FaeredelunE (faeredelune) wrote in gothsnotgawfs,

Moments in Music

Moment 91: On August 8, 1992, Madness, one of the great British ska bands of all time, played an event in Finsbury Park in London called “Madstock.” It was the first appearance by the band in eight years. Attendance was exactly 36,007. As Madness’ set reached a climax, people who lived in a nearby apartment block swore they felt an earthquake. The building shook, the windows rattled, the floor rumbled. Could it really be an earthquake in central London? Scientists went to check it out.

After careful investigation, geologists determined what happened. Down the street as Madness was playing their set, so many people were dancin’ and skankin’ during the song “One Step Beyond” they created vibrations that simulated an earthquake for blocks. Their dancing actually registered on the Ritcher scale.

The great Madness earthquake in London, August 8, 1992...new rock moment number 91.

-- Alan Cross

This tickled my old funny bones - any of you from the UK remember this or remember hearing of it? It is the first I have heard of it.
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Not with me anyways, I'm making myself crazy trying to find the lyrics of an old Rawlins Cross song at the moment. *wink*

that sounds thoroughly entertaining.

Ska isn't really my thing but I do recall ska songs or with an influence of it being played regularly in some clubs that played Goth music as well when I first started going to clubs. Plus it shared much of the working class rebelion that Punk did. I heard there was a racist element, but that gets said so often that it becomes confusing and I tend to assume it is not the genre as a whole but more likely a few bands that smeared the reputation for everyone. If anyone wants to help me out that I'd be glad to hear responses.
I cetainly remember it happening! I was living in Leicester at the time (which is miles away from London) and they didn't televise it from what I remember...but it got on the news!

Ska got a bit of a reputation not because of any particular band per se but because it got a following with the skinheads, and unfortunatly a lot of skinheads are associatted with the BNP (who are a horrible right wing organisation that beat people up alot) and so even though Ska in itself isn't right wing some of it's more vocal followers are...a bit like a lot of nutters that think they're vampires listen to goth!
Hilarious on the first part. *smile*

Yes that makes sense with my memories, there was some of that here I think too. In the UK were there counter-groups like we had here? Skinheads against racism, I thought it was brilliant.
Oh certainly there were countergroups, there was a bit of a movement that got labeled Posi-punk (which got convoluted and confused to hell, but that's another story ;) and a lot of Ska groups, particulary Madness started really trying to make sure they were not associated with racism and violence because they were loosing a lot of fans and places weren't hiring ska or punk bands becuase invariably some idiots would turn up looking for a fight.
*Ghost Town is now playing on a mental loop*

I thought so, but it's always better to confirm with the natives. *impish grinn*

I had been thinking that although I am not specifically a ska fan, it is sad that we still don't have much peppering of it in the club scene anymore. Although it isn't one of my first five or ten style choices, I would still prefer it to 'd'zzt d'zzt d'zzt d'zzt.'