Saturday, January 30, 2016

Do the Dutch Ska Dance

The original compilation "Do the Dutch Ska Dance" was released in 1993 after interest in the "Unicorn era" of ska was fading and before the "third wave" era began. Ska wasn't popular when it was released and the record label Mr. Music really took a gamble on this one. The release was popular enough to make some of the bands more well-known and it was successful enough that Mr. Music released a follow-up Do the Dutch Ska Dance Vol. 2

You may know Mark Foggo and Mr. Review but how many of these other bands do you know?

Do the Dutch Ska Dance Vol.1
1 Let's Quit - Vegetarian Shoes
2 Mark Foggo - Ramona From Barcelona
3 The 3rd Way - Mystery Man
4 Mr. Review - One Way Ticket
5 The Beatbusters - Bounty Hunter
6 Dance Cleopatra - Who Comes in Last?
7 Rudness Empire - Faker
8 The W8ers - W8 Watchers
9 The Bouncers - Paris
10 Zwit - Blind as a Fool
11 Odi Odi - No Time
12 Skanus - Het Bejaardenhuis
13 Klinkhamer - Ny Nummerke
14 The Regulators - Behold
15 Silly Walks - Facelift
16 Tjalling & the Helis - Streets of Misery
17 Kale Manneh - Kill the Boss 
18 The Skatologicals - Skank it Away
19 Jammah Tammah - Dance Punkyding en Vodkasong
20 Haddock - Fear 

DOWNLOAD Do the Dutch Ska Dance Vol.1

Do the Dutch Ska Dance Vol.2
1 Mr. Review - The Street
2 Mark Foggo - Hello
3 Small Axe - Soulful Surfer
4 The Beatbusters - Soundcheck
5 Ibo Jacob - Dearest
6 Silly Walks - Suit, Hat & Tie
7 Dr. Phybes - Dr. Phybes
8 Rudeness Empire - Vampire
9 Boter, Ska and Eieren - Reggae Muffin
10 The Bouncers - Ska Chicken
11 Let's Quit - Hip Hip to the Next Life
12 Jammah Tammah - De Parade
13 The Regulators - Go Away
14 Sans Racune - Mary Ann
15 Odi Odi - Since the Day

DOWNLOAD Do the Dutch Ska Dance Vol.2

Two of these bands had rare releases that were previously posted on Tone and Wave.

Silly Walks 1994 album Babbling Feebly was posted HERE

and Rudeness Empire's 1993 demo tape was posted HERE.

A lot of these bands had actual releases and a lot of them only put out a demo. 

Let's Quit had a few releases - one of which is the very rare and expensive 7" "Skanouska/Vegetarian Shoes" which I do not have a copy of. Several years ago somebody sent me a copy - not a physical copy but mp3 files - and I posted it. As somebody pointed out, it was not the 7" version but the re-recorded versions of both songs that appeared on their first album  The Southern Belles Party Beat. You can compare the original version to the album version:

1 The Southern Belles Party Beat
2 Lies and Lullabies
3 Skanouska
4 Let's Ska Tonight
5 Syndrome Friends
6 Ennio Ska
7 Snowflakes
8 Yes or No
9 Vegetarian Shoes
10 Hip Hip to the Next Life
11 Can You Tell Me My Name?
12 Viktor the Pig
13 The Bailiff
14 The Return of Cliff Barnes
15 Sergio Ska
16 Down I Go
17 Stolen Minds

DOWNLOAD Let's Quit - The Southern Belles Party Beat

 The Beatbusters were very prolific and they put out a lot of good music. For those of you who aren't familiar with their sound you can start here - this is their first album:

Beatbusters - Cool & Deadly (1995)
1 Facing Reality
2 Bodyguard
3 Troublemaking
4 Memories
5 Runaway
6 Pays Baska
7 Somebody Like You
8 Explosion
9 It's Gonna Get You
10 Wanted
11 Chase the Devil
12 Today is Today

"Facing Reality"

DOWNLOAD Beatbusters - Cool and Deadly (1995)

The Bouncers released a couple of albums including the popular Iwi Iwa Yoca!? from 1997:

1 Return of the Ska Chicken
2 You're Mine
3 I Wish I Was Your Cat
4 I'll be Doing it Tomorrow
5 Tapaska
6 Close Encounters
7 Skaville
8 Bottom
9 Amazing Discoveries
10 Man on the Run
11 Skank in G
12 The Bounce
13 Saturdaynight

The Bouncers - "You're Mine"

DOWNLOAD The Bouncers - Iwi Iwa Yoca!?

The Bouncers also released a demo tape in 1993:
1 I Forgot
2 Het Cowboyliedje (The Cowboy Song)
3 Fashion
4 Paris

...and the band The W8ers released a demo tape in 1994 before disbanding:
1 Buses are Always Late
2 No Money
3 Too Much Beer
4 W8 Watchers

...and the band Dance Cleopatra only released a demo tape before they reformed as Longshot:
1 Bad Dreams
2 A Day in the Park
3 Doc Martens Carry Me Home
4 Who Comes in Last
5 Walking in the Rain

As Longshot (not to be confused with the American ska band from Massachusetts called Longshot or the Portland band The Longshots) they only released one album called "0251" in 1997:
1 Longshot
2 Ska Attack
3 Chickie Check it Out
4 Doc Martens Carry Me Home
5 Pretty Lame
6 Mirrorman
7 Afblijven!
8 Bring it All Down
9 Lovesong
10 Who Comes in Last
11 Snut
12 Pestweer

DOWNLOAD Longshot - 0251 (1997)

DOWNLOAD all 4 demo tapes - The Bouncers, The W8ers, Dance Cleopatra, and Rudeness Empire

This post was inspired by skabuoy who has a YouTube channel where these incredible rarities are posted. Not only the ones showcased in this post but others as well. The band The Regulators (not the same band from the UK with the same name posted on Tone and Wave HERE) featured on Do the Dutch Ska Dance Vol.2 also had two demo tapes. One of which is posted in its entirety on skabuoy's YouTube channel. He also posted the rare demo from Boter, SKA en Eieren. The name is derived from the Dutch name for tic-tac-toe "boter, kaas, en eieren" which, translated directly, means "butter, cheese, and eggs" but the band utilizes the fact that their initials are B.S.E. which was just becoming popular in the news around the time the band formed due to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or, as it's more known - Mad Cow Disease. The bands mascot is a mad cow:

...and don't worry, all of their stuff is sung in English.

I put their 1994 demo tape with their 1999 EP "Raid the Block" but I don't have their other EP from 2005.

Boter, SKA & Eieren demo tape (1994)

1 Reggae Muffin
2 Cuttin' It Close
3 Nanny Goat Sue
4 Number 16

 1 Raid the Block
2 Perfect Partner
3 Gangster Movie
4 Ouwehoer

"Raid the Block"

DOWNLOAD the B.S.E. demo tape and the Raid the Block EP

Much thanks to skabuoy 

who has a page on Discogs HERE as well as the YouTube page HERE and he has mentioned that he has a Ngobo Ngobo demo tape that he will be posting on his YouTube channel with other incredible rarities.

1 comment:

George Dimakis said...

Great upload!
Already uploading Beatbusters' version of ''chase the devil'' on youtube, amazing!