Skiptooth was from Moreno Valley (Riverside) California in the mid 90s and, if I'm not mistaken, was started by former members of The Specs. They had a unique mid-tempo rocksteady / traditional sound, but not quite 60s, more like mid 70s 'traditional' with a noticeable 3rd wave tinge. This one download has both their 9 song cd "Cool Ska Cool", and their 4 song demo tape "Skiptown vol.1"
Cool Ska Cool 1 Pachuco 2 Cuban Cigar 3 My Turn 4 Otra Vez 5 Preacher Joseyah 6 Rum and Coke 7 El Detectivo
Skiptown vol.1 1 My Turn 2 Reggae Man 3 Taxi Driver 4 El Detectivo
This very rare 7" features the Ska-Dows performing a medley of early 2Tone hits on one song including the Specials version of "Monkey Man", The Beat's "Rankin Fullstop", Madness' "One Step Beyond" and "Baggy Trousers", and more. This is one song that is not available on Ska-Dows anthology "Ska'd for Life".
Here's another example of non-ska bands that were inspired by the 2Tone sound. This one is by Code Blue - a new wave / power pop band from Britain. It was released in 1980 and although the B-side is not a ska song it is a different version than the one on their album thus making that a rare collectible itself. The A side reveals how this obscure band had a more promising future if they had been a ska band.
The Braces were a German band from the mid-to-late 80s. They originally released only 2 albums - 1989's "Prime Cut" and this one from 1990. They stopped playing in 1991 after their manager took off with their contracts and all of their money.
In 2000 guitarist/vocalist Joachim Uerschels started writing songs again with saxophonist/vocalist Martin Storkmann and with them as the only 2 original members The Braces recorded a 3rd album "Ska Got Soul" in 1994.
The Braces - Blue Flame 1 Give Love a Chance 2 Suzy Says 3 Fifty Days 4 In the Dark 5 Don't be so Cruel to Me 6 Come and Go 7 Ska of Monstra 8 Jungle Party 9 Too True to be Good 10 Storming Out 11 Boys don't Cry 12 Happiness 13 Youthquake 14 Riding West 15 The Letter 16 No Reason 17 Julie Julie
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Very rare cassette-only release from the early incarnation of The Suicide Machines. This cassette was limited to only 300 copies in 1994 - even before the Skank for Brains split with Los Rudiments. The epitome of 3rd wave ska-punk.
1 Skachoo! 2 Everyday Life 3 Prefab People 4 Green World 5 With Sunshine 6 Inside / Outside 7 The Golfing Song 8 Vans' Song 9 Drunken Jocks 10 Ugly Place 11 Snot Rag 12 Post Office Death Squad 13 Friends are Hard to Find
The Akrylykz were a band from the 2Tone era from Yorkshire. Their vocalist and tenor sax player Roland Gift who was chosen by Andy Cox and David Steele (of The English Beat) to be the lead singer of their new band Fine Young Cannibals. This vinyl from 1980 is inscribed with the words "Eat your heart out 2Tone"
This 7" was released in 1980 and had the hit song "Tom Hark" which has recently become popular with British football fans. The song was originally recorded in 1953 by a band called Elias and His Zig Zag Jive Flutes and was based on the traditional South African folk music called kwela. Read more HERE.
This is the Riffs' first full length from 1989. Keyboard and horn driven 2Tone sound. I have also included the rare "Funny Little Fella" 7" in this download. Check out their official site, or their Myspace.
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1 Monday Morning 2 Spanish Lady 3 Safe and Sound 4 Darling 5 One Egg (Neville's Breakfast) 6 These Things 7 Dirty Bum 8 Don't Talk to Me 9 Peter Gunn 10 Blind Date
Funny Little Fella (Thanks to Parker Jacobs for this image!!)