Sunday, November 29, 2009

Machtoc - Premiere Foi

From Dieppe France. This is their only full-length but they did have a 6 song EP on Unicorn called "Zippy" that I am still looking for.
I don't understand a word they're saying as they seem to speaking some sort of moon-man language but the music is as good as it gets.*

1 Ecoute un Peu
2 Trou Noir
3 1'ere Foi
4 Arlequin
5 La Berceuse
6 Machtoc
7 Le Nul
8 L'Espoir
9 Regime Sex
10 Saxo Folies


*What do you call a person who speaks 2 languages? - bilingual
What do you call a person who speaks 3 languages? - trilingual
What do you call a person who speaks many languages? - a polyglot

What do you call a person who speaks only one language? - an American

The Cooties - Dinosaurs 7"

I don't know anything about this band except that they were from New York and I think this is the only thing they released. This is a fine example of how the b-side is by far better than the a-side. "Dinosaurs" is a no-wave song. I like no-wave but I don't care much for this. Though this is from 1981 the b-side sounds like it could have been from the Unicorn era or even from the early eighties California mod/ska scene.

The vinyl is terribly scratched and crackly but it doesn't skip.

A - Dinosaurs
B - Waitin' for the Fisherman


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Special Guests - Strength to Leave EP (1997)

I have everything by Special Guests and I have posted more of their stuff in the past but I was asked to take it down because the band is still performing and most of their music is still available for sale through their official site but I am posting this - their first release - because, as I see it, it isn't currently available anywhere.

1 Alone
2 The Times I Miss
3 Strength to Leave
4 The Fugitive
5 Outro


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Skankin' 'Round the World vol.4

...thanks to yet another person named Anonymous for submitting this!!

1 Mobsters - Steppin' Out
2 Blue Chateau - Nightmare
3 The Riffs - How We Laughed
4 No Sports - Love Song
5 The Skatalites - Big Trombone
6 Laurel Aitken - I Love You, Yes I Do
7 The Toasters - T-Time
8 Dance Hall Crashers - Dance Hall Crashers
9 Liquidators - Black & White Pictures
10 Derrick Morgan - Into My Heart
11 Just Kidding - A Girl Called Sunshine
12 Tchiky Monky - OK Les Boys


Blue Chateau never released anything besides a few songs that were on compilations.
Some members are currently playing as Jonkanoo

Alpha Boy School feat. Joe Scholes

Alpha Boy School is working on a new album with new vocalist Joe Scholes -aka- Joachim Uerschels from The Braces.

Joe has a blog called his own words:

"The blog is a documentation of getting together the songs for a new live set and a new album. I'm also willing to include a whole bunch of other stuff, as thoughts about how spreading Ska Music was achieved in the 80s compared to today, how the scene worked etc.. There are a lot of plans, better not to talk too much in advance ..."

A very informative site with lots of audio samples - full length songs and live cuts. If you're a fan of The Braces or Alpha Boy School you'll appreciate his site.

Unsteady - Tightrope request...

1 Martha
2 Bald Fury
3 Bad Attitude
4 The Cost
5 Kalinda
6 Gotta Dance
7 Without You
8 Rockabilly Lover
9 Sally
10 Joanna
11 Insecurity
12 What Kind of Fool?
13 Darkie Love Affair
14 Race and Reason
15 Heavy Rotation
16 Ode to Mr. Davis
17 Pimiento Loaf Gumbo


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Monroes - Sunday People 7" (1983)

A Norwegian pop band.They first started out in 1982.The members were Lage Fossheim(singer)and Eivind Rølles(percussion and backing vocals). Their first huge hit, ‘Sunday People’,sold 130 000 copies in Norway.’Cheerio’ became even more popular, it sold 250 000 copies. The first release, ‘Sunday People’ reached Number 1 in the Norwegian charts in 1983 and stayed there for 7 weeks. Subsequent releases showed their staying power for well over a decade. The Band split in 1987 citing “being exhausted from 5 years of constant gigs and recording” but reformed in 1993 to land yet another hit ‘Just Another Normal Day’ that reached Number 2 for 1 week in the Norwegian charts.

A - Sunday People
B - Move in Closer


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

...random stuff...

As you can probably tell I am a big fan of older Australian and New Zealand ska and I have heard that there was a band in the late eighties called Jumpin' Chapaties that played ska, reggae, and jump bluesy-type music. They only released 2 singles and I was able to track down one of them. I was quite disappointed with it as neither of the two songs were ska. I wasn't going to post this but I figure some of you may appreciate it to some extent so here it is

Speaking of Australian ska Ronan sent this to me a while back - some rare live recordings by The Allniters live in Sydney in 1982.

Here's an old 7" from 1994 that I have never got around to posting because it's ska-core. As far as ska-core is concerned I'm sure this is good-great stuff but I'm not really a fan of the genre. If I remember right I think this was given to me by someone who assumed "If you like ska you'll love this!"

Here's another one that was on "Ultra Rare Ska". This time it was the b-side featured because the a-side isn't ska at all. I knew that before I bought it but I had to go and buy it anyway didn't I. The a-side sucks and I wasted money all because of my need to collect everything. Here's ALBERTO CAMERINI - SERENELLA 7"

I also wasted some money buying the Piranhas "Zambezi" 7" with the b-sides "Bouffant Blue" and "Pink Elephants" but when I received it I found it to be the other version that I already had. I got it for $2 so it's not even worth returning it. If anyone wants it they can have it. I'm still looking for the other version.

I have been looking for music by The Press for a while now. Thankfully "Music on Vinyl has posted their first one "I'm Gonna Shoot the Deejay"
"I'm Gonna Shoot the Deejay / Meet the Press" 7" 1980
"Write-Off / Boys Check Your Toys" 7" 1981
"Cantara Pepe / In the Quiet of the Night" 7" 1981
"Crossing the Line / In the Quiet of the Night" 7" 1981
"Rub a Dub / Gipsy Love" 7" 1981
"Press Here" LP 1981
Here's their video for "Write Off"

Does anybody know about the band Rude Boys? Not the English Roddy Moreno band, nor the Swedish band that released this
but the Scottish band seen here?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Guns For Hire - I'm Gonna Rough My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Up Tonight (1980)

...submitted by Rikard

Guns For Hire featured former Madness drummer John Hasler. This is their only release before they became Department S.

A - I'm Gonna Rough My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Up Tonight
B - I'm Famous Now


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Untouchables - Cool Beginnings: Rare & Unreleased 1981-1983

submitted by Fredloafer

1 Ska Mods
2 Gov't Don't Need Nobody
3 Mod Knights
4 Cuz She's Mine
5 Another Late Night
6 The Great Kahuna
7 Perfect Partners
8 Who do They Think They're Fooling?
9 Overcrowded
10 Motion Like Hers
11 Dance Beat
12 Twist N' Shake
13 Tropical Bird
14 The General


Monday, November 9, 2009

Skarab 7" (1981)

The A-side has appeared on "Ultra Rare Ska"

A - Babe, Don't You Know the Ska?
B - Michigan


Modest Proposal - Single Minded

...submitted by Rikard.

Before Unicorn Records became a driving force in post 2Tone ska they were almost strictly a mod label. This is one of their earlier releases. A compilation of sorts from this power-pop mod act from Washington DC that spearheaded the DC mod/ska scene who played their final show at London's 100 Club before releasing this record which was recorded in a span of 4 years (1984-1987).

1 The Hardest Part
2 After You
3 Live Today
4 I've Seen Your Face Before
5 Nowhere At All
6 One Dimension Love
7 Nobody Says No
8 How I Feel
9 Laugh and Live
10 In or Out
11 The Look in Your Eyes
12 My Own Interests


Uppers on the South Downs posted more of these early Unicorn mod releases HERE

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Rent Boys - Kick Down the Door 7" (1980)

...submitted by Rikard

A - Kick Down the Door
B - Feeling Ice


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mod City

A million thanks to our friend Richard for submitting this!!!
I'm a happy so-and-so!

This set contains everything ever released by South Coast Ska Stars aside from their one 7" which was released with either "Head On" being the A-side and "South Coast Rumble" being the B-side, or vice-versa with each version having a different cover.

(I will have this record in the not-so-distant future and will post it as well)

1 Tich Turner's Escalator - Diana
2 Tich Turner's Escalator - Are You Wiv?
3 Rupert and the Red Devils - It's for You
4 Rupert and the Red Devils - Everytime I Do
5 Tich Turner - Seaside Bar Song
6 Tich Turner's Escalator - Ska'd for Life
7 Tich Turner's Escalator - Don't Really Want You Back
8 South Coast Ska Stars - Club Flamingo
9 South Coast Ska Stars - Code Red
10 South Coast Ska Stars - Jericho Calling
11 Teenbeats - It'll Soon be the Weekend
12 Teenbeats - Action Girl
13 Teenbeats - Can't Dance to the Music
14 Teenbeats - Gonna Let You Know
15 Rupert and the Red Devils - Please Think of Me
16 South Coast Ska Stars - Range Rider
17 South Coast Ska Stars - In the Hall of the Mountain King
18 Steppin' Out - Sticking to the Outside
19 South Coast Ska Stars - Mod City
20 Teenbeats - Teenage Beat
21 Teenbeats - I Can't Control Myself


Monday, November 2, 2009

Tich Turner's Escalator - Diana 7" (1980)

This was sent to me by a friend who readily admits that the sound quality here is not the best. Both of these songs are on the MOD CITY compilation which is the next thing on my list to buy (unless one of you generous folks out there already has it and could be kind enough to share).

Please enjoy this until we are able to provide you with a better rendition.

A - Diana
B - Are You Wiv?


The Loafers - Skaraties

There were only 500 copies of this record put out in 1989. I have heard rumors that this was released on cd with extra tracks but I haven't been able to find any proof of this.
This is actually the first thing I ever bought by the Loafers and it was in the bargain bin real cheap. (I have since lost the original). There is a cover that I can't find anywhere. I do have a clear image in my mind of the cover - it had some black and white checkers, maybe, and, like, a face and stuff. The face was looking up, or something, and the mouth was open - I think. I dunno.
- Hope that helps give you a good idea of the cover of this so if ever come across it yourselves you know what you're looking at.

-You're welcome!

1 Too Late Rudy
2 Laughing Loafer
3 Keep Walking
4 Liquidator
5 Melancholy Sally
6 Skankin' at the O.K. Corral
7 Average Man
8 Summers Day
9 Skankanstein
10 It's so Easy
11 Feeling's Alright
12 Living in a Suitcase
13 Z-Cars
14 Undertaker


("Keep Walking" is my favorite Loafers song ever)