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Ska Punk
Ska punk or Ska-punk is a fusion music genre that combines ska and punk rock. Ska-core is a subgenre of ska punk, blending ska with hardcore punk.

The characteristics of ska punk vary, due to the fusion of contrasting genres. The more punk-influenced style often features faster tempos, guitar distortion, onbeat punk-style interludes (usually the chorus), and nasal, gruff, or shouted vocals. The more ska-influenced style of ska punk features a more developed instrumentation and a cleaner vocal and musical sound. The common instrumentation includes guitar, bass guitar, drums, saxophones, trombones, trumpets and/or other brass instruments, and sometimes an organ.

Ska and punk were first combined during the 2 Tone movement of the late 1970s, with bands such as The Specials, The Selecter and The English Beat. The fusion of the two genres became more prevalent in the 1980s, during the third wave of ska. Ska punk achieved its greatest popularity in the late 1990s in the United States, although there has been a strong following worldwide. In Europe, the Spanish band Ska-P, despite singing only in Spanish, reached out to audiences in France, Germany and Italy (as well as achieving considerable success in their natural markets of Spain and South America).

Several ska punk bands achieved mainstream commercial success. Sublime, a band from Long Beach, California broke into the mainstream during the mid 1990s after the release of its 5x platinum self-titled album with the song "What I Got". The Mighty Mighty Bosstones appeared in the movie Clueless, and saw their 1997 album Let's Face It go platinum. Save Ferris appeared in the film 10 Things I Hate About You, and Reel Big Fish appeared on Baseketball. Buck-O-Nine's music appeared in the films The Big Hit and "Homegrown." This success lasted into the 2000s for some bands such as the Grammy-winning No Doubt and Less Than Jake, whose 2003 album Anthem saw two singles, "She's Gonna Break Soon" and "The Science Of Selling Yourself Short", get airtime on Total Request Live.
Stylistic origins:
Punk Rock, Ska, Reggae
Subgenres:
Streetska - Ska-Core
External links:
Wikipedia16

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