Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Aquabats-The Fury of The Aquabats

I always feel like there will be a time in the future where I will have to sit my kids down and explain, "There was a decade called the 90's and during that decade there was this musical movement called ska that was sometimes mixed with punk. That movement was a continuation of the movement that originally started in Jamaica in the 50's and 60's and was imported to England where white folks popularized it in the 70's and 80's. One of bands in the 90's iteration of the ska movement was The Aquabats. They were superheroes with silly outfits, silly names, and silly songs. They put on some of the best live shows you have ever seen and Mommy and Daddy used to go to their shows and fling their arms and legs about in reckless abandon as The Aquabats sang upbeat songs about lobsters, aliens, giant monsters and such." It's going to be a long conversation and the Q&A session at the end might be fairly involved. I will say this: if you simply do not get how awesome The Aquabats are in all their geeky charm, there is nothing I can do for you. Either you get it or you don't. Either you're invited to the pool party or you're not.

Addendum: I probably won't have to have the little chat with my daughter about ska after all. I've gotten her started on Yo Gabba Gabba (aka the greatest kids show ever) and she's seen and gleefully bounced up and down to the Aquabats. Thanks DJ Lance.

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