This ska-jazz cover of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme is everything

I'm a little late to the party as I've just discovered the fantastic world of YouTuber Pickitup's ska covers! K.K. Slider himself would be impressed by his ska-jazz cover of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme. Now, if that's not your thing, Pickitup's got a huge catalog of other ska/[insert music genre here] covers on his channel Ska Tune Network that are sure to delight.

From his Patreon:

I have been given this gift and love for music, and i've chosen to do the most important thing I can possibly think of with it, and that's to create ska covers of various songs.

This entire journey began on christmas of 2016, when I jokingly posted on facebook saying I should make a bad ska cover of a christmas song, and everyone encouraged me to actually do it, so I did it and people loved it, so since then I've been using my resourses to record myself playing guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, keyboard, and sometimes unconventional instruments like viola, ukulele, euphonium, and honestly anything I can get my hands on to create covers of songs I find interesting or songs other people tell me I should do!

Here's another fun one: A ska-punk one of Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy."

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Madness performs with a string quartet from their "London lock up"

Madness was supposed to go on a U.S. tour this year but COVID changed that. But, that didn't stop the English ska band from making music with a string quartet from their studio, all socially distanced. The resulting 36-minute concert "Two Mad Men and a String Quartet" is a joy.


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What if the Mighty Mighty Bosstones changed genre every 15 seconds

I've never had to knock on wood, but after watching this, it makes me wonder if I could. Read the rest

Here's a delightful ska medley of the Super Mario Otherworld music

Jeremy Hunter A.K.A. Ska Tune Network is on a mission to make ska covers of everything. No exceptions. Like the Borg, ska will assimilate all. The latest — victim? Beneficiary? — of their quest is SUPER MARIO: OTHERWORLD, a popular ROM hack of the original Super Mario World for Super Nintendo.

And this time, they has steel drums to help them. None of us safe from the groovy smiles they'll inflict upon us.

Just remember:

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Weekend Tunes: Enjoy Yourself (it's later than you think)

We made it through another week! I don't know about you, but I'm amazed. Between what we're doing to the planet, what our planet has started to do to us and what we all do to each other, every moment that you're drawing breath is a wee miracle. In the coming days, Donald Trump will be meeting North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un for a chubby tete-a-tete between a dictator and a wannabe. What could possibly go wrong?

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Lollypop Lorry - a good Ska band from Russia

Lollypop Lorry plays old-schoolish Ska music. They're from Yekaterinburg, Russia. Their music is available on Bandcamp. Read the rest

"This is Ska" 1964 documentary

Tony Verity, a broadcaster at Radio Jamaica in the 1960s, introduces the music and dance moves of Ska in this star-packed show. The Maytals are my favorite of the line-up:

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Jamaican Ska

Eric ‘Monty’ Morris - Sammy Dead-O

Jimmy Cliff - One Eyed Jack

Prince Buster - Wash Wash

The Maytals - Treat Me Bad

The Maytals - She Will Never Let You Down

The Charmers - So Marie

Stranger Cole - Rough ‘N’ Tough

Roy & Yvonne - Two Roads Before Me

The Blues Busters - I Don’t Know

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Sammy Dead-O

Jimmy Cliff - King Of Kings

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Ska is the mother of reggae

Public Radio International aired this short audio piece on ska, the musical form that took off in the early 1960s, blending Jamaican jazz with American soul and rhythm and blues, and influenced numerous excellent bands, from The Clash and The Specials to No Doubt and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Read the rest