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Ska punk: it’s the Marmite genre that just won’t die. Whatever your opinion though, the infectious combination of ska and punk is probably as responsible for recruiting successive generations to punk rock as the more mainstream commercial acts, from the Sex Pistols to Green Day.

Danceable, upbeat and generally positive in lyrical themes and outlook, ska punk was established in the original ’70s punk rock explosion with The Clash and Ruts. The subsequent ska revival fronted by the 2-Tone movement and associated ska revival of the late 70s/early 80s – including The Specials, The Beat, Madness, The Selecter, Bad Manners and The Bodysnatchers – would prove to be as influential on the genre as punk itself. Its progressive politics and diversity coupled with the economical but confrontational style of punk meant the genre would go on experience multiple revivals throughout the following five decades. 

And here are the 10 finest albums ever to represent the genre.

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10. Voodoo Glow Skulls – Firme (1995)

Voodoo Glow Skulls - Firme

(Image credit: Epitaph)

Almost 35 years as a going concern, Voodoo Glow Skulls are geared at the chunky riff-heavy end of ska punk and were originally influenced by Fishbone and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as their hardcore punk peers.

On Firme, their debut for Epitaph, and second album overall, the seven-piece’s furious but wacky brand of ska punk set them apart from the mid ’90s SoCal pop-punk explosion, and paid tribute to their Hispanic roots by being issued in both English and Spanish language versions.

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