Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Hoovers - Skin and Blisters


Question: 2Tone records considered signing a U.S. band to their label and it was a band from California...who was it?
Answer: NOT The Untouchables. The only American band that Jerry Dammers thought was suitable for the 2Tone label was The Hoovers.
Not surprisingly The Hoovers were led by Paul Whiting who moved to the US from London England and carried his accent with him making them the only California ska band that sounded legitimately like the British ska bands of that time. Their entire career unfortunately produced only one L.P. - Skin and Blisters and one E.P. - Smut and Class.
Though they had no horn section I think that this endeavor will appeal to fans of any of the old 2Tone bands, but they are especially reminiscent of Madness.

1 The Good Life
2 Jimmy Jones
3 I Got You Babe
4 The Brighton Run
5 To Your Mother
6 The World Gone Mad
7 The Day They Made Him King
8 Roly Poly
9 She Want It
10 Pretty Little Blossom Song
11 Captain Scarlet



BicycleBill said...

If anyone is interested the Hoovers have reformed and will be playing again.

Anonymous said...

I have fond memories of seeing the Hoovers at the ON Klub in L.A. & the Country Club in Reseda,ca. They were a great live act, sort of new wave/ska. I have both their records, and a 7"! thanks! Mr. Rio.

Anonymous said...

The Hoovers are indeed alive and well. New album "Toy" is available and the CD release party is happening next Saturday November 15, 2008 in Larkspur California.

For more information on the return of The Hoovers, check out their myspace page:

Anonymous said...

The download link is broken. Can you please fix it?

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Graffitika said...

Can you respost this? Just discovered this lost Ska treasure.