Sunday, September 21, 2014

State of Emergency - Ska-Terbrain (1990)

State of Emergeny was from Chicago. They put out a 4-song 7" in 1989 and then this record before founding members re-formed as Skapone.

"State Of Emergency was created in September 1985 after Mark moved back from L.A. Mitch was still on drums, Mark on bass, and the seventh grade Chris Dorff on guitar. Mitch moved on to play with another Ska band and other types of music. Mitch’s departure ushered in Jim Strezewski. From 1987 until 1989, State of Emergency was probably one of the few 3-piece SKA bands to have ever existed. Al Goldman on trombone (Mitch’s brother) and Mitch on trumpet were added for a record release show in 1989 at Medusa’s. Both stayed on for the next 19 years. State of Emergency released a four song EP (self titled) in 1988 and an album titled Skaterbrain in 1991. Jim and Chris took off in 1992 and the band State of Emergency died. Out of those ashes, SKAPONE was born."

Taken from HERE.

(I don't have anything else by them except for the 2 songs from Ska Takes the Great Lakes which were not on this record or the self-titled EP. The track listing for the 7" is HERE)

A1 - Another Day
A2 - Far Away
A3 - He'll be Back
B1 - Circumstance
B2 - Get There
B3 - Pinky



Moving Pictures - Party Night 7" (1982)

A - Party Night
B - Surrender


The Means - ...of Communication (1981)

Another great California band who incorporated ska into their sound. I'm pretty sure this is the only thing they've ever released.
This whole record is really well written and well performed. Even the stuff that has no ska influence is amazing.

1 Talk it Over
2 Russian Roulette
3 Love's Too Bad
4 Roomate
5 Fryin' Pan
6 In My Mind
7 In Your Eyes

(the ska stuff...)
"Russian Roulette"
(...and the non-ska stuff)
"In Your Eyes"


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Resonaters - Somebody Help Me (1981)

"Y'eh rudy!"
"Wha'ppen, sir?"...

One of the greatest songs from the 2 Tone era and you never heard it before.  (I challenge you to find a copy of this record online!)

This is a cover of the Spencer Davis Group's hit from 1966. It was composed by reggae artist Jackie Edwards who later covered his own song on his 1977 album Put Your Tears Away  (I have never found a copy of this album myself).

A - Somebody Help Me
B - Gonna Get to You (Someday)

(Link updated September 17th)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Beau Nasties - Between Open Doors 7" (1982)

Band from the UK that had a few ska influenced songs in their set. I don't know if this is their only official release but it's the only one I know about. I may be mistaken here but Mark Foggo may have had something to do with this band at some point. Don't quote me on that.

A - Between Open Doors
B - Hold it in My Arms

I have included some other songs of theirs that have a ska influence:
* Far Away
* Good Time
* Heart Will Die
* Hoyo (live)

"Between Open Doors"


SOTD: The Ears - The Triple Treat (1983)

In 1986 the Australian movie called "Dogs in Space" was released. It featured INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence as Sam - the lead singer of a fictitious band called Dogs in Space.
The character of Sam and his band Dogs in Space was based on Sam Sejavka and his band The Ears. The movie was named after an Ears song called Dogs in Space.


Although the Ears recorded a lot they didn't really release a lot. In 2010 a compilation was released called Dogs in Space featuring 16 tracks recorded between 1981 and 1983. In 2012 they went back into the studio to record new material which was released as a 7 track CD called Déjà Moo.

The one track that stood out for me from their early recordings was the song The Triple Treat

Download this song then go to Bandcamp to hear their other stuff.

Liz & Lizards - P.A. Ska (1980)

Female fronted band from Finland that released 2 singles before changing their name to The Lizards and releasing a full-length and 2 more singles.

This is their first release and really their only ska song but the song Kujan Kuningas - the title track from their second single -  had a ska influence and so did the song Bodybuilding from the LP. For whatever reason they re-recorded Bodybuilding without the ska sound before they released it as a single.

I was just going to post the P.A. Ska single but all of this music is hard to find so this download includes the LP and all 4 singles.

P.A. Ska 7" (1980)
A - P.A. Ska
B - Lista
"P.A. Ska"

Kujan Kuningas 7" (1980)

A - Kujan Kuningas
B - Sä Lähdit Pois
"Kujan Kuningas"

Herätkää! Vartiotorni Kaatuu (1981)

1 Bodybuilding
2 Roxene
3 Turvattu Tulevaisuus
4 Bändi Tää
5 Matkaa Teen
6 Teräsmies
7 Herätkää! Vartiotorni Kaatuu
8 Uutisten Lukijaksi Telkkariin
9 Turhaa
10 Mun Pikkusisko
11  Syksy

Valttikortit 7" (1981)
A - Valttikortit
B - Body Building
Pamaus 7" (1982)
A - Pamaus
B - Ilman Sua

Compare the LP version of "Bodybuilding" to the single version of "Body Building"


The Papers - Live at Thornham Magna Fair (1983)

1 Fahrenheit in a Centigrade World
2 Miracle
3 Android
4 Dirty Business
5 Telephone
6 The Only One I See
7 Cinerama
8 How Many More
9 Roxy Plays the Wild Card
10 Rescue

"Roxy Plays the Wild Card"


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Deemus Mint

Ska band from the U.K. who only ever released five songs.
Here's their Facebook page which tells you everything you need to know about them.

1 Beam Me Up
   (from the Beam Me Up 7" 1980)
2 Love Don't Come Easy
   (from the Beam Me Up 7" 1980)
3 Echoes of History
   (from the Echoes of History 7" 1981)
4 Gimme Back My Money
   (from the Echoes of History 7" 1981)
5 Rude Boy
   (from the Logical Steps compilation 1980)
6 Rude Boy Rackateer
   (not officially released 1981)
7 The Legend
   (not officially released 1981)

"Rude Boy"
"Love Don't Come Easy"


va Reggae Beat (1984)

Wow, the way the mind works. When I posted the Tracey Harvey single I distinctly remember it sounding the same way on this compilation. I haven't listened to this comp in years and it was strange hearing Shy Girl again because it sounds nothing like the single and I retract my previous statement that it is the best song on this album. The single version is great. The one on this record is not very good at all. In fact, the majority of these songs are mediocre at best. There are a couple of good selections though.
For example:
Althea Ranks* - Radio

1 Althea Ranks - Karma Chameleon
2 Jesse Green - Why You Not Take it Slow?
3 Bonnie Benedict - Caribbean Dream
4 Robert Chonia - Let the Music Play
5 Skyway - Fight for Understanding
6 Althea Ranks - Radio
7 Tracey Harvey - Shy Girl
8 Dillinger - Slipe Pen Road
9 Althea Ranks - Israelites
10 Robert Chonia - Searching for Love
11 Gene Wolf - Who's That Sneakin'?
12 Orchestra Raymondo
13 Nynus Sylvia - Caribbean Man


*I'm guessing Althea Ranks is Althea Forrest from Althea and Donna. Anybody know?

Cherry Boys - Come the Day 7" (1982)

Mod/power pop band from Liverpool who released at least four singles in the early 80s. I'm pretty sure this b-side is their only ska-inspired song. 

A - Come the Day
B - Only Fools Die


No Nonsense [REPOST]

1 Skatunes Approachin'
2 Dr. Marten
3 My Dad
4 Titan

1 Changes Must be Made
2 Next Time
3 Hawaii Five-O
4 Changes Must be Made (Extended Mix)
5 Hawaii Five-O (Extended Mix)


Monday, August 18, 2014

Skeletones - Introducing the Skeletones (1988)

This is the Skeletones first record. It is a 5 song EP and it was posted previously on Tone and Wave but the version that was previously posted was from a second generation cassette (thank you Ronan!) but this here is my own rip from the original vinyl ( it was warped but I think I got the best rip ever considering what I had to work with)

A1 - You Make Me Wanna Laugh
A2 - Sheeba
A3 - Mugzy's Shambles
B1 - Dr. Bones
B2 - Unity
"Dr. Bones" 

(...and I threw in the songs The Telephone and Boneshaker because it has come to my attention that there are some poor depraved individuals out there who have never heard these tunes)


*This post was inspired by this Youtube post of a rare live recording of the Specs at Spanky's Cafe...incredibly rare!

Tracey Harvey - Shy Girl 7" (1983)

If any of you know this song it's probably because you have the 1984 compilation "Reggae Beat"
Tracey Harvey's song "Shy Girl" is probably the best song on this compilation and I was hoping that there would be more from her out there somewhere. This single is the only thing I have ever found. Sadly, the b-side is an instrumental version of the same song.

A - Shy Girl
B - Shy Girl (instrumental)


Silly Walks - Babbling Feebly (1994)

This is the only album from this Dutch band who appeared on both of the compilations Do the Dutch Ska Dance vol. 1 with the song Facelift and Do the Dutch Ska Dance vol. 2 with the song Suit, Hat & Tie.

1 Problems
2 Town
3 Happy Boy
4 Entertainment
5 Suit, Hat & Tie
6 One Way Street
7 Silly Walks
8 Facelift
9 At the Pictures
10 Holidays (In the Sun or Rain)
11 David Jones
12 RIP
13 The Party Ends (When I Arrive)

"At the Pictures"
"Suit, Hat & Tie"


Ska Blazers - No Time for Sippin' EP (1995)

A - Gringo
B1 - Macheesmo
B2 - Skankenstein


Sublime / Wesley Willis split 7" (1996) request (somebody asked me to re-post this...I have never posted this before...if it wasn't for this request I never would have posted this...)

A - Sublime - All You Need
B - Wesley Willis Fiasco - Get on the Bus


OZO and Simon Dupree double post

On the post I did for OZO - Listen to the Buddha 7" I received a comment from Kosmikino:

"It would be great if you could repost the Listen To The Buddha backed with the cover of Kites by Simon Dupree And The Big Sound as too few Ozo recordings are available on the net. Sadly it seems the driving force behind Ozo, Keni St. George, went AWOL a number of years back and attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful. I know I would love to see their recordings reissued as they are without a doubt one of the most criminally under-rated bands ever. Many thanks if you can help with my request. PS> Thanks to Enterprises for the source and date of the video, it has had me baffled for a long time where the recording came from."

So, instead of reposting the single, here are two full lengths from OZO:

Listen to the Buddha (1976)
1 Listen to the Buddha
2 You Better Run
3 Kites
4 Anambra
5 Love Me Tomorrow
6 Who Shot Him Down
7 Times a Changing
8 Love is Gone
9 Realms

"Love Me Tomorrow"

Museum of Mankind (1979)
1 Museum of Mankind
2 Tales from the Bardo
3 Don't Cry Johannesburg
4 Night of the Black Mamba
5 Think Twice
6 Spirits of the Living Dead

"Think Twice"

DOWNLOAD these two OZO albums

...but wait!...there's more.
Instead of the single with that one song by Simon Dupree and the Big about  a whole collection?!

26 tracks of all of Simon Dupree's most well known "hits".

(No ska or reggae here folks, just some mod-rock)


American ska mix tape

Somebody on Reddit pretty much stated that American ska sucks and was almost asking somebody to prove them wrong. Now, I must admit that I - being from California - will say that there are better English, European, Australian, and Dutch bands (European is an altruistic term) and, although the majority of American "ska" bands really do suck, there really are some good ska tunes to come out of the good ol' U.S. of A. I spent about four minutes making this compilation. There are better songs (and I know there are a hell of a lot worse) but this was my quick response.

I actually had about 50 songs to begin with but I whittled them down to exclude the more popular ones.

1 The Good Guys - Fun Lover
2 Los Rudiments - Too Late
3 The Chinkees - Big World
4 Tiny Hat Orchestra - Jawbone
5 Plate O' Shrimp - Mariskando
6 Highball Holiday - Poetry in Motion
7 Stretch Armstrong - Rodent Deoderant
8 Heavy Manners - Flamin' First
9 The Bruce Lee - Running Out of Time
10 Stinkfish - Victim
11 Uptown Rulers - Somebody Else's Fun
12 Rebel Rockers - You Get to Me
13 Hepcat - Home
14 Dave's Big Deluxe - To Build a Fire
15 Skoidats - Free Consultation
16 Skiptooth - El Detectivo
17 Dance Hall Crashers - Street Sweeper
18 The Chinkees - She's My Friend
19 Let's Go Bowling - The Cup Rub
20 The Allstonians - Walking in the Sand
21 The Suspects - The Bad One
22 Mephiskapheles - Force of Nature


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lettuce Boy - Inspector Gat 7" (1997)

Lettuce Boy is from Poughkeepsie, NY. They released a cd or two and they may still be active. Their early incarnation broke up in 1997 and nobody talks about those days for some reason. Their most modern version started up in 2004 and, if you look hard enough, you may find some information about them online. 
This could very well be their only release from their early line up and it's not easy to find. As far as I can tell the band doesn't even acknowledge that this record exists.

A - Inspector Gat
B - Around


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Igniters - The Igniters 12" (1981)

The Igniters were an Australian studio-only band made up of members of Allniters, vSpy v Spy, and even INXS. This is their only release and, at one point, it was virtually impossible to find. I spent over $50.00 (US) on my copy. A quick Google search shows there are a few copies available for less. Oh well. I'm not kicking myself for this though. My copy is in great condition (static-y as hell but that's cheap radio-station stock for you).

They only did instrumentals and my understanding was that they were intended to only be a studio band - this EP was recorded in-the-studio at Triple J - 105.7 F.M. (I may be wrong about this and, if I am, I'll respect your corrections) but in 1984 they (whichever members 'they' were at the time) regrouped and played a few live shows. Maybe only two or three.
I don't know the whole story and I'm not really a fan of dub (I'm a drinker - not a smoker) but this is really an amazing record...just listen to the horns on "Ignition" - simple, but fucking awsome!

A1 - Ignition
A2 - Rubby Dubby
B1 - More Flaming Dub
B2 - Kent St. Skank