Welcome to a very Special episode of 23min of Ska. I know that the point of this podcast is to primarily be a third wave ska format podcast with the occasional first and second wave stuff mixed in, but today the first half is all first wave stuff! Why? Well I’m presenting to you the very first episode dedicated to a single band, and that band is the Specials. The first 4 songs are songs that inspired/were covered by the Specials, and the last 4 are covers of songs the Specials wrote. Easy. While “Monkey Man” and “Rudy, a Message to You” have been covered several times by other bands, the Specials did it first. It was pretty hard to decide which Prince Buster song to use, but after I heard it, I knew it had to be “Al Capone” because “Gangsters” is by far one of my favorite Specials songs. The one good thing about doing all this research is that I’m now a confirmed Lloyd Charmers fan, and I now know what the Specials are onto w/ the some of the lyrics from “Too Much Too Young”. In the covers section, I have to say I was very happy to’ve found the Aggrolites version of “Ghost Town”. It is pretty damn awesome, and after listening to about a dozen other versions it is truly the best one. I was also blessed to find the “Spare Shells: a Tribute to the Specials” compilation, which is where this Dr Ragu track comes from. This Goldfinger cover never fails to crack me up (but I really wish Johnny Socko had recorded their “Nite Klub” as it is the best I’ve ever heard) and finally rounding out the cast is Big D & the Kids Table with one of the best cover songs out there. This episode is a look to the past while being firmly rooted in today, hope you enjoy it.
Dandy Livingstone – Rudy, a Message to You (Rudy, a Message to You/Till Death do Us Part ’67)
Prince Buster – Al Capone (It’s Burke’s Law ’65)
Toots & the Maytals – Monkey Man (Monkey Man ’70)
Lloydie & the Lowbites – Birth Control (Censored! ’71)
the Aggrolites – Ghost Town (Endless Bummer soundtrack ’09)
Dr Ragu – Doesn’t Make it Alright (Spare Shells: a Tribute to the Specials ’00)
Goldfinger – Nite Klub (Darrin’s Coconut Ass ’99)
Big D & the Kids Table – Little Bitch (How it Goes ’04)
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This episode was first posted on September 2010, back when no one was really listening to it. I consider it my first really good episode and wanted to share it again to this now larger listenership.