'Pick It Up! - Ska in the '90s' Documentary In The Works

A deep into how the genre of ska evolved.

July 20, 2018

'Pick It Up!' aims to tell the story of 90's ska from a wide variety of points of view, including dozens of the key figures who lived it, such as members of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, and Sublime.

This is an independent documentary, raising money on kickstarter in order to tell the story of the rise of the third wave of ska.

The documentary, a "love letter" to third wave ska, will delve deep into how the genre of ska evolved from its original Jamaican form, through British "two-tone" in the 80s, into an entirely new global thing in the 90's, when it became wildly popular for a brief moment in music history. The film will feature interviews with members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin' Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!

Excerpts from some of the featured interviews in 'Pick It Up! Ska in the 90's:

"When we started off, Grand Rapids didn't really have a ska scene... The only people in Grand Rapids that knew about ska were the ones in our band. If you knew about ska, you were in Mustard Plug. Didn't matter if you could play an instrument."- Dave Kirchgessner / Mustard Plug

"Part of the reason why I wanted to be in a ska band, was because I loved the scene, but also I knew, this is where I need to be!"- Monique Powell / Save Ferris

"When 'Sell Out' came out... That was like in the movies! Where they do a montage of playing a small show and then they get bigger and bigger and then they pan up the charts... Oh, going to number one!" 
-Aaron Barett / Reel Big Fish

Visit the Kickstarter page HERE.