Skankin’ the night away…

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:30 am

Right after my nephew learned how to walk (or maybe as he was learning…), I taught him how to skank. When he gets old enough to read, he can hone his skills thanks to the Ska Workshop: Skanking 101, kindly pointed out by the good folks at RandomWalks.

I once won a skanking contest here in Athens. I was in a tiny club watching the excellent Johnny Socko. Athens isn’t much of a ska town, so I was the only one dancing for all the songs. Had such a great time dancing that I didn’t even visit the bar. When they announced me as the winner, I went on stage to collect my prize: a vintage pack of early ’80s Michael Jackson temporary tatoos. I was overjoyed, and to show my appreciation, I moonwalked on stage. The held out a microphone and I gave my best MJ squeal. But then I moonwalked over some cords and fell backwards into the cymbals and off the stage. They laughed at me and made comments about how drunk I was and started the music back up. And I went back to skanking.

I haven’t opened the tatoos yet. They’re a prized posession, sitting on my desk alongside my M&M-pooping R2D2.


  1. The kids from Sprawl would be so proud of you.

    Say…remember when the Mighty Mighty Bosstones were just some band we saw in a Converse commercial? I bought some of those shoes on closeout in WI in 1994…it was a mixed bin and I ended up with two different sizes, two different colors (one red plaid, one green plaid). I oughtta dig them shoes out for the holiday season.

    Comment by M — 12/20/2001 @ 7:22 am

  2. P.S. I realize that Sprawl and MMB are not TRUE, HARDCORE ska bands…but as long as Sal doesn’t read your journal I oughtta get by referencing them here.

    Comment by M — 12/20/2001 @ 7:27 am

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