There's a personal story behind this one. Many moons ago somebody sent me a sound clip of this record and I've been looking for it ever since. The thing is that their sound file was labeled as "MAd" Philo" and I have been looking for Mad Philo ever since - with no luck. I asked your friend and mine Bristolboy if he had it. I didn't really expect that he would but I was hoping that he had at least heard about it and could give me some more info, and could you believe it, he sent me the files. All 3 tracks and the scans.
I had no idea that these guys were from California. I am compiling a 'rare ska from California in the 80s' set and I'm up to about 60 songs so far and I will definitely be including this band in that post.
Now that I know how to spell their name correctly I should have an easier time getting a copy of my own. As a record collector you have to love that packaging.
A1 - What Went On?
B1 - Working Man
B2 - Could've Been
Incredible British ska done right. This song is a prelude to their upcoming debut album that should be released later this year. It was released on April 1st and is available at Bandcamp - name your price.
I don't know the whole story on this one but this record has been released two different times with different names. Lou Deprijck produced and/or performed on this record and it was released under the name Lou and the Hollywood Bananas but, although it was a minor hit, it was not included on The Best of Lou and the Hollywood Bananas.
It's actually the b-side that makes this record worthy of this blog.
The a-side is not ska. It is a cover of a song by the Italian Duo Righeira. It was sung in Spanish and is considered a summer anthem but the lyrics are about a nuclear bomb exploding in the ocean.
I know what you're thinking..."who's this Rastaman?" Right? That's what you're thinking. Well, I have a surprise for you - this man is not Jamaican, no, he's actually from Texas.
His name is Alan Monsarrat and he started the first ska/reggae band in Texas.
I have not found any information that would lead me to believe that they released anything other than this EP.
However, Alan himself is currently heading Austin's premiere reggae band Mau Mau Chaplains. (As well as the band Stop the Truck)
They sound like this:
Italian mod/punk/ska band. This is their only release aside from a split 7" they did with an Italian 60s-style mod band called The Woody Peakers HERE.
This download includes
*the "Nutty Boys on the Road" 7"
* the Woody Peakers/Mad Joke split 7"
* and four of Mad Joke's live songs that I found on line:
"In the Rain"
...and a live cover of Bad Manner's "Lip Up Fatty"
Nutty Boys on the Road 7"
A - Nutty Boys on the Road
B - In the Rain The Woody Peakers/Mad Joke split 7"
A - The Woody Peakers - *Shake My Colours
B - Mad Joke - Positivo
*The Woody Peakers song "Shake My Colours" on the 7" is a different version than the one on their album.
(I have the extended version of the album. If anybody wants it, let me know. No ska, just raw unadulterated mod-rock.)