I think there is the basic Eurocentric style based on marching brass band techniques, then the Brazillian influenced marching samba/reggae based ska. I think the latter has more arranged drum parts IE breaks, while the former is hard to distinguish from rock.I don't see any interest in what is an underrated drumming (and popular) form; SKA.
'would be welcome to see views on technique and SKA styles.
With respect, if you consider when the song was written, the country it was written in, at the time it was written, I think the lyrics resonate pretty well.I've always loved "Mirror in the Bathroom".
Although I was disappointed when the internet was invented and could go online and read the lyrics to the song and I realized just how dumb the verses are.
But between Madness and No Doubt, I don't think ska is under rated.
The 1st verse, that also repeats later in the song:With respect, if you consider when the song was written, the country it was written in, at the time it was written, I think the lyrics resonate pretty well.
Sure, the 3rd verse is good, and the chorus is fine.Mirror in the bathroom
please talk free
The door is locked
just you and me.
Can I take you to a restaurant
that's got glass tables
You can watch yourself
while you are eating.
Perhaps. Although the song came out in 1980, before the 80's were in full swing.I was always under the impression it was a nod to the narcissism of the 80s, the "me me me" time, with a side nod "Mirror in the bathroom Recompense For all my crimes of self defense" to violence between multi-ethnicity, left leaning bands (like the Specials) suffered at the time.
But that's the beauty of song lyrics, they mean different things to different folks!
Which is always how I interpreted the song. I just never quite got the part about the glass table.This was written by The English Beat singer and guitarist Dave Wakeling. He told us the story of the song: "I was working in construction at the time, and it was the winter. I had forgotten to hang my jeans up to dry overnight, so when I got into the bathroom to shower up, I noticed my jeans were still on the floor, soaking wet, covered in sand. So I hung them up thinking well, it's probably best to have them steaming hot and wet. I went to shave, and it was snowing, and I really, really didn't want to go. So I started talking to myself in the mirror as I was shaving up. And it was weird, because I looked deeper in the mirror, and I could see the little caption on the door behind, and I said to myself, Look, David, there's just me and you in here. The door's locked. We don't have to go to work. Of course we did. Got on the motorbike, and I just started pondering as I skated my way to the construction site on this motorbike. And that's how it started. It was thinking about how self-involvement turns into narcissism and how narcissism turns into isolation, and then how isolation turns into self-involvement again, and how what a vicious cycle that can become. So then I just started thinking about different situations where people would ostensibly look like they were doing something, but in fact they were checking their own reflection out. And you'd see it perhaps on Saturday afternoon with people window shopping, half the time they're actually just looking at their own reflection. Then this restaurant opened, and it was a big deal at the time because it had glass tables, and I was like, oh, you can watch yourself."
I also liked the Specials collaboration with Desmond Dekker - "King of Kings".Checkout "The Specials" British Ska band