Sunday, November 29, 2015

Wise Guise - I Guess Some One Up There Don't Like Me 7" (1985)

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


Nancy Nova - Made in Japan 7" (1982) [LINK UPDATED 09/11/2016]

Innocently racist ska-inspired new wave from this British new wave/disco artist. She had several singles released in the early 80s but this is the one that stands out for the Tone and Wave audience.

A - Made in Japan
B - Jealousy


Diamond Dogs [Netherlands] - Today 7" (1981)

This is not a very good post.

 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.

A - Today
B - El Salvador Kids


unknown ska song

I got an email from somebody asking me what this song is and, to be honest, I don't know. Does anybody recognize this song?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Edge Bros. - Video 7" (1982)

I know absolutely nothing about this record. I'm certain they are an American band but that's it.

A - Video
B - Video (instrumental)


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Blind Alley - Matthew and Son 7" (1981) [UPDATED INFO]

These guys were from Turin, Italy and this is their only release. They did record some other songs between 1980-1982 that were released on CD in 2013 HERE.

A - Matthew and Son
B - On the Streets Again


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!)    

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tonic - Oh! Ma Nana 7" (1980)


 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


Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Tickets [Geneva, Switzerland]

 The Tickets was a new wave band from Switzerland. Sometimes they sounded like they were trying to sound like Elvis Costello and a bit less than half of their stuff had a ska-reggae influence.

The Tickets (1980)

1 Electricity
2 Oh Baby
3 Can't Feel
4 Just Don't Know
5 Take All the Love
6 What Are You Doing?
7 Nothing But the Rain
8 Little Girl
9 Too Many BS's
10 Your Love

"Can't Feel"

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Nobody's Children (1981)
1 Can't Keep It In
2 1981
3 Nobody's Children
4 Which Day is Today?
5 Turn It Up
6 Crazy Lover
7 Whatcha Gonna Do?
8 Ray
9 No Way Out
10 Love in My Life


"Which Day is Today?"

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