Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that disparaging terms can be federally registered as trademarks. It was a victory for the Slants, the synth rock band made up of four Asian American members. For eight years , the Slants had been fighting the law that kept names like theirs from being trademarked. This legal battle had made them possibly the only rock band to tour law schools in addition to concert venues and, uh, anime conventions. This case has been most people's introduction to the Slants, and some people's introduction to the racial slur "slant," a term that originated when English speakers sought an abbreviated form of "slant-eyed," which is as old as the s.
Park started a record label and began releasing music in under the name Dill Records , with the Asian Man label established May Asian Man Records were distributed by Mordam Records. In , Park established the Fun Fun Records sublabel, which released children's music. The label specializes in mostly ska and punk.
Ska is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the off beat. It was developed in Jamaica in the s when Prince Buster , Clement "Coxsone" Dodd , and Duke Reid formed sound systems to play American rhythm and blues and then began recording their own songs. Later it became popular with many skinheads. Music historians typically divide the history of ska into three periods: the original Jamaican scene of the s; the 2 Tone ska revival of the late s in Britain, which fused Jamaican ska rhythms and melodies with the faster tempos and harder edge of punk rock ; and third wave ska, which involved bands from the UK, other European countries notably Germany , Australia, Japan, South America and the United States, beginning in the s and peaking in the s. There are multiple theories about the origins of the word ska.
Written by R. Hollins 3 June When reggae emerged in the late 60s, it came as a cultural bomb not only to Jamaica but the whole world. The genre has a pivotal role in societies throughout the world, contributing to the development of new counter-culture movements such as new waves of ska, punk, dancehall, hip hop and underground bass music.