From the musical section of the “who’da thunk it” department comes this little footnote (from a law journal article [PDF] on the uses of popular music in legal writing), attached to a remark that Justice Samuel Alito “once attended a ska music festival”:
 Becker & Russakoff, supra note 13, available at 2006 WLNR 475058. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, ska is â€śPopular music originating in Jamaica in the 1960s, having elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, and calypso and marked by a fast tempo and a strongly accented offbeat.â€? Ska enjoyed a renaissance in the U.K. during the late 1970s and early 1980s. For a representative sample, see THE SPECIALS, A Message To You Rudy, on SPECIALS (Two-Tone Records 1979); THE ENGLISH BEAT, Mirror In The Bathroom, on I JUST CANâ€™T STOP IT (Go Feet/London 1980); MADNESS, One Step Beyond, on ONE STEP BEYOND (Stiff 1979).
The “Becker and Russakoff” citation is to a Washington Post profile of Alito “In His Wife’s Words.”
Just last Friday night I caught the original ska band, the Skatalites, at the State Theater. (Well, only about 2/7ths of the original band, but what do you expect for a group that first organized 40 years ago.) I didn’t notice any Supreme Court Justices in the house, but maybe quietly in the back…?