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DEAL’S GONE BAD – “Large & In Charge” CD – (JUMP015 – OUT OF PRINT)

You’ve heard of Inspector 7 (Radical) and The Skoidats (Moon NYC), now step aside for this Chicago 8 piece! It’s been quite some time since skinheads across the world have had a record to be proud of….sure, there have been skinhead ska bands, but none that captures the true sound of Jamaica like Deal’s Gone Bad. Full of classic Leslie Kong style chuggin’ reggae riddims & soulful 60’s ska, this Continue reading DEAL’S GONE BAD – “Large & In Charge” CD – (JUMP015 – OUT OF PRINT)

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THE ADJUSTERS – “Politics of Style” CD – (JUMP014 – OUT OF PRINT)

From tight ska instrumentals to gritty soul stompers, Chicago’s ADJUSTERS keep the backbeat steady and the rafters rockin’! On this debut long-play record, you will hear all the important influences…you’ll know exactly what these cats have grown up listening to: ska, reggae, soul, anything that grooves! It’s called “Crucial Rhythm & Blues” and its all THEIR sound. If you’ve ever experienced this ten-piece live, you know exactly what to expect: raw energy, fierce arrangements, and attitude to burn! The Adjusters have come a long way in a very short amount of time, from the Continue reading THE ADJUSTERS – “Politics of Style” CD – (JUMP014 – OUT OF PRINT)

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GANGSTER FUN – “Pure Sound, Pure Hogwash, Pure Amphetamines” CD – (JUMP013)

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Midwest ska was best represented by one band: Gangster Fun.
They commanded legendary status, influencing every ska band that came from Detroit: The Exceptions, Telegraph, Parka Kings, Suicide Machines, Articles…..you name it! They all sweated their asses off to the hypnotic sounds of G-Fun. They were the only Midwest ska band on the infamous MASHIN” UP THE NATION comp, plus their first album “Come See, Come Ska'” was released on Roddy Continue reading GANGSTER FUN – “Pure Sound, Pure Hogwash, Pure Amphetamines” CD – (JUMP013)

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THE PARKA KINGS – “Bienvenidos” CD – (JUMP012 – OUT OF PRINT)

Detroit’s PARKA KINGS are part of today’s American ska elite, establishing a world-wide fan base in (4) short years through top-appearances on American Skathic Vols 1 & 2 (combined 20,000 units), plus their great 1995 debut on Jump Up! called “23 SKIDOO” (JUMP004). The band has taken the last few years to fine-tune their range, and we’d have to honestly say that this album single-handedly captures all the styles that make today’s American Ska movement so strong! As we’d expect, the P.K.’s bring us several strong uptempo 3rd wave ska jams, complete with grinding guitar, horn-driven Continue reading THE PARKA KINGS – “Bienvenidos” CD – (JUMP012 – OUT OF PRINT)

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GREENHOUSE – “Tomorrow the World” CD – (JUMP011)

After years of playing underground punk DIY shows across the Midwest, 1997 saw this Chicago 9 piece break out into the national ska scene with contributions on Jump Up!’s “Return of American Skathic” and Moon Ska’s “Skarmageddon 3”, where they received the most press out of all the bands on the two-disc set with their summery happy-go lucky skalypso romp “Palabras”. A limited run as made for local shows, but now the boys have joined Jump Up! to go all out on this 13 track album full of Continue reading GREENHOUSE – “Tomorrow the World” CD – (JUMP011)

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THE ECLECTICS – “Idle Worship” CD / LP (OUT OF PRINT) – (JUMP010)

Hailing from Chicago, The Eclectics have combined a wide range of musical influences, from King Diamond to Krautrock, from Naked Raygun to the Buckinghams, or from the English Beat to the Jacksons. The end result is a wonder to behold. Over the past few years, The Eclectics have gone through numerous line-up changes though two things have always rang true: 1) no individual is too far out for the band, and 2) every member has been dedicated to putting on a tight and energetic live show to please just about any audience. The current line-up is the strongest yet, hosting a wide Continue reading THE ECLECTICS – “Idle Worship” CD / LP (OUT OF PRINT) – (JUMP010)

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HOT STOVE JIMMY – “Salute” CD – (JUMP009 – OUT OF PRINT)

After appearances on top U.S. ska comps “Return of American Skathic” (Vol 4), “Generic Skaca” (combined over 15,000 units), plus a scheduled appearance on MOON SKA NYC’s third volume of the Skarmageddon series, Chicago’s HOT STOVE JIMMY are well on the way to being one of 1997’s brightest “new skool” ska bands. Locally, the band has quickly become a fave through their debut CD on Strike Out!; a track on the Taste Of Chicago punx comp; opening for top national acts The Specials Continue reading HOT STOVE JIMMY – “Salute” CD – (JUMP009 – OUT OF PRINT)

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EXCEPTIONS – “Five Finger Discount” CD – (JUMP008 – OUT OF PRINT)

After appearances on top U.S. ska comps “American Skathic”, “American Skathic 2”, and “Misfits of Ska” plus their well-received debut ‘No Shirt, No Shoes, No Exceptions” on ICON, Detroit’s longest-running ska troop returns with a hot new album that is sure to surprise many of their long-time fans. Fast & furious “ska-core” still being their forte, the band saw several line-up changes in the past 2 years bringing to the stage a more well-rounded ska sound that includes jumpy “rock steady” styled numbers and straight-up, dance floor-driven modern “3RD WAVE” ska. They make statements about Continue reading EXCEPTIONS – “Five Finger Discount” CD – (JUMP008 – OUT OF PRINT)

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TELEGRAPH (formerly the Skolars) – “10 Songs & Then Some” CD / LP (JUMP007 – OUT OF PRINT)

After appearances on top U.S. ska comps “American Skathic”, “American Skathic 2”, “Spawn Of Skarmageddon” (on MOON), and ‘Generic Skaca” (which combined have sold more than 40,000 copies), Detroit’s top ska-punk band finally release their debut full-length after three years of hardwork & touring. The Skolars are part of today’s new skool ska movement, one that refuses to copy the 60’s/2-Tone formula. Their sound builds on the energy & positive message from previous ska Continue reading TELEGRAPH (formerly the Skolars) – “10 Songs & Then Some” CD / LP (JUMP007 – OUT OF PRINT)

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Various Artists – “Return of American Skathic” – The Midwest Strikes Back! CD – (JUMP006 – OUT OF PRINT)

The fourth volume in this hugely successful Midwest ska series, “Return of American Skathic” storms into 96 with an over-powering collection of 26 new ska bands (NONE appearing on previous Skathic CDS). Midwest Ska is growing at an alarming rate, with larger audiences and more bands playing than every before. And it’s not just a “2-Tone” revival, Midwest ska is more diverse than anywhere else, and this comp depicts this range with 60’s traditional jazz ska (Adjusters, Articles, & Space Heaters), Continue reading Various Artists – “Return of American Skathic” – The Midwest Strikes Back! CD – (JUMP006 – OUT OF PRINT)