Another installment of fine, fine 60’s ska goodness. These are songs that I love and don’t always get the opportunity to share in being that I’ve always tried to run a more modern ska show. Forget about listening to this stuff and getting to know the roots of ska, listen to it because these are truly great ska songs from any era!
the Wailers – Hooligan (Hooligan / Maga Dog ’65)
Roy & Millie – We’ll Meet (Millie & Her Boyfriends ’64)
the Uniques – Secretly (Love Kiss Blue / Secretly ’69)
the Jiving Juniors – Over the River (Over the River / Hip Rub ’61)
Byron Lee & the Dragonaires – Last Night (Jamaica Ska / Last Night ’64)
Fitz Bryan, Lord Creator & the Prince Buster All Stars – Evening News (Evening News / Good for Creator ’65)
Lord Tanamo – Come Down (Come Down / I’m Holding On ’63)
Clive & Gloria with the Blue Stars Group – Do the Ska (Do the Ska / You Made Me Cry ’64)
Justin Hinds & the Waves with Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Drink Milk (Drink Milk / Travel with Love ’69)
Winston Samuels – Broken Hearted (Broken Hearted / What Have I Done ’65)
If you’re in a ska band and would like to be interviewed or have a song featured, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com.
In a few short days it will be my birthday, hurrah! What better way to celebrate than with some of my favorite ska songs? In the old school category we have the Wailers and Althia & Donna. Both songs are totally great, and make be want to dance, especially “Uptown Top Ranking”. Johnny Socko is the first band to repeated in this series, I there’s been a decent amount of separation from the first episode to this one to warrant that. Seeing Johnny Socko on or near my birthday was a tradition for most of my early 20s. For my 23rd they sang happy birthday to me in the middle of “Dancing Queen” at the Elbo Room in Chicago, it was such a trip. I picked “Hey Hey Hi” because it is from the later version of Socko that was more classic for my personal experience: Chris, Josh, Dylan, Matt and Demon Hooter personally gave me hours of excellent shows as well as fun converstaion. I included Lockstep because some of the members are close personal friends of mine (which I met through going to see Socko) and what better birthday music than something rad played by your friends? Speaking of friendliness in ska, Dan Potthast has always been super awesome to me. He’s always super nice to me when I see him and after about 4 minutes of chit chat it hits him that we’ve talked several times before and it is like the conversation starts over again, it makes me laugh every time!
If you’re in a ska band and would like to be featured or if you know some music that you think I should hear for future inclusion, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com!