Dick Lucas was the vocalist for the anarcho-punk band SubHumans and is now in the band Citizen Fish but in between those two successful bands he formed another lesser known act called Culture shock that recorded 3 full length albums as well as an ep and numerous compilation releases. True punk with a ska influence.
Go Wild (1986) 1 Punks on Postcards 2 Go Wild (My Son) 3 Messed Up 4 Six Foot Rooms 5 Ten Percent Off 6 Circles 7 MOthers on the Phone 8 All Messed Up
Onwards and Upwards (1988) 1 Pressure 2 Colour TV 3 Fast Forward 4 You Are Not Alone 5 Joyless 6 If You Don't Like IT 7 Civilization Street 8 United 9 Catching Flies 10 When the Fighting's Over 11 Open Mind Surgery 12 Don't Worry About It 13 ISD
All the Time (1989) 1 Countdowns 2 Twenty Questions 3 Upside Down 4 The Time it Takes 5 Four Minutes 6 Northern Ireland 7 Northern Ireland Dub 8 Onwards
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A friend to Tone and Wave Freddy Vidal has started a podcast. The first volume is a collection of well known favorites but I know Freddy's interests encompass everything from the most common to the most obscure ska from all eras so I'm sure future episodes will be full of suprises.
1 Pub Tab 2 Botheration 3 Jammin' 4 Drunk in Public 5 One of the Things 6 New Taps 7 Get Well Soon 8 Springvale Girlhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif 9 Montuno Caracol 10 One of the Boys 11 Love Will Find a Way 12 Footy Takeaway
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Formed by the lead vocalist Lee in 1993 the band started life as an 8 piece with three members on brass. They Played their first gig on September 19th of that year in a little village pub in St.Day, Cornwall. Rather than becoming a run of the mill pub band like countless others, they found themselves with a huge following almost immediately. The first six months of the band’s life was spent playing on the local circuit of the south west region, some of the highlights being two gigs with The Selecter in Plymouth and Desmond Dekker at Truro City Hall. The band recorded an album of covers, plus two of their own songs. Self titled ’Ska’d For Life’, the recording quickly sold out. It was released on tape only, but the band have plans to re-release it on cd in the near future. Now steadily playing to packed houses almost four or five times a week, the band, at the end of it’s first six months changed. Out went the brass section and in came Beki on sax (still with the band today). Out went one of the guitarists, and a keyboard player was brought in. More gigs supporting the likes of The Toasters, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Desmond Dekker and plenty of their own gigs followed. Another tape was released, it was a live gig recording called Ska’d For Life Live. On the back of this the band went on to start touring Europe in their second year. Basing themselves in Antwerp, Belgium, the band have so far been on 32 European tours. Starting in small venues the band quickly built up a good fan base creating the need for bigger venues. The band continued to play to sell out crowds in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic and Poland. Band members came and went but Lee and Becki were present throughout. During their time on the continent the band played to crowds of upto 7000 people. The band were signed to a Belgian Label called Shut Up and Eat records. They went on to record two singles and an album on this label. The singles were ’Streetlife/Pick It Up’, a double A side, ’Do the Ska’ and an album entitled ’Sober’. The single Do The Ska made it in to the top Fifteen of the Belgium airplay chart. While this was going on the band were also playing all over the U.K. playing as far south as the Scilly Isles and as far North as the Shetland Islands. The band had played almost 1400 gigs when the band went through another dramatic change losing the keyboard player and shortly afterwards departure of the bass player, the drummer and the guitarist, leaving Lee and Beki a mountain to climb. Within a year though the band was back on the road with the current lineup, getting stronger and stronger as each gig passed. The last line up was Lee - Vocals, Beki - Sax, Richard - Bass, Tony - Guitar, Kirsty - Keyboards and Tony on drums. Other highlights of the band have been playing live national radio shows in Belgium, live spots on National Belgium Talk Shows and numerous support acts (recently in 2007, playing with The Beat, Bad Manners and The Specials) and headline slots of their own. KEEP SKANKING.
1 Carnaby Street 2 The Art of Patience 3 Won't You Try to be Different 4 Is There Anybody There 5 Skatoon Time 6 Blind Date 7 In at the Deep End 8 Look at Me Now 9 Don't You Tell Me 10 Nobody Else 11 Sausage Roll 12 Day to Day
This isn't the UK nor the Russian new wave bands called Politburo, but the French one. This single is from 1981 and I think they had an earlier single from 1980. Aside from that I know nothing else about them. The sound is more what people would call "nutty" music - not punk. The b-side has a noticable ska sound but both songs are equally good.
A - How to Disconnect Your Mind in 17,324 Lessons : Lesson One B - A Day at the Zoo
1 Rhythm of the Ride 2 Secret Reason 3 Fortune Teller 4 Rise Up 5 You Think You're So Right 6 The Pleasure and the Pain 7 Sand Dance Ska 8 I Hear You Knocking 9 Ungumalungu Man 10 I'm into Something Good 11 Next Stop Amsterdam 12 Lost Mind
There was a band in the late seventies / early eighties called The Newmatics in Auckland New Zealand and there was a band from Leicester UK from that same era also called the Newmatics that had members that were later part of Ska-Boom. Then, in the late eighties / early nineties there was a band in (or near) London called The Newmatics. This is their demo tape from 1991. They sound quite like the Riffs. They fit in perfectly with all the Unicorn and Skank bands. I wonder how they were overlooked.
1 Safe and Sound 2 Easy Target 3 Money in Hell 4 Can't Hear it Tonight 5 Doing Time