Not a pure Ska band, but one of the best in the 2 Tones stable, The Higsons delivered a string of punk/funk/ska dance hits in the early 80's.
The group possesses all three elements to make them one of my favorites: 1. One fantastic album (The Curse of the Higsons) which distilled the dynamic sound of 80's New Wave with horns that sound like synthesizers and vice versa. 2. A fairly rapid decent back into obscurity. 3. A subsequent break up.