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For my week posing as professor for music history 10 I would like to discuss the meaning of and history leading up to the mid 90s ska selection by Less Than Jake Sugar in Your Gas Tank Sugar in Your Gas Tank was released on Less Than Jakes 1996 album on Capitol records Losing Streak Although they had actually had many previous releases on independent labels this was Less than Jakes first major label record Previously only having an underground Indy following being picked up by a major label and getting radio play made their audience grow exponentially They have since released another album on Capitol which has also had a fair amount of success I would like to make the claim that Less than Jake is a hybrid of many different genres of music There are many different influences which I will go into in more detail later on Less than Jake but I think the most significant worlds which seem to have come together are the Irie and the angry Reggae original ska and Punk Both of these two genres were created by alienateddisgruntled youth cultures They each had their own methods of voicing their social unrest and their own ways of dealing with it The energy of these two types could not be farther apart from one another however they manage to fuse together quite nicely in the mid to late 90s form of ska When the Irie and the angry come together we get a playful yet aggressive musical category ska Although I will not spend that much time analyzing them in the songs lie clues into some of these feelings of social problemsIt seems that Id more content with it allIf I had it in me to stop my random thoughtsI could deal with this nonstop spinning worldIf only I could say that everythings okfrustration hell who needs it anywaybe the most closed minded that I could getThis
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