Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lou and the Miamis - Vamos a la Playa 7" (1983)

I don't know the whole story on this one but this record has been released two different times with different names. Lou Deprijck produced and/or performed on this record and it was released under the name Lou and the Hollywood Bananas but, although it was a minor hit, it was not included on The Best of Lou and the Hollywood Bananas.
It's actually the b-side that makes this record worthy of this blog.
"The Blop"

The a-side is not ska. It is a cover of a song by the Italian Duo Righeira. It was sung in Spanish and is considered a summer anthem but the lyrics are about a nuclear bomb exploding in the ocean.


The Kubricks

No downloads here. I just think this band needs some more recognition. They released a 5 song EP in 2013 called "Wasters and Wannabes"
 and are currently working on some new material which will be released this year. In fact, their new single "Ghosts"
is available for download at CD Baby, and HERE.

Here's the Wasters and Wannabes EP in video form


The Kubricks FACEBOOK

Black Market - Criminal Zero-Detective One 7" (1980)

A - Criminal Zero-Detective One

B - Near to Surrender


The Lotions 12" EP (1981) [REPOST*]

I know what you're thinking..."who's this Rastaman?" Right? That's what you're thinking. Well, I have a surprise for you - this man is not Jamaican, no, he's actually from Texas.
His name is Alan Monsarrat and he started the first ska/reggae band in Texas.
I have not found any information that would lead me to believe that they released anything other than this EP.

However, Alan himself is currently heading Austin's premiere reggae band Mau Mau Chaplains. (As well as the band Stop the Truck)
They sound like this:

The Lotions sound like this...this is a cover of "Pushin' Too Hard" originally by the Seeds

A1 - Pushin' Too Hard
A2 - Groovin Song
B1 - Get Up (Don't Get Down)
B2 - Just Like a King


*Originally posted April 4, 2011

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mad Joke - Nutty Boys on the Road 7'' (1988)

Italian mod/punk/ska band. This is their only release aside from a split 7" they did with an Italian 60s-style mod band called The Woody Peakers HERE.

This download includes
 *the "Nutty Boys on the Road" 7"
 * the Woody Peakers/Mad Joke split 7"
 * and four of Mad Joke's live songs that I found on line:
            "In the Rain"
            "Mad Joke"
            "Poga Poga"
            ...and a live cover of Bad Manner's "Lip Up Fatty"

Nutty Boys on the Road 7"
A - Nutty Boys on the Road

B - In the Rain
The Woody Peakers/Mad Joke split 7"
A - The Woody Peakers - *Shake My Colours
B - Mad Joke - Positivo


*The Woody Peakers song "Shake My Colours" on the 7" is a different version than the one on their album.
(I have the extended version of the album. If anybody wants it, let me know. No ska, just raw unadulterated mod-rock.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spot the Loony [Holland] - What a Fool 7" (1983)

A - What a Fool
B - What a Fool (version)


Oiska - Time to Get Naked (2000) [LINK UPDATED 09/11/2016] request. Rare, hard to find Australian CD. Instrumental 2 Tone sounds.

1 Front Bottom
2 Unjumpable Shrubbery
3 Jerk Pork Skank
4 Arabian Taxi Driver
5 Eugene
6 Police Woman
7 Oiska

"Jerk Pork Skank"


The Targets - Unity Beat 12" [REPOST]

In 1983 the Southern California band The Targets released this EP. The record and sleeve says very little about this band and, therefore, I know very little about them. This release was on a label called American Standard Records based in Torrance California - I can't find any info on them either.
The Targets sound is a little bit reminiscent of The English Beat with a bit of The Donkey Show and even a slight bit of Blondie. Not strictly ska but they fit perfectly in the 2 Tone era.

1 Don't Stop Now
2 The Perfect Guy
3 Searching for a Scene
4 Sax Man
5 Two Tone Mover
6 Unity Beat

"Two Tone Mover"


Another blog called The Ripple Effect provided a lot more information about this record. I have included the text from that blog with this download for those of you who are interested.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Heavyball interview

 Heavyball has a new single that will be released in the next few weeks. It's a cover of "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat. I was able to ask the band a few questions and, in the spirit of those good old magazines we all grew up reading, I asked the band members to each pick 10 songs they recommend that you, the reader, need to listen to more often. I have made their selections into a downloadable mixtape.

How did the band form? 
Johnny: "Matt and Habs are brothers and I grew up down the road from them in Nottingham in the UK. So we have been friends from childhood. When we all ended up in London a few years back we decided to get together and make the kind of music that we would want to listen to. 'Stone Cold' Tom Frost is a London boy and he joined us last year on guitar to give us a fuller sound."

Thanks for the Heavyball mix tape. Can you tell us a bit more about your musical influences? 
Big Face: "We really enjoyed getting that list of songs together. As you'd expect, there is a strong nod to 80s ska, The Selecter, The Specials, Madness plus a bit of Northern Soul. A lot of the old Jamaican stuff has always been a big influence on us so Toots, Jimmy Cliff and The Pioneers were always going to make the team."

Habs: "We love story telling in songs. It's a range of genres but The Kinks, Blondie, Kenny Rogers and hip hop acts like Black Twang all do that really well. Sometimes though it's less about telling a story and more about tearing the place up and howling at the moon....that's when you need to hear something like Baba O'Riley".

Johnny: "We have also included a couple of ska-influenced bands that we have played with in the UK that we really like. The Glenn Hodge Banned are a fantastic act based in London while Junior Bill and the Scallies are from Cardiff...they're both definitely worth having a listen to." 

How did you come up with the name Heavyball?
Johnny: "Years ago, I used to work in a woodyard. I wasn't exactly 'Employee of the Month' material and the boss hated me. One morning I accidentally drove a fork lift truck into a wall because I was distracted by what was written on the crate I was lifting. The crate had 'HEAVYBALL' written on it, but I never found out what was inside because I was sacked five minutes later."

What's coming up for Heavyball?
Frosty: "We're releasing our cover of Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat this April which has already been getting some great radio play in the UK. Sameer Patel, who directed the video for Black Eye Friday is on board again to work with us so we're really excited about that. Unbelievably, Jimmy Somerville, who wrote it, has got in touch to say that our version was the best cover ever!"

Why did you choose to do a version of Bronski Beat? 
Big Face: "It's the only cover we ever play at shows and it has always gone down really well. It's a fantastic song in it's own right, about being an outsider, and really it gets to the heart of what we what we aspire to in our writing. We want our music to say something but, if it isn't catchy and you can't get up and dance to it, we don't think its worth doing." 

Here is the band's selections for the mixtape:

Big Face: Vocals, Guitar
1 On My Radio - The Selecter
2 Long Shot Kick The Bucket - The Pioneers
3 'A' Bomb in Wardour Street - The Jam
4 Night Club - The Specials
5 Dead End Street - The Kinks
6 Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town) - Kenny Rogers
7 Pressure Drop - Toots and the Maytals
8 The Rat - The Walkmen
9 Fortunate Son - CCR
10 Baba O'Riley - The Who

Habs: Drums, Vocals
11 Gertcha - Chas and Dave
12 Let's Push Things Forward - The Streets
13 Faces on Tables - Glenn Hodge Banned
14 My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
15 So Rotton - Black Twang
16 Defeito - Junior Bill and the Scallies (BANDCAMP)
17 Girl Don't Tell Me - The Beach Boys
18 Twat - John Cooper Clarke
19 Can't Tek No More - Dizzee Rascal
20 Louie Louie - The Kingsmen

Johnny Iball: Bass, Vocals
21 Purple Haze - Johnny Jones and the King Casuals
22 Geno - Dexy's Midnight Runners
23 All or Nothing - The Small Faces
24 Give Me Just a Little More Time - Chairman of the Board
25 Enjoy Yourself - The Specials
26 Badge - Cream
27 You Got it Bad - Ocean Colour Scene
28 Do I love you (Indeed I Do) - Frank Wilson
29 Cherry Oh Baby - The Rolling Stones
30 Walking on the Moon - The Police

Frosty: Lead Guitar
31 Johnny Too Bad - The Slickers
32 One Step Beyond - Madness
33 All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
34 On Mercury - Red Hot Chili Peppers
35 I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
36 In My Life - The Beatles
37 Lady Writer - Dire Straits
38 Time - Pink Floyd
39 Rudie Can't Fail - The Clash
40 Hanging On The Telephone - Blondie