Category Archives: Ska

Terry Hall: 1959-2022

Yesterday I got home from work and was starting to get ready for dinner when I saw an email from commenter schwenko that simply said “Terry Hall, GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” That certainly hit out of the blue. I had not heard of … Continue reading

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80s Soundtrack Week: Tuesday – “Party Party” GER CD

Today’s album came from much earlier in the decade and came from a completely different mindset. Instead of US teens living in the “alternative music” scene of the mid-80s, our next soundtrack was from a British holiday comedy about a … Continue reading

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“Checkered Past” Was A Tidy Look At The 2-Tone Label [part 2]

[…continued from last post] By the time that 2-Tone moved forward into 1980, the label’s acts began to sprawl from the focused retro Ska style into exotic new syntheses that found less favor on the British charts. The radical sophomore … Continue reading

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“Checkered Past” Was A Tidy Look At The 2-Tone Label [part 1]

Various Artists: The 2-Tone Collection – A Checkered Past – US – 2xCD [1993] Disc One The Special A.K.A.: Gangsters The Selecter: The Selecter Madness: The Prince The Selecter: On My Radio The Specials featuring Rico: A Message To You … Continue reading

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Record Review: Barry Andrews – Lost Pop Songs 78-80

Barry Andrews: Lost Pop Songs 78-80 UK CD [2018] Rossmore Road Win a Night Out (with a well-known paranoiac) Freak Me and My Mate Can Sing Mousetrap Bring On The Alligators Sargasso Bar Feeding Time Muscle & Movement Opposite Way … Continue reading

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Song Of The Day: The Specials – Ghost Town

The Specials: Ghost Town US 12″ [1981] Ghost Town [extended version] Why? [extended version] Friday Night Saturday Morning “Ghost Town” was a non-LP single by The Specials that made a really big impact in 1981. The song was inspired by … Continue reading

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They’ve All Gone …BEAT CRAZY!!

Joe Jackson Band: Beat Crazy US CD [1985] Beat Crazy One To One In Every Dream Home [A Nightmare] The Evil Eye Mad At You Crime Don’t Pay Someone Up There Battleground Biology Pretty Boys Fit It’s funny about Joe Jackson. … Continue reading

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