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Various: Still StandingStill Standing (2003)
Jump Up/Megalith

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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In the music industry, trends come and trends go. There's always a hot genre, band, or record that people will flock to stores for. Many people surf trend after trend endlessly, always looking for the next big thing while others are content to just go in their own direction and find a niche in the m.
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In the music industry, trends come and trends go. There's always a hot genre, band, or record that people will flock to stores for. Many people surf trend after trend endlessly, always looking for the next big thing while others are content to just go in their own direction and find a niche in the music world to call their own. Anyone who had their fingers on the pulse of the punk rock scene several years ago probably knows how much of a hot ticket ska music was. It was a fad that reached out to thousands of people all over the world. Unfortunately, fads tend to die down in the same amount of time it takes for them to become popular. Ska took a pretty bad beating just after 1999, and kids you were skanking it up beside one day were listening to completely different music the next. Many bands broke up or changed their style, and record sales in the genre plummeted. Still Standing is a tribute to all the bands and fans that have maintained interest in ska, even after many more people moved on. After all, ska music has been around for much longer than 1997!

Still Standing is definitely a huge undertaking between Jump Up Records owner Chuck Wren and Toasters frontman Bucket. The 4 cds on this compilation consist of over 5 hours of music, and 88 songs between well known ska artists and smaller up and comers. Each cd is a mix between traditional ska songs and faster paced ska similar to what has been popular in the more recent years. I think this balance was a good idea as I never liked the way the old Skarmageddon compilations would divide the bands based on their music style. Of course, a compilation with so many bands isn't going to be perfect the entire way through. There are a few "duds" that do appear on this cd. Most aren't too bad, although the Bum Ruckus song "Wuts Your Sign" has to be the most god awful piece of crap that's ever been associated with ska. Thanks to the makers of this cd it's the very last song on the first disc, so I just press eject after Taj Motel Trio stops playing.

The real gems on Still Standing are many, and spread all over the place. It's no surprise that the Toasters start the first cd off with the insanely danceable tune "Sitting On Top Of The World". A few songs later, The Stingers ATX appear with the song "Rich Boy Now" which has to be the greatest song for a guy to listen to that's recently been dumped by his woman. Other amazing songs on the first disc are "Leaving Town" by Las Cabriolas, "Spaced Man" by Let's Go Bowling, and "Scenester" by everyone's favourite Boston ska-punkers Big D and the Kids Table. Right after listening to the first disc I was almost certain it would be my favourite of them all. What surprised me was how wrong I was.

After listening to the second disc, I finally knew which cd would see the most time in my stereo. The Slackers start things off perfectly on this disc with "Axes", just as the Toasters did with the first cd. It gets even better from there. The fifth song on this cd is by far my first and foremost favourite song on Still Standing. After Hours, which features members of Hepcat on vocals, as well as a few other well known names, are the greatest studio project I've ever heard. "Once In A While" is a song that would fit nicely on any Hepcat cd, and it definitely goes well on Still Standing. As a Hepcat fan I feel guilty that I don't already have the After Hours cd, so I guess I know what I'll be buying the second my student loans come through. Mu330 and The Kingpins both keep this cd flowing with great tunes, followed by my second favourite Still Standing song "Market Place" by The Chinkees. I don't see how anyone can listen to this song and then walk away without humming it at the very least. I'm a fan for the catchy tunes, and this song is really damn catchy. Another good song is "In the Rain" by The Independents. I heard this years ago on another compilation, and was surprised to hear it again. Though some people might not like the sound of it, it's definitely one of the most original songs on Still Standing because of it's psychobilly vibe.

Disc 3 is where things start to slow down a bit. Though it's not disappointing, there aren't as many good songs that stick out than on the other cds. It's still good listening though. Bim Skala Bim keeps the tradition of a good start with "Exit Door". Also on this cd are several Canadian bands which I was already familiar with. The Planet Smashers, General Rudie, and The Afterbeat, each have great songs but The Afterbeat surprised me with "Me & You". I hope they come play in Kitchener sometime in the next while because that is one tight band.

Disc 4 is where all the ska punkers out there will rejoice. Though it still has some traditional ska, this CD is more focused on ska-punk bands. The well known ones like Mustard Plug, Skadaddyz, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Buck O Nine and Forces of Evil all have songs that are fast, catchy, and fun. I was a bit disappointed with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones song though. After such an amazing release as "A Jackknife to a Swan" I was hoping they would put one of their newer songs on there. "Time to Toast" isn't a bad Bosstones song, but "Chasing The Sun Away" would have been a perfect tune instead. Aside from the big bands, Westbound Train definitely impressed me with "My Heart Belongs to You" and Schematics ended things off just right with an awesome song called "Riverside Drive".

Overall, I would say Still Standing has lived up to the hype that preceded it. There are so many great songs on the cd that I never mentioned, if you are a fan of ska music or at least enjoy it, than I suggest you buy this and hear them for yourself. Thank you Chuck and Bucket for putting together such a great compilation.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Bum Ruckus song "Wuts Your Sign" is a great song. i have heard lots worse ska songs before. it kinda reminds me what zebrahead would sound like if they did ska with horns.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

i got my copy and so far it is rocking. def. worth the 15 bucks. and i havent even listen to the whole thing yet. looking forward to listening to disc 4 when i get a chance.

Anonymous (October 2, 2003)

I picked up my copy of Still Standing at the Ska Summit. No matter what kind of Ska music you are into, you will find it somewhere on these 4 discs. Being a fan of the traditional sound, I really enjoyed the tracks from the following bands: Toasters, Secret Agent 8. The Stingers atx, Green Island, Las Cab, LGB, Slackers, Eastern Standard Time(highly recomended!), The Rudy Crew, NYSJE, After Hours, Deals Gone Bad, Speakeasies, Steady Ups (highly recomended!), Bim Skala Bim, The Afterbeat(hella potential), King Django's Roots & Culture Band, Strangeways, Buford O Sullivan, Victor Rice, Pietasters, Rocksteady @ 8, Macon Blue Beat Combo, Westbound Train, Monkey, Mike Mowry, Chris Murray, 2 1/2 White Guys.
What a great deal for 15 bucks!! Go buy your copy today!!!
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Ska music: Buy it, Dont burn it!!!

The-Ice-Master (October 1, 2003)

I've got 3 words for ya... The Schematics own. Disc 4 is the best but its really hard to choose because they're so damn good, mostly. Stalking roxy, the spitvalves, the toast, the toasters (obviously), Tri-State Conspiracy and many others make this CD well worth the $15... rock N roll!!!!

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

dude skas great but i love all punk all ska is like a diffrent kind of punk or like rit next to punk ppl divivde punk into to many categories i may sound like a hippie but punks punk love it by the way no fuckin waves and rxb rocks

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

Holy Shit this is probably the only review where all the comments give full marks and every body likes the cd!

Thats the way it shud b if u like the music read the review if u dont like the music dont read the review and dont bash the bands who make the cds!!!!

Anonymous (September 29, 2003)

there is no fuckin fourth wave and there will never be one

www.southernska.com

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

man this sounds like a sweet comp and only 15 bucks shit i know what im buying on thursday

Fuzzy (September 27, 2003)

The "wave" thing is such a bad labeling. The waves haven't actually been styles as much as timing. Because most of the style that people are doing has been around for a long while. Like the RX Bandits. They have released two fucking amazing CDs, but you can see the direct parallel to the latter day Specials CDs and see how influenced they are by them. Wait not for a 4th Wave, but rather for a new good generation of bands.

Ted_The_Bellhop (September 27, 2003)

I was so happy to hear that this was coming out. I really missed ska. All my friends have kinda moved on with the music they like but I have stayed with it. I think still standing is great, just like the classic moon ska comp it points you in the direction of alot of new bands-especially the Stingers ATX they are so great.

THAT_GUY (September 27, 2003)

Good Comp. Good Review. Bad not mentioning that Secret Agent 8 was on here. One of the best ska bands I've ever had the privilege of seeing live.

As for a "4th" wave, I shoot for bands like Against All Authority, Link 80, and the like to start a "Hardcore Ska 4th Wave". It sounds good to me.

zGRAVYzHAVOKz (September 26, 2003)

damn, I'm gonna have to check this out. It sounds fucking cool as shit.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

this review and the price tag of this comp made me purchase the cd today. cant wait to get it.

Edgie (September 26, 2003)

Rocken, I

TheOneTrueBill (September 26, 2003)

A bit too much ska for me. Sorry

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

He is right, the After Hours cd is amazing. Don't waste your time on this comp. Go pick up after hours.

And no, this is not the 4th wave. Its only been a couple of years.

TahoeJeff (September 26, 2003)

wow..15 bucks for 4 cds aint bad...I'll have to check this out.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

it's $15

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

planet smashers and general rudie fuckin rock.

Ramo
(get mighty...great CD)

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

is this one of those cheap compilations, or is it actually more than 7 dollars?

inagreendase (September 26, 2003)

This score is for Big D and the Kids Table.

pretty gud review

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

will there ever be a 4th wave of ska?

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