This isn't hard to find in the back alley shops of the internet and, yet, it took me many years before I ever got around to getting myself a copy. In the end I didn't have to buy it because it was posted on a blog called Rip it Up which has since transmogrified into the blog Fade2Grey.
1 Round and Round 2 8-3-12 3 Walnuts-Molteazerz 4 Over You 5 Too Long a Night 6 Sole Survivor 7 Mister President 8 Nothing's Happening 9 Sea of Smarm 10 Manhole Kids
If you aren't familiar with their sound they sound very much like the Police without sounding like a rip-off of them.
Great new wave ska from this Swedish band who had a hit with Walk on Water. This is their only LP but they had a 6 track self-titled EP in 1980 and five singles. Listed HERE. Their first single "Walk on Water / Is it Gone" was posted on Tone and Wave a long time ago but the link is still active HERE.
1 Not Another Love Song 2 Dancing in a Glass House 3 You Got What it Takes 4 Last Week's Hero 5 Oriental 6 Walk on Water 7 I'm the Television 8 Be Bop Pop 9 Searchin' 10 Computer Man 11 The News 12 Private War 13 Don't Wanna Say Goodnight
Tone and Wave has posted various things over the years but the main focus has been on bands from all over the world from the early 80s that were inspired by the Jamaican sound. That's why you come here and listen to this music. ...but... Something I never really considered is the actual music scene of Jamaica at that same time. We're well versed in the Jamaican influence in the UK and of the ska and reggae bands still putting out the good stuff directly from Jamaica but was that all that was really going on? One of the biggest bands in Jamaica in the early 80s was Native. They did have a minor ska/reggae tinge but ultimately they were a rock band. They were offering the club-goers in Jamaica an alternative to the sound that Jamaica is known for. White subcultures the world over were skankin to the two tone sound or were smokin' ganja whilst the latest dub reggae was oozing out of their ghetto blasters but in Jamaica the subculture was rebelling against that "old people music" and they were rockin'.
1 Make no Mistake 2 Easier Said 3 Piece of the Pie 4 Rollin' Calf 5 In a Strange Land 6 Painkiller 7 Collecting Information 8 Chain Reaction 9 Super Dread
(this is not the full cover - naturally my scanner couldn't scan the whole cover so I took it to a local print shop and even though the picture is much clearer than my scanner would've produced - even more of it is cut off I'll try to fix this later.)
The Piranhas re-recorded all of their classics (and then some) for this collection.
1 Tom Hark 2 Boyfriend 3 Love Game 4 Green Don't Suit Me 5 Fiddling While Babylon Burns 6 Coffee 7 Something 8 Tension 9 Pleasure 10 Solo Sex for Two 11 Getting Beaten Up 12 Saxophone 13 Final Straw 14 Jilly 15 Coloured Music 16 Yap Yap Yap 17 Happy Families 18 Tension (Voltage LP version) 19 Virginity
LINK REMOVED because someone tattled on me to Blogger and I was sent a stern reprimand. I don't know who owns the rights because the label doesn't exist anymore but if they had written directly to me I would have respectfully removed the link and then directed people to where they can buy a copy but they decided to do things the "legal" way so I will also do things the grown up impersonal way and now direct folks to where they can buy a used copy for a better price.
Here's one on Amazon for $9.60 INCLUDING SHIPPING which is much better than blowing 18-20 dollars on the ones being offered elsewhere in "acceptable" condition. You can see there are new copies for under $8.
1 Potato 5 - Hijack 2 Trenchtown - Hitman 3 Laurel Aitken - Jesse James 4 Shot Black and White - Rebuild 5 International Beat - Stand and be Counted 6 The Latenotes - Ska Hop 7 The Burial - Shelia 8 The Loafers - She's Too Much 9 Arthur Kay and the Originals - Limehouse Lady 10 Mr. Review - Every Day Another Day 11 Mark Foggo's Skasters - My Little Girly 12 Spy Eye - These Boots Were Made for Stomping 13 Bad Manners - Walking in the Sunshine 14 Skaboom - Sister 15 Les Frelons - Tous les Matins 16 The Banditos - Just the Other Day 17 Maroon Town - Fire 18 Natural Rhythm - Blue Beat and Ska 19 Judge Dread - Belle of Snodland Town 20 The Riffs - Darling 21 Let's Go Bowling - Hare Tonic 22 The Hotknives - Double Barrell 23 Allsorts - Temper Temper
(Headline did originate "Don't knock the bald head - boongie boongie boongie boongie..." that was later recorded by Bad Manners)
Don't Knock the Bald Head LP 1 Don't Knock the Bald Head 2 Carolina 3 Stomp 4 Who Wants a Fight 5 Rudi Don't Fear 6 Immigrant 7 Scrounger 8 Who Got de Ganja?...Herb Talk 9 Rude Boy Beat 10 Abortion 11 Highway Hassle 12 Bald Head Revolution / Bald Head Reprise
The AK Band Released one full length called Manhole Kids and three singles: "Pink Slippers / Skegaway" "8-3-12 / Walnuts-Moleteazers" which can be found on the illustrious blog Short Sharp Kick in the TeethHERE And this one. The B side is not on the LP.