English-born Mark Foggo began his music career in Amsterdam in 1979, he had discovered ska music through the popularity of 2-Tone bands such as The Specials and The Beat, inspiring him to start his own punk/ska band, The Secret Meeting. After independently releasing a single entitled “New Shoes”, the band was promptly signed to Polydor Records in 1980 for the full length “Speeding My Life Away.” Foggo’s passion for ska eventually grew larger until he omitted the punk / new wave songs entirely, focusing exclusively on ska for his first solo album, 1983’s “A State of Mind”. He formed his most notable band, Mark Foggo’s Skasters, in 1987, and their 1989 debut, “Ska Pig”, was a huge international success, often cited as a classic of the ska genre. Foggo founded his own label Skanky’ Lil in 1990 to release his own music, which he describes as “modern, bizarre, non-influenced, up tempo ska”, and is characterized by his observational and darkly comic lyricism, as well as his manic and boisterous stage personality. In 2010, Foggo’s band signed to V2 Records to release the album “Mad”, but after nearly a decade Mark Foggo is back with “SKA PIG RETURNS!” on Jump Up Records. Initial batch of records is on heavyweight 180g vinyl! This new album is truly a return to form, ten tracks of uptempo 2-Tone influenced bouncy ska with clever and whimsical lyrics that made you think, laugh…but mostly SKANK!
After 90’s ska boom had come and gone in the USA, many albums released in the early 2000’s were simply missed by fans worldwide. Hopefully, you realize artists like THE SPECIALS and labels like JUMP UP continued to support ska during “the lean years”….labels ran to release other styles (dare I say emo), and ska bands “changed their sound” to avoid being called ska. Guess what? There were some cool ska albums released at the turn of the millenium, including 2 albums by THE SPECIALS! Both “SKINHEAD GIRL” and “CONQUERING RULER” dig into the TROJAN RECORDS soundbook, and the band’s sound was top notch lead by RODDY RADIATION, NEVILLE STAPLE, HORACE PANTER, and NEOL DAVIES. Well done MAD BUTCHER, releasing these records on vinyl give the albums a new lease on life and will be enjoyed by an entire generation of vinyl fans! Continue reading MAD BUTCHER imports: THE SPECIALS “Conquering Ruler” & “Skinhead Girl” LP vinyl in stock now!
The wait is over! The SPECIALIZED Teenage Cancer Trust folks in the UK just released their BOSS 4xCD – a tribute to the original 60’s ska & reggae sounds. The Jump Up vinyl 7″ singles have JUST arrived – and we think this 4 song EP is absolutely brilliant!! One side is on a roots reggae Jamaican tip, while the other has a 2-TONE ska 80’s flair! Limited edition of 400 each and will go fast! FYI: these will be shooting across the pond and will arrive in the UK next week where they will be available on the Specialized website!
BOSS – Tribute to the Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP (JUMPTCT11) : Kingston All Stars f/ Stranger Cole “Step Up / Keith & Tex w/ Akasha “Stop That Train” / The Crombies “Rough & Tough” / Arthur Kay & The Clerks “Sea Cruise” Continue reading BOSS – Tribute To Original Sounds 7″ vinyl EP available now – feat Keith & Tex, Stranger Cole, The Crombies, and Arthur Kay!
Two nuggets from the early 80s on vinyl for the first time! In the fall we were saddened to hear about the passing of founding member and original bass man Jim Robinson – we were already working on a Thanksgiving weekend Heavy Manners show ad quickly decided to turn the evening into a tribute to Jim. With help from new Chicago pressing plant Smashed Plastic and a fun 2-Tone inspired design by Destroy Brand graphics, we cranked out a limited edition one time press of 200 7″ singles to benefit Jim’s family. If you can’t pick one up at the show, get it here. If you never got around to picking up our last Heavy Manners reissue project then here’s another chance as we have a couple boxes left on clear/white vinyl. In 2011 Chicago ska/reggae legends HEAVY MANNERS recorded their first new music since the early 80s: “Get Me Out Of Debt” is a fun, whimsical and witty 2 TONE ska dancer with great keyboards and sax! “Fight The Good Fight” is a darker, political conscious reggae tune ripe for fans of original Island Records sounds. The B side is a musicologist treat – an original 80’s tune recorded back in the day and finally unearthed! “Could Not Get Enuff” is nearly 6 minutes of PETER TOSH at the tail end of disco, wonderfully mixing Heavy Manners’ Jamaican riddims into dance styled 2-TONE meets Chicago grooves. PETER TOSH also provides backing vocals!!! Not to be missed! A sound that also was utilized by THE ENGLISH BEAT on later 12″ singles! Comes in CLEAR or WHITE vinyl – add to your 7″ vinyl order for only $5 more!
REPRESS has arrived! Debut 1994 album from New York City satanic ska punk band, produced by Bill Laswell. Thirteen upbeat skankers, flush with brass, drenched with irresistible melodies and infectious choruses. Originally self released, the album soon went global after being licensed by Moon Ska Records. Far beyond 2-Tone with a slight nod to Jamaica’s originators, Mephiskapheles birthed their own ska-based niche. Go SATAN! Go SKA! We also released the cassette tape for Cassette Store Day 2017, add one for the collection only 150 made! Their second album “Maximum Perversion” is also available on vinyl and tape from us!
THE CROMBIES are an American 2-TONE band! They’ve now been around long enough to have rarities in the vaults, this collection delivers some of those rarities to you! Back in the late 80’s many bands issued singles with cool b-sides on 3″ mini-CD format – we return to that tradition today! This mini-CD is 24 minutes long and features 7 tracks – plus it comes with a limited edition patch! We’re only making 200 of these and they are sure to go FAST! Shipped ANYWHERE in the world for only $10 postage paid!
Tracklisting: 1) Blood and Fire (Original Recipe 7″ version) 2) Gangsters (Live at Reggie’s Music Joint) 3) Hooligans (Studio Version) 4) English Civil War (Original Recipe 7″ version)
5) Hey Little Rich Girl (Live at Reggie’s Music Joint) 6) Blood and Fire (Original Rehearsal Version) 7) The Prince (Live from Cobra Lounge)
JUMP UP is so proud to be working with one of our favorite bands of all time, an act that was a missing link connecting 2-TONE with the first European ska explosion at the end of the 80’s – Denmark’s smart-dressed Nutty Boys NAPOLEON SOLO! Their first new studio album since 1989 – “OPEN CHANNEL D” – has arrived! NAPOLEON SOLO’s unique blend of British 2 Tone, Jamaican ska, and rhythm & blues mixed with sixites-style soul has attracted legions of fans worldwide since their formation in 1984. In fact, as early as 1988 BUSTER BLOODVESSEL of BAD MANNERS championed the band and produced their first mini-album “How To Steal The World” for Unicorn Records. He also presented them to UK fans on the legendary Blue Beat Explosion Tour, which featured BAD MANNERS (UK), BIM SKALA BIM (USA), and future PORK PIE acts SKAOS and THE BRACES. After that tour New Music Express proclaimed NAPOLEON SOLO as one of the top 10 ska bands in the entire world! Continue reading NAPOLEON SOLO “Open Channel D” LP vinyl – Danish 80’s SKA/SOUL legends!
Napoleon Solo formed in the summer of 1984 by eight youngsters living in Copenhagen, their unique blend of sixties-influenced soul, R&B, Jamaican ska and British Two-Tone proved to be a massive success from the get-go. The band’s first big break came when they visited Hamburg in 1985 supporting Stiff Records’ mod-pop band Making Time – this concert was to be the first of many performances in Germany. In 1988 Napoleon Solo went to England to record the first mini-LP ”How To Steal The World”, it was produced by Buster Bloodwessel of Bad Manners and released on Unicorn Records. In support of the album, the band joined the Blue Beat Explosion Tour with Bad Manners, plaing concerts all across the UK. Continue reading NAPOLEON SOLO “Early Recordings 1984/1985” LP vinyl – last copies!
The Red Stripes are Hong Kong’s premier Ska/ Mod band and have been playing to packed audiences all over Asia. Their brand of party Ska with flavours of the 2 Tone era features a full 11- piece band and hail originally from the UK, Canada and Australia. Over the past three years they have played festivals and shows around Asia including ‘Modswing’ Singapore, Semarang Ska Festival (with Mr. Symarip), Taiwan Festival of Ska and 2 Tone, Taipei, ‘Jam the UK’, Tokyo and the massive Kuala Lumpur Ska Festival. In August 2017 they played as the backing band for Original Rudeboy of The Specials Neville Staple at the Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival. In 2014 they played at the hugely popular Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong with the son of the legend Prince Buster, Sultan Ali, playing a full set of his father’s classics to thousands. Continue reading THE RED STRIPES “In The Ska East” red vinyl LP / CD – Fantastic 2-TONE from Hong Kong!
Two classic 90’s album from American ska pioneers THE TOASTERS are once again back on vinyl! “DUB 56” from 1994 is a Moon Ska NYC classic, back in print on dark grey marble vinyl in cool poster sleeve! A fantastic album, a highlight of the “third wave” – influenced heavily by British 2 Tone yet distinctly American. 14 tracks on vinyl: Direction, Freedom, Mona, Dancin’, Dub 56, Sweet Cherie, Tunisia, Little Hidden Secrets, Marlboro Man, Ain’t Huthin’, Razor Cut, Legal Shot, Midnight Hour, Goody Goody. A couple years ago when we were chatting to Bucket from THE TOASTERS, we realized that there were a handful of albums that NEVER appeared on vinyl including the amazing 2 TONE ARMY collection which included their biggest MTV2 video hits! The artwork is a tribute to iconic NYC SKA artist STEVE HEX who we lost a few years ago, this must have album includes the hits “I WASN’T GOING TO CALL YOU ANYWAY” and the title track “2 TONE ARMY”. 10 tracks, on dark grey marble vinyl. A truly fantastic record, one we are so proud to have our name on!
If you’re a manic collector make sure you pick up these two albums on limited edition cassette tape too!