Thursday, August 22, 2013

Grab Bag

A mixed bag here of things I didn't think deserved their own post with some other things I think are common enough that most of you already have them. There's some traditional, Two Tone sounds, and 3rd wave. Lots of good rare stuff and some complete crap. I'm not saying which is which.  

Big D and the Kids Table / Lounge - split 7" (1998)
A1 - Big D and the Kids Table - Hey
A2 - Big D and the Kids Table - #5
B1 - Lounge - Muppets
B2 - Lounge - Countdown

Fist - Movies 7" (1980)
A - Movies
B - Paris

Idi Amin - Amazin' Man 7" (1975)
A - Amazin' Man
B - Findin' de Lady

Mark Foggo's Skasters - The Innocence of Youth 7" (1984)
A - The Innocence of Youth
B - You Never Asked

Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot 7" ( 1998)
A - Zoot Suit Riot
B - No Mercy for Swine (live)

The Papers - How Many More? 7" (1980)
A - How Many More?
B - Hello Oblivion

The Pioneers - A Little Bit of Soap 7'' (1973)
A - A Little Bit of Soap
B - Hit Me with Music

The Cousins - Sneakers 7" (1984)
A - Sneakers
B - Puppeteer

The Thrillers - Shooting 7" (1980)
A - Shooting
B - To the Top

Beast -or- Zippy

Just Kidding [REPOST]

1 All I Wanna Be
2 Shop Window Dummy
3 We Got Soul
4 Watch the Fires

A - Why Must We Fight
B - Makin' Time

Live in the Studio
1 Wagon Train
2 Sunshine
3 Tell Me Baby
4 Please Tell Me
5 Ska'd for Life
6 Toast of the Town
7 Politician
8 Something's Going Down Tonight
9 Give a Little
10 Danger
11 Lipstick Traces
12 Strike it Rich


(Thanks again to the original contributors - Craig and Bruce!)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Purple Hipsters - Howzyasistah 7" (1979) [LINK UPDATED 09/11/2016]

A - Howzyasistah
B - Rusty Blues
*Stuck On You
*No Flies On

*from First Offenders


The Stars That Wouldn't Shine - self titled LP (1983)

This is the same version that was posted on A Viable Commercial because I've never been able to procure myself a copy yet.
This UK band blends goth and ska amazingly well. The songwriting is impressive instead of gimmicky.
I really like this band but I don't think they've ever released anything besides this. I'd be grateful if someone can prove me wrong.

1 Lying on the Floor
2 You Don't Love Me
3 Tchaikovsky
4 Mister Klause
5 Anything #3
6 Four Days
7 Don't Stop Now
8 The Mouse Song

BEAST666 -or- Zippy


...since we're on the subject of the dark side of ska, here's a compilation I made:

21 tracks...all their ska stuff...only their ska stuff

Beast666 -or-  Zippy

Riptides - Swept Away (1981)

...submitted by Rikard

Australian band that occasionally dabbled in the 2 Tone sound. They have several releases with a ska song here and there.

1 Only Time
2 Eternal Flame
3 Money For Life
4 Holiday Time
5 Day Has Gone
6 Mona Lisa

"Eternal Flame"
"Holiday Time"

Beast -or- Zippy

Take It Or Leave It

Madness' Take It Or Leave It will be released on DVD on October 7th - but you already knew that.

In the meantime you can always watch this incredibly clear version on YouTube

I have a version that somebody transferred from a beat up VHS tape to DVD when eBay allowed that sort of thing. This one here is so much easier to watch.

Thanks to Jack for pointing this out. It's been on YouTube since last year and I never knew.

Fun Republic - 1993 demo tape

German band that appeared on a couple Ska Ska Skandal comps. It says Happy People and More Reality TV on the cover but that is the name of their first full length CD that was released in 1994. This is not that CD. This is the demo that came out before that. I know this because it says DEMO on the spine, and because the CD Happy People and More Reality TV  looks like this:
I do not have the debut CD but I do have their second full length Hard Working Party and I included that in this download along with a couple of songs from the Skandal comps.

1 Sucker Beat
2 Hold Me Tight
3 Racist World
4 Quick Love
5 Out in the Dark

"Hold Me Tight"

Beast -or- Zippy

Sunday, August 18, 2013

What Fun!

"What Fun! is a pop/reggae group based in Haarlem, Netherlands founded in 1981. Within two years, the group grew rapidly in size to a total of ten members and success quickly followed in 1983 with the release of the single "The Right Side Won", which reached Number 3 in the Dutch hit parade in December of that year, and Number 1 in Belgium. "The Right Side Won", inspired by the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina, made the BBC Radio 1 playlist, but was quickly removed when the content of the lyrics became apparent. The single was banned from release in South Africa because What Fun! had both black and white members. The group toured intensively in the Netherlands and Belgium during the period 1983 to 1989 and two further singles ("Let's Get Digital" and "Many Men, Many Minds") and an LP ("Having Fun?") were released in the Benelux. By 1989 What Fun! had run out of steam and the members went their separate ways, only to reform again in 2005 with five of the original members and three new ones."

A - The Right Side Won (extended version)
B - The Right Side Won (dub version)

A - Let's Get Digital
B - Feel Like a Crash

A - Let's Get Digital (extended version)
B1 - Let's Get Digital (dub version)
B2 - Let's Get Digital (instrumental)

HAVING FUN? 12" (1984)
1 Let's Get Digital
2 Can't Doesn't Want
3 A Skeleton (or Two) in the Closet
4 The Right Side Won
5 Dog in a Manger
6 Polish Crackdown

It seems that the only thing I'm missing is the Many Men, Many Minds single. The b-side is Many Men, Many Minds (instrumental) which I don't have but I did include the a-side in this download along with three unreleased songs -
*Amore or Less
*Big Steps
*Big Fun
 - that I nicked from THIS SITE

Beast -or- Zippy

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bad Manners featuring Verona - Gonna Get Along Without You Now 12" (1989)

A1 Gonna Get Along Without You Now (Reggae Mix)
A2 Gonna Get Along Without You Now (Ska Mix)
B1 Gonna Get Along Without You Now (Radio Mix)
B2 Oh Jamaica


The Trojans - Phoenix EP (1988)

Limited to 1000 copies.
Submitted by Rikard.
1 Acid Rain
2 Jericho Battle
3 Maggie Meets Ska-Gill
4 My Last Meal

The Zones - Looking to the Future 7" (1979)

A - Looking to the Future
B - Do It All Again


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Untouchables - Live at Glastonbury 1985

This is a submission from Rikard who doesn't know himself whether or not this ever saw an actual release or if it was strictly made for use by the BBC.

1 (I Spy for the) FBI
2 Soul Together
3 Freak in the Streets
4 Lasershow
5 Free Yourself
6 Wild Child

Beasty -or- Zipp

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bahama Mama - Lonesome Cowboy 7" (1980)

A - Lonesome Cowboy
B - Upstate Skank

Bahama Mama were from Rochester, New York and they may have been the first white reggae band in the US. They were formed in 1973 and released 2 singles - this is their second one. Their first was released a year prior in 1979. It was "Hurricane / Future Fear" which had a bigger release than this one here which only saw 1,000 copies. There was also a live full length called, simply, Bahama Mama Live also released in 1980.
After founding member Ron Stackman dissolved the band in late 1979/early 1980 he started another band called The Majestics who put out one EP and played as Lee 'Scratch' Perry's back up band on his self indulgent album "Mystic Miracle Star".
This download includes the Bahama Mama 7" and the Lee 'Scratch' Perry record.


Informative article on Bahama Mama HERE. -(thanks to Anonymous for the link!)