Posts Tagged ‘Ska’

Can I Change My Mind

May 15, 2022

 “Can I Change My Mind,” written by Barry Despenza and Carl Wolfolk, recorded by The Pietasters, 2008.

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Knock On Wood

December 5, 2021

“Knock On Wood,” written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper, recorded by Superagente 86, a Ska band from Spain, 2003. Young people: There was a 60’s TV show called Get Smart, and its inept spy was called Agent 86. Somehow that, Memphis R&B, and Jamaican music got blended together in Spain.

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Brand New Cadillac

October 31, 2020

“Brand New Cadillac,” written by Vince Taylor, recorded by Special Brew, 2015.

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Nothing More to Say

February 4, 2017

“Nothing More to Say” by The Frightnrs, recorded in 2015. Video directed by Lou Auguste & Chuck Patel. Lead singer Dan Klein passed away last year.

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Christmas Is Here

December 26, 2016

“Christmas Is Here,” written and performed by the Wailers ( Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh) in 1964. Sound the trumpet!

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Israelites

July 10, 2016

“Israelites,” written by Desmond Dekker and Leslie Kong, recorded by Desmond Dekker & the Aces in 1968.

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The World Is New

June 12, 2016

“The World Is New,” by Orange County Ska band Save Ferris. Lead vocals by Monique Powell. Video directed by Liz Friedlander.

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Red Red Wine

May 1, 2016

“Red Red Wine,” written by Neil Diamond, performed by Jamaican singer Tony Tribe (Anthony Mossop, aka Tony Kingston) in 1969. This rocksteady version reached number forty-six on the UK Singles Chart, and must have been heard by UB40, who recorded the tune in 1983.

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Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2016

“Auld Lang Syne” by The Trojans, a Gaelic Ska band. Probably the only Gaelic Ska band. Antoin O’Doherty is the piper.

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Christmas Is Here

December 23, 2015

“Christmas Is Here,” written and performed by the Wailers ( Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh) in 1964. Sound the trumpet!

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