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Posted by Drewman at on May 06, 2001 at 20:29:40:

In Reply to: Um, I disagree... posted by St.Cyril Fong-Torres on May 06, 2001 at 19:48:54:

As someone who was never really into ska, I have a bit of an outside perspective on it and there was a time when you couldn't get away from it. It was a huge fad for a while (96-98?), around here anyways, with bands like the bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, Mustard Plug, etc. EVERYONE was a ska fan, but it burned out much like grunge only much quicker. Swing pretty much did the same thing. It was a cool movement for a while...then mainstream came in and embraced it for about a year, then left it in the dirt for the next thing, leaving it pretty much ruined to the people who were fans earlier.

Country, however much I may hate it, will NEVER die, ever. It was never hip, it just is and always will be.

As for punk I'd say it died a horrible death in the early eighties, but has since revived itself somewhat into what is now an acceptable underground fanbase (time heals ALL forms of music from disposal by the mainstream).

But, in my opinion, Ska was very much mainstream for a while, at least my little microcosm of the world. Then everyone I know left it behind and now looks on it with disdain comparable to a former milli vanilli fan for the "Girl you know it's true" album.

And, for the record, I most definitely know more people right now who like Blind Melon than will admit to ever liking Reel Big Fish.


: Ska can never die. It's not mainstream... It has, can, and will survive in it's own small universe... Much like punk... and, to a lesser extent, Country.

: Grunge can die, because it feeds off of mainstream approval and popularity... Once it becomes "uncool", it is "dead"... If I see kids walkin' down the streets with plaid shirts tied around their wastes and Blind Melon shirts, then I'll agree with you.

: Grunge Is Dead,
: St.Cyril.
: "Planet Smaaashers!!!"

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