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We’re guessing that Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky never had a skank in his puff. Well, he did pop his clogs in 1893.
However that didn’t stop Madness from turning his Swan Lake ditty into a ska classic. The band recorded the song for their 1979 debut album One Step Beyond. Swan Lake wasn’t the only cover on the album. The group also cut Prince Buster’s Madness and One Step Beyond.
Interesting fact: the now classic "Don’t watch that, watch this" line from One Step beyond was actually taken from another Prince Buster tune called The Scorcher. You're welcome.
S is also for… Skanking: As well as being a fairly decent double entendre, skanking is the dance you do to ska music. It’s a bit like running on the spot. Watch Chas Smash of Madness doing his own version here. Brilliant.