The Klopeks from Birmingham UK. Not exactly a ska band. They cite influences by Dexy's Midnight Runners, Tom Waits, and Adam and the Ants. They have a four piece horn section and some well written atmospheric music and, yes, there is some ska influence. Recommended to fans of Tiny Hat Orchestra.
The Klopeks 1 The Pilot 2 Take Her to the Sea 3 Saviour of the Soul 4 9 Inches From the Business End 5 CB Lovers 6 By Midnight 7 Taking the Money 8 Every Day is Halloween 9 Dynamite Sweet Dynamite 10 March Thirteen 11 Sordid City Ant Weather
This is the 1990 cd version of the Unicorn Records 12" release from 1989. The vinyl version had only 10 tracks. You can tell this is the cd version because the lettering on the cover is blue whereas on the LP it's white. I apologize for the cover pic. I actually have a really good scan somewhere but I can't find it. You will have to suffer with this one.
His backing band this time around is The Pressure Tenants. This is a bit different from the sound that Laurel Aitken is recognized for. Noticeably eighties.
(Though it's nothing like the single he wrote and produced for Sugar Candy in 1975. It was bubblegum pop called "Mummy, I Want to go to the Disco / You Only You" put out by EMI which I would post for novelty's sake if I had it. I have heard it before - and that's why I don't have it.)
1 I Love You, Yes I Do 2 Lookin' In the Mirror 3 Night Train to Tokyo 4 Don't Turn Your Back 5 Rock With You Tonight 6 Ringo the Gringo 7 Peggy Sue 8 Going Back to the Frontline 9 Rude Boy Dream 10 Hitchike 11 Hey Little Girl 12 Sally Brown 13 Since You Went Away 14 Je t'aimerai Toujours 15 Eh Mon Amour
First, I want to thank Steve for requesting this. I had never heard of it before. I have contacted Steve Curtis from the band but he never did respond.
I just received this in the mail yesterday and I didn't think much that there was a gash in the padded envelope until I opened it and the record was cracked straight through... (artist rendering - not an actual photo)
...and there was a gouge in it at the beginning. It was packaged well so I'm sure it wasn't in this condition before it was shipped. I was certain it was completely ruined so I didn't clean it or anything but I wanted to at least hear a bit of it just to get an idea of what it sounded like to see if I should find another copy.
It played straight through. I played each side only once and was smart enough to have recorded it. I didn't clean up the recording at all so here it is in all its crackling popping glory. (Let's see a cd do that)
Ngobo Ngobo's first full-length from 1993 submitted by Craig.
1 Hi There Hello 2 Spaceflight 505 3 Hello Everybody 4 Rude Boy Jamboree 5 Lily 6 I Can't Stand It 7 No One Cares 8 Way Out 9 All Over Now 10 Agadir 11 Big Mistake 12 Blue Shoes 13 Good for Nothing Man 14 Blind Colors 15 Hangin' Around
The last post I did on Stupidity turned out to be more popular than I thought it would be. Thanks to everyone who left comments. The countdown comps are no longer available on Twilight Zone but they look like a good mix. I'll have to get them someday.
This is Stupidity live at the Gaelic Club in Sydney 1983. It is from a cd that came free with issue 5 of a Brisbane modzine called Modern Times that was acquired at a Stupidity gig in 2001 at the Metro by Richard who has submitted this for your pleasure. Incidently, he is still looking for that Skazoo cd.
1 Stupid's Party 2 Get Off of My Cloud 3 Down at the Doctors 4 Stupidity 5 Something's Happening 6 I Won't be Alone 7 Two Days and a Night 8 Buddy, Buddy Friends 9 The Sweeny
Horn-heavy mod revival. Not exactly ska, but good stuff nonetheless. C'mon...not everything the original Two Tone bands did is straight forward ska either. Give these guys a chance. You may not love them but you will like them.
1 Something's Happened 2 The Sweeny 3 Stupid's Party 4 Bend Don't Break 5 Try Not to Let it Show 6 I Read a Book 7 Turn Other Cheek 8 Stop Right There 9 You've Got My Number
This post was submitted by long-time Tone and Wave friend Richard who has been searching for quite a few years for a cd by the Australian band Skazoo. I, myself, didn't realize they had a cd but now my curiosity is piqued. Anybody have it?
(actually...oops, I did it again. I gave some wrong info on this one. the song "Taking Things Too Far" is on the album "Weapons and Guitars". I was wrong and I apologize. I will try not to let it happen again.)
This is Checkered Cabs only full length but they did release 2 7-inches "Something About the Weekend / Heathcliff 8" 1994 "You Told Me That You Loved Me / La Bamba" 1995 as well as a demo tape. (I don't have any of these)
1 On My Way 2 Darling Boy 3 Walk Right In 4 Josephine 5 Honour Your Mother and Your Father 6 Puddin' Pop 7 Walking in the Threads 8 La Bamba 9 Brass Balls 10 Can't Hurry Love 11 Live Happily 12 Perfidia
1 Strange Tenants - One Thirty 2 The Leftovers - The Lemonade Song 3 F-Troop - She Was My Baby 4 Jake Jumpers - 1966 5 The Allniters - She Made a Monkey Out of Me 6 The Latenotes - Work to Go 7 Itchy Feet - Orange Chupa Chups 8 Allsorts - Temper Temper 9 Furious Turtles - Citizen 10 Just Kidding - Why Must We Fight 11 Club Ska - Cupid 12 Off the Shelf - Dr. Raju 13 Naughty Rhythms - Naughty Rhythms 14 The Hangovers - People Come, People Go 15 Loonee Tunes - Life of Crime 16 Funaddicts - What's Going On? 17 The 88's - She Fell in Love with James Bond 18 Vegimite Reggae - Rude Boy, Rude Girl 19 No Nonsense - French Connection 20 The Porkers - Earthquakin'
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1 The Allniters - Frustration 2 Skapa - Ska East Street 3 The Seen - Liquified Veggies 4 Loin Groin - Chicken Parma 5 The Porkers - Beergarden 6 Screaming Orgasms - Skallington 7 Area 7 - Peter Mac 8 Blowhard - Big One 9 Dr. Raju - Leaving on a Jet Plane 10 The Natural Mystics - Mary Jane 11 Ska-Men - SFJ 12 Bedlam Beggars - Young Love 13The Offbeats - Gravedigger 14 The Last Hemeroids - Over the Hill 15 Backy Skank - Waste of Space 16 Bomba - Automatically Man 17 The Managers - Think Twice 18 The Kingtides - Breaking Uphttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif 19 Yeah Yeah! - Graveyard Shift 20 Skazoo - Monster Mash 21 Strange Tenants - Grey Skies 22 Loin Groin - VB Ska