Monday, May 25, 2015

Pedi & the Lions - A.E.I.O.U. 7" (1980)

A - A.E.I.O.U.

B - Let the Honesty Out


Recorded at the legendary Gooseberry Sound Studios.

The Fools - It's a Night for Beautiful Girls 7" (1980)

This was a hit for this power-pop band from Boston. They did a lot of serious rock-n-roll music but these days they are probably best remembered for their parody of the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" called "Psycho Chicken".

A - It's a Night for Beautiful Girls

B - Sold Out


Charlie da Vinci - Got to Get You Into My Life 7" (1980)

Beatles cover by this UK act (I don't know if this is a person or a band). I can't find anything else about this artist so I'm assuming this is their only release.

A - Got to Get You into My Life

B - I Want to Taste Your Oranges


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Knucklehead - Go Go Rockers 7" (1990)

A1 - Go Go Rockers
A2 - No Attitude
B1 - Sharp Shock
B2 - Ninja



Saturday, May 2, 2015

Dangerous Bananas - Cloud Nine 7" (1981)

I thought this band was from Birmingham but I have heard they were from London. This could just be because this record was put out on Beggars Banquet Records. I don't know anything about them to be honest but this record could have very well been on 2 Tone Records. It had that perfect sound but, like so many other great records from that time, it went unnoticed since then.

A - Cloud Nine
B - Life at the Woodman dub

"Cloud Nine"


Bertrude Bartok - Léger Contratemps (2006)

I have to admit that I never heard of this band until I received an email from Dylan who contributed this album. Great instrumental ska from this little known, but highly talented, band from Geneva, Switzerland.

  1. St James Infirmary (Part. 1)
  2. St James Infirmary (Part. 2)
  3. Skamasutra
  4. Grave Party
  5. Kalasmirnoff
  6. Pick Up
  7. Ginette A La Plage
  8. Le Sale Ska De Raymond
  9. Voyage Avec Un Ane Dans Les Skarpathes
  10. Skadadasurmonbidet
  11. Trash Dans Face
  12. Manon Des Ours (Part. 1)
  13. Manon Des Ours (Part. 2)
  14. Melodiska
  15. La Tête Dans Le Frigo
  16. Elle Est Trop Bonne Ta Trompette


Thank again Dylan!!!

The Upstanders - An Informal Introduction to the Upstanders (1996)

If you were into the ska scene at the dawn of 3rd wave in Pennsylvania you probably knew these guys. Nobody else did though. I don't think they had a formal release outside of this demo cassette.

1 Damn Me, Delilah
2 Open Arms
3 At the Moment
4 Window Watcher
5 Tobias
6 Numero Uno

"Numero Uno"


I Shadow - An I for an I (1986)

No ska on this one. This is a new wave album that features members of The Zero Heroes who continued on as I Shadow after Zero Heroes broke up. If you like Zero Heroes' non-ska stuff you'll like this.

1 Riders of the Setting Sun
2 Ghost of a Chance
3 Snake Charmer
4 Blue Men
5 Making Love in Overdrive
6 Stranger in the Night
7 To be or Not to be
8 Night of the Long Knives
9 La Dolce Vita

"Snake Charmer"

"La Dulce Vita"


Quank - Panzerknacker 7" (1983)

A - Panzerknacker
B - Tee Oder Kaffee


Norman Nardini and the Tigers - Burnin' Up 7" (1980)

...submitted by Bruce!

Mellow punk-reggae from Pennsylvania.

A - Burnin' Up
B1 - Stay Away From Him
B2 - Ready Freddie

"Burnin' Up"


Monday, April 20, 2015

Jadanstik - Doe Maar...Zolang Het Nog Kan! 7" (1983)

I'm not very fluent in Dutch but I'm guessing the title here translates to "Go Ahead...Make My Day". Both songs are ska. The A-side is in Dutch, the B-side is in English. Both songs are really good.

There is a very successful Dutch ska band called Doe Maar but this has nothing to do with that band. I have all of Doe Maar's 80s discography. If anybody gives a damn, let me know and I'll post it.

A - Doe Maar...Zolang Het Nog Kan!

B - Aline


Friday, April 17, 2015

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - All Good Ska is One (2015)

Watch on YouTube.

...from the album "Ska Me Forever".

The video was filmed during SkaPara's recent tour of Mexico.

Mod Philo - What Went On 7" (1981)

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

"What Went On?"

"Working Man"


Again, thanks to Bristolboy for this one!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spark N Cinder - Spark N Cinder LP (1984)

Rare LP by this California ska/reggae/calypso band. They are still active to this day but I don't know that they ever released anything else. The internet is stingy with the details.

1 Sing This Song
2 Dangerous
3 Looking Glass
4 Batucada
5 (I am) In the Mood
6 Paradise
7 No Exceptions
8 The Music Still There


"Looking Glass"