There were 2 different versions of this record. The first had the demo mono version of 'Helen in Your Headphones' on side a and the demo stereo version on side b. This - the second version - features a new wave/ska b-side.
This is a rare compilation of bands that were active in New Zealand at the dawn of the eighties - a percentage of which were ska bands or mod/indie/punk bands that were influenced by the ska sound. (Again, though, Screaming Mee Mees' offering here is not ska influenced)
1 Mockers - Trendy Left 2 Swingers - Never Never 3 Newmatics - Playing the Champion 4 New Entrants - The Kids are Crying 5 Famous Five - The Girls 6 Instigators - The Israelites 7 Toy Love - 2nd to Last Song Toy Love Wrote 8 Screaming Mee Mees - Pointy Ears 9 Danse Macabre - ECG 10 Corners - Ward 11 Blue Asthmatics 12 Bongos - Familiar Strangers 13 She Collapsed - Save It 14 Riot 111 - 1981
Does anyone have this? It was a flexi given away with the December 1982 edition of Smash Hits magazine that featured Madness, Fun Boy Three, The Piranhas, and a lot of others saying what they would like for Christmas.
Surprisingly, Madness wasn't very interesting this time around but Terry Hall's wish: "...what I'd really like for Christmas is a 2 Tone revival. I'd like to see all the old 2 Tone bands get together and show that perfect harmony." ...and this was from 1982.
I was hoping to have this by now to be the Tone and Wave Christmas post but I never got around to getting it yet.
There is a portion of this record on Youtube that includes the Terry Hall quote and Madness HERE.
(Bananarama's Sara Dallin's Christmas wish was for six poodles and Al Pachino)
Punch The Clown was a band from Davis California that formed in 1992 and recorded 3 fill length cds before breaking up in 1999. They mixed the 2 Tone sound with other musical influences and a lot of humor without ever going the route of the third wave sound. Alternating male and female vocals. HERE's a Wikipedia article and here's their OFFICIAL SITE.
Punch the Clown is Caught Red-Handed (1994) 1 Intro 2 My Headaches 3 Don't Fight Now 4 Stress 5 Heather 6 Trousers Full of Lovin' 7 Party at My House 8 Our Vines Have Tender Grapes 9 Sweaty Betty 10 U.S.A. Jam 11 C.I.A. Chick 12 Go Ahead 13 Wise Guy 14 Sea Monkey Stomp (live) 15 I Give Up (live) 16 Pervert (live) 17 Punch the Clown (live)
Each Sold Separately (1996) 1 Sea Monkey Stomp 2 Love, James 3 I Give Up 4 Big Mouth 5 La Tortuga 6 Rocketship 7 Trouble 8 Gin & Tonic 9 Stratego / Nautical Holiday 10 Shark Attack Club 11 The Banana Song 12 I Wanna Get With You 13 Streets of Sarajevo
The Secret Life of Punch the Clown (1998) 1 Clowns 'R' Us 2 Speedbumps 3 Watch Out 4 Who Are You 5 Crackerjack 6 Untitled 7 Leaving 8 8 Ball 9 Untitled 10 Song 54 11 Song 55 12 Run Away 13 Pervert 14 $10 Cigar 15 Western Sudan 16 Secret Lives 17 Auf Dub
1 In the Night 2 Mind is at a Blank 3 Appeared to Me 4 Monkey on My Back 5 The Man 6 That's Why They Wait
(link removed by request of the band)
Lorraine Springer is not on these recordings but their first 7" (split with The Nervous) from 1980 is available HERE (link removed by request of the band). For more info on the band see Marco on the Bass HERE and HERE.
I just realized that I have never posted this yet. Ronan (sax player for Gangsters) sent me this about a year ago. It's Skaos' first album/demo tape. Almost all of the songs on this tape have been re-recorded with the exception of 'Sleep' which is a damn good song (okay, the vocals aren't the best but you have to look past that and appreciate the song for what it is.)
1 South African Struggle 2 Hey Neighbour 3 Sleep 4 Rankin' and Skankin' 5 Destination Skaville 6 Too Much Wine 7 New Shoes* 8 The Pink Panther 9 JB's Death 10 Prison 11 It's You (live)
Double a-side from two New Zealand bands. Newmatics were a punk/ska/soul/funk band that existed for a short time in the early eighties. Their offering here is in the punk/reggae style. Screaming Mee Mees were a post-punk power pop band that dabbled in the 2 Tone sound on occasion. However their song on this record is not ska at all.