Really? 'Peculiar', out of all the Slackers albums? I'd go with either 'Redlight' or 'Wasted Days'.
My favorite album has remained the same for a long, long time: The Siren Six!'s "The Voice with a Built-In Promise". Fantastic, both musically and lyrically. It's too bad more third wave acts didn't at least try to reach the levels these guys did.
Runners-up: The Pietasters' "All Day", The Toasters' "Dub 56", The English Beat's "I Just Can't Stop It", The Stubborn All-Stars' "Back with a New Batch", The BossToneS' "Question the Answers" and MU330's "Press".
Albums that are partially ska by bands that were accepted in the ska scene back in the day: The Adjusters' "Before the Revolution", Fishbone's "Truth and Soul" and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies' "Kids on the Street".
Current favorite: Royal City Riot-Whatever you Please
I've been listening to nothing but it for like 5 days now and I'm not sick of it yet...I recommend you buy it if you don't have it yet...best ska CD I've listened to in a long time...
I'd of course put my former band's CDs at the top of the list but I'll be "PC" about it.
Bob Marley and The Wailing Wailers: One Love at Studio One- If any album had an ifluence on me and the direction I'd take, it was this one.
See Spot- The Robbery, their newest and I think best release they've put out.
Chris Murray Combo- Why So Rude (See See Spot above).
The Pepper Pots- Shake It All I can say is "WOW!" Great harmonizing vocals on this one! (And not hard on the eyes either!)
-->The three above get continuously played at home and in my car<--. Ska Bonanza: The Studio One Years- If you want to hear the roots of ska, there is no better place to start then with this comp.
LGB- Music To Bowl B, Mr. Twist
Hepcat- Out Of Nowhere
Madness- One Step Beyond