Cyndi Lauper never did a ska EP but, if she did, it would be this.
This was supposed to be my SOTD but there were a couple to choose from. These songs were intended to be used in my next podcast but I couldn't pick which one I thought represented Cyndi Lauper properly.
She released her first album She's so Unusual in 1984 when she was 31 years old - although she did release a record with her band Blue Angel. (When she was 24 she damaged her vocal chords and was told by a doctor that she would never sing again).
She's so Unusual featured the song "Witness" which was overlooked but remained a favorite of Cyndi's. It was the B-side to several of her singles off that album starting with "She Bop" (a song about masturbation - using the 'self-service' pumps), I'll Kiss You, and All Through the Night which was intended to be a reggae song but was changed by her producers before it was recorded. When she performed All Through the Night live she performed it in a reggae style as it was intended:
...then, again in 1986 Witness was the B-side to the Change of Heart single from her second album True Colors.
After that she didn't delve much into the ska/reggae sound until 10 years later with her 1996 album Sisters of Avalon when she recorded the song Brimstone and Fire
Then, 10 years after that, she recorded a live version of All Through the Night with Shaggy. (Don't ask my opinion about this version - I will not say good things)
1 Witness 2 All Through the Night (featuring Shaggy) 3 Brimstone and Fire 4 Witness (live at The Summit 1984)
These guys were from Boston and you might remember them from their appearances on Ska-Ville USA volumes 2 and 4. (I know the song Mariskando was on a comp too but I forget exactly what one - it's the same version here so, no big deal)
This is their one and only vinyl release and I have included the songs Out of My Mind and In Your Heart from the Skaville comps for your convenience. (Immorality Act was also on Skaville vol.2 but it's the same version here)
1 Mariskando 2 Dream Holiday 3 Nevada 4 Over the Edge 5 Not the First Time 6 Elegant Style 7 Immorality Act 8 (untitled) * Out of My Mind * In Your Heart
I already did a SOTD for today but I didn't do one for yesterday, so doing 2 for today is allowed according to the Tone and Wave handbook rule 54-46.
Seal got in touch with his ska side on his 4th album in 2003 which was titled "Seal" (weren't they all?) with this song "Where There's Gold". It's a pretty good song but it didn't fit into any of my past podcasts.
Here's some classic calypso for you. I know this isn't the regular T&W sort of thing but I love this stuff and it isn't available anywhere else on the internet.
Before there was Mighty Sparrow there was Rafael de Leon - better known as Roaring Lion. In the late 70s his music was bastardized with the newly uprising dancehall sound (see Papa Chunks) but his early compositions were superior to anything he did later or anything his contemporaries did in the 50s.
The song Ugly Woman was the inspiration for the 1963 Jimmy Soul classic "If You Wanna be Happy" which, ironically, was the basis for the Skatalites version of the song.
1 Miss Tina 2 Rhumba Dance 3 Concertina 4 Love Thy Neighbor 5 I am Going to Buy a Bungalow 6 Wash Your Hands 7 Suzi Q 8 The Blue Tail Fly 9 Royal Tour 10 Cheek to Cheek 11 Charming Trinidad 12 Weather Man 13 Bananas 14 I ain't Gonna do it no More 15 Bamsee Lambay 16 J'ouvert Barrio 17 Mary Ann 18 It Wouldn't Work 19 Advantage Mossolino 20 Money Money 21 Ugly Woman 22 Ba Boo La La 23 I Can Make More Love Than Romeo 24 Some Girl Something 25 Netty Netty
I don't remember how this song fell into my hands but I've had it for a while now and always wanted to put it on a podcast. It just never felt right in the podcasts I have done in the past.
The band is called Corrupt Citizens and I know absolutely nothing about them except that they were from Arizona. Can't find diddly squat else on the internet except that this song was recorded in 1983 and was released on a 7" on Bad Stain Records called "The Mongolian Wild Turkey Baby Back Rib and Cheesy, but yet oh-so Spicy Stuffed Jalapeno Homemade Chili and Waffle Cookout and Square Dancing Barbecue Finals Volume 2" which was limited to 1000 copies. (HERE).
Keep in mind that these guys were out a few years before Operation Ivy...before there was such a thing as third wave.
A rare photo of Jason Duncan from 1948 as he contemplates the Reformation of Minsk
I just realized a couple days ago that it's been almost a year since I did a podcast. I keep telling myself that I'll be doing another one any day now. I'll probably keep telling myself that for another year.
Let's face it...I ain't doing another podcast.
I do have this folder of songs that I intend to use in a podcast someday but I have to be realistic here and say that it's just not going to happen. I don't have the free time I used to have when I first started this blog and the bit of free time I do have is drinkin time. I have learned over the years to not internet whilst drunk.
So what do I do with this folder full of oddities? A mixtape? Nah, mixtapes don't have any personality.
How about this...Song of the Day?
Most of the time I post a 7" there's only one good song on there anyway so, in a sense, that's the song of that day.
Some of the songs are going to be great and you'll be glad I posted it. Some will outright suck. I have learned a long time ago that I don't really know what will be popular and what won't so I'll just put it all out there and let you decide.
Your SOTD (Song Of The Day [yes, the O and T are capitalized...I'm not fuckin' around here]) for today is:
Men At Work - Falling Down
A song written by Colin Hay intended to be on Men At Work's 2nd album Cargo (1983) but somehow didn't make the cut. They did play it live when they toured for Cargo and released this particular version as a B-side to the Australian 12" version of the single High Wire
New wave band from Ottawa, Ontario Canada that had some ska/reggae influence.
1 Special Message (to All You Girls) 2 Blame it on the Bossa Nova 3 Subway Lizard 4 Fossil Funk 5 Sex Message from Outer Space 6 Israelites 7 Baby's Gotta Problem 8 We're Gonna Rock ('til We do Something Else) 9 Hairdresser 10 Israelites (Extended Mix)
This trio (Matt Mungan - vocals and guitar, Greg Mungan - bass and vocals, and Craig Heim - drums / percussion) were pretty well known in Philadelphia in the mid 80s but they have pretty much disappeared from people's minds since then. It might have to do with them changing their sound and releasing their second album Kingsessing Trails in 1990 (maybe 1991?) when they went the route of the Red Hot Chili Pepper bandwagon and experimented with soul, funk, and jazz sounds. At least that's what I hear - I have never actually heard the second album because I have never been able to find it. I like this one though. This is their first. Two of the songs on this record have appeared elsewhere: Something to Cling to was on a 1986 7" compilation called That Was Then...This is Now!, and the John Lennon cover Imagine that was released on "Another Shot for Bracken"
1 Here Tonite 2 Freedom 3 Our World 4 Something to Cling to 5 Just How Much 6 Stand Up 7 Imagine 8 Move a Mountain 9 Don't Say a Word