Welcome To My Blog

Thanks for checking the blog out... Hope it offers something a bit different every now & again. Though I come from a pseudo - Mod background (Soul & Ska in particular), I have a diverse taste in music & hope my varied posts will reflect this. Cheers Skamanc .... I'm not after your undying gratitude, but please leave your thoughts, comments & opinions on the posts & content. I regularly up- & download material, plus buy and trade items. As such, if I have inadvertently "trodden on anyone's toes" in posting anything then please let me know & accept my apologies. Also please support the artists involved & remember that the blog is merely a pointer toward these various downloads, which are stored elsewhere. Legally, any downloads should not be retained for more than a week. Feel free to give me a shout : skamanc_auto_spark@hotmail.co.uk Skamanc, City 'til I die, rainy Manchester M23, Jan 2010 For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the Mrs! Special thanks to Steve White (software), Gordon Waring (music), Shaun Robinson (artwork), Paul Buddery (DVD's / software) & Sonchey Barrett (essential technical advice!). "Thank you" also to regular contributors Herr Pauli (Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia). Acknowledgements to Manchester City Football Club, Ford Motor Co, Hollands Pies, Snap On Tools, Levis Jeans, Stella Breweries and Benson & Hedges. Also to all branches of our fantastic Armed Forces. Finally, sincere thanks to all the visitors who have made donations. The blog only continues thanks to your generosity.

Better than the Jukebox in your local...Guaranteed !!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

MADNESS : BBC TV Centre 22/3/13

Deco does us proud yet again... I expect we've all seen the live Madness appearance fom the Goodbye BBC TV Centre programme last night, though here's the audio in all its mp3 glory to add to your collection. As always, be sure to leave a note of thanks for Decco. Thanks !!

For all Nutty Fans everywhere...

MADNESS : La Trianon, Paris, 11/3/13.

Decco does it again !! I recently received this Madness Parisian gig from old blog friend Deco McDermott, and have just uploaded it for your enjoyment. Please leave Decco a comment or two...

For Andy Coulter & Victoria Pearson...

Sunday, 24 February 2013


Does exactly what it says on the sleeve... excellent compilation from the April 2007 edition of Mojo magazine...

Sunday 24/2/13: Just put a brand new sharecode on here... will be catching up with more uploads & posts asap... Let's not let the bastards grind us down !!

THE SPECIAL A.K.A : Play At Home (Film / DVD)

Courtesy of long-term blog friend Bud The Wiser, here is a DVD version of The Special A.K.A's Play At Home film, ready to download for your pleasure...

This is the rare "Play At Home" release, as opposed to the much more easily found "On Film" VHS release.

Be sure to leave a note or two for Bud please... Thanks !


There have reportedly been some encryption issues with the original sharecode... these below are new & should work fine...














Saturday, 23 February 2013

SUGGS, Chris Evans Breakfast Show, 22/2/13

An old piccy I know but anyway...

Here's Suggs, as heard on Chris Evan's Breakfast Show yesterday. Many thanks to old blog friend & contributor Deco McDermott for sending this in so quickly...




Courtesy of Jonny, here's an interesting compilation of German film scores.... Dedicated to our dear blog friend Herr Pauli...

Hamburg's Reeperbahn runs some 600 meters through St. Pauli's famously smut-tastic red-light district -- accordingly, the music compiled on St. Pauli Affairs is deliciously sleazy stuff; originating from the low-budget stag films produced in the district between 1967 and 1972.

Comparable to the Vampyros Lesbos comps as well as the more civic-minded German easy and sound library recordings of the same period, the disc focuses on funky, fuzzed-out instrumentals with infinitely more passion and soul than American porn soundtracks could ever muster: the bass is thick, the drums are tight and the guitars squeal more than the films' stars. Highlights include Peter Thomas' "Lesische Nummer," Barry Lippman's "Beat in Steel" and Orchester Frank Valdor's "Black Market."   


Rapidshare (alternative sharecode)


A couple of relevant banners from Facebook... sums up the Skamanchackett philosophy & musical policy. Later on I'll be posting a great Suggs interview from yesterday's Chris Evans' Breakfast Show, courtesy of long term blog visitor & contributor Deco (Dublin)...

Remember, add me as a friend on Facebook :


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Slow Progress...

OK.... The list of re-uploads is growing. I haven't yet altered any posts to include the new sharecodes, as its probably quicker for you (& me) to browse the folders on my Rapidshare & download as few or as many files as you want.

The most recent posts have been re-upped, including : Carolina Funk, The Impressions A & B Sides, Johnny Marr & friends, Stooges Jukebox & Madness Los Angeles Palace 1984.

Use the url/s in the post below to log into my Rapidshare & have a good look through the files / folders.

A very popular series was / is the Blue Beat 45s - all 25 (!) volumes are now available to download - a complete history of genuine Caribbean Ska !!!

I will regularly update everyone with progress posts like this...

All the best, in a bit, Skamanc, Feb '13.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

The Blog Strikes Back.....

I am now in the process of re-uploading 1000s of files from my Hard Disc Drives, following the sudden & surprising closure of my Rapidshare account last week.

In the absence of any more reliable provider, I am using them again, for better or for worse....

All my files (and folders) on Rapidshare are public, i.e. blog visitors can view the folders (and the files within) and can download anything they choose. The only restriction I have kept is to not allow uploads other than my own. The url's for the 3 files are as follows :

http://rapidshare.com/users/blogfiles/12410 (Skamanc folder)

http://rapidshare.com/users/blogfiles/2800 (Northern Soul / related)

http://rapidshare.com/users/blogfiles/9098 (HH Fender Jazz - my other blog)

So, log on, have a browse & download as much or as little as you want...

New uploads are going on daily so keep checking back for new stuff...

Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Blog Is Dead... Long Live The Blog...

As manu of you will now be aware, every file you click on is now marked illegal. This is because Rapidshare have decided that I have contravened copyright, and closed down my account, in the process destroying just over 3 1/2 years of accrued / saved files & sharecodes. I have appealed, though with no joy. The rotten feckers....

I have left this a few days as I was debating the best course of action, given that I need to move home very quickly as things have deteriorated so badly on the home &  financial fronts.

After much thought, all I can do is keep the blog going, though you will need to bear with me for a while. I have started to re-upload some material, though obviously,. 3+ years of music is a massive undertaking. 95% of the files are safe on my hard drive(s) though they will onviously need to be gradually reuploaded again.

I may consider reuploading some of the more popular downloads first, as well as bringing in new files not sen on the blog before. Any help will be gratefully received....

Bless you all, Skamanc, Jan 2013.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

MADNESS : Palace Theatre, Los Angeles, 27/2/84

Here's a good quality soundboard recording, very kindly sent in this afternoon by Bud the Wiser. This is from the American leg of the 1984 tour & is well worth a download, now all my share host issues have been resolved. (By this stage, Barso had been replaced by Paul Carrick).

Please leave a comment or two of thanks for Bud please...

Coming next : Stooges Jukebox... 2007 Mojo CD compiled by Iggy Pop...

JOHNNY MARR + Friends (Mojo CD Feb 2013)

Half decent collection of tracks free with the Feb issue of Mojo. Try as I might, I couldn't find a clear pic including the track listing, so I'll manually put it in below...

For Smiths fan Cheryl...

01. Johnny Marr : The Right Thing Right
02. The Cribs : We Share The Same Skies
03. Johnny Marr & The Healers : The Last Ride
04. Edwyn Collins : Come Tomorrow Come Today
05. Sandie Shaw : Hand In Glove
06. Billy Bragg : Walk Away Renee
07. Modest Mouse : Dramamine
08. The The : The Evening Star
09. Transit kings : America Is Unavailable
10. Kirsty MacColl : Walking Down Madison
11. Lisa Germano : Into Oblivion
12. Beth Orton : Call Me The Breeze
13. Robyn Hitchcock : Ordinary Millionaire
14. John Frusciante : Central
15. The Durutti Column : Chant

Friday, 25 January 2013

Rapidshare is Sorted... Downloading Available Again...

Who likes my new M65?? 

Finally... Rapidshare is sorted & all my files are again available to be downloaded by you lucky lot.

This was a long process, involving the setting of user aliases, plus privilege changes, sub folders +++ though I got there in the end with the help of a very useful lad in their User Support Dept. Thanks mate !

All files can be downloaded, and all my blog files can be viewed via the following direct URL :


This is a good way to go if you're after a lot of files - several can be downloaded simultaneously (if your connection speed is good enough) & you won't need to keep clicking between pages / posts on the blog.

Most are arranged alphabetically (by artist then title) though a few have slipped through the net & are a bit random.

All downloads will count towards my Rapids total, which means I can continue to enjoy free storage of these files. So, do yourself ( & me) a favour & get downloading...

Technical Hassle

I've just e-mailed support at Rapidshare due to the ongoing problem loads of you are experiencing when trying to download stuff from the blog. I hope to be able to post some good news by weekend.... All the best & wrap up (the snow is coming back to Manchester this afternoon!!), Skamanc.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

CAROLINA FUNK 1968 - 1977

Yeah... the blog is 3 years old today...Thanks to everyone who has helped out technically, logged in, downloaded, left a comment / message, befriended me & sent in material. You all know who you are...

Love Skamanc

PS...The freeloaders out there can all fuck off.....

Great collection of soul / funk from the States of North & South Carolina, dated 1968 - 1977. Some excellent material on here - nobody is what you might call a household name, though these guys were no doubt massive on the College & support circuits back in the day. One is unreleased and the rest is made up of old master tapes and some rare vinyl. Occasionally parts grate on you...James Brown & Aretha "steals" like "Do right..." and "Take it to the bridge..." but a top collection of period soul / funk all the same that is well worth the download...

Thanks & luv to Steve & Cheryl - both have been 110% rocks during a difficult period...

01 03:14 Primitive - Creation of Music
02 02:52 Gamith - Darkness
03 02:46 Innersouls - Just Take Your Time
04 01:58 Dynamite Singletary - Super Good
05 03:55 Mongoose - King Cobra
06 03:55 Soul Impossibles - Interpretation- Soul Power No 1
07 02:12 Carleen & The Groovers - Can We Rap
08 03:37 Sundia - Stand Up and Be A Man Pt 1
09 02:18 The Tempos Band - Ease It To Me
10 02:57 Frankie & The Damons - Bad Woman
11 02:06 Roy Roberts - You Aint Miss It
12 03:23 Black Experience Band - The Road
13 05:56 The Soul Drifters - Funky Soul Brother
14 02:50 James Reese & The Progressions - Lets Go (Its Summertime)
15 03:54 Paul Burton - So Very Hard To Make It
16 05:46 Wally Coco - Message To Society
17 05:27 Anthony Burns - Doing What You Need To Do
18 03:25 The Black Exotics - Theme Of Blackbyrds
19 02:56 Donnie Brown - Funky Mind
20 02:10 George Campbell - Good Time
21 04:33 J.D.S - Funky Party Time
22 03:50 The Ultimates - Progressive Movement