, the fusion of hardcore punk and ska-revival that Fishbone and Operation Ivy pioneered in the late '80s and No Doubt, Rancid, and Mighty Mighty Bosstones popularized in the late '90s. Ska American Style distinguishes itself from the seemingly endless stream of stream of ska-punk collections by focusing on artists on Jump Up! Records, which means they're basically a bunch of bands that preceded the likes of Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Buck-O-Nine. Still, this is the kind of "ska" that will appeal to frat-boys, not fans of original ska or the English ska revival of the late '70s -- it's good-time party music by the Parka Kings, Eclectics, Suspect Bill, Deals Gone Bad, Skapone, Rhymefest, Gangster Fun and, of course, Hot Stove Jimmy. For the ska-core diehard, it's worthwhile, but if you learned about this whole deal through No Doubt, Sublime or the Bosstones, this is too obscure for your tastes.

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