I posted their other 2 singles HERE and, out of ignorance, I said those were their only releases. I was wrong. The song Black and White was written about the US Supreme Court decision in 1954 that outlawed racial segregation in public schools. It was first recorded by Sammy Davis Jr. but it's more known because of the Three Dog Night version recorded in 1972. It was recorded in 1971 by the UK reggae group Greyhound as their first single and it was their rendition that inspired Three Dog Night to do their take on it.
Much thanks to Merrick who will be submitting lots more rare Australian ska in the next several posts!!
1 Cannon Fodder 2 Soldier Boy 3 Just What You Need 4 Shoulder to Shoulder 5 Ball and Chain 6 Two Steps Back 7 Hard Times 8 Afro Beat 9 I Work at My Machine 10 Temptation Got the Better of Me 11 Grey Skies Over Collingwood 12 Killer Zombies 13 007 (Shanty Town) 14 Can't Pretend 15 Born on the Waterfront 16 This is the U.S.A. 17 The Firm 18 Big Red Bus 19 crowd part 1 20 One Thirty 21 Rudeboys Outta Jail 22 crowd part 2 23 Nairobi Airport
1 I Work at My Machine 2 Shoulder to Shoulder 3 Corporation 4 Big Red Bus 5 This is the U.S.A. 6 Just What You Need 7 Born on the Waterfront 8 I Can't Pretend 9 Nairobi Airport 10 Temptation (Got the Better of Me)
The Mobsters were an Italian ska band that was formed by members of Strange Fruit and the Downtowners. For more on them and lots of live and demo downloads go HERE
1 Steppin Out (You might remember this from Skankin' 'Round the World vol.4) 2 Stop the Pressure (live) 3 Skatty Dread 4 Stereotype 5 Prayer 6 Ludwili 7 Please More Music 8 ACMD 9 Far From You 10 Stir it up 11 End of the Party
1 Les Petites Rues de Singapore
2 J'suis en Desamour
3 Cooky Paradis
4 Les Diamants du Ritz
5 Hollywood Hollywood
6 Dand le Regard des Filles
7 Kingston Kingston
8 Ca Swingue un Max
9 Pas Peur du Loup
10 Ma Jamaicaine
11 C'est Pas Noel
12 Pouquoi as-tu Quitte Ma Vie
13 Hong Kong Ska
14 Et Puis...et Puis...Rien
15 Jericho (Dance Around the World)
16 I Won't Never Let You Go
Patricia Paay is a well known pop star from the Netherlands and she and her sister Yvonne Keeley were in the band Star Sisters. This is the only thing they recorded under the name the Twits and it's extremely hard to find. It appears on eBay every now and then and never goes for less than $100 because it's sought after more by Patricia Paay fans than ska collectors.
After Star Sisters broke up Patricia had a very successful solo career and even posed for Playboy a few times. She was married to American MTV veejay Adam Curry.
...from their Myspace "The G Men are a ska band from Northern England who were formed in 1989 in Darlington. The first band rehearsal took place at Chandos Street Recording Studio with Dins, Dell (aka Mr Sausage) and Crozzer. Shortly after this evening of song, Mark Wilson and Laze joined the band and The G Men were born. After a handful of successful local shows, The G Men supported ska legends including Bad Manners, The Selecter, The Nutty Boys, Laurel Aitken, The International Beat and Bim Skala Bim. North Sea Records approached the band to record an album, and 'The G Files' was released on the label in 2000 to favourable reviews from the UK press. The G Men decided to take a break in 2002, but five years later they reformed after a number of alcohol fuelled rehearsals in Darlington. Since their reformation, the dudes have performed alongside Prince Buster, Bad Manners, Neville Staple, Pauline Black, The Toasters, The Hotknives and The Blaster Master. In 2009, the band appeared at the Feuerwerks Open Air Festival in Mainz, Germany, where their crazed set went down extremely well with the crowd. The G Men celebrate their 22nd anniversary this year, and we would like to invite you to join us in the celebrations."
1 Freedom Train 2 Shout Out 3 Teenage Nightmare 4 Sunshine Boy 5 Victims 6 Valley of the Kings 7 You Go Up 8 Barton Street 9 Stop the Clock 10 The Chosen Few
I know what you're thinking..."who's this Rastaman?" Right? That's what you're thinking. Well, I have a surprise for you - this man is not Jamaican, no, he's actually from Texas. His name is Alan Monsarrat and he started the first ska/reggae band in Texas. I have not found any information that would lead me to believe that they released anything other than this EP.
However, Alan himself is currently heading Austin's premiere reggae band Mau Mau Chaplains. (As well as the band Stop the Truck) They sound like this:
Bedlam Beggars - Sweet Talkin' Girl Gilgamesh - Unity (OPIV cover) Loin Groin - Aiyefel Seat Covers No Nonsense - Danger is My Business Off the Shelf - Thief Offbeats - Ripple Sole Shoes Strange Tenants - Living Life Stranger Cole - When I Call Your Name (live in Sydney February 2011) The Allniters - Jingle Bells The Allniters - Still in Love The Hangovers - Large Sum of Money The High Tides - Wrong em Boyo The Igniters - Ignition
This amazing collection was submitted by Merrick who provided these tidbits of info:
THE IGNITERS - IGNITION
This band is most of the Allniters plus Kirk Pengilly from INXS - they released 2x 12"s.
I interviewed Brett from the Allniters in 1997, and he told me that INXS supported them when they first started out and gave them a demo tape with ska songs on it including a cover of Gangsters ! INXS doing Gangsters, to my knowledge, has never been found.
LOIN GROIN - AIYEFEL SEAT COVERS
You have to hear this one if you haven't already. It comes from a rare cd called Arise Sir Loin which was only given away at their last ever gig. Sadly I missed it - them being in Melbourne and I in Sydney, but I managed to track down a copy of the cd.
BEDLAM BEGGERS - SWEET TALKIN' GIRL
This was the band I played in - I wrote song #12 on ska skank down under vol.2, but not this one. There's about 20 studio tracks in total, and a few live bootlegs.
OFFBEATS [Melbourne] - RIPPLE SOLE SHOES
Gary Skaman Rosche from Melbourne sent this to me only a year or so ago, rare as rocking horse poo, apparently Pete wanted to put a copy on Ska Skank Down Under vol. 1 but couldn't get this track at the time. It comes from a 4 song demo tape.
GILGAMESH - UNITY (OPIV cover)
Gilgamesh were a punk ska band from Sydney, recently done some reunion shows. This is an OPIV cover, they also do "Here we go again" live, which I have on a video bootleg. Graham, the drummer, recorded some songs with Tim and (either lars or matt) from Rancid when they toured Oz in 1996, but those recordings have never surfaced over here, not even Graham has a copy.
STRANGE TENANTS - LIVING LIFE
This comes from a live set in Manly, the only bootleg of theirs I have.
Half of this band went on to become Dr. Raju, who I have a few cds, live tracks and one dodgy live video of.
THE HIGH TIDES - WRONG EM BOYO
Gary Skaman's band from Melbourne, 4 song demo tape 2008. Garry puts in guest vocals on Bluekilla's new album as well.
ALLNITERS - STILL IN LOVE
This came from an Ausrock compilation in the early 90s. I had remembered seeing an Allniters track listed on the cd when I saw it in a store 20 years ago, but only ever found a copy of it again recently and snagged it straight away.
Pete Porker was after a cd copy as he only had it on tape, apparently there were more tracks from this session which were never released and I dont have :(
A cover of a Dragon song - are you familiar with them, have you heard the original? they were a fantastic band, not really ska but April sunn in Suba, Sunshine and this song are classics. Also, Im into heaps of Aussie pub rock of the 80s, which occasionally crossed over into reggae & ska. Check Cold Chisel's Best Kept Lies or breakfast at sweethearts if you haven't before.
THE HANGOVERS - LARGE SUM OF MONEY
The Hangovers live track, from a live comp called pulling on the boots, a show put on by Garry singer for the Bedlam Beggars in 1997. Also had Backy Skank, HBlock, Dr. Raju, Skazoo, plus heaps of punk stuff. One individual track from each band, then the last track contained another song from most bands.