This week’s episode is a collaboration with Christine from Checkered Cast! It’s a podcast that features interviews, music, & ska talk from two ska loving gals! Christine brings a lot of great laid back tracks to this episode and I try to match and keep up in kind. It was so much fun doing this, so check out her podcast and stay tuned for her co-host Tara’s shot at “working” with me!
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It’s May again, that means it is time for the start another mix tape! This time I’m taking on the ’80s. Don’t confuse this with a best of the ’80s kind of thing, it is just a bunch of great ska from that decade. Sure, it is a lot of great songs and over looked gems, so there’s a solid reason to listen in. I’ve used a lot of the hit songs in other episodes, but there was no slim pickings when it comes to the ’80s with what was left for me to pull from. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this little trip back in time, and look forward to the rest of “virtual 90min mix tape” as May continues.
00:00 – the Bodysnatchers – Easy Life (Easy Life / Too Experienced ’80)
03:10 – Skaos – I Love to Dance (Beware! Skaos is Appproaching! ’88)
06:12 – Bim Skala Bim – Bangin’ (Tuba City ’89)
08:50 – the Braces – Playing Darts (Ska, Ska, Skandal Nr. 1 ’89)
12:22 – Off the Shelf – Off the Shelf Tonight! (Made in Australia ’89)
14:14 – the Boilers – Brighter Days (N.Y. Beat! Hit & Run ’86)
18:45 – the Donkey Show – Feeling Nice (Bali Island ’89)
I’ve never really thought about centering a whole show around a single label before, but if any record label deserves the honor of being the first, it has got to be the UK’s 2 Tone Records run by the Specials’ Jerry Dammers. This episode is also heavily influenced by a book my wife recently got for me for my birthday, “the Two Tone Story” by George Marshall. This book is a history of the label and the bands on the label. As I was reading it, it made me more and more want to go back and listen to those band and their early songs. I won’t lie, I don’t too much experience with a few of these bands, like the Bodysnatchers and the Selecter so it was nice to hear a little more from each of them. Also, the Swinging Cats are totally new to me and I can’t believe I hadn’t even heard of them before! Rico was a honorary member of the Specials and had studied under Don Drummond before moving to England. He is on a host of ska & rocksteady records from Jamaica and England from ’60s through the to the ’90s (playing with pretty much EVERYONE) and even played on both Dandy Livingstone & the Specials’ versions of “A Message to You, Rudy”. If that isn’t enough awesome we have some classics from the (English) Beat and Madness from their debut singles on 2 Tone. I couldn’t leave out a track from the Dance Craze comp so I went with one of the Bad Manners tracks. Even Bad Manners looks back and says it was a mistake for them to turn down a chance to do a 2 Tone single in their early years. I would be remiss if I didn’t include at least one track from the Specials/the Special AKA, so I went with my all time favorite, “Too Much Too Young” and went out and found a live version of it that I hadn’t heard before! I hope everyone enjoys this trip down memory lane/education type episode. I had a ball putting this together, so I hope it is also great for everyone to listen to.
the Bodysnatchers – Ruder Than You (Let’s Do Rock Steady / Ruder Than You ’80) the Special AKA – Too Much Too Young (Live) (Too Much Too Young ’80) Bad Manners – Lip Up Fatty (Live) (Dance Craze compilation ’81) the Beat – Tears of a Clown (Tears of a Clown / Ranking Full Stop ’79) Madness – the Prince (the Prince / Madness ’79)
Rico – Carolina (Sea Cruise / Carolina ’80)
the Swinging Cats – Away (Mantovani / Away ’80) the Selecter – Too Much Pressure (On My Radio / Too Much Pressure ’79)