Welcome to Ska Boom Interviews, which is the audio companion to my book Ska Boom: An American Ska & Reggae Oral History now available from DiWulf Publishing and Amazon.  

The goal of this podcast is talk about ska with an emphasis on American ska history and the bands, musicians and people who have helped to create and influence a uniquely American version of ska and reggae that spans from the late 70s until today. 

In this episode, I’m speaking with Horace Panter – bassist for The Specials. Horace has been a huge inspiration to me and many others who emulated his choice of a Fender P-bass and his moving octave bass runs drawn from disco and funk. 

I’ve met Horace twice. Once when my band opened for Special Beat and he recognized me from being interviewed for a BBC news story about American ska in the early 90s and then again when he was on tour with Ranking Roger. Both times he lived up to his nickname of Sir Horace Gentleman. I'm honored that he wrote the foreword to my book.

We talk about bass guitars, The Specials incendiary performance on Saturday Night Live and his take on America and American ska from his time touring here with The Specials, General Public and Special Beat.

Ska Boom is hosted/produced by Marc Wasserman and co-produced/engineered by Rob George.

Please note: The music clips included in this podcast fall under the “Fair Use Doctrine” as defined by Section 107 of the Copyright Act. The law allows for use of music clips for purposes of criticism, comment, and news reporting.

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