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Flashback :: The English Beat

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For the Flashback this week we present for your listening and viewing pleasure the Titans of Two Tone…The English Beat. From 1978 – 1983, Dave Wakeling, Ranking Roger, et al were at the epicenter of all that was Ska and the (3) studio albums released during their run have become rude boy classics.  “Mirror in the Bathroom,” from I Just Can’t Stop (1980) is one of my absolute favourites and, even though  the original line up has long since broken up, Mr. Wakeling  still gets a certain swagger in his step when this one comes up on the setlist.  Take a listen…and you’ll see why.

– Drago

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Flashback: Modern English

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Ok, is it just me or did lead singer Robbie Gray of Modern English bare a striking resemblance to Sid from the Disney movie Ice Age back in the day?  Originally known as The Lepers, the band formed in the Essex region of England back in 1979 and, aside from Sid…err Robbie, the original  line up consisted of Gary McDowell on guitar/vox and Michael Conroy on bass.  It wasn’t until drummer Richard Brown and keyboardist Stephen Walker joined the group that they (thankfully) changed their name to Modern English.

While they were best know for the alternative anthem of the ’80s, “I Melt with You,” there was another track that was also released on 1983’s After the Snow that I find to be quite diggable as well. From the synths, to the drums and everything in between, “Someone’s Calling” is pure ’80s new wave/electronica through and through and a track that I hope will be around long after the next ice age.  Dig it…

– Drago

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Flashback :: Video Clash

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The year was 1980.  The first rock festival was held in Russia, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States of America, Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington State…and The Clash released “Bankrobber.We certainly could debate the relative importance of these events to each other, to the time period, to history, etc. but it’s going to take a lot of convincing for me not to rank the band and this song #1. To this day this is still one of my all time favs.  Enjoy!

– Drago

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Jump Back: The Week in Review

NUM83R5, the new album by Ledaswan was the subject of Monday’s review complete with (3) new tracks for your listening pleasure. Don’t forget about the video post from the previous week for their single “Faulkner.” Next up was the Vetoes, British alt-rockers now working with SpaceRay Music and Adam Whittaker whom, you may recall, also introduced us to Grimus and Attention Thieves.  Mid-week we promo’d a new digital sampler for the Sounds Like Brisbane.   More than a dozen independent artists and their respective labels coming together for a flat out phenomenal compilation.  Click here to download the entire collection or just the individual tracks for free….way cool. Finally, we flashed back to an indie band from the 90’s underground.  Jawbox and their video for “Savory.” Classic.
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