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! RED VINYL limited to 100 copies!
Thomas ‘Tommy Tornado’ Streutgers is a gifted Dutch saxophone player who joined the famous Rude Rich & The High Notes at the tender age of 18. Since then he has toured all over the world, making records with and backing famous Jamaican vocalists such as Alton Ellis, Dave Barker, U Brown, and The Heptones. His debut solo album “Sunrise” was released in 2010 (CD/LP from Jump Up!), comprised mostly of instrumentals, on which he is assisted by legendary Jamaican players including Rico Rodriguez, Ernest Ranglin, Winston Francis, and Dennis Alcapone. Continue reading TOMMY TORNADO “Cool Down” LP (JUMP103) (OUT OF PRINT)
Thomas ‘Tommy Tornado’ Streutgers is a gifted Dutch saxophone player who joined the famous Rude Rich & The High Notes at the tender age of 18. Since then he has toured all over the world, making records with and backing famous Jamaican vocalists such as Alton Ellis, Dave Barker, U Brown, The Heptones, Winston Francis and Dennis Alcapone. “Sunrise” is his 17 track debut album comprised mostly of instrumentals, on which he is assisted by legendary Jamaican players and some new and upcoming names. The band (The Continue reading TOMMY TORNADO – “Sunrise” LP vinyl (JUMP087 – OUT OF PRINT)