I've always loved old-school ska and was never too impressed with the newer punk-oriented stuff. I hadn't really thought about it until today, when I was browsing deviantART for some ska-oriented artwork. I came across one piece entitled "ska is depressing." It pictured a cartoonish young rude boy, complete with natty suit, pork pie hat and checkerboard tie, blowing his brains out with a pistol. As a firm believer in the sentiment expressed in my icon, my immediate response to this was "WTF?????" Someone mentioned in the comments that "not all ska is depressing," much of the older stuff is happier and more fun, and the artist said "Yeah, I was commenting about the newer stuff with this piece." Which was not immediately apparent in the piece or the way it was presented. So I replied and said, "OK, I see, you're talking about the newer stuff. Because my first thought was, Depressing? Man, what kind of ska are you listening to??"
So that in a nutshell is the reason I'll remain trad until I pass!
Thanks again and carry on skanking!