Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Reggae, Ska, and Sluffing

About a month ago I was thinking about which was better, reggae or ska. But I hadn’t started blogging yet and since I have virtually no friends to speak of I had no one to discuss this with. By and large, I could live without reggae. Sure, there are times when reggae and nothing but reggae will do such as sun tanning or sluffing school but if you had to choose just one for the rest of your life, I think it’s clear that ska is simply cooler, smarter, and better. (I say this with all due respect to the Marleys.)

Now, I’m no ska expert and I could certainly NEVER commit to the lifestyle (the skankin, the scooters, the Quadropheniacs). I just know the basics and my tastes are simple: Bad Manners, Fishbone, a little Madness. What I do know about ska I learned from ska Bob who I briefly dated—he was an expert. As a rule, I never dated boys who were shorter than me but I made and exception for him. He was, after all, ska Bob. ( Later in life I would date a different boy named Bob who had a glass eye and webbed toes. The only music he introduced me to was the Scorpions which, frankly, I could live without. Ironically, I was drawn to this Bob because he played the sax. There’s no sax in the Scorpions! Had I anticipated dating a person with a glass eye and webbed toes perhaps I would have made a rule against it—no exceptions. One wonders. But I digress.)

So maybe you have some really good reasons for liking reggae better. If you do I wouldn’t mind hearing them, but my mind is pretty much made up. (Where were you a month ago?) If you are any kind of decent self-respecting Provo person you HAVE to like ska better because we have a rich heritage of ska here from Swim Herchel Swim (my day) to My Man Friday (Carly’s day) to 2 1/2 White Guys (present day). I saw Fishbone at the Orem Rec Center not too long ago for pete’s sake. (Then they played at the Fairgrounds and progressively moved to less stinky venues. Good for them!)

If that isn’t reason enough let me appeal to the feminist in you: ska had strong female vocalists LONG before the rap divas came along. Where would our dear Gwen Stefani be without the ska mamas who preceded her? (Not married to Gavin Rossdale, I assure you). You have to go to Salt Lake if you want to be involved with something like “Reggae Sunsplash,” which I went to once and had a bad experience. Please don’t ask me about it. But Provo city itself plays host to all manner of delightful skaliday get togethers: Skank Patrick’s Day and Skalloween to be exact. Of course, I’m too old to go to these kinds of things and it would be embarrassing and pathetic if I did. I’m not too old to be in a ska band, however, if I wanted to. Mark Fagg is the drummer for 2 1/2 White guys and I went to school with him. Radical! (That was a pretty un-ska thing to say.)

Now for all the kids out there,
Regarding sluffing: Don’t do it. I know I mentioned it above but, truth be told, I only did it once that I can remember. Here’s what happened. My friend and I (who I had actually loved since 3rd grade but he didn’t like me) hatched a scheme to sluff one day. He picked me up in the morning at the normal time the bus would come. We drove to Salt Lake City (this was a BIG day for us!) and went to, of all things, the Lego display at the Salt Palace. IS THIS NOT THE LAMEST THING TO DO WHILE SLUFFING? I mean, why not just stay in school?

On the way home I scratched my head and felt a tiny bump. I had contracted chicken pox—the awful adolescent strain—as a direct result of sluffing. This illness was full blown by the end of that week and lasted all through Christmas break, landing me well enough to be back in school after New Years but affording me no real days off from school. I still bear the scars of that day. So never sluff.

18 comments:

  1. Was this guy going for the "Breakfast Club" rebellious look or was he just an idiot? (Maybe those two things are really synonymous.) Also, I want to know where I was in all of this??? I mean, you were usually so good about taking me along.Had I known about the lego display at the Salt Palace, I would have jumped at the chance to go (a fifth grader can still like legos). Also, I totally agree about the ska thing. I still have a sign for My Man Friday hanging up in my room. I have a t shirt and two cd's.

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  2. Mark Fagg huh? Way to name drop... you are practically famous. I love the word sluffing and feel very bad for all you Utah peeps that have no idea what sluffing is. My mom on the other hand was never very fond of the word sluffing. Once I lied about whom I sluffed with because I didn't want her to know that I had sluffed with my boyfriend and she called my innocent friends mother and tattled on her... It is so nice to be an adult, I can lie without consequences.

    BTW... My mom totally rules, just not when you break the rules.

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  3. I mean all you NON Utah peeps that have no idea what sluffing is.

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  4. One time in High School Gym class we had to run the mile for some fitness test. I went out really strong, and was going to beat everyone, but then Mark Fagg can out of nowhere and beat me by 10 seconds, I have never liekd him since, except in German class, so I dont like SKA

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  5. My junior year at BYU my home teacher was in My Man Friday. Loved them and saw them MANY times...that is until I embarrassed myself by trying to enlist his help in getting my other hometeacher to like me who I had previously set Carly up with on a blind date. Needless to say, I had to stop going to MMF after that and almost to my ward.

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  6. Cameron--I appreciate your reasons for not liking ska just as I appreciate all manner of pettiness.

    Marcy--unfortunately, Mark Fagg of 2 1/2 White Guys was also in MMF so it looks like you can't go to Skalloween either. The plot thickens.

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  7. Appropo of nothing..
    Kacy, I know what a Bono fan you are - have you seen this story?
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=9&u=/ap/20041022/ap_on_en_mu/people_u2_lyrics

    If the URL doesn't work, you can find it off of the Yahoo front page - I found it interesting.

    As for Reggae vs. Ska - Mariachi wins.

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  8. Very intriguing Jon. Thank you. I never knew what Bono was talking about on October and I guess he didn't either. So why would you leave the suitcase in an attic if you stole it? Why didn't it end up on e-bay? How did they finally get in touch with U2? Have people used this as an excuse in the past to talk to Bono? I should have tried this. And, my final question, will they do some kind of re-release now? I suppose I can google these questions as well as anyone. Fascinating. So where's the suitcase of lyrics for Zoocrapa?

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  9. Anonymous4:32 PM

    Was ska bob THE ska bob? Famous Ska Bob? Star of the song "Bob" by NoFX? Or was it the other Ska Bob? KRCL Ska Bob? Radical is a very ska thing to say. In fact the name of my ska band is Radical Milhouse. Hopefully we will be playing with 2 1/2 white guys next month. Rob and I sluffed class today to read this article.

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  10. Anonymous4:32 PM

    Was ska bob THE ska bob? Famous Ska Bob? Star of the song "Bob" by NoFX? Or was it the other Ska Bob? KRCL Ska Bob? Radical is a very ska thing to say. In fact the name of my ska band is Radical Milhouse. Hopefully we will be playing with 2 1/2 white guys next month. Rob and I sluffed class today to read this article.
    -The Stunningly Handsome Nate Perkins

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  11. Aren't you too young to know the other ska Bob? Radical is very ska-ish in relation to Milhouse, but as an exclamation (like "Awesome!" or "Groovy!") it seems sketchy. Sketchier still: using my blog to shamelessly promote your band. That's ok. I heard Radical Milhouse broke up. What's the deal?

    PS Don't sluff.

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  12. I don't know what's going on, so called Handsome Nate, but I went to what I thought was a Radical Milhouse website. It gave me specific instructions. I followed them. Now I have a "Radical Milhouse" button on my Google toolbar. I don't mind it, I just don't understand it.

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  13. And one last thing--it really must be said--it's pretty funny/disturbing to imagine myself dating THE Ska Bob. But that is just a rumor.

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  14. No Radical Milhouse did not break up, we just got a new drummer. As long as I'm shamelessly promoting things everyone who reads this should check out my less funny, less intellegent blog at http://tshnp.blogspot.com I think that you went to the wrong radical milhouse website. Um... Rob wets the bed.

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  15. Please note: We don't dis Rob.

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  16. There is no "other" SkaBob. I am the one and only!

    And I'm surprised that you remember me, Kacy.

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  17. SkaBob, Have you been googling yourself? If I knew how famous you were I'd have been dropping your name a lot more often over the past 15 years. Welcome aboard and, if it's all the same to you, I'm going to consider your comment an endorsement of my blog.

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  18. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Hey! I just stumbled on here.
    I'm married to Mark Fagg. teehee.
    I can't wait to show him that people are talking about him online without him even knowing. :)
    You can find me here!
    http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=g_knee

    This is a cool blog!

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