Sunday, December 13, 2020

Alerte à Skalibu - Alerte à Skalibu demo tape (1996)

 If you are a fan of Lord Skalipsoul you may be surprised at this early recording. He later moved on to do calypso and reggae but this first release is strictly 2 Tone style ska. Lots of covers on this tape but they are done in a unique style. Just when you thought you can't stand to hear another cover version of "Night Boat to Cairo" I think you'll appreciate this one. As Randy Jackson would say - they made it their own, dog.

 Alerte à Skalibu was formed in 1996 in Nice and very quickly established itself as one of the premiere  groups in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur region. It is made up of Thierry on vocals, Benouz the drummer, Mina the basist, Cyro the guitarist, Bruno the pianist, on percussion Fato, Sbe the violinist, Topo the trumpeter, Flo and Guillaume on the saxophone, Mary the flutist and Alex the engineer.
This fine troupe offers a very punchy Ska Roots, tinged with calypso and Dubmusic. They also opened for many artists such as: De la Colline, Spook and the Guay, Gnawa Diffusion, Boulegue's Bigrade, Macka B, Raspigaous as well as the Skatalites, The Scofflaws, Israel Vibration, The Gladiators, Hepcat, LKJ… In 1999, the group released a 4 song EP called "Train to Alphonsoville".

In 2004 the album "In the Studio" was released under the name Lord Skalipsoul & the Skalibu All Stars which included the songs from the EP.

In 2007 Lord Skalipsoul turned to the roots of Jamaican music: Calypso; and under the name of King Selewa (and his Calypsonians) he released two albums and numerous compilations on the prestigious
English label of world music:
Arc Music, until 2009! In 2010, still under the name King Selewa, he signed with the Cezame Music Agency label and released an album “Jamaican Roots”.

It was in 2016 that King Selewa / Lord Skalipsoul decided to return to service under the influence of his very first guitarist, Vlad e.
They thus form THE SKALIPSOULS, a group distilling a mixture of Ska 60's and revival, Rock Steady, Reggae and offer an explosive show combining compositions and adaptations.


1 Night Boat to Cairo

2 Minor Ska

3 Franckenstein Ska

4 Modern World

5 Casino Royal

6 Message to You Rudy

7 D'Jamin

8 Shame and Scandal



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The Odd Band - Christmas on the Dole 7'' (1981)


A - Christmas on the Dole

B - Christmas Dub

(I don't know why it's called "Christmas Dub". It's not a dub. It's an instrumental version of the A-Side but with some weird Chipmunk-like vocals over it. It's weird.)


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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Allsorts - Happy Happy Happy (1991)

 The Allsorts - Happy Happy Happy (1991)

1 Sherman and Matilda

2 Temper Temper

3 Wrong Side of the Bed

4 Oh Babe

5 One Small Step

6 Badup Badah

7 It's So Easy

8 I Don't Know

9 Train Song

10 What More Can I Do?


The Allsorts - Live at Skafest (1988)

1 Wrong Side of the Bed

2 Let Your Yeah be Yeah

3 Oh Babe

4 I Don't Know

5 What More Can I Do?

6 Shame and Pride

7 634 5789

8 Temper Temper 


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Ska-Humbug - On the Floor and More (1994)

 Ska Humbug was a ska-punk band who released their demo tape in 1993 called "On the Floor". It had five tracks.

The following year they re-released it with four new songs and they re-titled the demo "On the Floor and More". 

I had both tapes at one point and I can assure you that "On the Floor and More" has the exact same recordings as "On the Floor" so there's no need to post both versions but this is the cover to the first version: 

1 Dan Graves

2 Ruder Than Your Dad

3 99 Red Balloons

4 Ska Love

5 Spy Vs. I

6 hA SKumbug

7 Fucked Up

8 Sound System

9 The Baddest Goatee


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Greenhouse - Sahja 1 (1993)

 1 Shaving

2 Volga Boat Song

3 That's Ska-Razy!

4 Honey Heather Guatemala

5 Ice Machine




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Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Concentrators

This band was from Albuquerque, New Mexico and I think these two offerings together is a complete collection of everything they recorded. Not positive though.

The Concentrators - Scorcher (cassette 1997)

1 Wait

2 Put Me to the Test

3 It Comes Back

4 No More

5 Rose-Colored Glasses

6 West Berlin

7 Blood for Beer

The Concentrators - The Concentrators (CD 1998)

1 Standard Issue Kid

2 Richdiculous

3 The Heisman

4 Put Me to the Test (live)

5 Drunkard's Holiday

6 Surveyor 79

7 Part of the Problem

8 Albuquerqulosis

9 Crispy Chicken

10 No More (live)



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Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Vendors - No Time, No Money


I have no idea who the Vendors are. Where they come from, who the band members are, what other releases they may have had, and what year this was released are all a mystery. 

I'm pretty certain this is from the mid 90s. They have that perfect ska-punk sound that was all the rage in 1997 and the band is as good, if not better, than a lot of ska punk bands from that era.

 I can't take credit for finding this incredible rarity. This was shared with us by Marty from Ratgirl Records.

Ratgirl Records specializes in re-releasing hard-to-find punk releases and they know their ska. Check out Ratgirl Record's store,

stay current with them on their Instagram,

or make friends with them on their Facebook.  

The Vendors - No Time, No Money (19-ninety-something)

1 Song No. 1

2 Brett's Anthem

3 Lionel Richie

4 Middle Finger Stands

5 No Time, No Money

6 Steamroller No. 9


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Sunday, November 15, 2020


I'm not a big fan of this sort of thing. I call it white funk with some ska influences, but the kids these days are calling it "skronk".

There were a lot of bands in the 90s playing skronk but I never actually met anybody who listens to it. I have a few of these bands' recordings that I have never really felt pressured to post on the blog before but I hate seeing a great post on some other music blogs who post the punk tracks but skip posting the ska songs because they personally don't like ska. I don't want to be like that so I'll post skronk or white-funk even though I don't care for it myself because there just has to be somebody out there who appreciates it. (Anybody?)

 As it happens this band SKWZBXX (pronounced 'squeeze-box') is the band who invented the word 'skronk'. In fact it was the trumpet player (coronet player to be correct) Charlton Singleton who combined the words 'ska', 'rock', and 'funk' to describe their sound.  



SKWZBXX - Secret 68 (1997)

1 Radio Song

2 Waxed

3 I Got a Feelin'

4 Thursday

5 Dear Father

6 The Healing

7 Road Trip

8 Brothel

9 War on Peace

SKWZBXX - Ghost (1998 demo)

1 Thursday

2 Turn the Lights Down

3 Maybe

4 Skip-Bo

SKWZBXX - Freak in My Candy (1999)

1 Nothing to Say

2 Codeine

3 Stay Awake

4 Goonesbury Pie and Sourmash

5 Shine

6 Love Leave Me on the Ground

7 One of these Days


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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Nuckle Brothers - Music for the New Minuckulum (1998)

This is a compendium of all of the Nuckle Brothers' releases.

The live demo tape Battle Ska Galacti-Nuckle! from 1993,

The studio demo Coffee Time with The Nuckle Brothers also from 1993,

and their only album Kickin' Ass, Gettin' Loco N' Drinkin' Lotsa Nuckle Cocoa! from 1994. 

They had a few songs on compilations but all of those songs were included on the album so this should be every song they ever released.

1 Intro

2 Dig em' Snacks

3 Skateboarder

4 Hot Rod

5 Dog Whistle

6 Going Away

7 Good Chip

8 Nuckle Shuffle

9 Hot Rod

10 Attack It

11 Bow St. Runner

12 Piece of Gum

13 People Fuck

14 Trashcans

15 Daddy's Lil Girl

16 Top Forty Song

17 Sunshine

18 Stop Making Love

19 Wacky in E#dim

20 Trashcans

21 People Fuck

22 Sunshine

23 Dime

24 11th Grade

25 Fresh Fruit

26 Trashcans

27 It's Not Unusual


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The Rhyth-O-Matics

The Rhyth-O-Matics were one of California's first established ska bands. They released the album "Walking in the Shadow" in 1985 and had a big radio hit in 1988 with a 12" single Skatalation / Trickster.

In 1998 the band leader Jimmy Foot re-released the album and single together on a CD-R with an unreleased track called Kinzenge. This download here is for the CD-R version with the added tracks.

1 Afro/Ska

2 Walking in the Shadow

3 Kufilisika Sio Kilema

4 Kweleetonga

5 Roscoe

6 Zonga Andowe

7 El Toro

8 Thina

9 Skatalation

10 Kinzenge

11 Trickster

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Not only did he re-release his old recordings on his own label Bongo Boy Music, but he recorded a whole new album called Ghost Skankers which was also released on a CD-R with a computer-printed cover which sometimes got stuck to the disc itself. 

1 Ghost Skankers/Riders in the Sky

2 Miami Skyline

3 Ska Slaughter

4 Think About Your Life

5 Surfinfast Ska

6 Wagon Train Ska

7 Phoenix City

8 Mojuba

9 Botyana

10 Skankers Island

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Then, in  that same year Jimmy Foot collaborated with some musicians under the band name "Sky Rangers" which had more of a 'country' influence and they also released a CD-R on Bongo Boy records which had that same problem of the computer-printed inlay sticking to the CD itself.

1 Home on the Range

2 Riders in the Sky

3 My Mama

4 No Woman, No Cry

5 Little Dogies

6 Red River Reggae

7 Wagon Train SKA

8 Just a Man & His Guitar

9 Sky Ranger Squeeze

10 I'm a Rider

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Some of Jimmy Foot's other projects you might want to check out:

Reggae Jackson - Smash Hits (1986)


Jimmy Foot - The Instrumentals  


Ska Santas

And he has many solo albums. The album Rhythm Addict is mostly a rock-n-roll record but it has a ska song called "Rockin' Ska Man" that is along the lines of the sound from these earlier recordings.


Ska Chou Chou

As a ska blogger I always knew this day would come. I put it off and I put it off but I knew I couldn't hide from it forever. Right now I am reasonably drunk on a Saturday afternoon and I have been doing some quality posts lately so I decided it's time to confront this thing. To just get it out of the way.


Ska Chou Chou. Whatever the hell that means.


If I had to guess I would say it's a play on the term 'popcorn'. See, 'chouchou' is a type of  candied nut that sometimes accompanied candied popcorn (Crackerjacks). But I don't know this is true. I'm just kinda making shit up.

The most popular version of Ska Chou Chou came from the Italian radio DJ Claudio Cecchetto who released his version in 1982 and he played it on the air regularly. The B-side is 'Goodbye Everybody' with him giving a send off at the end.

It was released at least twice with different covers. One of which attributed the song to himself and the DeeJay's Gang. That one was released in 1982. The first one was released in 1981 and listed a song on the cover called Voltare! that was not actually on the record. Ska Chou Chou was labeled as Ska Chou Chou (82) 

Claudio Cecchetto e la DeeJay's Gang - Ska Chou Chou 7" (1982)

A - Ska Chou Chou

B - Mr. Bunch (Ciao a Tutti)

 This was not the first recording however. It was written and first recorded by Enrico Il Pazzo (Henry the Fool) a year prior in 1981. I can't help but think that Claudio Checchetto may have known Il Pazzo personally. 


Enrico Il Pazzo - Ska Chou Chou 7" (1981)

A - Ska Chou Chou

B - Comunque Grazie

Then a Belgium disco band called Baseball did a cover that stripped the song of any semblance of ska that it ever had. Popcorn music was popularized in Belgium so it makes sense that a Belgian band would carry the torch into the 80s.  

I once had a copy of the record. The song in this download is of my own rip, but for some reason I didn't keep a copy of the B-side. I remember it being a disco song. If you really have to hear it you can currently get a copy off Discogs for 88-cents. 


Baseball - Ska Chou Chou 7" (1984)

A - Ska Chou Chou

B - ...yeah, sorry, there is no B-side. Disco sucks. 


Then there's this. It's a children's educational / nursery rhyme channel from Greece. I can't imagine what they are trying to teach kids other than 'ska sucks!'. (Guest appearance from Admiral Ackbar for some reason. I don't know either.) I did not include this in the download. Why would I?


I'm off to the store for more beer. This whole post makes me feel unclean.


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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Flash Harry - Take What You Can (1982)

Their second and last album. 

The first album Going Straight is HERE

1 Going Straight

2 Shame on You

3 She's so Crazy

4 Toe the Line

5 New Girl

6 Down at Marlene's

7 Evelyn

8 Television

9 Take What You Can

10 Another Way Out

11 Living with the Bright Boys


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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Managers - Managers cassette (1994)

Managers are a well-known ska band from New Zealand. This cassette is their first release.

1 Think Twice

2 Funny Boy

3 Ska Ha Ha

4 Reggae in Your Jeggae


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Monday, October 26, 2020

Monster Island - Monster Island (1998) / Pressure Drop - Jezebel (1996)

Full-on ska band from Ohio. Male vocals with female backing vocals doing ska and nothing else. One of the few ska bands that had a doghouse bass. 


The band was made of a few members of another Ohio band called Pressure Drop who put out a 5-song EP in 1996 called Jezebel. Both the Pressure Drop and Monster Island releases have Tokyo Ska Paradise Covers. 

Monster Island - Monster Island (1998)

1 Monster Rock

2 Matter of Opinion

3 Can't You Hear Me

4 Fidel Castro

5 Could it be You

6 Brother Dave

7 Don't Turn Around

8 I Love You









Pressure Drop - Jezebel (1996)

1 Jezebel

2 Many a Night

3 Lonely Road

4 Nighttime in Tokyo

5 Now that She's Gone 



Sunday, October 25, 2020

New Matics - New Matics tape (1992)

This is a band that I know absolutely nothing about besides Everett Morton from The Beat being involved. I don't know who else was in the band, whatever happened to them, or if they recorded anything else. They are in no way related to the New Zealand band The Newmatics or The NewMatics from Texas. 


This treasure was provided to us by out friend Stephen who has contributed a few other gems as well that I will be posting. This has been my favorite thing in the world for the last few days. An incredible find.

1 Safe & Sound

2  Can't Hear it Tonight

3 Doing Time

4 Easy Target

5 Money in Hell



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The Zero Heroes - No Illusion 7" (1980)

 Zero Heroes had two albums that have been posted and re-posted several times on Tone and Wave over the years. I have re-posted them yet again in the Re-Ups / Re-Post section

The A-side on this single is on one of the albums but the B-side is not. It's only available on this single.


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Friday, October 23, 2020

Mr. Amir

If you like 80s UK reggae laid back with uplifting lyrics you will like this. I like things a bit more aggressive but I have those days where Mr. Amir is just what I want to hear.

Aside from these two EPs he did one actual album called "Dawning" which I have a copy of but my copy is a bit scuffed up and it skips all over the place. If you want to eventually buy yourself a copy of the album and you want to hear what it sounds like first I might be able to help you, but if you want a download where you can enjoy the songs all the way through, I can't help you with that. I may replace my copy someday but I'm in no hurry to do so. Listen to these two records. The album is just more of the same. 


Mr. Amir - Reasons to Live 7" (1983)

A - Reasons to Live

B - Oh No Oppression 


Mr. Amir - No Place to Go 12" EP (1985)

1 No Place to Go

2 The Sun

3 The Children

4 All My Love

5 One More Day

6 Still No Place to Go


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Instigators - The Instigators (demo tape 1995)

You guys know the Instigators already because I posted their album and 7" HERE

 I had this tape in my wantlist for years and never actually obtained a copy but the gods of ska shined down brightly one day on me - on all of us - when I received an email from somebody offering submissions for the blog. This is one of the things submitted and I will be posting the others at some point.

Huge thanks to our new friend Carmine234 who does an incredible YouTube page chock full of other ska and punk rarities. (And it's also where I respectfully stole the Aquabats demo from.)

1 Fravo Fravo

2 Staph B Infection

3 She's Out the Door

4 Rudy at a Show

5 Matt's Song


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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Israelites - Friend (cassette, 1993)

This is the Israelites first release and the first thing released on their Kingston Beat label.

1 Salvation

2 Friend

3 When I'm with You

4 Rejoice 


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Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Frits - Ebbie's Bluff (1993)

Who wants to hear The Frits do a ska cover of Guns 'N' Roses' "November Rain"?


1 Ebbie's Bluff (Take Him Again)

2 November Rain

3 Ebbie's Bluff (Queenshead Remix)

4 Most I Hate is You



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Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Restrictors

The Restrictors were a mod/ska band based in and around Darlington, UK from 1984 through late 1986/early 1987. 

They were active in playing live shows and had several line-up changes but, sadly, they didn't record much and God only knows if there are any recordings of any live shows.

The only proof we have of their sound are three songs that were recorded in 1985. Two were featured on the compilation "On a Wing and a Prayer" and one extra song that didn't make it onto the compilation or anywhere else and is only now available for us to hear thanks to the magic of the internet. 

These three songs make up their entire discography.

Three members of the band started  The G-Men so it wouldn't be too crazy to assume that maybe a song or two from the G-Men may have been recycled from The Restrictors. I'm not stating that as a fact, just supposin'.  

The graphics in this download are from a sheet that was included in the compilation. Different copies of the record had inserts for different bands. I was lucky enough to get one from The Restrictors in my copy. I scanned it in greyscale and black & white and I can't tell which one looks better so I included both in the download. 

1 Peanuts

2 Own Little World

3 Town Life



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Friday, October 16, 2020

Bud's Balooxe

 German ska band who only ever had one official release which is a 2-song 7" that was posted previously on Tone and Wave. 

This was their demo tape that is primarily cover songs

1 Intro (It's titled "Intro" but it's the song "Freedom Sound")

2 Monkey Man

3 Magic Star

4 Rudy, a Message to You!

...and in case you didn't get the 7" when it was first posted I included it in this download.

A - Skamenco

B - The Ugly Bone



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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Man In The Street - Johnny Too Bad 7" (1982)

From the back cover: "Man In The Street began when Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones encouraged Bobby Keys (Saxophone - Stones, Eric Clapton, etc.) to travel to Jamaica to record the rhythm tracks for a special project that eventually grew into a sort of "showcase" effort. The Dynamic Studio in Kingston, JA, Devonshire Studio in Los Angeles and A & R Studio in New York City were chosen for their splendid sound and proximity to the artists, Jerry Williams, the vocalist for the project, is a long time friend of Bobby Keys' and is a songwriter for CBS. The finest session men in Jamaica appear on this unique and soulful record... Have a listen and you'll agree."

A - Johnny Too Bad

B - Lover's Rockin'


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Linoma Mashers - Landlocked (1987)

This band was from Omaha, Nebraska. They released two full-length albums on cassette. This is the first. I'll post the second one at some point. 

 1 Patti O.

2 Talk Too Much

3 Okoboji

4 Good Golly

5 Apartheid Can't Win

6 Can't Stand It

7 Lazy Holiday

8 The Piston

9 Factory Beat

10 Openers

11 Change in the Weather

12 Fish Hut

13 Rock Cum Baby

14 Losing Sleep

15 Victim of Love

16 28th Street Girls

17 Herman

18 Lake McConaughy



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Sunday, October 4, 2020

SkaDaddyZ - Pick It Up (1996)

1 Society

2 Lost & Found

3 Where Did You Go?

4 Two Lonely People

5 Last Dance

6 Grey Skies

7 Be This Way

8 Likes to Party 


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Go For Broke

 Ska-punk from Atlanta. They released this one demo tape and then a mini-album on CD.

Strangely, finding a cover online for the demo tape was much easier than finding a cover for the mass-produced CD.

These sounds were shared by your friend and mine Punk Guy who does that YouTube channel with the never-ending punk and ska rarities.

If you have several hours to get lost in it, his channel is HERE.  

Go For Broke - Go For Broke (1997)

1 Intro

2 Go Away

3 Whorlick

4 Who Beat and Robbed Tom Harrison?

5 No Way

6 The Cartoon Song

7 The Dreamer

8 Parking Lot

9 Ska Na Na

10 Friday Night

11 Eric Likes Wool Socks

12 Live at the Masquerade - Saturday December 7th, 1996

Go For Broke - New Music with Old Chords (1998)

1 Whoa! Whoa!

2 Happy, Lookout

3 R U Still Down?

4 May 12th, 1998

5 The Cartoon Song

6 Libido in a Speedo


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Customers - Customers 7" (1980)

 A1 - Hold Me

A2 - Let it Down

B1 - Country Ska

B2 - International Relations

B3 - Smile in the Corridor

This is probably the only thing this Canadian band ever released.

Is it ska? Well, yes. I would say that it is ska.

Is it good? Well, it is rare. 



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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Step Lively


Step Lively - Step Lively (1998)

1 Without a Doubt

2 Train to Israel

3 String Beans

4 You Don't Know Jack

5 Isabella

6 She Won't Give



Step Lively - The Trigger Effect (1999)

1 Price I Pay

2 Purple Book

3 Superficial

4 String Beans

5 Give You Up

6 Inside Me

7 Repeater

8 Parker's Last Stand

9 Headcase

10 Sea of Strangers

11 Scorpio's Revenge

12 Into Another


These guys were from Lindenhurst, New York. They played mellow and laid back and they played loud and fast. Fans of the traditional and rocksteady revival bands of the 90s and you guys who would say ska punk is more your thing will appreciate these guys the same.

If you caught me off guard and asked me about this band I would say that they released more than just this but it seems this is almost everything they recorded. They did have an earlier promo/demo tape but that same exact tape was re-released as this self-titled CD posted here. Aside from that they have a song called  "Steppin' Up" on the 1998 Pinball Records compilation called The Pinball Family and Distant Relatives which I have included in this download. 


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Sunday, September 20, 2020



Spithead - Kill Two Pigs with One Stone (demo tape 1993)

1 Margarine

2 (I Can't Believe It's Not...) Margarine

3 God Made Me a Magnet

4 Just Making Traffic

5 At the Zoo

Spithead - Skascraper 7" (1994)

1 Sitting too Close to the Telly

2 Traffic

3 Margarine

Travis Cut / Spithead split 7" (1996)

A1 - Travis Cut - Mork 'N' Mindy

A2 - Travis Cut - Blister in the Sun

B1 - Spithead - Porky

B2 - Spithead - Some People Want Shooting

 Spithead - Swag (1996)

1 The New National Anthem

2 It's Time to Start Spying on Your Neighbors

3 Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

4 Call the Police

5 Inconvenience

6 Never Say Die

7 Work

8 God Made Me a Magnet

9 Liquidizer

10 Bonus Track Bogus Track

Jackbeast / Spithead split 7" (1996)

A1 - Jackbeast - Scrape #8

A2 - Jackbeast - Illicit Philtre

B1 - Spithead - Personal

B2 - Spithead - Hard Dog Club


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