A Long Time Ago In A Skalaxy Far Far Away

The Uptones and our friends the Freaky Executives played the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Santa Rosa way back in summer of 1986. In the audience, a young Tazy Phyllipz was experiencing live ska music for the 1st time. He told me this much later, when he interviewed me on his radio show, The Ska Parade. Tazy has been on an adventure in radio and concert promotion for decades, popularizing ska and ska-related music and bands far and wide. I thought this was a good time to post here at ska4u so all you ska cats and doggies can check out his show. It’s always a great listen. You can download the free app at Apple App Store or Google Play, and listen live to new episodes every Sun. 8p-10p PST (w/ a rebroadcast the following Wed. 2p-4p PST) via www.DirtyRadio.fm. I’ll be tuning in to his interview with Sir Horace Gentleman, one of my favorite bass players of all time and lifelong foundation of The Specials. The Specials happen to be the first ska band I fell in love with, in my teens, and they had a greater impact and influence on my life in a shorter time than any other band ever did. So that’s another first. See how this all fits together? The interview was yesterday but it re-airs this Weds, 6/28 at 2p-4p Pacific Time on www.DirtyRadio.fm! 🏁 Thanks Tazy, and thanks Horace, for all the decades of fun, great messages, great shows and great music. Skank long and prosper.

Susan Cadogan Drops Truth On Her New Maxi-Single, “Truth Talkin'”

This is so refreshing to a ska doggie’s ears. The legendary Susan Cadogan sings a rootsy rocksteady love song in her unmistakable voice, with a sweet lyric by Melanie Peterson that could have been written a thousand years ago or last week. Backed by producer Mitch “King Kong” Girio and his tight Toronto crew, Susan’s shimmering vocal was recorded by Wayne Armond all the way over in Kingston, Jamaica! International ska, baby. 4 killer versions, one great song. Extra love for the trombone arrangement! Beautiful work.

All paws UP! Way UP!