...from discogs: "Danish ska-band fronted by the dynamic vocalist and trumpet player Mek Pek and the first to introduce the ska style in Denmark. The original Mek Pek Partyband was only active 1982 and 1983, while Mek Pek has used the name for his bands later on in the 90's." They had a couple more singles and a self titled full length also released in 1982
here they are performing Ska Beat in 2011: (starts at 2:20)
If you get an eMail from me DO NOT OPEN IT. I haven't emailed anything to anybody. I don't know what it is. I got 63 emails today from you guys. I'm sorry if it was a virus. I really don't know how it happened. Sorry
Clive Pig was an acoustic guitar storyteller/poet that meshed in nicely with the late 70s punk scene. He released lots of good material with different bands. This particular record is not hard to find.
Even if you're not a big fan of punk-reggae this one's a good one. It will grow on you.
The ultra rare impossible-to-find cassette only first release from Philadelphia's Public Service?! from 1990. This is the one that is notorious for being a Moon Ska Records release but there's no mention anywhere on the tape or inlay card of Moon Records. They did put a sticker on the shrink-wrap (seen HERE)It could be said this is not an actual Moon release because they did not produce it, they only distributed it but it did have a Moon catalogue number MR-026cs.
Anyway...this is rare stuff, and they say their main inspiration is Fishbone and it's noticeable.
A1 Rude Awakening A2 Salt + Pepper A3 Matter of Time A4 Dine and Dash B1 The Question B2 Too Much Violence B3 Bad Nite in Philly B4 Tube Fried
These are the guys who released the album "Hot Pursuits" on Unicorn Records. You probably know them for the song Brand New Beat from the first "Skankin' 'Round the World" compilation. That song came from this demo. It wasn't the best song on there:
"Me and My Shadow"
"These Boots are Made for Walkin'"
A1 - Brand New Beat A2 - Rude Boys A3 - Me and My Shadow B1 - These Boots Were Made for Walkin' B2 - Reminds Me of Cairo B3 - I Hate You
(there is a cover to this tape. I have the cover - I just can't find it right now. That's what kept me from posting it for so long. Do you care though? The music's great isn't it? I'll post the cover when I find it)
Here's a nice collection of lost and forgotten ska flyers from Southern California from the days when 3rd wave dominated the scene.
Less Than Jake, The Hippos, Reel Big Fish, My Superhero, Low Pressure...they're all here...
These were contributed by Justin - a man who did what we all can only wish we did. He kept his flyers. Thank you Justin. I know I had some great ska and punk flyers that I kick myself in the ass for not keeping. Do you have yours?
Ultra rare ska! I have looked for this damn record for years and finally - here it is. Not a bad tune either. These guys were from Ireland and they had some other non-ska releases. This one here may have been their final record. Trombone on this one was provided by John Trotter of the Plattermen.
They had a minor hit in 1964 with a soul cover of Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star" (The b-side to that is a song called "Only Friends") They tried their hand at disco in 1979 with "Boogie on Up / Don't Stop Me" 7" and they had a couple more singles I know nothing about: "Love Me Love Me Do" and "Dance with Me" Keep in mind I've never heard any of their other music and they barely exist anywhere on the internet so my descriptions of their other releases may be dead wrong.
A - Double Dealin' B - Double Dealin' (instrumental)
Like so many other bands the German post-punk band Fehlfarben started out playing ska. This is their first release. It was recorded in 1979 and released in 1980. I'm not positive, but I don't think they ever attempted ska again.
These guys were Dutch and this was released on Don Quixote Records. It seems the real push for the record was for the song No Promises. The Worker should have been a B-side but it was better than No Promises so they released it as a double A-side. Anything else I can't tell you. I used to have it written down somewhere what year this was released but I can't find my notes. If I have to hazard a guess I'll say either '81 or '82. Don't quote me in that.
Okay, read THIS. They have released other albums which aren't hard to find (SEE)
The cover here is for the original release from 1983 but the download is for the re-release so it's in better quality and has more tracks.
1 Law and Order 2 Johnny Q 3 Count Your Money 4 Rude Boys Don't Win 5 Fine Tunin' 6 Don't You Really Want to Know 7 Johnny Q 8 Law and Order 9 Count Your Money 10 Rude Boys Don't Win 11 Fine Tunin' 12 Don't You Really Want to Know 13 Ridin' Down the Campaign Trail 14 (untitled)
"Don't You Really Want to Know?"
"Law and Order"
...and a great performance of "Fine Tunin'" from 1985
I have so many of these songs by non-ska bands that are worth knowing about and maybe worth hearing once or twice, but really they aren't good music. Just a bunch of bands that either used to be famous and they saw their audiences disappearing or bands who were never famous in the first place and they thought they could grab some attention by playing ska-type-stuff and then impress their new listeners with their real sound later. I don't think it worked for anybody in the end. Either the crowd was disappointed when they went to the show and heard what the band really sounded like, or the one ska/reggae song the band did was a throwaway song from their original set and they just threw an upstroke into it. There are a lot of terrible songs that came from this era and this line of thinking and I was going to do one big blog-post called Bad Pop does Bad Ska...or something equally as clever. This is one of the songs I was going to include in that post but in the last week this song has really grown on me. I'm still going to do that post and you'll see that this really is a superior product compared to some of the other shit that's out there.
Earth and Fire were a 70s rock band from the Netherlands who had a number of releases between 1970 and 1990. This is their only attempt at a ska/reggae song and it was their biggest hit ever. So big that it even got them attention outside of the Netherlands. It was number 1 in Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Portugal as well. It never did make a splash in the UK, the US, or even in the Republic of Suriname - until now!
The song is really not a bad little ditty and the singer Jerney is just adorable. There are a few videos of this song on Youtube that are about the same exact performance with her in different outfits. (I ain't complaining). And they all showcase her ability to dance with all the finesse of an 8-year old in front of her bedroom mirror. ('Turning around' is a dance move attempted by many, mastered by few).
French punk/oi/other band that dabbled in the punk/ska sound (THIS for instance). They have several other releases and the songwriting ability is impressive with the ska-oriented stuff not necessarily being their best work (The song Dans la Salle Du Bar is great).
You're probably not going to like this the first time you hear it. I didn't. But it really does grow on you. Listen to it 3 times and you'll love it for life.
This 7" was submitted to us by Bruce who also provided this info: 7" A Forty Miles Of Bad Road B Nice And Slow (Edit)
12" A Forty Miles Of Bad Road (Extended Version) B Nice And Slow
Before shortening their name (& their line-up) to "the Dealers" the Birmingham based band were the Mean Street Dealers & also released the Time is tight EP in 1980 on Inferno records as the Ska City Rockers (7" & 12")
7" A Time Is Tight B1 You Don't Know Like I Know B2 Road Runner
12" A1 Time Is Tight A2 You Don't Know Like I Know A3 Road Runner B1 In The Midnight Gour B2 Barefootin' B3 I Can't Turn You Loose
The band were Mark Bristow (voc guitar) John Wilson (guitar voc) Nigel Darvill (keyboards) Jimmy Simpson (drums)
The 3 tracks from the "Time is Tight" 7" were on the 100% British Ska comp. I included them with this download.
This is the one that says "featuring Roland on Saxophone" on the cover. They thought they'd sell more copies if people thought it was Roland Alphonso instead of the real sax player who was a nobody at the time from a little-known Hull band called the Akrylykz. They might have sold a few more copies in the late eighties if they put the sax player's real name - Roland Gift:
I have previously posted Stormed's rare 12" single "Trouble at Home". It was only released as a promo and I mistakenly reported that they had one other single which was also released only as a 12" promo. Thankfully I now know that the other promo saw an actual 7" release. I have no idea how many copies of this were pressed but now, thanks to Rikard, we get to hear it:
A Beau Terry B1 - The Burn B2 - The John Song
The song "The John Song" was the B-side to "Trouble at Home" but this is a much different version. (This video has nothing to do with the band, but the Morris Dancing goes well with the song)
I have included the 12" with this single so you get everything they released in one handy download.
This is not the California band of the same name. These guys were from Tucson, Arizona and I don't know if they have any other releases. Band leader Mark Wilsey is a firefighter in Arizona and he's still active in music. He is currently fronting Reno Del Mar
A1 - Africa is at War A2 - One Free New World B1 - The Time is Right B2 - The Message
A1 - Freak in the Street (Freak Out Mix) Remixed by Don and David Was (these guys) A2 - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone A3 - Hey UT's live at Spring Break Daytona Beach Florida 1985 B1 - Free Yourself (Special London Mix) B2 - I Spy (For the FBI) (National Security Mix Up) produced by Jerry Dammers B3 - What's Gone Wrong (Lovers Rock Mix)
Italian ska-punk band Manovalanza would like you to have their most recent efforts: Their full length "Anziani a Vent'anni" released earlier this year and the single "Le Cose Che Vorresti" that they just released last week. It is not available in physical form.
1 Siamo Anziani a Vent'anni 2 Fuoco Alle Micce 3 Una Sola Esigenza 4 Sotto Controllo 5 Skapestrato 6 Enigma 7 Adesso Basta 8 Non Mi Riesce 9 La Citta di Vettro 10 La Danza Delle Spade 11 Vengo da Viamaggio 12 Via da Questa Realata 13 Quando Arriva la Sera
This is Klang's first album. The second - and final - album is called Dots and Dashes (I don't have it yet)and there were a few singles, one of which can be found HERE. The b-side on that one is not on either album.
1 Go! 2 Mucho Macho Song 3 Nagasaki Sun 4 Angry Young Men 5 Beat It 6 Too Pooped to Pop 7 Virgins and I 8 I Wish You'd Call Me a Red 9 Wailing in the Moonlight 10 Family Life 11 Win a Little, Lose a Little 12 Music for the East
This band was from Hollywood, California. They played reggae and power-pop and new wave type stuff. This record is not hard to find at all. It's all over the internet. Aside from this I think they recorded a full length in 1990. Not sure about that though.
I've mentioned before that I don't post traditional ska because there are a lot of blogs that are doing a great job of it, but I do like the oldies and I have quite a bit of 'em. Here are some you probably know and love already but maybe there's a song or two you haven't heard yet.
Black Slate A - Boom Boom B - Sticks Man (1980)
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires A - Elizabethan Reggae B - Sticks Man (1969)
Cimarons A - Time Passage B - Reggae Time (1974)
Dave and Ansell Collins A - Double Barrel B - Double Barrel version 2 (1971)
Donna Hightower A - Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes B - Get T'Stepping (1973)
Jerry Jackson A - Tell Her Johnny Said Goodbye B - Always (1964)
Ken Boothe A - Crying Over You B - Now You Can See Me Again (1974)
Tradition A - Reggae Music B - Breezin' (1978)
Winston Francis A - Blue Moon B - Now That I'm a Man (1972)
. . . .Nerds (1995) . Nerds had 3 different covers. This download includes all three. This is the first cd cover. It came shrink-wrapped with a box of Nerds candy: The cassette cover looked like a box of Nerds candy: The second cd cover. There's a reason for this cover. The story is included in the download:
1 Janitors Against Apartheid - Down 2 Janitors Against Apartheid - No 2nd Chance 3 Janitors Against Apartheid - Here to Stay 4 Janitors Against Apartheid - I Am 5 Janitors Against Apartheid - Oh...OK! 6 Janitors Against Apartheid - Moon Patrol 7 Janitors Against Apartheid - Choose Your Identity 8 One Eye Open - I Like Mexican Girls 9 One Eye Open - Sumfin 4 Da Quincey 10 One Eye Open - Chess Becomes Chinese Checkers 11 One Eye Open - Doity Ol' Sock 12 One Eye Open - Sour Dough Head 13 One Eye Open - Where Food's a Circus 14 One Eye Open - Blue Gene Blues 15 "hidden track" space adventure
One Eye Open released a full length called Hellaut, a split LP with the band Schlong, and a 7" called Boobs: The Incomplete Set which are all available for free download on Very Small Records' own blog HERE
The Boobs 7" is a collection of t.v. show theme songs and commercials that was originally on cassette. There wasn't enough room for all of them on the 7" - hence "incomplete set".
Here is their "Roblits" demo with some other odds and ends: Roblits 1 Chess Becomes Chinese Checkers 2 Sour Dough Hed 3 Efram is a Very Good Boy 4 I Like Mexican Girls 5 Paul Sharar
Other Drunski '96 (Not Beyond) Dirty Fucking Scumbag Poo Poo Kiss Public Enemy #1 (Motley Crue cover) Time Out for Fun (Devo cover) Ska Parade Metal Theme
Punk End Theory demo 1 Interplanetary Sun 2 Al B. Fungless 3 Anu Neighbor 4 Bean Pie (Snake Eyes Mix) 5 Life in a Tree 6 Interplanetary Music (part 1) 7 This is Drunkski 8 Butt Vader 9 The Laughing Song (Residents cover)
Live on the Ska Parade 1 I Like Mexican Girls 2 New Zoo Revue 3 Special Learn 4 Baseball Baseball 5 The Ska Parade 6 Chess Becomes Chinese Checkers 7 WKRP 8 Saved by the Bell 9 The Young Ones 10 Paul Sharar
Either somebody's ashamed of their past and doesn't want it exposed, or they honestly think there's a potential for them to make money on later releasing their music that is very far outside the money demographic.
I have been working 2 jobs and going to classes. The few minutes that I am home and awake (I sleep anywhere between 2 and 4 hours a night - seriously, then I drive about 40 miles in either direction)I have no interest in touching a computer when I get home. I have lots of interesting rarities to share still but damn...that takes some time. I will be quitting one of the jobs next week and I'll be done with school in the next couple months. By the end of summer I'll be back to full speed with the blog. (as long as I'm not shut down by people with youthful minds [I said "people with youthful minds" instead of childish bastards so as to be less offensive]*)
I haven't even looked at my email but maybe twice in the last - days? weeks? months? I've always been bad at answering emails but now I'm in a different world. Bear with me.
And, for no reason, here's a picture of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in the 80s
Eighties and nineties bands on this one. Some of the nineties band recorded in the '00s so we're transcending the waves here.
Podomatic is being difficult so I did it a different way this time.
Ventilators - Bring Me Your Cup (2004) Freres Jackman and the International Elevators - Leave Our Kriz-e Alone (1992) Freres Jackman and the International Elevators - Limbo Police (1992) The Bruce Lee Band - Forward and Back (2005) Guitars and Drums - Nightclubland (1983) Steppin' Lazer - Follow the Leader (1983) Steppin' Lazer - All I do is Ska (1983) Ventilators - Alone in the Alley (1993) Ventilators - Sitting and Drinking (1997) Fun Boy Three - Farmyard Connection (1983) Dave's Big Deluxe - Say Goodbye to Me (1997) Klang - Beat It (1981) Klang - Nagasaki Sun (1981) Dead Milkmen - Quality of Death (2011) Dead Milkmen - A Message to You Rudy (1996)
Reggae band form Holland. Here's them doing a Neil Diamond cover on the b-side. I know they had at least 2 more singles and I think they had an album that compiled the singles. If I'm not mistaken - and I probably am - the LP was called "Singer Man"
1 Out Tonight 2 Grauschleier 3 Tequila 4 Crazy Elevator 5 Trumpet Story 6 Ska-Fish (CIA) 7 Consequence 8 Man in the Street 9 News From UK 10 James Bond 11 Sun & Shadow 12 American Blend 13 Trojan 14 Aggroman 15 Visions of Violence 16 The Return of the 70'
1 One Minit Ska 2 Hey Joe 3 TRACK 3 4 TRACK 4 5 Oh Yeah 6 She Came 7 Camelman 8 TRACK 8 9 Wickie 10 TRACK 10 11 Werbung 12 I Won't Let You Go (Blues Busters cover) 13 Skaship / Stay With Me 14 Behold (Blues Busters cover) 15 Soon You'll be Gone (Blues Busters cover) 16 TRACK 16 17 Camelman 18 The Beat Generation (Bob McFadden & Dor cover) 19 I Got No Time
"One Minit Ska"
"I Won't Let You Go"
I've had these for a while and I have no idea what year they were recorded. As you can see I had no tracklisting. There are a few titles that I don't know. Can anyone fill in the blanks?