Here’s what I was originally cooking up last week! A whole episode chock full of classic ska. I really can’t believe that I haven’t played most of these before. I know some of the mastering of these songs is a little shoddy, and even bought some new ones because the transfer is so much better on comps that came out a few years ago vs. the comps I bought back in the ’90s. This is the roots, this is the good stuff, hope you enjoy!
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Back, once again, is an episode of some fine ska from the original source. I know I usually play more modern ska on this podcast, but sometimes I think we need to hear the roots of the sound we love so much. This stuff is so good! I always vow to play more of it, but I don’t always get the chance, so here it is, and I hope you enjoy it. Note: the last three songs on here are all in contention for being “the first ska song” and they all came out and or were recorded around the same time, listen and decide for yourself!
It’s May, that means it is time for another 90min digital mix tape, broken into 4 parts, with a decade spanning theme, this time it is the 1970s! Not gonna lie, this’ll be an odd month. Ska was really winding down in Jamaica in the early ’70s and wouldn’t pick up in a big way until the late ’70s in the UK. So it’ll be an odd mix, but an important one in representing some ska history.
This episode came together quicker than I thought it would, I knew a lot of great songs that I wanted to use and they all just snapped into place. My wife wanted me to put some David Bowie to see if any of you were paying attention, I laughed, but in the end only let her name this episode and pick the episode picture. So here it is, a new great episode of 23min of Ska for your Summer listening pleasure.
the Forthrights – Carla (Policeman/Carla ’10)
Less Than Jake – Harvey Wallbanger (Greetings from Less Than Jake ’11)
Kill Lincoln – “F” for Finished (That’s Cool… In a Totally Negative & Destructive Way ’13)
Abraskadabra – Rainbow (Grandma Nancy’s Old School Garden ’12)
Dave Hillyard & Friends – Green Dolphin Street (California ’13)
Laurel Aitken – Sally Brown (the Story so Far… ’06)
the Specials – Too Hot (the Specials ’79)