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Ska punk is a fusion music genre that combines ska and punk rock. Ska punk achieved its greatest popularity in the United Statesmarker in the late 1990s, although there has also been a following worldwide. Several ska punk bands achieved mainstream commercial success, which in some cases continued into the 2000s.

The characteristics of ska punk vary, due to the fusion of contrasting genres. The more punk- influenced style often features faster tempos, guitar distortion, onbeat punk-style interludes (usually the chorus), and nasal, gruff or shouted vocals. The more ska-influenced style of ska punk features a more developed instrumentation and a cleaner vocal and musical sound. The common instrumentation includes electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, brass instruments (such as trombones or trumpets), and sometimes an organ.

Ska-core or Skacore is a subgenre of ska punk, blending ska with hardcore punk. One of the first appearances of the term ska-core was in the title of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones album Ska-Core, the Devil, and More.


Ska and punk rock were first combined during the 2 Tone movement of the late 1970s, by bands such as The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, and Madness. The fusion of the two genres became more prevalent in the 1980s, during the third wave of ska.

Operation Ivy, formed in 1987, received positive responses in the East Bay area of San Franciscomarker, and were approached by major labels before breaking up in 1989. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones appeared in the movie Clueless, and their 1997 album Let's Face It went platinum. Less than Jake's song "We're All Dudes" appeared in the 1997 Nickelodeon film Good Burger. Save Ferris appeared in the film 10 Things I Hate About You, and Reel Big Fish appeared on BASEketball. Buck-O-Nine's music appeared in the films The Big Hit and Homegrown.

Between 1999 and 2001, many ska punk bands began to break up, while fans of the genre turned their attention to other music genres. Some bands that were originally part of the ska punk genre, such as The Aquabats, and Mustard Plug continued with less emphasis on horns and traditional ska rhythms, and have not achieved the same commercial success that they experienced earlier in their careers.

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