Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Flashback

A classic from 1969: Desmond Dekker and the Aces, The Israelites



And the 1980 Remix from Stiff Records:



Have a great weekend!

~Sham, Quixotic Referee

5 comments:

David Macauley said...

Well there's a coincidence, I was listening to a Desmond Dekker cd on the way to town today, which had this track on it. I spent my teens listening to a lot of Ska and some Punk too. I still have a lot of it on vinyl, including a decent amount of early Ska like this.

Even though I discoverd D&D at 13 or 14, I'm afraid I wasted so many opportunities to game because I was too busy going to nightclubs and pubs, getting drunk and going to see bands like these guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AbtHgT93zg

Sham aka Dave said...

Indeed, David! My D&D pals and I lost plenty of potential dice rolling time to drinking and listening to tunes or heading downtown DC.

Thanks for the link - very "this are two tone" sound there. Good stuff.

I'm a great fan of the Specials, Selecter, Madness, etc. but I know little of the scene down under. Thanks!

David Macauley said...

No worries Dave. The scene was never big in Australia, although there are still some Ska bands floating around down here. I was a skinhead back when it was Two Tone and Ska, before it got infected and taken over by Oi and the right wing Nazi rubbish. I'm afraid I was never a very good teenage geek. Sex & drugs & rock'n'roll took precedence over everything else. But I'm making up for it now as a hard core 40-something geek.

Sham aka Dave said...

I hear you. My game crew also became my drinking crew and some of them also later became my Punk club rabble-rousing pals.

Are you familiar with The Saints? There was a time when I named them amongst my favorite Punk bands ever. Great stuff.

David Macauley said...

The Saints were a little bit before my time and so while I knew of them, I didn't hear much of their music, apart from the couple of songs that made it into the mainstream.

I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, a city of 1 million, so the whole "British" culture scene was quite small, meaning that the punks, skinheads and mods all knew each other and there was quite a bit of mixing between the groups without too much hostility (although everyone hated the mods - the posh gits!).

I tended to stick to Ska music mainly, saw Madness in concert in '82 at 15 years of age. Got into Oi for a bit, relating to the whole working class, disaffected, picked on minority thing, didn't listen to much punk other than Crass, who I still listen to today.

I've been enjoying your Friday Flashbacks and have meant to put my hand up a long time ago and say that you're not alone.