Toastmaster Generals

Although Hingley's a true ska veteran, he's hardly one to shun new bands, including the pop-influenced No Doubt and Dance Hall Crashers, both of whom started out on Moon Ska before dashing off to major-label stardom. "Both of these bands started out far more ska-influenced, and now they're more pop." Hingley observes, "But either way they have a really refreshing sound and people are ready for that after the grunge fiasco."

As Hingley told a reporter this past summer, "A lot of people are scared and they say, 'Ska music's gonna get commercialized and popular, and it'll get ruined.' But I don't think so, 'cause ska's really a mutational beast. When the music started, it took various types of African rhythms and American R&B, jazz, and calypso and stuck it all together into this funky ball called ska. Since then every generation has changed the music to fit the needs of the kids."

The Toasters perform on Friday, November 7, at the Chili Pepper, 200 W. Broward Blvd., 954-525-5996, with Bim Skala Bim and Double Agents. Cover charge is $10.

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