1 King Willy - Watermelon Man
2 King Willy - Storm Warning
3 King Willy - Feelin' High
4 The Israelites - Sally Brown
5 The Israelites - Eternally
6 The Israelites - Roots
7 Orange Street - Rudeboy 3rd Generation
8 Orange Street - Undercover
9 Orange Street - SKA SKA SKA
10 Ye Olde English - Big 5
11 Ye Olde English - I'm Free
12 Ye Olde English - Doobies at Sunrise
This is not the sort of thing I would normally post on Tone and Wave but I'm posting it for two reasons: first, I have had multiple requests for it and, secondly, it is possibly the only known copy of Harry James performing Little Brown Jug in the studio. As far as I know it was never pressed for release and this aluminum-acetate is the only known copy. It was recorded at Cook Recorders in Los Angeles that usually recorded black gospel music but I know nothing about when it was recorded. I was told it predates Glenn Miller's version but that can't be true. Miller's version was recorded in 1939 and the 7" 45 format wasn't used until 1949. If anybody has any more information please share.
Actually, if anybody knows of any version of Little Brown Jug by Harry James please let me know.
A - Little Brown Jug
B - Little Brown Jug with recording mistakes*
*I'm guessing "side B" is the first recording and the side with the writing that I call "side A" is the second take. Either that, or they recorded side A and got drunk/high and recorded side B and it was even worse so they scrapped it and never released it.
Compilation of live recordings from some lesser known California bands including the only recordings that I know of the ska band Two Tones and a reggae song by Ace & the Eights who did release a single which was not ska. I do have it and I wanted to post it when I posted this LP but I can't find it right now. I'll update the link at some point.
1 Lifers - Missing Person
2 Two Tones - Reggae Woman
3 Two Tones - Random Riff
4 Elements of Style - Oh Bob
5 Elements of Style - Sacred Objects
6 JJ10 - Factory Limits
7 Impostors - Trouble
8 Impostors - Leave Me Alone
9 Ultrasheen - Super Bad
10 Ultrasheen - Danceannette
11 Dickheads - (S)he Love You
12 Ace & the Eights - Dead End
13 Ace & the Eights - Touch of Style
This band was from London and I don't know if they released anything else aside from this cassette. I don't know what year this was released but I'm guessing early 90s.
There are 6 songs - three of which are covers, and three are originals.
1 Longshot Kickee Bucket
3 Who is That Speaker?
4 5446 (Was My Number)
5 Spanish Ska
6 Monkey Man
R.F. and the Radar Angels was a mod-rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. This is their first release. The classic rock-n-roll styled b-side was included on their only album "Picture of Linda" but, for some reason, their only ska-inspired song, a cover of the Dick Holler & the Holidays song"Double Shot of My Baby's Love" that was made famous by The Swinging Medallions was not included on the album.
A - Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)
B - Chi Chi
This DOWNLOAD includes the very rare single and the cd version of "Picture of Linda".
This record is probably a one-off. I know nothing about the band and I have not found any information online about any other releases. As you can see by the record sleeve, they were from Minneapolis, Minnesota and the title track is a ska-inspired cover of the Richard Berry classic. Nowhere near as ska as the Toots and the Maytals version, in fact, not very ska at all. But it is sold on eBay every now and then as a ska record.
Hot Chocolate Band later changed their name to Hot Chocolate and they had a hit that you might recognize.
They had a Jamaican singer Errol Brown who had an extensive list of records that he released on his own. His/Hot Chocolate Band's first release was this cover of John Lennon's song that Errol changed the lyrics to. Lennon approved and this single was released on the Beatles' label Apple Records.
As some of you may know Tone and Wave is based out of San Bernardino California. I, Jason Duncan, am a social worker with San Bernardino County's Department of Social Services. The victims in yesterday's attack were my co-workers. In fact, the person responsible was also my co-worker. I try not to use this blog for my own personal agenda but just this once I think it's okay.
Like you, I have my personal views on gun control, religious extremism and every thing else. In the end we all have different views on many things.
Do you remember the old Dave Mason song "We Just Disagree"?
"There ain't no good guy...there ain't no bad guy...there's only you and me and we just disagree..."
I'd like to believe that this is how it is. But, what pushes somebody who disagrees with you to murder innocent people?
Religion is the backdrop but is it really about religion? Could it be that it's really about how we as people treat everybody else around us? That whole "You're either with us or you're against us" mentality?
Treat everybody with respect. Be nice to everybody.
This Dutch band didn't have very many releases. The A-side here is an attempt at rap that didn't go over too well. They released it at least two different times. The other time had a B-side called "Seize the Time" which also may have been ska-inspired. I don't know, I never heard it.
A - I Guess Some One Up There Don't Like Me
B - Hustle the Muscle
First of all, this is not a ska song and, to call it "ska-inspired" is a stretch. There is that vague upstroke but that's it.
Second, this is my rip of my own record that is warped. The sound quality sucks. The only reason that I'm posting it is that it is a good song and I intend to replace my copy some day. When I do I will post a better version if anybody gives a damn.
As Anonymous commented this band is not the Blind Alley from Italy, but a band by the same name from Belgium. I found very little about them before I made this post but I did find something about a Belgian band. I had a 50-50 chance of getting this right and I blew it. As I've said every other time I got something wrong - which is quite often: "This is the first time I've ever been wrong about anything and it feels weird".
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
(...and thank you Anonymous for the clarification!)
Belgian disco/new wave band that released at least three more singles that I know of. Depending on what your idea of what 'ska' is this might not be their only ska-inspired release but it is as ska as they get. For being a Belgian band I think they're singing in French. A - Oh! Ma Nana B - L' Autre Facette
Jim Parker was The Vegas Vampire, a vampire of late night Shock Theater and Vegas Vampire shows at KHBV/KVVU, Channel 5, in Henderson, Nevada, and broadcast to the greater Las Vegas, Nevada area from the late 1960s through the 1970s.
The Vegas Vampire's show featured grade-“B” horror films, monster films, and science fiction films.
The show was as ridiculous as you would expect.
This is a band from (I'm guessing) Southern California's Inland Empire. This is, most likely, the only thing they ever released as a band. This record has some ska-inspired new wave/mod/power pop with a couple of straight forward ska songs. I'm slightly convinced that their song "Put Your Hands Down There" was the inspiration for Reel Big Fish's "She Has a Girlfriend Now". Don't quote me on that.
Unless it's true.
2 Happy Hour
3 Daddy's Little...
4 Sam I Am
5 Put Your Hands Down There
6 I've Been Hurt
(A great, accurate rendition of the Bill Deal and the Rhondells hit:)
The Capsones were a quirky new wave band from Amsterdam that often showed a ska influence. They existed from 1981 to 1984 and they released two singles "De Diligence b/w The Rag" and "Mambo Italiano b/w Funky Machine" in 1982 before releasing this album. All four songs from the singles are on this album. If they have ever recorded anything else I don't know about it.
1 Hot Tits
6 Mambo Italiano
7 The Rag
8 Funky Machine
9 Not My Type
10 Goodbye Cruel World
Reggae Foundation Band, Inc. was a reggae band from Riverside California. Vocalist Ras Donovan-I is still performing and recording. Here he is on ReverbNation.
1 Solid Foundation
2 Healing of the Nation
3 Word is One Love
4 What Goes Round Comes Around
6 Prophecy Dub
7 Reggae Fever
8 It's Been Too Long
11 Badness Dub
12 Ragga Muffin Song
Tone and Wave should be up-and-running this Sunday.
I'm going to focus on some re-uploads but there will be some new stuff posted. Not really new stuff, but old stuff that I haven't posted before. You know what I mean.
Thanks to everybody who left comments and to everybody who offered to help me replace anything I may have lost. Ska people are the most civil people in the world.
Thankfully, though, I don't think I lost anything. I back up anything on discs that I don't have on vinyl, cd, or cassette. It was the re-converting all of the vinyl, cds, and cassettes that took so long. There were a few casualties along the way. I lost several good records to this 'Global Warming' thing we got going on. When nobody's home, and the air conditioner isn't on, my living room gets to be over 120 degrees F. Vinyl records usually don't warp at this temperature but my thermometer only goes up to 120 so it actually gets hotter than that. My 12" "Meet the Skeletones" has warped beyond repair. Luckily I had that one backed up. I did lose a copy of "Tough Cookies and the Deliverers 7"" but I have two copies of that so I'm going to be okay. The only two rare ska records I lost are Mark Foggo's "Advertising" 7" - which is hard to find, and Diamond Dogs - "Today" 7" which are the only two that I've lost that I never posted and never backed up. I'm not bothered. It'll be a fun challenge to find the Mark Foggo one again and the Diamond Dogs one is readily available and isn't really ska in the truest sense but, here's the thing, I don't have much left that is pure ska. I have a lot of rare records that are ska-ish and I will be posting those but as far as ska goes - we did it. I started the damned thing but it was really a group effort. Tone and Wave is the greatest website and resource for rare ska of the eighties and early nineties but I did not do this alone. You guys have taught me so much and provided some incredible stuff that I could not have known about on my own.
Tone and Wave started on December 27th 2007. It would have started earlier but I really thought that ska was dead and nobody would care. It started out slow but picked up momentum as the years went by. There were a few times when I thought it was over, lots of people who wanted to shut it down for copyright reasons, but here we are today. I want to see it make it to the 10-year mark before it gets shut down. December 27th 2017. That's the goal. I don't really have enough rare music to stretch it out that long so I will be doing a lot of re-posts, but stick with it. I still have a wish-list with over 30 records on it. I have already knocked the rarest-of-the-rare off that list so it's all downhill from here.
I have gotten so many requests for re-ups that I can't keep up with them all. I'm sorry but I have to ignore all previous requests. The starting line is here. Let me know what you want and I'll get it to you.
Ex-Hole was a Belgian new wave band who released a few singles between 1978 and 1982 and one album called Only for the Fun in 1981. I don't know if this is their only ska-inspired song because I have never heard the album yet. Everything I have heard by them I have liked so I intend to collect all of their stuff but I think this is a great record so I had to post it without having much more to go on.
Bette Bright is married to Suggs from Madness. She was formerly in a band called Deaf School before she teamed up with Glen Matlock of Sex Pistols and members of Clive Langer and the Boxes to form The Illuminations. Clive Langer produced Madness' early albums, and the Illuminations keyboardist Ben Barson is brother of Madness' keyboardist Mike Barson.
Bette was also sang for the Dutch post-punk/pop band Gruppo Sportivo and she appeared in The Great Rock and Roll Swindle as well as Madness' video for "One Better Day"
Yeah, the 2 singles "Hello, I am Your Heart" and "Some Girls Have All the Luck"
are on the full-length - both A and B sides...same versions, but damnit, I'm a collector so I have the singles and therefore I feel more 'complete'. I trust you understand.
There is a bit of a ska influence in the later recordings, but she was not exactly a ska artist. Even still, her version of "Hold on, I'm Coming" is sexy and worth the listen.
Pave Maijanen is a well known Finnish pop star with countless records released over the years. His song Ai Ai Ai was a pretty big hit and the record is not very hard to find - but this one is. This is the rare English version.
A - Aye Aye Aye
B - Black Mercedes -62
He has sang in English in the past. One album he put out with his band Pave's Mistakes called Pida Huolta had 12 tracks and half were in English. The re-issue of that album had another ska song called Think What You Think. He did do a few other ska songs in Finnish including a cover of the Little Willie John song Fever (called Kuume) that was made famous by Peggy Lee.
Pave did record another one of his Finnish hits in English. It's called Yamma Yamma. The English version of Yamma Yamma isn't as hard to find as Aye Aye Aye and Yamma Yamma is not a ska song but I have included the Finnish and English versions in this download with every other song I mentioned in this post. In fact, Aye Aye Aye isn't really ska either. It's more ska-influenced but another Finnish pop star called Mona Carita covered it a couple years later and her version was more ska than this version so I included hers in this download as well. (Here's her version.)
1 Les Internés - Pushska
2 Verska Vis - Go Out Anymore
3 Carré Blanc Pour Serie Noire - Jackson the Ripper
4 Les Toons - Miss America
5 Dr. No - A Frenchy in Brooklyn
6 Pick It Up - Charlemagne
7 Les Frelons - C'est Du Ska (Monster Version) 8 Machtoc - The Yeti 9 Les Giovanni's - Wa Ya Go? 10 Les Ejectés - Aaoaoaa
11 Le Bubars - King of the Jungle
12 Les Saxas - Chez Fefer
The Eighty Eights was an Australian power pop/new wave band who released a few singles and an album called "Top of the World" in 1980/1981. This song was featured on the first Ska Skank Down Under compilation.
A - (She Fell in Love with) James Bond
B - (You're Gonna Get) What's Coming to You
This is off topic but look at the cover for the EP which was released in 1980, then look at the cover to the California rock band Gamma's third album that was released in 1982. That's one hell of a coincidence.