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THE SMOOTHS Kiss the Carnage 7″ Reptilian Records SKA

THE SMOOTHS Kiss the Carnage 7″ Reptilian Records SKA
CONDITION: Great condition with light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks very nice! G++

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This eight-piece band from Baltimore blends ska, punk & rock to a catchy dance-able sound. They have two albums: “Very Own Vegas” (1995) and “No Brakes” (1998). Unfortunally they broke up which explains their underrated status today. They are considered third wave of ska; the wave where ska, punkrock, and pop fused and bands explored the boundries of blending these genres. The Smooths can be called one of the best when it comes to this abbility with an inventive, sincere approach to music.


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THE SELECTER “Celebrate the Bullet” / “Last Tango in Dub” 7″ Vinyl Chrysalis Records 1981

THE SELECTER “Celebrate the Bullet” / “Last Tango in Dub” 7″ Vinyl Chrysalis Records 1981 in blank white sleeve.
CONDITION: Great condition with light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks very nice! VG++

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The line-up of The Selecter was at first just Neol Davies, John Bradbury (who later became a member of The Specials) and trombonist Barry Jones. The band name was also the title of their debut instrumental single, released as the b-side of the first 2 Tone Records single, “Gangsters vs.The Selecter”, released in July 1979. The track was originally written as a possible theme tune to an ITV series. Pauline Black joined in August 1979, and the band released the singles “On My Radio”, “Three Minute Hero” and “Missing Words”. The Selecter’s debut album,Too Much Pressure, was recorded at the end of 1979 and beginning of the new year, and was released in February 1980 by 2 Tone Records and Chrysalis Records. Charley Anderson and Desmond Brown then left The Selecter later that year to form The People. Their replacements were James Mackie and Adam Williams. Their second album, Celebrate the Bullet was issued in February 1981, but the following year the band disbanded. The Selecter were featured in the 2 Tone film documentary and on the live compilation album, Dance Craze.

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FISHBONE “S/T” 12″ LP + “In Your Face” 12″ LP + “Truth and Soul” 12″ LP LOT of 3 Vinyl Records. Includes promo photo and mailer.

FISHBONE “S/T” 12″ LP + “In Your Face” 12″ LP + “Truth and Soul” 12″ LP LOT of 3 Vinyl Records. Includes promo photo and mailer.
CONDITION: Good condition. Medium surface wear on sleeves. Vinyl looks good with light wear. “S/T” 12″ LP looks lightly warped but plays well. VG-

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Fishbone is an American alternative rock band that plays a fusion of ska, punk rock, funk metal and more. The band was formed in 1979 in Los Angeles by John Norwood Fisher (bass, vocals), with his brother Phillip “Fish” Fisher (drums); Angelo Moore, who sometimes uses the stage name “Dr. Madd Vibe” (vocals, saxophones ranging from sopranino to bass, and theremin); Kendall Jones (guitar); “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby III (vocals, trumpet); and Christopher Dowd (keyboards, trombone, vocals). The group came from the same Los Angeles scene that spawned Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction, and are probably best known for their 1991 single “Sunless Saturday”.

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NO DOUBT “Don’t Speak” / “Greener Pastures” 7″ Vinyl Picture Disc 1996 Interscope

NO DOUBT “Don’t Speak” / “Greener Pastures” 7″ Vinyl Picture Disc 1996 Interscope
CONDITION: Great condition with light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks very nice! VG+

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No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California that formed in 1986. The ska-pop sound of their first album, No Doubt(1992), failed to make waves. The band’s diamond-certified album Tragic Kingdom helped to launch the ska revival of the 1990s, and “Don’t Speak”, the third single from the album, set a record when it spent sixteen weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.

Following this the group released its next album, Return of Saturn, four years later. While a minor success commercially it could not match the success of their previous album and underperformed both commercially and critically. Fifteen months later, the band reappeared with Rock Steady, which incorporated reggae and dancehall music into their work. The album was primarily recorded inJamaica and featured collaborations with Jamaican artists Bounty Killer, Sly and Robbie, and Lady Saw. The album produced twoGrammy-winning singles, “Hey Baby” and “Underneath It All”.

No Doubt released the compilation The Singles 1992–2003 and box set Boom Box in 2003, both of which contained a cover version of the Talk Talk synthpop song “It’s My Life”. Frontwoman Gwen Stefani launched her solo career the next year with several collaborations, including bandmate Tony Kanal as well as Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes, while guitarist Tom Dumont began his side project, Invincible Overlord. During its career, the band has won two Grammy Awards and sold 28 million records worldwide to date. The band embarked on a US national tour throughout the summer of 2009.

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MADNESS “Baggy Trousers” 7″ Vinyl STIFF Records 1980

MADNESS “Baggy Trousers” 7″ Vinyl STIFF Records 1980
CONDITION: Excellent condition with light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks very nice! VG+

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Madness are a British pop/ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. In 2009, the band have continued to perform with their most recognised lineup of seven members, although their lineup has varied slightly over the years. They were one of the most prominent bands of the late-1970s 2 Tone ska revival.

Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid 1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness achieved this in a shorter time period (1980–1986)

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MADNESS Complete 12″ LP Vinyl Stiff Records 1982

MADNESS Complete 12″ LP Vinyl Stiff Records 1982
CONDITION: Great condition. Heavy surface wear on sleeve. Spines are split and seams are unglued. Vinyl shows medium wear. Plays well.

US $6.99

In 1979, the band recorded the Lee Thompson composition “The Prince”. The song, like the band’s name, paid homage to their idol, Prince Buster. The song was released through 2 Tone Records, the label of The Specials founder Jerry Dammers. The song was a surprise hit, peaking in the UK music charts at number 16. A performance of “The Prince” on popular UK music show Top of the Pops helped Madness gain public recognition. Madness then toured with fellow 2 Tone bands The Specials and The Selecter, before recording their debut album, One Step Beyond…, which was released by Stiff Records. The album included a re-recording of “The Prince” and the band’s second and third singles: “One Step Beyond” and “My Girl”. The title song was a cover of the B-side of the 1960s Prince Buster hit “Al Capone”. One Step Beyond… stayed in the British charts for 37 weeks, peaking at number 2. After the release of “My Girl”, the band felt that they had exhausted the material from One Step Beyond…, and did not want to release any more singles from the album. However, Dave Robinson, head of Stiff Records, disagreed. Eventually, a compromise was made, and the band decided to release an EP featuring one album track and three new tracks. The result was the Work Rest and Play EP, which was headlined by the song “Night Boat to Cairo”, from the One Step Beyond album. The EP reached number 6 in the UK singles chart.

The following year, the band’s second album, Absolutely reached number 2 in the UK album charts. Absolutely spawned some of the band’s biggest hits, most notably “Baggy Trousers”, which peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart. “Embarrassment” reached number 4 in the charts, and the instrumental song “Return of the Los Palmas 7” climbed to number 7. Although the album reviews were generally less enthusiastic than those of One Step Beyond…, they were mostly positive. Robert Christgau gave the album a favourable B- grade, but Rolling Stone Magazine awarded the album just one out of five stars. Rolling Stone was particularly scathing of the ska revival in general, stating that “The Specials wasn’t very good” and Madness were simply “the Blues Brothers with English accents”.

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THE SELECTER “Too Much Pressure” 12″ LP Vinyl Chrysalis Records 1980

FOR THIS AUCTION: THE SELECTER “Too Much Pressure” 12″ LP Vinyl Chrysalis Records 1980
CONDITION: Great condition. Light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks nice with barely any light wear. VG++

US $14.99

The line-up of The Selecter was at first just Neol Davies, John Bradbury (who later became a member of The Specials) and trombonist Barry Jones. The band name was also the title of their debut instrumental single, released as the b-side of the first 2 Tone Records single, “Gangsters vs.The Selecter”, released in July 1979. The track was originally written as a possible theme tune to an ITV series. Pauline Black joined in August 1979, and the band released the singles “On My Radio”, “Three Minute Hero” and “Missing Words”. The Selecter’s debut album,Too Much Pressure, was recorded at the end of 1979 and beginning of the new year, and was released in February 1980 by 2 Tone Records and Chrysalis Records. Charley Anderson and Desmond Brown then left The Selecter later that year to form The People. Their replacements were James Mackie and Adam Williams. Their second album, Celebrate the Bullet was issued in February 1981, but the following year the band disbanded. The Selecter were featured in the 2 Tone film documentary and on the live compilation album, Dance Craze.

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