Monday, February 13, 2012

Rhythm Riot 12'' (1987)

I've put this off for a while because I was hoping to tie up some loose ends. I know that the lead vocalist for Rhythm Riot - Andy Spalaris - was in an earlier San Francisco area ska band before this band. I know they had a female vocalist and they played more upbeat than Rhythm Riot. They had a name along the lines of "The Rudies" or maybe something with "Pressure" in the name. You know, something absolutely ska sounding.
The internet is stingy about the information regarding this band. I hope one of you dear Tone and Wavers out there have some clue.

(David Snyder who plays guitar on one song on this record may have been a full fledged member of the other band)(...oh, and the lead singer was a black woman who only had one Sade or Madonna)

Anyway...this is a nice bit of 80s pop reggae from California. The band is pretty much a duo consisting of the aforementioned Andy Spalaris and bassist Otto Waldorf with over a dozen guest musicians including William Gregory who played sax with Tears for Fears.

A1 Keep the Spirit
A2 Washed Away
B1 Dynamite
B2 It Gets Cold
B3 Warning

"Keep the Spirit"

"Washed Away"


jon said...

I just found a copy of this in my basement during a move. I was listening to lp's I didn't recognize to see if they went in the keep or toss pile. Was super impressed. What a great sound. Halfway between Sting/Police and true ska of that era. Wonderful stuff.

Anonymous said...

Man, email me! I was putting away lp's from last weekend, and.... The press release was tucked in the copy I have. The band they were in was "two tones" and they had a college radio "hit" with "Reggae Woman" released on a bay area compilation called "Live at Rick City.". I'll snap a picture or make a scan of the PR sheet for you if you want. Jon.

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