Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Concentrators


This band was from Albuquerque, New Mexico and I think these two offerings together is a complete collection of everything they recorded. Not positive though.


The Concentrators - Scorcher (cassette 1997)

1 Wait

2 Put Me to the Test

3 It Comes Back

4 No More

5 Rose-Colored Glasses

6 West Berlin

7 Blood for Beer


The Concentrators - The Concentrators (CD 1998)

1 Standard Issue Kid

2 Richdiculous

3 The Heisman

4 Put Me to the Test (live)

5 Drunkard's Holiday

6 Surveyor 79

7 Part of the Problem

8 Albuquerqulosis

9 Crispy Chicken

10 No More (live)


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Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Vendors - No Time, No Money

 

I have no idea who the Vendors are. Where they come from, who the band members are, what other releases they may have had, and what year this was released are all a mystery. 

I'm pretty certain this is from the mid 90s. They have that perfect ska-punk sound that was all the rage in 1997 and the band is as good, if not better, than a lot of ska punk bands from that era.

 I can't take credit for finding this incredible rarity. This was shared with us by Marty from Ratgirl Records.

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The Vendors - No Time, No Money (19-ninety-something)

1 Song No. 1

2 Brett's Anthem

3 Lionel Richie

4 Middle Finger Stands

5 No Time, No Money

6 Steamroller No. 9


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Sunday, November 15, 2020

SKWZBXX


I'm not a big fan of this sort of thing. I call it white funk with some ska influences, but the kids these days are calling it "skronk".

There were a lot of bands in the 90s playing skronk but I never actually met anybody who listens to it. I have a few of these bands' recordings that I have never really felt pressured to post on the blog before but I hate seeing a great post on some other music blogs who post the punk tracks but skip posting the ska songs because they personally don't like ska. I don't want to be like that so I'll post skronk or white-funk even though I don't care for it myself because there just has to be somebody out there who appreciates it. (Anybody?)

 As it happens this band SKWZBXX (pronounced 'squeeze-box') is the band who invented the word 'skronk'. In fact it was the trumpet player (coronet player to be correct) Charlton Singleton who combined the words 'ska', 'rock', and 'funk' to describe their sound.  

 


  

SKWZBXX - Secret 68 (1997)

1 Radio Song

2 Waxed

3 I Got a Feelin'

4 Thursday

5 Dear Father

6 The Healing

7 Road Trip

8 Brothel

9 War on Peace


SKWZBXX - Ghost (1998 demo)

1 Thursday

2 Turn the Lights Down

3 Maybe

4 Skip-Bo



SKWZBXX - Freak in My Candy (1999)

1 Nothing to Say

2 Codeine

3 Stay Awake

4 Goonesbury Pie and Sourmash

5 Shine

6 Love Leave Me on the Ground

7 One of these Days


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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Nuckle Brothers - Music for the New Minuckulum (1998)


This is a compendium of all of the Nuckle Brothers' releases.

The live demo tape Battle Ska Galacti-Nuckle! from 1993,

The studio demo Coffee Time with The Nuckle Brothers also from 1993,

and their only album Kickin' Ass, Gettin' Loco N' Drinkin' Lotsa Nuckle Cocoa! from 1994. 

They had a few songs on compilations but all of those songs were included on the album so this should be every song they ever released.

1 Intro

2 Dig em' Snacks

3 Skateboarder

4 Hot Rod

5 Dog Whistle

6 Going Away

7 Good Chip

8 Nuckle Shuffle

9 Hot Rod

10 Attack It

11 Bow St. Runner

12 Piece of Gum

13 People Fuck

14 Trashcans

15 Daddy's Lil Girl

16 Top Forty Song

17 Sunshine

18 Stop Making Love

19 Wacky in E#dim

20 Trashcans

21 People Fuck

22 Sunshine

23 Dime

24 11th Grade

25 Fresh Fruit

26 Trashcans

27 It's Not Unusual


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The Rhyth-O-Matics


The Rhyth-O-Matics were one of California's first established ska bands. They released the album "Walking in the Shadow" in 1985 and had a big radio hit in 1988 with a 12" single Skatalation / Trickster.

In 1998 the band leader Jimmy Foot re-released the album and single together on a CD-R with an unreleased track called Kinzenge. This download here is for the CD-R version with the added tracks.

1 Afro/Ska

2 Walking in the Shadow

3 Kufilisika Sio Kilema

4 Kweleetonga

5 Roscoe

6 Zonga Andowe

7 El Toro

8 Thina

9 Skatalation

10 Kinzenge

11 Trickster

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Not only did he re-release his old recordings on his own label Bongo Boy Music, but he recorded a whole new album called Ghost Skankers which was also released on a CD-R with a computer-printed cover which sometimes got stuck to the disc itself. 


1 Ghost Skankers/Riders in the Sky

2 Miami Skyline

3 Ska Slaughter

4 Think About Your Life

5 Surfinfast Ska

6 Wagon Train Ska

7 Phoenix City

8 Mojuba

9 Botyana

10 Skankers Island

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Then, in  that same year Jimmy Foot collaborated with some musicians under the band name "Sky Rangers" which had more of a 'country' influence and they also released a CD-R on Bongo Boy records which had that same problem of the computer-printed inlay sticking to the CD itself.


1 Home on the Range

2 Riders in the Sky

3 My Mama

4 No Woman, No Cry

5 Little Dogies

6 Red River Reggae

7 Wagon Train SKA

8 Just a Man & His Guitar

9 Sky Ranger Squeeze

10 I'm a Rider

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Some of Jimmy Foot's other projects you might want to check out:


Reggae Jackson - Smash Hits (1986)

 


Jimmy Foot - The Instrumentals  

 

Ska Santas



And he has many solo albums. The album Rhythm Addict is mostly a rock-n-roll record but it has a ska song called "Rockin' Ska Man" that is along the lines of the sound from these earlier recordings.

 

Ska Chou Chou


As a ska blogger I always knew this day would come. I put it off and I put it off but I knew I couldn't hide from it forever. Right now I am reasonably drunk on a Saturday afternoon and I have been doing some quality posts lately so I decided it's time to confront this thing. To just get it out of the way.

 

Ska Chou Chou. Whatever the hell that means.

 

If I had to guess I would say it's a play on the term 'popcorn'. See, 'chouchou' is a type of  candied nut that sometimes accompanied candied popcorn (Crackerjacks). But I don't know this is true. I'm just kinda making shit up.


The most popular version of Ska Chou Chou came from the Italian radio DJ Claudio Cecchetto who released his version in 1982 and he played it on the air regularly. The B-side is 'Goodbye Everybody' with him giving a send off at the end.

It was released at least twice with different covers. One of which attributed the song to himself and the DeeJay's Gang. That one was released in 1982. The first one was released in 1981 and listed a song on the cover called Voltare! that was not actually on the record. Ska Chou Chou was labeled as Ska Chou Chou (82) 


Claudio Cecchetto e la DeeJay's Gang - Ska Chou Chou 7" (1982)

A - Ska Chou Chou

B - Mr. Bunch (Ciao a Tutti)

 This was not the first recording however. It was written and first recorded by Enrico Il Pazzo (Henry the Fool) a year prior in 1981. I can't help but think that Claudio Checchetto may have known Il Pazzo personally. 

 


Enrico Il Pazzo - Ska Chou Chou 7" (1981)

A - Ska Chou Chou

B - Comunque Grazie


Then a Belgium disco band called Baseball did a cover that stripped the song of any semblance of ska that it ever had. Popcorn music was popularized in Belgium so it makes sense that a Belgian band would carry the torch into the 80s.  

I once had a copy of the record. The song in this download is of my own rip, but for some reason I didn't keep a copy of the B-side. I remember it being a disco song. If you really have to hear it you can currently get a copy off Discogs for 88-cents. 


 

Baseball - Ska Chou Chou 7" (1984)

A - Ska Chou Chou

B - ...yeah, sorry, there is no B-side. Disco sucks. 

 

Then there's this. It's a children's educational / nursery rhyme channel from Greece. I can't imagine what they are trying to teach kids other than 'ska sucks!'. (Guest appearance from Admiral Ackbar for some reason. I don't know either.) I did not include this in the download. Why would I?

 

I'm off to the store for more beer. This whole post makes me feel unclean.

 

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Flash Harry - Take What You Can (1982)


Their second and last album. 

The first album Going Straight is HERE


1 Going Straight

2 Shame on You

3 She's so Crazy

4 Toe the Line

5 New Girl

6 Down at Marlene's

7 Evelyn

8 Television

9 Take What You Can

10 Another Way Out

11 Living with the Bright Boys


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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Managers - Managers cassette (1994)


Managers are a well-known ska band from New Zealand. This cassette is their first release.

1 Think Twice

2 Funny Boy

3 Ska Ha Ha

4 Reggae in Your Jeggae


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Monday, October 26, 2020

Monster Island - Monster Island (1998) / Pressure Drop - Jezebel (1996)


Full-on ska band from Ohio. Male vocals with female backing vocals doing ska and nothing else. One of the few ska bands that had a doghouse bass. 

 

The band was made of a few members of another Ohio band called Pressure Drop who put out a 5-song EP in 1996 called Jezebel. Both the Pressure Drop and Monster Island releases have Tokyo Ska Paradise Covers. 


Monster Island - Monster Island (1998)

1 Monster Rock

2 Matter of Opinion

3 Can't You Hear Me

4 Fidel Castro

5 Could it be You

6 Brother Dave

7 Don't Turn Around

8 I Love You

 

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Pressure Drop - Jezebel (1996)

1 Jezebel

2 Many a Night

3 Lonely Road

4 Nighttime in Tokyo

5 Now that She's Gone 


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