Song of the Day #809: ‘Turn It Up’ – Save Ferris

So what ever happened to ska? Or, more appropriately, to ska punk?

Remember the late 90s, when bands such as Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime and No Doubt were all the rage? That explosion seemed to fizzle out faster than most of these things. Grunge had a longer heyday. So did the boy bands. But these guys, arguably the most musically interesting of the 90s genres, were gone in a blink.

Gwen Stefani looks like a freakin’ genius for jumping off the sinking ship of No Doubt and launching a successful solo career in the dance/pop genre.

Save Ferris was one of those flash in the pan ska punk bands that put out some pretty good music for a couple of years and then disappeared. They had a song on the soundtrack of 10 Things I Hate About You, which is probably the closest they came to mainstream success.

Save Ferris’ 1999 album Modified (their third and last) is a fine example of ska punk done well. Every song is catchy and lead singer Monique Powell belts them out all Stefani-like. It’s good driving music. And you have to like a band that named itself after a recurring joke in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

I listen to my radio
I’m waiting for that song to play
I wonder what you’re gonna do
Am I going to hear that song today
Cause I’m counting every second
Till I can sing along
But the line is always busy
And you’re not playing the song
Can’t you see I’m waiting here for you

Cause I need to hear it
Though I don’t know why
To lift up my spirits
And bring a tear right to my eye

[Chorus]:
I turn it up
When I hear that song
I turn it up
And I sing along
Got to hear that song again DJ
I turn it up
When I hear that song
I turn it up
And I sing along
Got to hear my favorite song again today

You do what you want to do
You say what you want to say
The choice is always up to you
To play what you want to play
So come on Mr. DJ and play us a song
The one that makes us smile and makes us sing along
Can’t you see I’m calling out to you

Cause I need to hear it
Though I don’t know why
To lift up my spirits
And bring tear right to my eye

(Repeat Chorus)

Is there nothing I can do
I’ve been waiting here so long
The choice is up to you
Won’t you give that song a play
Cause I got to hear it
And I need to hear it
Yeah I need to hear it again

(Repeat Chorus)

I turn it up
I need to hear that song
I turn it up
I need to hear that song
I turn it up
I need to hear that song again today
Oh yeah
I turn it up

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #809: ‘Turn It Up’ – Save Ferris

  1. Dana says:

    I hear nothing in this song that is ska. Punk yes, ska, no.

    (And I’ll let Amy use the quote from Anne Kress I’m sure she thought of upon seeing this entry:))

  2. Amy says:

    What was it? “That’s when ska used to mean something” perhaps?

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