I remember when I first got the pile of these third wave ska compilation albums I ordered from a good friend from California, I was as excited as a boy opening a gift on Christmas eve. Its was mid 90s when I started collecting these albums from Jump Up! recording artists. Chicago's top ska bands have been very healthy for years when it comes to musical contributions on the ska scene. With Third Wave and Punk-Ska as the main order of the day, Jump Up! Records with its recording artists such as Greenhouse, The Eclectics, Skapone, Telegraph and many others leading the way, A truckload of records, albums and compilations have been produced since the mid 90s. Throw in more punk ska and you've got the whole deal! Jump Up's profile as a top U.S. ska label continues to rule, after a small elite with MOON SKA NYC, and ASIAN MAN. Jump Up! exposes the best and newest ska talent in the middle of the U.S. and puts them in one great place! And became a whole new experience during those days..
I was surprised to see another hotbed in ska deep in the heart of Orange County, where you can find Vegas Records, which boosted up a great idea such as the "Hey Brother Can you Spare Some Ska?," compilation series. The first "cheap-o ska" compilation anywhere. Packed with great tracks from some hot ska bands across the country (but mostly in Southern California), you will find something you like on these compilations, Im sure. A really good song to check out here is Undercover S.K.A.'s up tempo, third wave ska track entitled "March Slob." The horns are exceptional, and the guitar will make you pick up your feet and dance. Neighbors used to cover this beautifully blended track. Very nicely done.
This week's choice tracks are a mix of everything from amazing swingy 2-Tone influenced ska with bizarre lyrics, to big bright horns, & peppy tempos that will surely keep your feet moving! Bright sounds from ska's third wave, this playlist will appeal to fans of hilarious jumpy ska twists and fun-loving rude boy ska melodies made by your good ole boys and girls from this side of town.
Radio Blogcast #14
Stuff - MU330 Doesnt Make It Alright - The Specials Sole Salvation - The English Beat Shot My Boss - Cousin Oliver My Decision - The Planet Smashers Silly Of Me - Telegraph Delirium - The Skeletones Jungle - Red Session Jitterbug - Greenhouse 822 Anywhere - Greenhouse Agent 13 - Undercover S.K.A. So Much - The Impossibles Samantha Clench - Skapone Dave & Mary - The Hotknives I Wanna Riot - Rancid The Godfather - The Trojans Dust of Death - The Hotknives My Own Life - Long Beach Dub All Stars Now Or Never - The Toasters Twisted Lead Hole - Attaboy Skip Big Brother - Mad Caddies Box -The Eclectics Primaries - Swingtones Another Kind - My Superhero Time - Afrodisiac It's You - The Specials Night Before - The Pietasters Don Quixote - Cherry Poppin Daddies March Slob - Undercover S.K.A. More Today Than Yesterday - Goldfinger
Call it Third Wave, call it Hodge-Podge, its still on the same page and the essence is still there. But I have noticed as the last quarter of the 90s came to a close, there are many good ska bands broke up or, as it turned out to be more damaging to the movement, lessened the amount of ska in their sound, bringing forth more mainstream-friendly pop. While there are still many excellent ska bands out there with the same passion for the music, the Third Wave scene is evolving fast and can now be told as we await whatever the next generation of ska will send our way. Its still good to know some 80s bands like The Bosstones are still strong in laying much of the groundwork for the third wave scene. I have included mostly Third Wave tracks for Blogcast#13. So you can mosh, skank, stage-dive, whatever. Dance the fuck however you feel like. You know the drill.
Out of control - The Honeymooners Wake up late - Slightly Stoopid Teen idol - Pharmaceutical Bandits Time bomb - Rancid Half Ounce - Big Youth Club sex - Warsaw Buried alive - Dance Hall Crashers No face - Suicide Machines Son of dick - Less Than Jake Girls dont like it - The Trojans Healthy body - Jeffries Fan Club Pictures - Goldfinger Bad attitude - Unsteady Turn it around - Link 80 Sheila - The Burial Skinhead Revolt - Joe The Boss Sliced tomatoes - Just Bros When will i learn - The Hippos True Confession - The Silvertones Suburban rhythm - Reel Big Fish Little leash - The Mudsharks Turtle soup - Mephiskapheles Satta Massagana - The Abyssinians
As I listen to Bembol Rockers, I just cant get enough of the hypnotic and rhythmic pounding sound of that stand-up bass! So heres more Rockabilly and Psychobilly tracks to satisfy our cravings! After all, its still in the family tree!
Radio Blogcast #12
Loan Shark - Guana Batz Liquor Store - 7 Shot Screamers Rockin' Cats - The Quakes Hot Rod to Hell - The Spectres Goo Goo Muck - The Cramps Death's Deputy - Milwaukee Wildmen Overload - The Termites For A Few Burgers More - The Coffin Nails See Through - Guana Batz Grave Robber - The Sharks Bambooland - Batmobile Dance With The Dead - Sugar Puff Demons Shadow Crypt - Demented Are Go Ghostfire - Tiger Army Munsterz - Hayride to Hell Momma Kurt - King Kurt 19 Sisco Place - TR6 Wooly Bully - The Highliners Wider Road To Hell - Frantic Flintstones
Local Rockabilly bandits Bembol Rockers just launched their debut album last Saturday, September 6, '08 at Eastwood City. I was able to grab a copy of the album and have it signed too! The album cover is nicely done and brilliantly designed as it sets your mood for a good vintage treat.
The 11-track CD fizzes a unique and fun mix of rockabilly, jump blues, swing, doo-wop, and latin, Fired up by its carrier single, "Boogie Mo." They really hit the spot in having a healthy musical diversity and in making you relive the good ol' days. Go get a copy of their album, entitled "The Fabulous Bembol Rockers," and it will surely make you dance!
You may also visit their multiply site here and their website here for more infos about their gigs and whereabouts.
With my rockabilly hangover, I have included some rockabilly cover tunes here (mostly Clash songs) for you to dance and listen to. And also with all that tasty ska, soul and reggae favorites!
RADIO BLOGCAST #11
Boogie Mo - The Bembol Rockers Westbound Train - Dennis Brown Should I Stay Or Should I Go - Long Tall Texans Jimmy Jazz - Frantic Flintstones Know Your Rights - The Caravans Janie Jones - Farrell Brothers Shelter - General Rudie Yard Broom - Rolando Alphonso Guns Of Brixton - Rancho Deluxe Police Woman - The Skatalites Guns of Brixton - Honeydippers Jail Guitar Doors - Caravans If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time - Vernon Garrett Black Gunn - The Expos Train In Vain - Sabrejets Career Opportunities - Farrell Brothers Bank Robber - Pistoleers I'm So Bored With The USA - XX Cortez Capitol Radio - Hyperjax Move On - The Soul Captives Crying Shame - Madness Acupulco Gold - Sly and The Revolutionaries Fun At King King - Jump With Joey Brand New Cadilac - Accelerators What's My Name - Charles Napiers Racist Friend - The Special A.K.A. One More Trip - Deal's Gone Bad I Will Live - Rx Bandits Living in the Footsteps - Delroy Wilson Drink The Money Don't Go - See Spot
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