By Skippy Rodman What do you think of when you hear the word “skank?” Most people probably think of a promiscuous individual. Not me. I think of dancing at a ska show. Ska has been pretty much dead for the most part of the new millennium. It is evident in our local scene. You can probably only count the number of local ska bands on one hand.
A few weeks ago I attended a local show that featured a ska band from Jersey. The band had great energy, just like every ska band should. However, I was disappointed. I looked at the crowd and most of the fans were just standing around. I believe there was one or two individuals attempting to “skank.” It looked like just a bunch of bouncing around, though, without any clear movement or rhythm. I came to the conclusion that the local scene just doesn’t know how to “skank.”
How can we get the scene to start “skankin” again? First, go to a ska show. Even though our local scene doesn’t have real ska shows anymore, they’re still out there. A lot of amazing ska bands are still touring. Go to the show and observe the crowd. You’ll be sure to pick up a move or two. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones even has a member of the band who “skanks” all around the stage. If you can’t get out to a ska show, go on Youtube. You can learn everything on Youtube these days and that includes how to “skank.” Finally, we need to rebuild our ska scene so everyone has a chance to actually practice these crazy moves. Every kid playing in their high scho