There was a reason I photographed these 3 buttons together. For a number of people, these 3 seemed to be the holy trinity of 3rd Wave Ska/ Ska-Punk. Interestingly, these are the 3 bands I hear the most in modern day ska-punk bands. All three of these buttons were probably procured in the late 90s or thereabouts. It is crazy to think some version of these bands still play today. Less Than Jake is the most intact with 4 members having put in an impressive 22 years with the band (keeping in mind JR is the new member with 15 years in). Reel Big Fish and Save Ferris are still playing shows and/or touring but only retain 1 original member in each band. It’d be cool if we got a classic line-up show from each outfit.
My two biggest goals in college were to join a band and book shows. Here is a flyer for the first show I ever booked. It was a benefit concert and I got to book a show with my friends in the Berlin Project (still a ska band at this point), the Slick Olde Bishops, and Song. My roommate Andy and I booked the show with us trying to rent a U-Haul all day to move a PA system. No one showed up as there was also a Pitt Football game that night. Pitt lost that night 30-17 to #3 Virginia Tech. So did we as I think only 6 people showed up.
From 1999 to 2001, I ran the Pittsburgh Ska Mailing List. Growing up in DC, the ska scene had 2 great resources with DCSka.com that was run by Craig and the DC Ska Mailing list run by Michelle Chin. Taking a queue from the very talented Ms. Chin, I decided to do the same thing for the Pittsburgh Scene with Tony Vinski running the awesome PittSka.com website. In 2000, the Pittsburgh Ska Mailing List ran the first, and what ended up being only, Pittsburgh Ska Awards. Here are the nominees and winners:
Combining two of my favorite things, Blue Meanies and Bozo the Clown, this logo occupied a spot on my desktop all throughout college.