This mix has been sitting in my iTunes library for well over eight months. There just hasn’t been the right time to release it. Jim’s oldest son, Damian, asked about ska and as a big fan, I wanted to help address this ska need — because everyone needs ska. Everyone.
Then, this last weekend, with the Aquabats playing at the Metro in Chicago, I was committed to getting this mix out — and then I messed up my ankle, which kept me from getting to see the Aquabats and made me a very sad panda. Hours of Guitar Hero later, I was comfortable with keeping my quantum of solace in check enough to produce this mix.
So I share with you, future lovers of 2 Tone just the lowest hanging fruit on the interwoven branches of ska, punk, rocksteady, new wave, reggae, rock and pop.