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Whereas all the other punks were wearing leather jackets, he would be wearing a patent leather jacket. And he looked kind of psychotic. Lynval, Horace, and myself, we were very much into black music. The punk-rock element was from Terry and Roddy. Ska brought it all together. Often just connecting to rehearse was a challenge, as unemployment led to asurge in violent street crime.

There were a lot of fights, and you put your life into your hands going there. Even in the playgrounds at school, the mixture between white kids, Chinese, West Indian, and Pakistani kids was pretty tough. The rise of the British National Front and the racist rhetoric of former Conservative politician Enoch Powell preyed on the paranoia and resentment of economically marginalized whites. But I wanted to do it with actual reggae musicians and a racially mixed band. I think he believed it was impossible, so he was impressed. Rhodes briefly managed the young band. I understood ska. I knew more about music and clothing, all that shit, from day one.

They could take instruction well. In music you have to occasionally have somebody sit back and think, What is it all about? They had something to say. And add to it, not take away. It was more take than give. What the punks got out of it was some really cool bass lines. The lyrical approach — which were political sound bites — the punks really picked up on that, too.

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And the rebel stance, the antiestablishment vibe, was something that white kids gravitate toward black music for. And they liked the weed, lest we forget. Exposure, which is by no means to be underestimated. We did gigs all over the country. The energy was so infectious, so we built up a reputation. Bolstered by the response to the live set, Dammers developed his vision of an integrated record label with a like-minded roster of talent — a company so committed to quality that the logo itself would be enough to inspire fidelity in consumers.

They kind of looked like us, and everything they were saying were things we were interested in, so we went to see them. It seemed like a preposterous idea at the time, that you could start your own label. And he was talking about it being an English Motown, in that it would be self-sufficient and all-encompassing.

It was also going to be racially integrated, which was an unusual prospect at that time. Courted by Mick Jagger, among others, Dammers signed with Chrysalis home of Blondie, Jethro Tull, and Pat Benatar for less money and more control, enabling him to sign bands to singles deals himself. Is that a point of pride? Yeah, absolutely.

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We believed in it. And I think we fully embodied the whole ethos of 2 Tone, much more maybe than some of the other bands. For a start, there were six black people, one white person, and a female in the band. His design approach was bold, direct, and devoid of any gratuitous embellishments, which was the antithesis of everything else going on at the time.


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Having said that, we were aware that something momentous was being created. It did feel like everything was very black and white. But Chin and her boyfriend, Dan Hess, ramped up bookings at an indoor soccerplex in Gaithersburg, Md. Spoonboy: When Phantasmagoria closed down, there was this void and Dan and Michelle decided they were going to fill [it].

Chin: Dan and I began dating in early He was doing some shows at The Corner Kick for probably a year or so before we started dating. Spoonboy: It was a young scene and Dan was kind of like the Papa Bear. He was really funny and would be joking around the whole time. The Ratchet Boys got a reputation for throwing out donuts to the crowd.

Everybody knew Dan and everybody loved Dan. Ben Levin, 30, played in The Konami Code from to , started work on a documentary on the history of D. You could always count on The Ratchet Boys to play a show and fill a room with kids. I remember there would always be a lot of high school kids there wearing Hawaiian shirts.

Ska: An Oral History

Fine: We used to have shows downstairs on the field. I think the most amount of people we got down there once was people for a show. All these kids just showed up. It was a Halloween show. It was insane how many people were there, but He snuck in a flask of tequila and he got really sick and we had to call an ambulance. Levin: Those Corner Kick shows were also a sort of catch-all for a lot of other D.

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They would all kind of be under the D. Jackson: After the third-wave hype died down a little, it was weird to no longer be playing big shows in front of a thousand people. Chin: It got to the point where kids would drive up [to the Corner Kick] just to see if there was anything going on.

Chin: Everybody loved serving on Make-Out Patrol. In fact, one of our friends has a Make-Out Patrol D. Ska tattoo. Bobson: When I was in The Ratchet Boys, I started meeting a lot of younger kids that reminded me of myself in high school, and it was really cool to be a part of that scene as a kind of elder statesman. Dan and Michelle really fostered that idea, that sense of community. For the next few years, Hess and Chin tried out a few other all-ages venues like St. Toward the end of , the D.

Chin: It was a combination of things. Inevitably, it all phased out. I feel like emo came in and people started to be more serious. Levin: There was this big national backlash. At some point people started to sour on it and everyone started turning emo. But eventually Facebook took off and it was all different. People no longer had to visit DCska. Bobson: [The Ready Steady Go! This label, Workers United Records, released a 4Skins tribute album and asked us to do a track for it. They wanted to sign us and do a full album. We had a tour setup for this web site SouthernSka.

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