Here’s a horn based ska band from Detroit that obviously has a true appreciation for the 60s ska sound and its reflections through the 2-tone revival of the late 70s/early 80s. Here’s a cool, danceable instrumental. Flip f’real with The Articles!
“Mr. Pink” (play)
There’s a new Fishbone album coming out on October 11. For those of you who understand the significance of that, let me repeat, there’s a new Fishbone album coming out on October 11. For those of you who do not understand the significance of that, let me repeat, there’s a new Fishbone album coming out on October 11. Here’s a pre-release single, “Crazy Glue” that sticks to you like crazy glue. It’s classic Fishbone. Musically brilliant, lyrically fearless, beautiful, absurd, a little frightening, quite fun, and barking mad.
“Crazy Glue” (download mp3)
from “Crazy Glue”
“Crazy Glue” (play)
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From the vaults, pulled up by my friend Dan over at SFMusicSluts, here’s Critical Mass – one of the wackier ska punky bands from the ever so wacky “third wave” o’ punky ska. Led by tenor sax man Michael Valladares – now proud owner of the bestest watering hole on that strange planet of East Bay, California, ye olde Hotsy Totsy – CM brought metal madness and cartoon music to bear on their special ska brew, here expressed as an epic instrumental.
Critical Mass – “Black Liquorice” (Play this puppeh)
Critical Mass – “Black Liquorice” (Download this puppeh)
Buy all of their records
It’s a close race, but this, I’ve decided, is the top of the heap for me and my whole ska/mod/punk/new-wave Internet search… THUS FAR. Some bands just cut the bullshit and get right to it and give you what you came for, and this is, I’m sure you’ll agree, one of those bands.
LONG LIVE THE KINGPINS!
Let ’em rip:
Bluekilla: master upbeat emitters from Germany! Hear ’em rock it with this brilliant X-Ray Spex sounding sax driven punk/ska hit:
& I might add that they’re responsible for one of the killa-ist ska videos:
Rotterdam party animals Ollie Q and The Deep Six have got to have the coolest, groovinist, catchiest weekend party-anthem known to ska:
Friday Night Special — ballsy alto sax solo on this one!
Germany’s masters of horn-filled Pirate ska Regatta 69 have got the booty. Skank it up with their gem:
Here’s a trio of timeless tracks from UK ska-powerhouse Too Many Crooks. Herein lies the best in classic UK ska sounds, by far: Bad Manners, Madness, 2-Tone, and beyond.
Ready, steady, GO!
Too Many Crooks! — Their title tune. Red-alert rudeness!!
Hearts Cruel Lesson — The rudeness continuous with a slower, swinging groove, a mod-pop bridge, and some wicked solos.
Part Time Girl — Aaaaaaaayeeee!!!! Hide the kids!
Here’s a set of tunes I put together from Pama International‘s generous offerings. Founded by Sean Flowerdew and Finny of The Loafers and Lynval Golding of the Specials, this is one of the UK’s leading contemporary reggae/ska units.
Dig right in…
What’s Going On? — If you aren’t up and dancing with this one then, I’d say, you’re in serious trouble! A classic groove, sweet vocals and memorable lyrics.
Second Chance (dub) — A massive dub hit!
It’s All About The Dub — My favorite of the lot. Perfect dub!
It’s Going To Be Beautiful — Sweet, beautiful, unforgettable.
Time Will Tell — One thing I love about this band is their tempos. This is the best in ska-reggae-soul.
Here’s a KILLER horn-centered dub stomp from Italian ska band, Club99: