Sunday, June 17, 2018

Little Murders - Four Songs from Little Murders (cassette 1982)

 1 She's the One
2 After the Fire
3 She Said
4 One Hundred Drugs

Little Murders is a prolific mod/power pop band from Australia. They put out lots of albums but I think this is the song "She Said" from this EP is their only true ska song. They dabbled with the ska sound in a couple other songs and I included the "Take Me, I'm Yours" single in this download because the b-side has a very prominent ska sound even though it's not really a ska song.

...and, no, the a-side is NOT a cover of the Squeeze song that was covered by Tim Curry.

A - Take Me, I'm Yours
B - Things Will be Different

Listen to "She Said".

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

va Let's Skank - An Open Minded Approach to Ska (1996)

1 Malarians - Ben Gunn
2 The Jumpstarts - This is What I Do
3 Cosmic - Vital Rhythm
4 La Ruda Salska - Taper La Manche
5 Ceux Qui Marchent Debout - Big Meal
6 Persian Jones - Venezuela
7 Unsteady - The Cost
8 Red Wings Mosquito Strings - L'Affaire Harry
9 The Mudsharks - You Got Me So Twisted
10 400000 - Chercher le Chameau
11 Engine 54 - Big 5
12 Crazy Skankers - Big Game
13 The Regulators - Healing Ska
14 Kargols - Pacifiste
15 Johnny Socko - If I Didn't Have a Goiter
16 Marcel et Son Orchestre - Chantel
17 The Miggedys - American Girl
18 Sideburn - Mika's Dream
19 Arpioni - Cambia Canale
20 Dr. Calypso - Mr. Farlops


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Difficult Music - Not the Kind of Boy 7" (1984)

This Dutch band put out this one single. The A-side is a decent new wave rock song but the B-side is an instrumental - a saxophone/keyboard/trumpet-heavy ska rendition of Erik Satie's Gnossienne Nr.1. You never really see this kind of arrangement for an eighties ska single.

Very rare.

A - Not the Kind of Boy
B - Inch of Love


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Bette Bright [REPOST]

Bette Bright is married to Suggs from Madness. She was formerly in a band called Deaf School before she teamed up with Glen Matlock of Sex Pistols and members of Clive Langer and the Boxes to form The Illuminations. Clive Langer produced Madness' early albums, and the Illuminations keyboardist Ben Barson is brother of Madness' keyboardist Mike Barson.

Bette was also sang for the Dutch post-punk/pop band Gruppo Sportivo and she appeared in The Great Rock and Roll Swindle as well as Madness' video for "One Better Day"
Here are all 5 of her singles:

My Boyfriend's Back (1978)
A - My Boyfriend's Back
B - Hold on, I'm Coming

The Captain of Your Ship (1979)
A - The Captain of Your Ship
B - Those Greedy Eyes

Hello, I am Your Heart (1980)
A - Hello, I am Your Heart
B - All Girls Lie

Some Girls Have All the Luck (1981)
A - Some Girls Have All the Luck
B - Tender Touch

When You Were Mine (1981)
A - When You Were Mine
B - Soulful Dress

"Rhythm Breaks the Ice" (1981) - her only album.
1 When You Were Mine
2 On a Night Like This
3 Hello, I Am Your Heart
4 All Girls Lie
5 Take What You Find
6 Talking Whispers
7 Thunder and Lightning
8 Shoorah Shoorah
9 Some Girls Have All the Luck
10 Tender Touch
11 Hold On

Yeah, the 2 singles "Hello, I am Your Heart" and "Some Girls Have All the Luck"
are on the full-length - both A and B sides...same versions, but damnit, I'm a collector so I have the singles and therefore I feel more 'complete'. I trust you understand.

There is a bit of a ska influence in the later recordings, but she was not exactly a ska artist. Even still, her version of "Hold on, I'm Coming" is sexy and worth the listen.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Painted Saints - Kampai! (1986)

The is one of the best punk-ska records you've never heard. One slow punk anthem, two up-tempo punk rock songs, a fast ska-punk song, and one of the best eighties ska songs I've ever heard.
This band was from Connecticut and I don't know anything else about them.
I say this a lot, but I can't believe this record isn't more well known.

Listen to the first track "Loathe".

See what I mean?

1 Loathe
2 Violence Breeds Violence
3 Undone
4 Nothing from Something
5 Barren Terror

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Nighthawks - Trouble Taking Over 7" (1981)

A - Trouble Taking Over
B - Europe Calling

Hear "Trouble Taking Over"

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The Scamps - Je t'aime (Moi non Plus) 7" (1980)

A - Je t'aime (Moi non Plus) [Instrumental Serge Gainsbourg cover]
B - Nicole [Instrumental]

"Nicole sounds like "Heart and Soul" mixed with Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk".

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