Sunday, June 9, 2019

INSYTE - Squat 7" (1990)

INSYTE was a tenuously political band from Australia. I thinks Squat is the B-side. It's an enjoyable song if you're in the mood to be pontificated to.
I included three other songs of theirs from a 1989 compilation tape called "Give them Love" that was posted on the defunct blog Terminal Escape.

A - Groove
B - Squat
*Liberation
*Capitalism in Decay
*Needless Kill

You can listen to "Squat" HERE.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Verska Vis - complete recordings

The band was from Renne. The line-up was:
Giles 'Skant' Rouxel (saxophone & vocals)
Shoog (vocals)
Marc Chamu (guitar)
Denis Boutrais (guitar)
Fred Menuet (bass)
J.C. Benic (drums)
Xavier Debroise (saxophone)
They preferred playing live to recording in a studio so, sadly, there is not much in the way of recordings made before the band broke up in 1992 due to Skant being killed in a car accident.

Their entire discography that was released prior to the band calling it quits:
Experiment In Terror - from the 1989 compilation Sale Temps Pour Un Snarck (Rennes Via Rennes)
Go Out Anymore - Vive le Ska 1989
Ego Te Batisto (Live) - Stay S.H.A.R.P Vol. 1 1993
Cure De Redeem - from a split 7" with  Martin Dupont & His Gitane Mais 1993
Forget It - from a split 7" with Skaville Train 1991

...and one official live recording that served as their demo tape:




So here I bring to you, a Tone and Wave exclusive, what I believe to be every song this band ever recorded.

from the demo tape
1 Ego te Batisto
2 Millie in the Ska
3 No More Will I Row
4 Go Out Any More
5 Hey Nombril
6 There's a Party
7 On the Desert Road
8 Forget It
9 Cure de Redeem
10 Get Crazy

...everythings else
1 Experiment in Terror
2 Go Out Anymore
3 Ego te Batisto (live)
4 Cure de Redeem
5 Forget It
6 In Memory of Skant
7 Get Crazy
8 Do the Dog
9 Qu'es ce qui ne Tourne Pas Rond Chez Moi
10 Time Hard
11 Give Her
12 Message to You Rudy

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Tonics - Major Problem (1995)

Demo cassette from this British band. I don't know what happened to them but they could have been huge. They had a couple more songs on compilations that I am in the process of obtaining and you can rest assured that I will post them when I get them. Actually, I'll post the whole compilation but I'll remind you of these guys when I do.

The band:
Daz Jackson - vocals
Jason Bagshaw - rhythm guitar and vocals
Wiff Smith - lead guitar
Adi Bates - bass
Gaz Bliss - keyboards
Waine Timms - trumpet and vocals
Stevie B - sax and percussion
Andy Garner - drums
Andy Greenway - mixing desk

Listen to "Major Problem"

First, I'd like to thank Rude Rich who informed me of them because I never heard of them myself.

Second, I tried and tried to get a better version of this recording with different tape players with all different settings, but this is the best I can do. It was mixed with low bass.

1 Major Problem
2 Special Brew
3 Tonic Shuffle
4 The Snake

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Revolutionaries - Cinderella 7" (1983)

A - Cinderella
B - Walking on Ice

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U.S. College Boys Allstars - Legend of the Monsterbeat (1997)

These guys had several releases HERE, but this is their first, their demo tape.

1 Anima
2 Big Boys
3 Let's Go
4 Nazi Scum
4 Rudeboy Blabber

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Big Beat - Boring Monday 7" (1981)

On Monday January 29th, 1979 a 16 year old girl named Brenda Spencer who lived across the street from an elementary school took out her Ruger semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle that her father bought her for Christmas and started shooting at kindergarteners when the principal opened the gates in the morning to let the kids in. Eight children were shot, the principal and a custodian were killed and a police officer who responded to the shooting was shot in the neck.
When asked why she did it Brenda responded "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."

Bob Geldof was inspired by this line to write the Boomtown Rats song "I Don't Like Mondays" and it was scratched into a wall in the movie "The Breakfast Club".




This was an unknown California ska band who was also inspired to write a song about it. I know nothing else about this band but it took me well over a decade to find a copy of this one. My copy doesn't have the cover but I was able to find a small image of the picture sleeve.

If anybody knows anything else about this band, please let me know.

A - Boring Monday
B - Boring Dub

Listen to "Boring Monday"

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Loaded - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1995)

This is Loaded's first release. It was cassette-only and possibly their demo tape. All five songs on this tape appear on their first album "Turn Your Head and Cough". Same exact versions.

1 Team BBQ
2 Fast Train
3 Love Affair with Everyday Livin'
4 Gator Bait
5 Beer Ballad

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Burpas - Fat Man 7" (1981) [re-ripped]

This was posted previously but it skipped in a few places. This is a new better rip.

A - Fat Man
B - Dummies

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Buford O'Sullivan - demo tape (1995)

1 How Right I Was
2 I Can't Decide (live)
3 Waiting at the Bus Stop

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va The Shack (1994)

1 Nutty Boys - People
2 Hepcat - Dance Wid' Me
3 See No Evil - Ghetto Charged
4 Laurel Aitken - Rude Boy Dream
5 The Toasters - Social Security
6 Lynval Golding & Neville Staples (featuring Finny) - Wear You to the Ball
7 Bakesys - Animated Violence
8 Bim Skala Bim - Wandering Soul
9 Loonie Tunes - I Don't Think So
10 Maroon Town - Nostalgia
11 Lynval Golding & Neville Staples - Why?
12 Bim Skala Bim - Golden Arm
13 The Club - But Not You
14 Special Beat - Hypocrite
15 The Hotknives - Dave and Mary
16 Maroon Town - Pound to the Dollar
17 International Beat - Magical Feeling
18 Ruder Than You - Get Some Peace
19 Nutty Boys - Magic Carpet
20 Messer Banzani - Peace is Wonder
21 Neville Staples - Rude Boy de Ponporbation (007)

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Brand New World - Six Feet Under 7" (1983)

Discogs has this listed as a UK release but I could have sworn it was one of those great forgotten California ska records. (Not to be confused with the California ska/reggae band from the eighties Brave New World.) I don't actually know. Neither does anybody else, it seems. Great record though.

A - Six Feet Under
B - Monster Love

 Listen to "Six Feet Under"

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Bananafish - The Mad EP (cassette 1995)

1 Mad
2 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
3 World Concern
4 Uniform Blue
5 Mad (dub)

Listen to "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

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Ma'SKA - Bare Farvel 7" (1984)

Two Tone sounds from Denmark. I'm guessing this is the only thing they released. I'm also guessing that "bare farvel" means 'simply goodbye'.

Listen to "Bare Farvel"

A - Bare Farvel
B - Strandet

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Offs - Zero vs The Offs (1981)


A - (Earl) Zero vs The Offs
B - Why Boy

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I posted the almost complete Offs discography in the past but this was always the one release that was missing.

This is the 12" version.


Backy Skank - Live in Bathurst (1996)

1 Standing in the Rain
2 Monkey Man
3 Shoplifter
4 The Prince
5 Madness
6 Rude Boys Outta Jail
7 Montego Bay
8 On the Beat Pete
9 These Boots
10 Embarrassment
11 Gangsters
12 Uncle Sam

Backy Skank was an Australian band who went on to have a few releases of original material, but it looks as though they started out as a ska tribute band.

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Baccone Dolce

Bean Bandits (demo tape 1995)
1 Picturs
2 Body Odor Blues
3 Sugar Cookie
4 El Camino Queen
5 Cock
6 Tough Guys in Bowties
7 Lovely Bitch


Crisp Nuggets 7" (1995)
A1 - Overeducated Loser
A2 - Everything True
B - Rim Jahb


Barbecued Cats (1996)
1 Put it Down
2 S.S. Kitten
3 Rim Jahb
4 Beano
5 B.O. Blues
6 Picture
7 Cock
8 Sugar Cookie
9 Snap, Crackle, Crotch
10 Everything's True
11 I Pity the Fool
12 Lovely Bitch
13 Summer Sausage
14 Any Day

The Cowhaus Sessions (1997)
1 40-40
2 A Fistful of Porkloaf
3 Dementia
4 Adverperascit
5 Dishwashing SOG
6 Don't Forget to Come
7 Spiritual Spasm
8 Gin and Tonic Colonic
9 We Caught Him Wetting in His Pants
10 Whatever Happened  to My Mind?

Overloards of the Underworld (The Unreleased EP) (1999)
1 Ladies Night in Hades
2 What's the Story Morning 40?
3 Skullcap

The album "Barbecued Cats" is not part of this download because it's still available for purchase through Citrus Records.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Tune Out

My wife and I are obsessed music collectors and we are always on the hunt for the next great tune. We hit up the thrift stores, swap meets, yard sales, and anywhere else that sells old tapes, records, and CDs.
Sometimes we strike gold. Most of the time we don't. So we have collected a large trove of stuff that we will never listen to. We used to throw it away or push it on people we think might appreciate it (they never do).

A few years back we had the idea to start another blog to share this stuff. There has to be somebody out there who wants to hear it, right?

We had lots of ideas for a good name for the blog but, of course, they were already taken. We settled on "Tune Out". Not the best name but we did have some that were worse and this one was not taken yet. We started the blog three years ago and made very few posts. We didn't keep up with it because neither one of us had passion for ripping, scanning, and uploading this music that we just didn't like.

The blog sat dormant for years.

In that time I have amassed a sizeable collection of things that were sold online as "ska" music which turned out to not be ska at all. I did a couple of posts titled "not quite ska" which weren't very popular and personally I thought marred the purity of the blog.
Just because it isn't ska doesn't mean I don't like it. Some of it is really good.

So I decided to delete the old posts on Tune Out and start from scratch. I will still be posting some of those 'thrift-store finds' but I will mix in a lot of good stuff too.
I will continue doing Tone and Wave at the same pace that I have been keeping it strictly ska, but I will be going full-steam with the new blog.

The focus will be punk, new wave, power pop, post-punk, etc. but I will also be drifting into other genres like indie rock, surf, rockabilly, and that great 90s swing that everybody loves so much (yes, that was sarcastic. I like 90s swing-revival but I know that most people don't. There really was a lot of horrible attempts at swing but there were some great ones too. I considered posting some of it on Tone and Wave on several occasions but I always talked myself out of it).

Anyway, Tune Out is in its infancy right now but it will soon be your favorite blog. You'll laugh. You'll cry. It'll change your life. 

It's in my blog roll but you can CLICK HERE to get to it.



The Effect - Masquerader 7" (1983)

A - Masquerader
B - There is a Place

Listen to "Masquerader" It starts out mellow then it hits you with an intense ska chorus.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Skalidays [Florida]

All four songs on the demo tape are also on the album, but all four were re-recorded. The versions on the demo tape are only on the tape except for the song "Peanuts and Radishes" which was featured on the compilation "Closer Than You".

Skalidays - demo tape (1996)
1 Snoopy Snow Cone Machine
2 Peanuts and Radishes
3 Mila's New Waxed Legs Dance Theme
4 Wipe Your Feet


Skalidays - Late Again (1997)
1 Tomorrow
2 Slobs
3 New Shoes
4 He's Coming
5 Batteries
6 Mila's New Waxed Legs Dance Theme
7 Downtown
8 Wipe Your Feet
9 Nothing Against Me
10 Dirty Rings
11 Peanuts and Radishes
12 So Long
13 Snoopy Snowcone Machine

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Fire Connexion - Bottoms Up 7" (1982)

A - Bottoms Up
B - Free Bondage

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Ska-Ta-Brain - BBQ Sauce Potato Ska (2009)

1 Ska Medication
2 Secret Obsession
3 Ska-Ta-Brain
4 Please Beverly
5 Kiss Bam Bam
6 Good to be Home
7 Curly Finger
8 Want Me Cock
9 Waste Away
10 Dropkick
11 Wine, Women, + Song (Tantra Monsters cover)
12 Ska-Ta-Train

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Roots Roundup

Roots Roundup - Roots Roundup cassette (1988)
1 Screamin'
2 On My Bike
3 Coastin'
4 Move Yer Feet
5 Roots Combo
6 Sitting on Offence
7 Sea of Sound

Roots Roundup - What We Do (1992)
1 No it U Love
2 Eatin' Up the Street
3 The Brother Can You Spare a Dime Rag
4 HMS Maybelline
5 Take Me Back
6 Halfpipe
7 Rub-a-Dub on the Road
8 On My Bike
9 Control Room Dub
10 Addiction
11 New Direction
12 1 %er
13 Chicken Strut
14 What We Do

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Musical Flags - Showbag! (1981)

Post punk/new wave from Australia with two ska-influenced tunes.

The images were respectfully stolen from Discogs because I was just too lazy to scan everything myself.

Listen to "I CAN'T STOP"

1 In the Green Room
2 Sky Command
3 Short Change
4 Xmas
5 I Can't Stop

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hipnoses - Stilrichtung (1995)

Another band that nobody knows anything about. I can tell from this cassette that they were from Germany. That's all the information I got. And I believe "stilrichtung" means "stylish".

The sound is unique indie rock but they do have one ska song and they had the foresight to begin the tape with the ska song.

Listen to "Pharoah".
Depending on your taste in music this may be the only song you listen to more than once but there are a couple other decent songs.

1 Pharoah
2 Peace, A Heat Wave*
3 Cheer Ali
4 Little Fagget**
5 Haribo
6 My Favourite Marsian

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*This song is mislabeled on Discogs as being two separate songs

**This is a double entendre. It's played off in the lyrics as though she's referring to a cigarette but you can tell she's mad and she's implying that he is gay for standing her up. What's offensive today was just clever wordplay back in the 1900s. 



Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sheep's E-Band - Aks Aks (1993)

1 Chicken Ska
2 Bodo
3 Spending Money (for Naked Women)
4 The Very First Time
5 My Body Aches
6 Ska is Life
7 To be or Not to be
8 Car Stereo
9 I Wanna Wanna
10 Nowhere
11 (A Message to You) Rudi
12 No Fault of Mine
13 Coffee
14 Don't Wanna Lose Ya
15 Patchuko Hop
16 Aks Aks

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Name that Tune - SOLVED!

Last April I did a post (THIS ONE) asking if anybody knew what this song in this video is.



Not one person knew or even made a suggestion.

This was not my personal search. Someone had been looking for this song for 25 years and asked me for any leads. I had nothing to offer.

This past week the person who started the search finally found the artist and song title.

"Drowning in a Sea of Shit" by a band called Citizen X.
The song was from the 1990 Thrasher compilation cassette called "Pierced Ears".


Here's the full song:



Thanks to Matt for the follow up. I was pretty wrapped up in the hunt myself. This was relieving for me I can only imagine what he feels like after 25 years.
Also thanks to the person who was kind enough to rip their tape and send it to him and to the vocalist from Citizen X who allowed it to be posted on YouTube.



The Silence - Return of the Rude Boys (1985)

Remember in the late 90s/early 2000s when so many underground bands were naming themselves with the word "ska" as pun in their names? They used "Rude" and "Skank" in their song titles and everything they wore and owned had the black and white checkers but the actual ska beat was notably missing from their music.

This band pre-dates all of those bands by at least a generation.

Look at this cover. Look at the title. Look at the phrase "Give Me Some Ska". This has to be a ska band right? But it isn't.
You can tell that they are aiming for a ska beat but they really need some practice. The sound is very raw and amateur but there is something charming about their music, especially "The Boss Song".

This band was from Stoke. They recorded this demo at Star Trax Studios in October 1985.
The band consisted of
Dave (vocals/harmonica)
Benny (lead guitar)
Joker (bass/maracas)
Nick (drums/percussion)

Their debut show was at Chesterfield with The Threads in January 1986.

1 Dancing Thru' the 80's
2 James Bond
3 Stood Up
4 The Boss Song


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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Too Hot [Devon, U.K.]

Too Hot - Kickin' Off EP (1993)
1 Agent 69
2 Fake
3 In Search of Harry
4 Grandad
5 Special Agent


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Too Hot - Big Time EP (1999)
1 It's a Shame
2 Kingston Town
3 Big Time


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Too Hot - Nice 'n' Easy (2000)
1 Round and Round
2 Ska Train
3 Catch My Eye
4 Sunshine Holiday
5 Dark City
6 I Don't Believe in You
7 Every Day
8 Charlie Says
9 Just a Woman
10 You Said
11 Lovely Day

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Too Hot - Wise Up (2002)
1 Too Hot in the City
2 Feelin' Happy
3 In the Sun
4 Victoria Way
5 Special Agent
6 Bad Day
7 The Two of Us
8 Without You
9 Wise Up!
10 Across the Sea
11 I Can't Wait


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Too Hot - Time Flies (2006)
1 A Certain Peace
2 If I Could
3 Back Then
4 Alcohol
5 First Sight
6 Time Flies
7 Skalloween
8 Life Won't Wait
9 Surrounded
10 Been a While
11 Where Have You Been?
12 You Said '05

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Big Dog Small Fence

Third wave ska-punk from California. I remember these guys being considered a Christian band because they always played with other Christian bands. They all thank God and Jesus Christ in the liner notes but all mention of anything religious is pleasantly absent from the lyrics.

Lot's of distorted guitars in some songs but also some 2Tone style instrumentals. 

1 Human
2 Finite
3 Joel's Song
4 Rikki Fake
5 Circus Mirage
6 Pass the Buck
7 Shrimp Gumbo
8 Circus Mirage (extended mix)
9 Impossible
10 Stand Tall
11 L.A.

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Bumble & the Beez

Bumble & the Beez was a German band that was started by two members of Headline. They were not a ska band but there was a bit of the ska sound left over from their days in Headline. In 2009 Marco on the Bass interviewed Winston Blisset who briefly mentioned why he left Headline to form Bumble & the Beez. Read the interview HERE.

Bumble & the Beez - Fools 7" (1981)
A - Fools
B - Working Class

Bumble & the Beez - My Life 7" (1982)
A - My Life
B - Signing On

Bumble & the Beez - The Room Above 7" (1982)
A - The Room Above
B - Blowsing

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