The Skunks were a third wave ska band formed in 1988 by a group of high school friends from suburban Maryland. They recorded three albums, performed extensively in the Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland area, and toured across the United States. “Chaos in Skaville” was the band’s first album, issues as a limited self-released cassette in 1991. The success of this release saw the band’s schedule become much more active, and during the summer of 1992 the band toured with The Toasters including legendary gigs at he Masquerade in Atlanta, Wilmington NC, Madison & Milwaukee WI and at Cabaret Metro in Chicago. The tour culminated, on February 27, 1993, with Moon Ska’s Skalapalooza at The Ritz in New York City, where The Skunks appeared with The Toasters, Bad Manners, The Skatalites, The Scofflaws, and Ruder Than You. After the tour, the Skunks signed with Moon Ska and shortly thereafter, “Chaos in Skaville” appeared in Moon’s catalog, where it was listed as MR034. Continue reading Third Wave 90’s classic: THE SKUNKS “Chaos In Skaville” LP on vinyl for the first time!
The year was 1997. Rabid fans worldwide had played “God Bless Satan” to death for 3 long years. Everyone wondered what they were in for with “Maximum Perversion” – and nobody expected what the band was about to unleash! If you were still a kid when it came out, you probably felt musically thrown from a moving car…wondering what had just happened! Simply put, this album was light years ahead of it’s time. The band’s extravagant rhythms heralded a new shift into experimental territories. From the funky breaks and avant-garde solos of “Break Your Ankle Punk” to the occasional forays into metal and hardcore territory and even more genre fusions, the band was taking chances left and right expending more energy on unusual arrangements and broadening its “ska” sound. The brass players continued to sound top-notch, while the manic rhythms propelled the album along with a demonic gusto. Twenty years later, we figured that you’d finally understand the avant-ska of “Maximum Perversion”…thus we have reissued it on vinyl to bring this masterpiece to a whole new generation of fans. God bless Mephiskapheles!
Did you miss MEPHISKAPHELES’ latest mini-LP released a couple years ago? No fear we’ve got some copies in stock NOW on the original blood red vinyl edition. These are hard to find now so don’t delay! Six tracks of classic demon-ska: 1 Satan Stole My Weed 2 Hell on Earth 3 Let Them Come 4 Snakes In The Garden 5 Friends Like You 6 Any Fool. And that’s not all! If you didn’t get the bonus “demos” 7″ single years ago when we released “God Bless Satan” – here’s your chance to get it as we have a small stash set aside!
NYC satanic ska/metal band’s third album from 1999 finally on vinyl for the first time! Demanded by fans – we heard you! After our reissues of “GOD BLESS SATAN” and “MAXIMUM PERVERSION”of course we’d be dropping this on you for Black Friday 2019! At the time of this release the band was having issues with their new label, and it suffered from promotion and distribution problems. The final master was not up to snuff either. We are proud to announce that this has been completely remastered by the band, perfected for vinyl! Limited edition of 300 on white vinyl . Did you pick up heir 6 song mini-LP from few years ago? Add that to your order at a discount! Here’s a classic review from back in the day: Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY 90s Reissue: MEPHISKAPHELES “Might-Ay White-Ay” LP – white vinyl limited to 300 copies!
Another incredible 90’s Moon Ska NYC classic gets a vinyl release for BLACK FRIDAY! ! St Louis’ ska darlings debut album from 1996 on white cloud vinyl Limited edition of 30o copies! Not familiar with The Skalars? Too young? Here’s a great review from back in the day: Continue reading BLACK FRIDAY 90s Reissue: THE SKALARS “Skoolin’ With The Skalars” LP – cloud white vinyl
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of us at JUMP UP RECORDS! Last year we re-released the legendary CHRISTMA-SKA album on vinyl for the first time ever, and it was a huge hit with the entire pressing selling out in less than 3 weeks! Good news – we’ve re-pressed it again this year on red vinyl. You’re asking yourself…wait… why didn’t I have this MOON SKA NYC CD in my collection back in the day? Well here’s why….this amazing holiday collection was licensed from MOON SKA to a Japanese company in 1997 – unless you were forking up the big bucks for an import copy it probably wasn’t on your radar. To top it off, the Japanese label ceased operations soon after and this CD became a true rarity!
First time on vinyl for this classic Moon Ska NYC title released in 1999 – “Ska Titans” is a wonderful collaboration between the “Godfather of Ska” Laurel Aitken and the legendary Skatalites recorded in the studio during 1996’s European Ska Splash tour – it was the first time the titans met up on record since 1964! The album features original Skatalites Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett, and Lloyd Knibb alongside longtime members Devon James, Will Clark, and Nathan Breedlove backing Aitken’s amazing vocals on a set of classics, including several Aitken originals. As an added bonus three live tracks are included, taken from the Ska Splash’s stop in Amsterdam. Continue reading LAUREL AITKEN vs THE SKATALITES “Ska Titans” LP vinyl – 1999 Moon NYC classic on wax for the first time!
Two great THE TOASTERS albums reissued back on vinyl! Both NY FEVER and “D.L.T.B.D.Y.D.” were classic albums that originally came out in the 90’s on Moon Ska. Being the 90’s and all, vinyl on these albums were import only, so don’t miss your chance to get these limited re-presses! Continue reading THE TOASTERS “NEW YORK FEVER” LP JUMP084LP – SOLD OUT)) + “DON’T LET THE BASTARDS…” LP vinyl
The Toasters originally released their debut US album SKABOOM back in 1987, on the Celluloid label. The album is often stated as being the origin of modern, or “third-wave” ska in the United States. It followed the RECRIMINATIONS and EAST SIDE BEAT EPs that were released both in the USA and UK, introducing the world to a fresh new wave-y ska sound that was uniquely American yet linked to 2-TONE through secret producer JOE JACKSON. Two years later, THE TOASTERS’ official “debut” album POOLSHARK arrived via the UK label Unicorn, yet six tracks from that set were culled for inclusion on the legendary debut American full-length named SKABOOM. That set was brasher, brighter, and more emphatically ska driven than their earlier material, albeit with eclectic backdrops that ranged from the surf-side to the juke joint. Now boasting a brass section, and two new vocalists, THE TOASTERS’ sound was significantly shifting while the lineup continued expanding. By the time they came to record SKABOOM, the group had ballooned into an 11-piece aggregate. The resulting high adrenaline album found the band in top form, their playing extremely tight, and the arrangements increasingly intricate and innovative. Continue reading THE TOASTERS “SKABOOM” LP – hear where American Third Wave Ska began 30 years ago!
At long last, two 90’s classics from THE TOASTERS back on limited edition cassette tape! “DUB 56” was released in 1994, right when the ska scene started to kick into high gear! The album was released on cassette tape by Moon Ska NYC and in Europe on Poland’s Rock N’ Roller label. “2 TONE ARMY” originally was released in 1996 as “HARD BAND FE DEAD” on Moon Ska NYC, and positioned the band to be one of the top acts during the heydey of third wave ska. Features guest appearances from Lester Sterling of The Skatalites and Laurel Aitken. In 1998 the album was named “2 TONE ARMY” for the very first time, released in Poland by Rock N’ Roller…on cassette! This was the only tape release for the album, and has become quite a rarity indeed! We’re glad to have it back on tape once again! Both “DUB 56” and “2 TONE ARMY” are limited editions of 150 copies with brand new artwork – highly collectible! Continue reading Cassette Store Day 2016: THE TOASTERS “2 TONE ARMY” and “DUB 56” on CASSETTE TAPE – both limited editions of 150