Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast

Checkered Past is the #1 Edmonton-based Ska History podcast. Every two (tone) weeks siblings Celine and Rob dig in on a different ska band covering their history, impact and catalogue. Expect a lot of jokes, culture discussions and of course, ska-based puns. Great for new, lapsed and casual listeners of the genre as well as fellow Skaficianados!

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Tuesday May 31, 2022

Ho ho the rattlin' pod as Checkered Past heads down to Mesa Town to see what the f' is goin' down! Rob and Joey break down the Ska tracks of Arizona skate-punk band Authority Zero from their triumphant major label debut to their modern independent releases. All the while they discuss their surf and sublime take on Ska, their penchant for acoustic live recordings and all those times they sang folk songs really fast. Thanks to echub on the discord for the suggestion! Sign up for the Checkerhead Patreon to be able to suggest future TromBonuses at Hosts: Rob and JoeyEngineer: JoeyEditor: Joey

Tuesday May 24, 2022

We can't wait to tell you about our new ep! Checkered Past welcomes Chris Ruckus of Pittsburg Skacore band Dissidente on the podcast to discuss influential Ska Punkers The Suicide Machines! First, Chris recounts his formative Ska years, the realities of going to shows as you age and the unfortunate realities of pay-to-play booking. Then, Rob, Engineer Joey and Chris go through the 90's era of The Suicide Machines from their snotty early years to their Hollywood Records deal to their Beatles-influenced self titled album. They cap it off with a game of Blank and the Blanks and Chris settles the debate of what exactly makes a dumpling. For the entire unedited and uncut 2 hour episode sign up for the True Checkerhead Patreon at  Hosts: Rob and JoeyEngineer: JoeyEditor: Rob

Tuesday May 17, 2022

Throw back your favorite alcoholic beverage and pull a comb through whatever colored hair you have, cause Checkered Past is tackling swingsters Cherry Poppin' Daddies! On this TromBonus, Rob, Celine and Joey listen to the bands Skaboy JFK compilation front to back tackling their Ska tracks from 1990 to 2009. They discuss the bands whiplash stylistic choices, their top shelf musicianship and, of course, their still questionable band name. For the full 60 minute episode uncut and unedited in both audio and video, sign up for the Checkerhead Patreon at Hosts: Celine, Rob and JoeyEngineer: JoeyEditor: Joey

Tuesday May 10, 2022

Megababes rejoice: Checkered Past welcomes Diglo and Michi of indie-rock band Megawave! They talk to Rob and Celine about their friendship with the Ska community, their Ska origin stories and the various influences on their debut record Rainbow Heartache. Afterwards they all dig in on the tumultuous career of 2000's Ska pioneers, Streetlight Manifesto covering their original music, their antagonistic relationship with Victory Records and their current reputation in the Ska scene. To get the entire episode uncut and unedited in Audio or Video form, sign up for the True Checkerhead Patreon at Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyEditor: Rob

Friday May 06, 2022

It is the debut episode of our first spin-off podcast, Gear In Your Bedroom with Engineer Joey! It's a podcast dedicated to the DIY musician: their songwriting process, their influences and, of course, their gear! It's a journey to learn more about how someone gets the idea to write music and brings it to completion with a finished product... but with that CP/SC sense of absurd humour! In the debut episode, Joey interviews Ska-Punk musician Common Sense Kid about his early days of writing music during the pandemic and where he is at now as a full fledged songwriter. New episodes will be released every Friday EXCLUSIVELY in the True Checkerhead tier of our patreon! Subscribe at and also get discord access and full uncut episodes of Checkered Past: The Ska'd Cast. Host, Engineer, Editor: Joey

Tuesday May 03, 2022

I'm gonna make this milky clear, Checkered Past is breaking down pop-punk bros Zebrahead! Rob, Celine and Joey break down every Zebrahead album going through all three of their phases starting with their funk-punk beginnings to their pop punk superstardom to their metal-influenced modern era. All the while, finding and dissecting the band's attempts at Ska, their workhorse mentality and their international appeal. What will Celine say about their prolific amounts of phallic humour? Tune in to find out! Sign up for the Checkerhead Patreon to get the whole episode uncut and unedited at Hosts: Celine, Rob and JoeyEngineer: JoeyEditor: Joey

Tuesday Apr 26, 2022

Yipee Ki-yay Mother Skanker! Checkered Past welcomes Austin-based Skacore band Hans Gruber and the Die Hards on to discuss the pride of Connecticut Ska, Spring Heeled Jack USA! First, Rosie, Kurt and Chris discuss their Christian upbringings, the music scene of Connecticut and the origin of their song No No Bronto. Then they dive into SHJ USA from beginning to end and finish the episode with a game of Where in the World is Skarmen Skandiego and answer some listener questions! Hans Gruber's new album With A Vengeance will be released May 3rd through Ska Punk International! To get the complete episode uncut in audio or video format, sign up for the Checkerhead Patreon at Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyEditor: Rob

Tuesday Apr 19, 2022

Grab a pizza with pineapple and a fruity punch as Checkered Past explores the one-off Dill Records cult classic, Tantra Monsters! Rob and Engineer Joey blind listen to the complete album and comment on each song while also talking about what little they know about Hawaii, fast guitar playing and the 90's obsession with funk rock. Sign up for the Checkerhead Patreon to get the complete unedited episode including Joey and Rob playing a game of Build-a-Band Workshop! Hosts: Joey and RobEngineer: JoeyEditor: Joey

Tuesday Apr 12, 2022

All Our Best Friends Are Checkerheads! Checkered Past welcomes the Ska Daddy himself, Five Iron Frenzy vocalist Reese Roper on to the pod to continue their discussion of Less Than Jake! Before that, they talk about the early days Five Iron, Reese's journey as a vocalist and the Christian music scene. Then, Celine, Rob and Reese dig in on Hello Rockview, Less Than Jake's separation from the majors and their sole effort on Fat Wreck Chords. For the full, uncut, unedited interview in video format, sign up for the Checkerhead Patreon at Hosts: Celine and RobEngineer: JoeyEditor: Arianne

Tuesday Apr 05, 2022

Now that Madness March is over, it's time for the night to feel our pod with Canada's Ska-adjacent dynamic duo Bedouin Soundclash! Engineer Joey and Rob talk about the bands heyday on the radio, beach-bum reggae and the nature of the music industry in the mid 00's. If you want some chill-dude vibes this is the episode for you! Hosts: Rob and JoeyEditor: JoeyEngineer: Joey

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