Do you exclusively wear checkered Vans and grey blazers? Does your Spotify consist almost entirely of music from the late 90s and early 00s? Have you ever listened to a song and thought, “yeah this is okay, but it really needs a five-piece horn section”? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it is possible you could suffer from ska addiction.
Despite the fact that Ska has not been widely popular in over 10 years, there are still thousands of people who choose to listen to it every day. While most people are able to listen to the occasional No Doubt song then move on to literally any other genre, Ska fans will listen to that classic guitar riff and feel overcome with the urge to start wearing a tie with a regular T-shirt or buy a keytar. They will then become delusional, believing that Ska is going to make a comeback, or that the Save Ferris cover of Come On Eileen is better than the original. Ska fans will also push those closest to them away and choose instead to spend time with other Ska fans who enable their illusion that Ska is still popular.
There is still hope for many Ska fans. If you or a loved one has been listening to Streetlight Manifesto on repeat for an extended period of time, contact your local chapter of Ska Fans Anonymous. We specialize in treatment and group meetings. We work to show Ska fans that they don’t have to go through this alone, as well as providing access to playlists of other, more socially acceptable music genres. SFA has already helped thousands of Ska fans across the country. Just listen to some of their truly inspiring testimonials:
“I didn’t even realize how bad I was before. I couldn’t see that when I made everyone who I knew listen to my ‘best of Ska’ playlists, I was hurting them as well as myself.”
“SFA helped me to realize that not every band needs 3 trumpet players. Some bands are actually better without them.”
“At my lowest point, I listened to a Ska version of Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. That’s when I realized I was no longer just a casual Ska fan, and I needed to seek help.”
“SFA saved my life. If I hadn’t sought help I would still be living in my car following Sublime on tour. Now I’m in college, and I listen to music that I am proud to play for my friends. I just bought a Childish Gambino album!”
If you feel like there’s no hope left, you are not alone. With help, you can learn to handle your addiction and finally find peace with the fact that Ska was never actually good. For more information call 1(800)SKA-ANON or visit http://www.SkaIsDead.org.