I thought I could trust zShare after their meltdown a while back but it seems they violated my trust again and this rarity was lost. I rarely read comments that aren't on the front page so I never realized how many people were requesting this.
Here it is. If you don't have it yet you have to download it. It really is one of the great ones.
1 She's a Raver 2 Red to Black 3 Run and Hide 4 No Can Do 5 State of Emergency 6 Bedtime for Ronald 7 Regular Guy 8 B-Side Shuffle 9 Emotions 10 Late a Night
It's not very hard to find things by Australia's Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons on these here interwebs (...or, whatever the kids are calling it these days). You can find most of their works HERE, and HERE, and HERE, or HERE, or even HERE but Bruce has submitted these four gems that haven't yet been offered.
So Young 7" (1979) A - So Young B - Rough and Ready
Security 7" (1980) A - Security B - Beating Around the Bush Shape I'm In 7" (1980) A - Shape I'm In B - Shape I'm In (dub)
Soon You'll be Gone 7" (1980) A - Soon You'll be Gone B - Show Ya Fun
Jo Jo Zep does do a lot of ska/reggae music but a lot of his stuff is more classic rock and roll. Regardless of the genre he put out a lot of great music that is being overlooked. I appreciate it - I hope you do too.
(thanks to Ronan for a couple of these links and thanks to Laszlo who introduced me to Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons)
I don't know much about this Swedish band but they seem to have quite an extensive catalog. Their Wiki article says they refer to themselves as "transcontinental rock reggae". They formed in 1977 and are still playing.
1 - Trycke e för Mycke 2 - Hellre en Raket 3 - Musik
Unicorn Records re-released Nana Choc Choc in Paris on cassette but changed the name to "Oddball Boy" and it included two songs that weren't on the original album. One is the song "Running Around" that was released on Skankin' 'Round the World vol. 3 and "Patricia Hamilton" which is the only song of theirs to never be released on cd. Thanks to Craig here it is:
1 - Make Me Smile 2 - Patricia Hamilton 3 - Running Around
This is the Kingpins first release. None of these songs are on any of the Kingpins 3 full-lengths. Now, I am a Lorraine fan but even though she doesn't sing on any of these songs they are all 3 winners and a necessary piece of your Kingpins / Lo and the Magnetics collection.
1 - On the Run 2 - Spy vs. Spy 3 - Leave My Girlfriend Alone
One thing I like more than getting to hear a song that I have been after for years is getting to hear a great song that I never knew about. Bruce sent me this yesterday and, although I have lots of other things that I should be posting before I decided that this one needs to go up immediately.
The A-side is crap in my opinion but the B-side is amazing. An instant favorite. Not ska in its purest form but it reminds me of something that Mark Foggo would have done.
For those of you who don't know I am a yank who was born and raised in California and I really should have no idea what Coronation Street is. As far as I know it has never been televised here. I have heard that East Enders was (maybe still is) available on the east coast on some channel. I don't know.
My wife, however, is British. She was born and raised in East Anglia and never had any interest in the soaps. She has been here now for about 7 years and has only recently become sentimental for her home about a year or so ago. She talks to her family and they watch these shows. Thanks to the awesome power of the internet she is able to watch them now too so that they have something to talk about.
I find it all to be ridiculous - not because it's a soap opera, but because it's tv. I don't really like tv. It's a waste of time to me. But she is now watching it on a nearly daily basis and I have grown very accustomed to these theme songs.
It's not great. Hell, it's not even good, but it is catchy.
The white reggae band from Manchester circa 1978. These are the same guys who did the "You're a Ruin" 7" found HERE. This is a little more on the punk-reggae side than that single was. Both are good though. You should have both. This was also submitted by Bruce.
Before they had to change their name to V Spy V Spy because of a lawsuit by Mad Magazine Australia's Spy Vs. Spy released this 7" and an EP entitled "Four Fresh Lemons" in limited numbers. They later released all six songs together under the name "Six Fresh Lemons". Regardless of how they're packaged they were all pretty good songs and over the last few years I have seen the single and either of the EPs come up for sale several times each and they were all under the banner of "ska". Sorry to disappoint you but none of them are ska songs but there are a couple of tracks with a slightly noticeable ska influence. Call it pub rock, mod, post punk, powerpop, or ska. The category doesn't matter. It's just good music.
If you like this and aren't already aware V Spy V Spy has made all of their music available for free download HERE.
Do What You Say 7" A - Do What You Say B - Table Tea Mix
Four Fresh Lemons EP 1 Marlowe 2 Sofa 3 That (Dead) Girl 4 Brightside
Music in the experimental vein with noticeable ska and dub influences. 4" Be 2" was lead by Jimmy Lydon the brother of Johnny Rotten. These records were marketed as being produced by John Lydon even though he really had nothing to do with them.
My "I know you can Google, but so can I" link HERE.
There is a third that I am still looking for: "Frustration / Can't Explain" 7" 1980