*This song is mislabeled on Discogs as being two separate songs
**This is a double entendre. It's played off in the lyrics as though she's referring to a cigarette but you can tell she's mad and she's implying that he is gay for standing her up. What's offensive today was just clever wordplay back in the 1900s.
1 Chicken Ska
3 Spending Money (for Naked Women)
4 The Very First Time
5 My Body Aches
6 Ska is Life
7 To be or Not to be
8 Car Stereo
9 I Wanna Wanna
11 (A Message to You) Rudi
12 No Fault of Mine
14 Don't Wanna Lose Ya
15 Patchuko Hop
16 Aks Aks DOWNLOAD from MEGA
Last April I did a post (THIS ONE) asking if anybody knew what this song in this video is.
Not one person knew or even made a suggestion.
This was not my personal search. Someone had been looking for this song for 25 years and asked me for any leads. I had nothing to offer.
This past week the person who started the search finally found the artist and song title.
"Drowning in a Sea of Shit" by a band called Citizen X.
The song was from the 1990 Thrasher compilation cassette called "Pierced Ears".
Here's the full song:
Thanks to Matt for the follow up. I was pretty wrapped up in the hunt myself. This was relieving for me I can only imagine what he feels like after 25 years.
Also thanks to the person who was kind enough to rip their tape and send it to him and to the vocalist from Citizen X who allowed it to be posted on YouTube.
Remember in the late 90s/early 2000s when so many underground bands were naming themselves with the word "ska" as pun in their names? They used "Rude" and "Skank" in their song titles and everything they wore and owned had the black and white checkers but the actual ska beat was notably missing from their music.
This band pre-dates all of those bands by at least a generation.
Look at this cover. Look at the title. Look at the phrase "Give Me Some Ska". This has to be a ska band right? But it isn't.
You can tell that they are aiming for a ska beat but they really need some practice. The sound is very raw and amateur but there is something charming about their music, especially "The Boss Song".
This band was from Stoke. They recorded this demo at Star Trax Studios in October 1985.
The band consisted of
Benny (lead guitar)
Their debut show was at Chesterfield with The Threads in January 1986.
1 Dancing Thru' the 80's
2 James Bond
3 Stood Up
4 The Boss Song
Too Hot - Time Flies (2006)
1 A Certain Peace
2 If I Could
3 Back Then
5 First Sight
6 Time Flies
8 Life Won't Wait
10 Been a While
11 Where Have You Been?
12 You Said '05
Third wave ska-punk from California. I remember these guys being considered a Christian band because they always played with other Christian bands. They all thank God and Jesus Christ in the liner notes but all mention of anything religious is pleasantly absent from the lyrics.
Lot's of distorted guitars in some songs but also some 2Tone style instrumentals.
3 Joel's Song
4 Rikki Fake
5 Circus Mirage
6 Pass the Buck
7 Shrimp Gumbo
8 Circus Mirage (extended mix)
10 Stand Tall
Bumble & the Beez was a German band that was started by two members of Headline. They were not a ska band but there was a bit of the ska sound left over from their days in Headline. In 2009 Marco on the Bass interviewed Winston Blisset who briefly mentioned why he left Headline to form Bumble & the Beez. Read the interview HERE.
Bumble & the Beez - Fools 7" (1981)
A - Fools
B - Working Class
Bumble & the Beez - My Life 7" (1982)
A - My Life
B - Signing On
Bumble & the Beez - The Room Above 7" (1982)
A - The Room Above
B - Blowsing
I have posted a lot of rare stuff on this blog over the years but this is definitely in the top 5 rarest things I've posted.
I think The Touch was from Texas but I'm not sure.
I have been looking for this record for a long time and I have heard that there are about three copies known to exist. The reality is that the band members probably each have crates of these records in their basements and that two years from now there will be 15 copies available on Discogs for $5 each. But I wasn't so lucky to score one for cheap. The copy I found is in amazing shape so I'm lucky for that, but the seller knew what he was selling.
I tell people that when they go to record conventions you need to go against your instinct. If you're looking for ska, go to the guys selling rap. If you're looking for punk, go to the guys selling country. Most vendors at conventions sell things outside of their scope of interest and they don't know the value of some of what they're selling but let me tell you...the guy who specializes in ska knows what he's selling and what it's worth. The guy who sold me this record...I respect him and hate him at the same time.
Rare doesn't always mean good, but in this case it does. This is one of the best rare records you'll ever hear.
A1 No Guarantees
A2 Don't Touch Me There
B1 Trouble on My Street
B2 Agent 109
B3 Jungle & Such
More people should be doing this. What state do you live in? Why haven't you started a similar project to raise awareness of your state's ska scene? (Not necessarily the Bandcamp part - of course that would be nice - but the preservation part.)
This is a funny one. Way back in the days this used to sell for no less than $30.00 and I was intrigued. For being such a rare and expensive record it had to be a great lost ska record, right. Well, not so much. The song "Achmed" is ska but just barely. It sounds like the Happy Tree Friends theme song. Not great but it sounds like they had fun making the record.
Even though it sells for way less now, you may want to move it down on your list of "must-have" ska records.