A third wave band with 2Tone sounds. This is what the third Let's Go Bowling album should have sounded like.
1 No Way Out 2 Tango de los Ojos 3 Closet 4 Papa Shango 5 Run Scooby Run 6 Smokin' Barrel 7 Flores Para los Muertos 8 Kamchatska 9 T.G.R. 10 Possession 11 Hourglass 12 Skankin in the Boneyard 13 Switchable
Some pretty damn decent mod music that was submitted by Bruce. I always saw this in the ska section and they do use the black and white checkers so I thought it was ska. But it's not. It's mod. And it's some damn good music.
New Direction 7" (1985) A - New Direction B - You Are the Sun
Shout 7" (1985) A - Shout B - The Faker
Stay With Me 7" (1985) A - Stay With Me B - In the Heat of the Sun ...includes songs from the Stay With Me 12" A2 - Stay With Me (extended version) B1 - Tomorrow Never Comes B2 - Don't Turn Away
If you haven't already read the interview that I did for Joe Scholes site "Words and Music" the full article is HERE and includes an opposing view from Matze Broeckel from Pork Pie Records.
There were things I could've said better and other things that I didn't say that I should have and, of course, a bunch of rambling crap that I shouldn't have said (if you've ever received an email from me you're familiar with this sort of thing.)
If you do read it please leave a comment with your perspectives. If you agree with me there may be a point or two that I never considered and I will adopt as my own the next time I encounter this conversation in my own propinquities. If you don't agree with me I am probably more interested in hearing your spin on the whole thing.
I had this on a tape that a friend gave me many many years ago. Somebody made him a ska tape and he was a hardcore punk who never got into ska so he gave me the tape and I never knew what exactly I was listening to. A couple years back I discovered this site and learned what the song was called and who did it. It has more recently become a favorite of mine and I just checked my email and discovered that Andreu sent it so I had to post it immediately.
It's a forgotten rarity that I hope you appreciate as much as I do.
I have lots more good stuff to post tomorrow or the next day but I had to put this one out there right away.
Crucial DBC formed in the early 80s in California and released four cassettes. This is one of them. I know they had another one called "Dread Rock" and I don't know what the other two are called or what years any of them were released. The band was lead by Norman Jones who teamed up with Dave Wakeling in General Public and later The New Radicals.
A ton of thanks to Michael who contributed this!!
1 Discreate the limits 2 Holdback Syndrome 3 I'm Giving Up 4 My Dancing Partner 5 U R A Slave 6 Midnight Hour / Let Him Go 7 Oppression 8 A Different Kind of Black & White 9 What's Next?
Here are some more singles that Bruce has been contributing:
Cairo - I Like Bluebeat / Version Cairo - Movie Stars / Cuthbert's Birthday Treat Clean Looking Boys - Sent to Coventry / I Like Your Feel Division 4 - On the Beat EP with the songs She's Just Not Anybody / Stop Dreaming / I Can't Give You Everything (not ska, but good mod) Diesel - Barbes Pigalle / Coquez Cola China Street - You're a Ruin / I Wanna be Your MP (this is not ska but they did have a 2nd 7" "Rock Against Racism / Dubbage" that was) Ejecutivos Agresivos - Mari Pili / Stereo Los Cardiacos - Noches de Toison / Extranos en tu Sombra Los Cardiaco - Salid de Noche / Chicas de Burda
...submitted by James who writes: Freedom of Expression were a mainstay in the Southern Ska scene. In fact, 2 of them play in A.K.A. Rudie these days. They put out this mini lp in 1985, and a cassette only release a few years later. I haven't been able to track down the cassette, but they also had a song on the first Mashin Up The Nation comp, and 2 songs from their cassette on the Ska Gone South CD (which I would highly recommend tracking down, its got a bunch of great 80s and early 90s ska).
1 Keep it Burning 2 I Heard it Through the Grapevine 3 Stranded in Babylon 4 Forward We Stumble 5 On the Dole 6 A Change in the Weather
The A side isn't ska but it's a pretty good version of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" that I think would be the exact same way the Aquabats would play it. The B side was on "Ultra Rare Ska". You know, the one that borrows just a little from "Guns of Navarone", just a little.
"I don't know much about this one, I picked up a copy without a sleeve, but its amazing. It's like the missing link between his 1980 singles on the I Spy label and the music he started putting out in 86/87 on Unicorn and Gaz's. Sally Brown is almost completely different compared to what it would become on the 12" single he put out in '89."
The internet doesn't have anything to add. Anybody know anything about it?
Here's a nice little rarity from 1980. These are not the same guys who did "We are The Gangsters". Those guys were from England and these Gangsters are from France. I have to admit that I have never heard of them before yesterday when Bruce sent me this. Does anyone else know anything about them?
1 Mr. Review - One Way Ticket 2 100 Men - Hungry in Dun Loghaire 3 The New Apollo 7 - Mr. Policeman 4 Malarians - The Fugitive 5 Skarface - Blue Mood 6 No Sports - Stay Rude Stay Rebel (live) 7 Verska Vis - Ego te Batisto (live) 8 Special Brew - Nr. 1 Cult 9 Banana Boats - Marihuana 10 Messer Banzani - Zentis 11 Intensified - Dictator 12 Red London - The Harder They Come
This is my first post that focuses on bands that are currently playing. I intend to make this a regular feature.
From their Myspace: "The name Babylon Saints is both a contradiction in terms as well as an excellent way to disarm the potential listener of their expectations. So to simply say that the four members of Los Angeles-based group play reggae rock, albeit extremely catchy reggae rock, would be rather deceiving. Singer Matt Gerovac, drummer Brandon Petersen, bassist Tyler Drake, and steel drummer Joseph “Panhead” Peck can offer a better set of groovy descriptions for their sound: Authentic. Soulful. Funk. Honest. Caribbean. American. African. Brazilian. Spicy. Danceable. And, as Peterson puts it, “it’s like if Steel Pulse, the guys from Weather Report, and Men At Work were riding a bike down Sunset Boulevard.”
Just like this colorful imagery, the Babylon Saints members themselves are an assortment of backgrounds and musical perspective. Their collective passion for reggae music was formulated within the schools, streets, and music venues of Anaheim and Whittier, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, the Virgin Islands, Cleveland, OH, Boca Raton, FL, Wichita, KS, Trinidad, WI, and local Los Angeles. Whether it was a Blues Brothers movie (Petersen), a set of pots and pans (Panhead), a vacuum created after quitting baseball (Gerovac), or growing up in a musical environment (Drake) that got them to where they are now, what all four Saints have in common now is their dedication to getting their sound heard.
Babylon Saints have swept California with what Gerovac calls the group’s “gushing warm groove.” Their performances draw on the freedom to not only showcase each instrument, but to feed off and accentuate each member’s sounds and rhythms. Babylon Saints are building a robust live performance schedule with plans for expanded U.S. and international tour stops in support of the upcoming record. Their debut album on Citation Records, due in 2009, will include songs that, Panhead would like you to know, might possibly ravish your face off. In a good way."