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Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Mar 25, 2018 pictures, setlist Comments are off

This is always one of our favourite gigs and last Thursday’s was no exception.

We were very lucky to have Rachel Musson guesting with us on tenor sax, who played some great solos.

There was a good crowd who seemed to enjoy themselves, inclduing some regulars. And Roger, the sound guy, is one of the best we ever work with.

We had two sets – and this was what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for me
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • One Step Beyond
  • Hall of the Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Gangsters

And it’s always good to see our name (almost) in lights. Let’s hope we get to play there again soon, and that by then the owners have stopped victimising their staff and pay the living wage.

Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Apr 16, 2016 gig, pictures, Ritzy, setlist Comments are off

We always like to play Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. It’s a lovely small venue run by nice people, and always with great sound.

So we were expecting a great gig last night, and were not disappointed.

And this what we played, and we were in such a good mood we even played Monkey Man as a birthday request for our encore.

All our new songs seemed to go down well – Hall of the Mountain King gets a bit faster every time we play it.

And there a few photos grabbed during the soundcheck.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Work Song
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Monkey Man

Thanks Croydon, it was a blast

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Feb 28, 2016 gig, pictures, setlist Comments are off

We had a terrific gig at Croydon’s Oval tavern last night.

The pub was packed, and there were people dancing almost all the way through both our sets.

We took the opportunity to try out four new numbers:

My Baby just cares for me, which although a song from the 1930s will always be associated with Nina Simone. But while sme may not have been aware of it, it is very definitely a ska rhythm going on in her right hand.

London Calling – there’s lot of reggae and ska influences in the Clash, but perhaps not so much in the original of this. Now it is ska.

Hall of the Mountain King is from the Peer Gynt Suite by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. We thought turning this into a ska tune was wildly imaginative – and then we found that Madness had done a version.

Come Dancing is a great Ray Davies song that was a hit for the Kinks. We just like it a lot.

Each seemed to get a good reaction from the crowd, which is not always the case. Sometimes something can sound good at rehearsal and then be a bit of a flop.

This is what we played in our two sets. And we hope it won’t be too long before we get invited back.

  •  Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide Is High
  • I’m in the Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine

 

  • One Step Beyond
  • Hall of the Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy – A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

 

Our best ever live photos

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    Thanks to Stephen Russell for taking this great set of photos. You can see more of his photography here.

     

     

    A great gig at Dumplins

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    Aug 19, 2014 gig, pictures, setlist Comments are off

    Dumplins Live ska is a monthly night at the Fiddler’s Elbow close to Chalk Farm in Camden.

    It is probably our favourite gig.

    The crowd enjoy their ska, and are happy to hear rarities and new stuff as well as the old favourites. There is always great sound – both out front and on stage.

    There’s no sense of their being a support and headliner – both bands get the same time and equal billing.

    We were very happy to play there at the beginning of August (though holidays have intervened to stop a write-up until now).

    Thanks to Michelle we have some great pictures from the night, some of which are below.

    We thought that we were on particularly good form, and certainly got a great audience response. It was also good to share a bill with the Estimators , who love their traditional ska as much as we do.

    This is what we played – the first time we have played Doctor Who live for a long time.

    • Chinatown
    • Latin Goes Ska
    • Tide Is High
    • Fly Me To The Moon
    • Man In The Street
    • Guns of Navarone
    • Dr Who
    • Price Tag
    • Pata Pata
    • Tainted Love
    • My Boy Lollipop
    • Night Boat To Cairo


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    A recording session

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    Jan 11, 2014 pictures, recordings Comments are off

    We spent yesterday in the recording studio and laid down five tracks.

    Thanks to Andy at RMS studios for helping make it a productive day.

    It’s our first time in a proper studio. Earlier recordings – including our cd – have been diy affairs. And while we were pleased with those, it was so much easier using a proper studio with great acoustics, good equipment – including microphones well outside our budget, and someone else operating the controls with both good ears and years of experience at getting good recordings.

    It also meant that we were able to play as live. In the past we have always had to record the rhythm section first and then add horns and vocals as overdubs. But yesterday we were able to get down Latin goes Ska, all playing together, on the second take at the end of the day when we were running out of time.

    The tracks we recorded were:

    • The Tide is High
    • Tainted Love
    • Paranoid
    • Dr Who
    • Latin goes Ska

    Now comes the slower job of mixing and mastering, but another advantage of having a great recording to start with is that this is much easier than with less upmarket equipment.

    We also have some video, though that was a lower priority, and hope to have enough to put together one of us playing Tainted Love.

    Here are some pictures we took during the day.


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    Our first gig of 2014

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    Jan 5, 2014 gig, pictures Comments are off

    We played five new songs at our first gig of the year at the always great Dumplins Live Ska last night at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden.

    That is almost half the set.

    Brave, foolish or what?

    This is what we played.

    • Chinatown
    • Latin Goes Ska
    • Harder They Come
    • Man In The Street
    • Tide Is High
    • Enola Gay
    • Johnny Too Bad
    • Paranoid
    • Pata Pata
    • Tainted Love

    Our first new song was The Harder they Come, first sung by Jimmy Cliff for the film of the same name. And while it is absolutely of Jamaica of the 1960s, its rhythm cannot easily be described as ska or rocksteady.

    The Tide is High is probably best known today through the Blondie cover (or even that by Atomic Kitten), but was first sung by the Paragons – a fine rocksteady group.

    Johnny Too Bad has also been covered by very many people. The John Martyn version is good, but very far from the original by the Slickers – also on the soundtrack of The Harder they Come.

    Paranoid comes from our bonkers covers book. We think we may be the first band to give this a ska treatment.

    Pata Pata is of course from the great Miriam Makeba. The reformed Skatalites did an instrumental version of this, which gave us the idea. It is likely to be the only song we do in Xhosa.

    Here are some photos from the gig. (thanks John!)


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    And our next gig is Tuesday January 7th at Hootananny in Brixton, where we are playing two sets.

    Pictures from our photoshoot

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    We had new photos done today. While we wait for the very talented Michael to come back with the finished photos, here are a few Nigel took of the photoshoot in progress.

    We used the Cavendish Arms for these as it has just the right retro feel – or at least red velvet curtains.

    Our Ritzy gig

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    Oct 18, 2012 gig, pictures, Ritzy, setlist Comments are off

    We had fun playing the Ritzy in Brixton last week.

    So did the audience from the amount of dancing that went on.

    We played our version of Chariots of Fire – which of course is now Chariots of Ska – for the first time – and revived our version of Dr Who which we haven’t played for ages.

    This is what I think we played. And there are some photos below.

    Guns Of Navarone

    Latin Goes Ska

    Double Barrel

    Mambo Number 5

    Mood For Love

    Can’t Get You Out …

    Enola Gay

    Price Tag

    Chariots Of Ska

    James Bond

    Dr Who

    99 Red Balloons

    Tainted Love (Vocal)

    Gangsters (Vocal)

     


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