One of the gr8est bands of all time, the creators of Two-Tone, and more than anyone else the band responsible for popularizing ska beyond Jamaica and making it a huge internationally known genre, The Specials! Here is their classic, oh-so-British rant about class and scarves, “Rat Race.” From the More Specials album, an absolute must-have. No ska collection is complete without Specials records. Skank on.
The California ska pioneers’ ode to a rudie gone astray is a staple of this ska doggy’s mp3 diet. It was recorded live in the 80’s when Gilman was still a pup, and Uptones’ fellow Berkeleyans, Op Ivy, were just starting out. The Uptones Live @ Gilman CD is like a bridge between British Two-Tone and American 3rd wave ska. You can get it direct from the artist and I highly recommend it. This song changed my life.
A gr8 track by the mysterious Vulcan Sex Machine. They only played one gig, sold out the Roswell Masonic Hall and then vanished in a burst of blue light. Despite numerous unconfirmed reports of sightings of the band skanking thru the universe, no one has been able to get a decent picture of them. They have no website, no FB, they don’t even have a myspace! It’s as if they lived only to create this song, and disappear without a trace. Uncanny.