My wife and I are obsessed music collectors and we are always on the hunt for the next great tune. We hit up the thrift stores, swap meets, yard sales, and anywhere else that sells old tapes, records, and CDs.
Sometimes we strike gold. Most of the time we don't. So we have collected a large trove of stuff that we will never listen to. We used to throw it away or push it on people we think might appreciate it (they never do).
A few years back we had the idea to start another blog to share this stuff. There has to be somebody out there who wants to hear it, right?
We had lots of ideas for a good name for the blog but, of course, they were already taken. We settled on "Tune Out". Not the best name but we did have some that were worse and this one was not taken yet. We started the blog three years ago and made very few posts. We didn't keep up with it because neither one of us had passion for ripping, scanning, and uploading this music that we just didn't like.
The blog sat dormant for years.
In that time I have amassed a sizeable collection of things that were sold online as "ska" music which turned out to not be ska at all. I did a couple of posts titled "not quite ska" which weren't very popular and personally I thought marred the purity of the blog.
Just because it isn't ska doesn't mean I don't like it. Some of it is really good.
So I decided to delete the old posts on Tune Out and start from scratch. I will still be posting some of those 'thrift-store finds' but I will mix in a lot of good stuff too.
I will continue doing Tone and Wave at the same pace that I have been keeping it strictly ska, but I will be going full-steam with the new blog.
The focus will be punk, new wave, power pop, post-punk, etc. but I will also be drifting into other genres like indie rock, surf, rockabilly, and that great 90s swing that everybody loves so much (yes, that was sarcastic. I like 90s swing-revival but I know that most people don't. There really was a lot of horrible attempts at swing but there were some great ones too. I considered posting some of it on Tone and Wave on several occasions but I always talked myself out of it).
Anyway, Tune Out is in its infancy right now but it will soon be your favorite blog. You'll laugh. You'll cry. It'll change your life.
It's in my blog roll but you can CLICK HERE to get to it.
All four songs on the demo tape are also on the album, but all four were re-recorded. The versions on the demo tape are only on the tape except for the song "Peanuts and Radishes" which was featured on the compilation "Closer Than You".
Skalidays - demo tape (1996)
1 Snoopy Snow Cone Machine
2 Peanuts and Radishes
3 Mila's New Waxed Legs Dance Theme
4 Wipe Your Feet
Skalidays - Late Again (1997)
3 New Shoes
4 He's Coming
6 Mila's New Waxed Legs Dance Theme
8 Wipe Your Feet
9 Nothing Against Me
10 Dirty Rings
11 Peanuts and Radishes
12 So Long
13 Snoopy Snowcone Machine
Roots Roundup - Roots Roundup cassette (1988)
2 On My Bike
4 Move Yer Feet
5 Roots Combo
6 Sitting on Offence
7 Sea of Sound
Roots Roundup - What We Do (1992)
1 No it U Love
2 Eatin' Up the Street
3 The Brother Can You Spare a Dime Rag
4 HMS Maybelline
5 Take Me Back
7 Rub-a-Dub on the Road
8 On My Bike
9 Control Room Dub
11 New Direction
12 1 %er
13 Chicken Strut
14 What We Do
*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