Florida's Ten Best Ska Bands of All Time

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If it wasn't for Miami, there wouldn't be ska.

This musical style was born in Jamaica during the 1950s from a mix of traditional Caribbean mento with American jazz and R&B.

But when Miami radio first started playing independent black music in the 1940s, Jamaica and the rest of the islands were listening too. On a clear night, our radio signals carried all across the Caribbean.

In the 1990s, ska came back to these shores, knocked boots with punk, and still lives here today. Here are Florida's ten best ska bands of all time.

See also: Florida's Top Ten Black Metal Bands

10. Askultura
Thriving and local, this Miami crew has spent the last five years crisscrossing the state of Florida, building an independent concert promotions network, playing more shows a month than some bands do in a year, putting out an EP (You Stank, We Skank), an album (Ten Strong Superpunk Skarantella Reggae Rumba Fury), and creating its own multi-culti hybrid of third-wave ska, Italian folk, rumba, and straight-up punk.

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9. Jive Step Bunch
Sometime around 1995 at a little club called Cheers at US 1 and SW 17th Avenue in South Miami, the weekends were ruled by all-ages hardcore, punk, and ska shows. The rowdy SoFla rudeboys, punks, and skins of Jive Step Bunch were known to stomp in with the Docs and pork pie hats, set their horns blazing, and turn the floor into a writhing, elbow-swinging dance off.

See also: Miami's Ten Heaviest Current Metal and Punk Bands


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43 comments
cindyaumann
cindyaumann

Actually the Ska first came to America in 1964 when I brought the Bryon Lee Jamaica Ska Review featuring the Blues Busters to the Peppermint Lounge, my nightclub in Miami Beach.  It was a great success…Dick Cami

Mejia
Mejia

no mention of The Know How or The Fundamentals? what gives???

jjjewkes74
jjjewkes74

playing in a few of these ska bands back in the day was the best times of my life. playing with these folks, especially, the against all authority boys. they and others were a big influence on my musical upbringing. thanks all!!!!! 305 for life!!!!

Marco Viteri
Marco Viteri

Mandy, what I meant is I don't think you want to sully Jamaica's rep for good music by associating it with ska.

elvismella
elvismella

The Supervillains not being on the list and The Spitvalves or Strangeways on a top 10 florida ska list especially since the Supervillains are a national touring act..hmm..this list is off...

chachee3051
chachee3051

Hell yeah AAA was and still.is the shit!

andrewchadwick
andrewchadwick

lol @ "AAA invented ska-punk." Operation Ivy were active from 1987-1989. Against All Authority came on the scene in 1994. They did not invent ska-punk nor were they even the first ska-punk band in Florida. 

the_hard_richards
the_hard_richards

Hmmm , what ever happened to The Hard Richards ? Thats right , nothing , we are still rocking shows 18 years later.granted I dont know if we are a "ska" band by definition.maybe we suck. Thats Probably why your publication has yet to do anything with the longest running punk ska band in the 561we suck. Its cool.we still freaking love you !

Steve and the rest of you favorite dicks.

Mandy Lou
Mandy Lou

@marco viteri I am from Jamaica. Please look up 50s ska.

Marco Viteri
Marco Viteri

^ You're not making a good case for Jamaica, please stop.

Mandy Lou
Mandy Lou

Correction: if it wasn't for Jamaica, there wouldn't be ska.

Kon Janco
Kon Janco

Frantz Williams loves dubstep ska

Emery Cowan
Emery Cowan

wow wtf. ska!? its 2013. Brian Slade

funner
funner

what happened to the spitvalves?

jjjewkes74
jjjewkes74

@the_hard_richards i remember you guys. i think all the ska bands from back in the day should be on that list. if it wasn't for all the bands florida ska would have never been.


authorrealshitallday
authorrealshitallday

thank you for commenting...Ska is definitely a uniquely Jamaican art form (with a significant american influence)....who are some of your favorite artists or songs?

authorrealshitallday
authorrealshitallday

correct, but this is just a slight history lesson for those who might not know its true origins

authorrealshitallday
authorrealshitallday

@funnerwasup yo, didnt have room for all the great music, please post a link below this comment so poeple can check em out

andrewchadwick
andrewchadwick

@authorrealshitallday @andrewchadwick 


Are you suggesting that ska bands need to have horns? History isn't on your side on that.


But even considering your personal qualifier it should be noted that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (ska-punk with horns) were formed in 1983.

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