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)
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:
I have no clue what this song is about… but it sure sounds worth legalizing.
With one of my all-time favorite band names, Meet Me at the Pub slams out the classic “Cherry Oh Baby” riddim on…
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:
More great ska bands and their horn sections… The Allstonians from Massachusetts win it with their slick and smooth reggae horn-feature: