Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ska City Rockers

This 7" was submitted to us by Bruce who also provided this info:

A Forty Miles Of Bad Road
B Nice And Slow (Edit)

A Forty Miles Of Bad Road (Extended Version)
B Nice And Slow

Before shortening their name (& their line-up) to "the Dealers"
the Birmingham based band were the Mean Street Dealers & also released the Time is tight EP
in 1980 on Inferno records as the Ska City Rockers (7" & 12")

A Time Is Tight
B1 You Don't Know Like I Know
B2 Road Runner

A1 Time Is Tight
A2 You Don't Know Like I Know
A3 Road Runner
B1 In The Midnight Gour
B2 Barefootin'
B3 I Can't Turn You Loose

The band were
Mark Bristow (voc guitar)
John Wilson (guitar voc)
Nigel Darvill (keyboards)
Jimmy Simpson (drums)

The 3 tracks from the "Time is Tight" 7" were on the 100% British Ska comp. I included them with this download.

This is the one that says "featuring Roland on Saxophone" on the cover. They thought they'd sell more copies if people thought it was Roland Alphonso instead of the real sax player who was a nobody at the time from a little-known Hull band called the Akrylykz. They might have sold a few more copies in the late eighties if they put the sax player's real name - Roland Gift:

A - Forty Miles of Bad Road

B - Nice and Slow

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff...thanks. James Langston was actually lead singer and 5th band member with Mean Street Dealers (still was in July 2012 for a re-union!) and you can hear his very distinctive voice on Time is Tight, You Don't Know and Road Runner. Not on Forty Miles and Nice and Slow though. You'd never have known they were ever the same band!