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KATRIN NEUHAUS

Rising star, Oscar Isaac, first got his start as a Ska musician

His former band even opened for Green Day

Oscar Isaac is becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest acting properties. His roles in Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars, and Dune, among others, have earned him renown and success. But, this can not be said exactly for his artistic beginnings – as a musician in a number of bands playing ska music.

In recent weeks, footage has emerged of Isaac playing in one of those groups which went under the name of The Blinking Underdogs. One Twitter user pointed out that that band with Isaac in it actually opened for Green Day at one point.

As Consequence of Sound points out, this wasn’t a one-off, though. The Blinking Underdogs is a pretty ambiguous-sounding punk band name, but his other acts had monikers like The Worms, Closet Heterosexuals, and Petrified Frogs, which are so spot-on that they could have come from a ska-punk name generator. In a past interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Isaac confirmed that one of those groups got the opportunity to open for ska legends The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

“We played on a stage at a festival about five hours before The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but that was a great thing to have on your resume,” said Isaac.

Tribeca Film website adds that Isaac formed and fronted The Blinking Underdogs while he was at school at the University of Miami. And per their still-active (!) MySpace page, they were influenced by Goldfinger, Sublime, Reel Big Fish, and Fishbone.

CULTURE (counter, pop, and otherwise) and the people who shape it.

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