I'm not shy in admitting that the Lizard King's feature serves as a love letter of sorts to Arizona's ska scene and its history, as does this blog. As a compliment to the story, here some glimpses both audio and visual at some of the ska groups (both past and present) that have called Arizona home.
Years active: 1994-1998
This seven-member ska act has the distinction of being the first-ever ska band I ever saw perform live (more specifically opening for Skankin' Pickle along with Plinko in 1994). During their four years of existence, the band produced two albums (1995's Dick Triple Flip and 1997's Get on the Bus) and hosted a regular ska night at the old Boston's.
Dave's Big Deluxe
Years active: 1991-1999
Hailing from Tucson, this energetic sixsome rocked venues throughout Arizona and was described by a former New Times scribe as "the only known two-tone sextet ever to be named after a hamburger."
PRESENT: Liam and the Ladies
Fronted by Sweets 'n' Beats co-owner Liam Murtaugh, this eight-member outfit rocks more of a traditional two-tone sound.
This local solo songstress who offers more of a vintage ska sound mixed with laidback rocksteady rhythms and folkish stylings.
As you can witness in the above video, this fivesome packs plenty of power, a groovy horn section, and plenty of wacky-ass fun.
Three Point Turn
Tuscon ska fans enjoy the fast-paced and frentic mix of two-tone and third wave that this foursome has performed at such Old Pueblo venues as Skrappies, The Rock, and the Hotel Congress.
Hailing from the dusty town of Cottonwood, regularly travel all over Arizona to offer music fans their blend of reggae, dancehall, and ska-punk.
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