Bette Bright was married to Suggs from Madness. She was formerly in a band called Deaf School before she teamed up with Glen Matlock of Sex Pistols and members of Clive Langer and the Boxes to form The Illuminations. Clive Langer produced Madness' early albums, and the Illuminations keyboardist Ben Barson is brother of Madness' keyboardist Mike Barson.
Bette was also sang for the Dutch post-punk/pop band Gruppo Sportivo and she appeared in The Great Rock and Roll Swindle as well as Madness' video for "One Better Day"
Here are all 5 of her singles:
My Boyfriend's Back (1978)
A - My Boyfriend's Back
B - Hold on, I'm Coming
The Captain of Your Ship (1979)
A - The Captain of Your Ship
B - Those Greedy Eyes
Hello, I am Your Heart (1980)
A - Hello, I am Your Heart
B - All Girls Lie
Some Girls Have All the Luck (1981)
A - Some Girls Have All the Luck
B - Tender Touch
When You Were Mine (1981)
A - When You Were Mine
B - Soulful Dress
1 When You Were Mine
2 On a Night Like This
3 Hello, I Am Your Heart
4 All Girls Lie
5 Take What You Find
6 Talking Whispers
7 Thunder and Lightning
8 Shoorah Shoorah
9 Some Girls Have All the Luck
10 Tender Touch
11 Hold On
Yeah, the 2 singles "Hello, I am Your Heart" and "Some Girls Have All the Luck"
are on the full-length - both A and B sides...same versions, but damnit, I'm a collector so I have the singles and therefore I feel more 'complete'. I trust you understand.
There is a bit of a ska influence in the later recordings, but she was not exactly a ska artist. Even still, her version of "Hold on, I'm Coming" is sexy and worth the listen.
For those of you who aren't aware there is a site called INTERNET ARCHIVE that is hosting live shows by some ska bands: The Toasters, The Slackers, The Pietasters, Fishbone, The Allstonians, Ruder Than You, Conehead Buddha, Fighting Gravity, Slightly Stoopid, and a band called Moniska Lewinsky and the Clintones.
The site is full of hippie type jam bands so it takes a while to browse everything but there are lots of treasures to be found for those with varied interests. 29 Shows by Southern Culture on the Skids, 50 by The Decemberists as well as the Mekons, The Minutemen, The Supersuckers, Gin Blossoms, Camper Van Beethoven, and all kinds of others. Everything is free and posted with the bands' permission and you don't need to sign up to anything.
I've been putting this one off for a while because Tone and Wave is supposed to stick to an all-ska format. After time The Uptones became a great ska band, but they weren't always. This is their first release from '85 that shows them as trying to be more of a 'soul' band. There are a couple of songs that show their 2Tone leanings, but, for the most part, they focused on other avenues. This isn't to say this is a bad thing. I personally really like this record. I hope you do too. You can see how they went into a more ska mode in their later years on their official site HERE.
1 K.U.S.A. 2 Sounds from the Sidelines 3 Outside the Inn 4 The End 5 Remember 6 Out to Sea
"Trenchtown were a 5 piece combo of huge potential from Drogheda in Ireland. They formed in 1988 and during their time together, built up quite a big following nationwide, gaining a lot of media interest along the way. They came 2nd in a prestigious Battle of the Bands competition in 1989 but unfortunately never seemed to build on this. There was constant talk of an album release but it never materialised, many of these recordings were earmarked for the proposed LP. Their final gig was in Dublin in 1991 at the International Irish Music Seminar which showcased 8 of Ireland’s top young bands. But word had got out beforehand that this would be their last hurrah, they’d already decided that they’d be splitting up which seemed like a strange decision as they were just about to play this important showcase gig to various record labels and a wide audience. Over the years, they’ve reformed for low key one-off gigs."
1 Thanks Johnny 2 Caffeine 3 Freedom 4 The Dance 5 A Minor Hell 6 Another Day Another Dollar 7 The Nod 8 Sizzle 9 Lies are Free 10 Right on Time 11 The Dub 12 The Bad One 13 Charlie's Creepy Song 14 Big Truth