In the late ’90es, the first wave of the new millennium was dominated by the electronic music phenomenon known as Ska.
Ska’s hits included hits like “I Got You Babe” and “Ride the Bus.”
But the genre had a decidedly “funk” feel to it.
Skateboarding and skateboard culture had come of age.
In 1997, Ska hit a new high point with the release of its debut album, Skateman.
In addition to ska’s signature bass lines, the album also featured a wide array of other classic ska hits like the “Baby Got Back” single.
Its sales helped launch the genre into pop culture fame and propelled Ska to become one of the most influential acts in modern rock and roll.
In the mid-’00s, the music industry was in a state of transition.
Skatemen had finally reached the mainstream and were on the cusp of mainstreaming.
But that was before the advent of the Internet.
As the industry moved into the Internet age, music became more accessible and more appealing to young listeners.
At the same time, the popularity of Ska in the ’80s and ’90’s was beginning to wane.
Skater culture was at an inflection point.
In 1998, the Skataman group, which was led by the legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, released a new EP titled Skatman, which featured the hits “Baby Had Back,” “Baby Gone Back,” and “Falling Down.”
The Skatama music scene was beginning a period of decline, with the group’s last two albums and a full-length album all released by the end of the decade.
But the Skatalites were not finished yet.
In 2000, the new Skatamean group, led by guitarist-singer-songwriter Matt Skidmore, released Skatamania, a compilation album that featured hits like “’97” and featured new music from the group, including a hit called “My Baby Got Back.”
Skatalite music had entered a period where it could no longer compete with the likes of Skatemania, and it quickly faded into the background.
By the end, the genre was in decline.
And Skatalism was in the middle of a full on musical meltdown.
A series of videos on the popular YouTube channel Vimeo by Skatalist Andrew “Kraig” O’Brien revealed the tragic state of the Skalemania scene.
“You know, it’s just, it just sucks,” Skatalistic Andrew said.
“And it’s sad that it’s over.
We had the most incredible fans, the most amazing producers, the greatest artists, and we just went out there and made the songs that we wanted to make.
And I don’t even know how to explain it.
We were all so in love with Skatalamania.
And it was a disaster.”
When Skatalists fans heard the news that the genre would soon cease to exist, the video, which quickly became a viral hit, went viral.
Within days, the clip had more than 12 million views.
It was the first video of the year that Skatalisted had ever seen.
By this point, the “Skataman” brand was in such a bad state that the band was even selling T-shirts with a message of its own: “Get Skatalaman!”
The video went viral, and the “Disco Skatal” was born.
It quickly became one of YouTube’s top hits.
By 2005, the band had earned enough money to open a new studio and release a new record, “Krakatoa.”
But this time around, the fans weren’t as happy.
In 2006, Skatalight announced that they would be moving the band’s touring schedule to accommodate their new lifestyle.
This news, coupled with the band disbanding in late 2007, resulted in a huge drop in sales and a significant decline in their standing in the music community.
The band’s former fans were left with the choice of either accepting their demise or accepting the demise of their beloved band.
The decision to end their career was the band making.
The new Skatalights record, called “Karka,” was a big hit.
Its success allowed them to release a second record, titled “Mighty Skatal,” which brought in another million units.
“Might As Well” was released in 2008 and went on to become the bands first No. 1 hit in the U.S. It also became their biggest hit to date.
Skatal’s fans continued to follow the band and tour across the U: they even hosted a concert at a ski resort in New Hampshire.
The album, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, sold almost 30 million copies in the United States and over 200 million worldwide. But things