Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blechreiz - Who Napped J.B.? (1990)

1 Ska Fish (CIA)
2 Trumpet Story
3 Bumble Bee
4 Visions of Violence
5 Return of the 70's
6James Bond
7 The Flying Dutchman
8 16 Pets
9 Stop
10 Soljanka


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Loonee Toons - Under Cover (cassette-only release 1994)

1 Weirdos (Mark Foggo)
2 Rat Race (Specials)
3 Message to You (Dandy Livingston)
4 Tears of a Clown (The Beat)
5 One Step Beyond (Madness)
6 Bed and Breakfast Man (Madness)
7 Walking in the Sunshine (Bad Manners)
8 Porkies (Loonee Toons original)
9 You Can Get It (Jimmy Cliff)
10 Is She Really Going Out With Him (Joe Jackson)

"Is She Really Going Out With Him?"


Notables - Quite Notable (2003)

These guys were from Seattle Washington. This is 13 tracks of pure instrumental ska in the style of the Skatalites.
1 Escobar
2 Knuckles
3 Teen Party
4 Who Knows
5 Rude Mood
6 Misfit
7 Godfather Ska
8 Palladin
9 Vital Organ
10 The Beachcomber
11 Perdido
12 Night Watch
13 Freak Shuffle

"Godfather Ska"

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Scooter - Wooly Bully (1980)

Wooly Bully was written and first recorded by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs in 1965. It was supposed to be called Hully Gully but since the Olympics already released a song called Hully Gully the record label wasn't comfortable with the title and implored them to change it. They called it Wooly Bully after Domingo Zamudio's cat.

And here's a bit of trivia...by the 50s kids would use the insult "square" to describe somebody who doesn't fit in. A square peg doesn't fit into a round hole. This was from the 1873 book Kenelm Chillingly, His Adventures and Opinions by the British writer Edward Bulwer Lynton who also first wrote "It was a dark and stormy night...". Over time the origin of the phrase was lost and kids just accepted that 'square' was an insult. Much like calling someone a loser by putting your finger and your thumb in the shape of an "L" on your forehead, kids back then would make the shape of a square with their fingers and thumbs (as seen in The Sandlot). This was called L-7.

One of the lyrics in Wooly Bully is "Hattie told Maddie let's not take no chance, Let's not be L-7 come and learn to dance".
Out of the 4 million bands that have covered Wooly Bully this is the lyric that they always get wrong. Bad Manners got this line right but they fucked up a few others.

Thankfully this day and age we have the internet to look up the lyrics.

If you are in a band and you want to cover Wooly Bully please get the lyrics right.

And here's another bit of trivia...the world doesn't exactly need another version of Wooly Bully. If you do play it just stick to playing it live. It's a fun live song but the original Sam the Sham and the Pharoah's version is the only version that should be played out of speakers.

A - Wooly Bully
B - Chicken Part

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Slackers - Slackers 12" (1983)

This has nothing to do with the New York band The Slackers. (I guess you could say that 'before there were The Nods there were Slackers'). This was a short lived band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. I can't find a damn thing about the band. The song Sinsi Song is featured on the Jump Up Records' compilation Death of an American Skathic but not even the inlay of that CD offers any information

A1 - Sinsi Song
A2 - If I Had Dreadlocks
A3 - When Men Come
B1 - Day Tripper
B2 - Friday the 13th
B3 - Don't Drop the Bomb

"Sinsi Song"
 "Day Tripper" (Beatles cover)

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Schmutz - Gigi 7'' (1980)

A - Gigi

B - Can Can*


*Can Can was released before Bad Manners started playing their own version. Is this where they got the idea?

Off the Shelf - Live in Australia (1989)

1 The Prince
2 Inner London Violence
3 Everything I Own
4 Jimmy Jazz
5 I'm all Shook Up
6 You Shouldn't Stay Out Late
7 Orders
8 She Made a Monkey out of Me
9 Thief
10 Norbit's Song
11 (Instrumental)
12 Madness
13 Never Again
14 Dr. Raju
15 Miss Jamaica
16 Johnny Too Bad
17 (instrumental)
18 Rough and Tough
19 Forever I will Say
20 Bushcrash

"You Shouldn't Stay Out Late"


*Thanks to Mr. Anonymous

Rudeness Empire - Welcome to the Empire (1993)

Cassette-only release from this Dutch band (I think they were from Zwolle)

...they have that great Unicorn-era sound.

1 The Soldier
2 Jesse James
3 Liberation Ska
4 The Faker*
5 Drinking Wodka in Elkacity
6 Infection

"The Soldier"


*The Faker appeared on "Do the Dutch Ska Dance Vol.1" (1993)

They did release one cd that I know of called Rocksteady Mountains. The song "Vampire" on that album appeared on "Do the Dutch Ska Dance Vol.2"

The Invaders [from Milwaukee Wisconsin]

"Brewtown Ska" (1994)
1 Spy's Demise
2 International Radio
3 Caravan
4 Ska Guitar
5 Iko Iko
6 Such a Jerk
7 Leaps and Bounds (live)
8 Tropical Gangsters
9 Scootering
10 Fez
11 A Shot in the Dark (live)
12 Feel Like I Should
13 Dancing With Her Hair
14 The Spy Returns

"Spy's Demise"

G-Man 7'' (1994)
A1 - G-Man
A2 - Leaps and Bounds
B - Parking Violation

"Leaps and Bounds"