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. So now I've told you the legal bit !

Feel free to give me a shout : waltjabsco@hotmail.com

Manchester M22, September 2016

For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the ex 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 (Malente, Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia).

Sunday, 30 December 2012

THE RUTS DC & KEVIN COYNE : Sanity Stomp (1980)

Dave Sez does it again !! Had major hassles with my other e-mail account, hence the late appearance of this gem (Dec 27th). Thought I'd save it just a couple of more days to constitute my Birthday post (though I'll be at work in the PM. Shite !!)

Be sure to leave Dave a note or two please !

Kevin Coyne & Ruts DC
Sanity Stomp (1980)
mp3 @ 320

And in these chilly times, there's nothing like some ultra-rare Ruts DC to warm the cockles of your heart! After Malcolm Owen's death, the Ruts DC continued work on their own compositions whilst playing as backing band for Laurel Aitken's Peel session and this long-deleted power pop album by Kevin Coyne which includes a version of one Ruts DC song, Formula Eyes. This post is specially dedicated to skamanc for keeping his wonderful site skamanchackett.blogspot.com up for us all to enjoy. Thanks to the great poor for posting this, and Christmas cheer to you all, Dave Sez.

01. Fat Man 2:30
02. The Monkey Man 3:04
03. How Strange 2:32
04. Somewhere In My Mind 3:25
05. When (See You Again?) 2:32
06. Taking On The World 3:11
07. No Romance 4:00
08. Too Dark (One For The Hero) 2:45
09. Admit You're Wrong 3:55
10. Formula Eyes 2:09

Kevin Coyne (vocals)
Paul Fox (guitar)
Segs (bass)
Dave Duffy (drums)
Gary Barnacle (sax)
Paul Wickens (keyboards)

Produced by Paul Wickens at Berry Street Studios (engineered by David Hunt).
Double LP (only LP1 included the Ruts DC) first released Nov 1980.
CD release 1991, out of print since 1993, not commercially available.


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas...

A very Merry & Happy Christmas to all regulars & visitors. have a great day & don't over - do it !! Lurve Skamanc.
PS Don't forget to add me as a friend on Facebook...
My user name is andy.spragg.75
Enter me in the people, things & places box & you'll see the Walt Jabsco / 2Tone logo appear.
3 years of the blog in Jan 2013....

Thursday, 20 December 2012

FRANK SIDEBOTTOM : Man City Medley / Timperley Sunset

Anarchic fun from the late Chris Sievey aka Frank Sidebottom... Genius. I pass through Timperley village on the way to work - still no news on the Statue... For Bud the Wiser.

Monday, 10 December 2012

The Time's They Are A Changin'

Here we are a full 3 weeks from the New Year & I'm in a state of great change... January the 1st is traditionally a time to make resolutions & change the not - so - good aspects of your life for the better, but I have the opportunity to geat ahead by those 21 days.

Basicaly my wife and I have split up and are now living apart (for two weeks now actually), which has given me something of a window to take stock of my life. I have made the decision to go self employed in the New Year, as I have plenty of work waiting as a sub - contractor in my trade of Auto Electrics.

I am setting up as a one - man band called "English Auto Electrics", hence the related blog site you may have seen in my links here. If I don't make some positive changes like this now, I reckon I never will, as I'm 42 years old later this month.

I have discussed this with my gaffer @ work, and he's being very supportive, letting me stay on for as few or as many shifts as I want while I take the plunge into self employment.

Obviously I will be continuing the blog, so no need to worry there...

I realise this is a big diversion from the usual blogging content, but I just wanted to get a couple of issues off my chest.

So... Thanks everyone for listening !

Thursday, 6 December 2012

THE RUTS : Strathclyde University, 3/11/79

Here's another great gig from the bulging HDD...

PS Loads more Ruts & Ruts DC in the blog archive...

Friday, 30 November 2012

THE ADVERTS : Marquee, 27/7/78.

You can never have too many Adverts bootlegs... here's a set from the Marquee, July 27th 1978. (Cue Homer Simpson drooling type voice..."Mmmmmm... Gaye Advert & an Gibson EB0...mmm").


Thursday, 29 November 2012

MAGAZINE : Amsterdam Melkweg 8/6/80

Thanks to Dave Sez for the URL for this excellent radio broadcast...
I may have been a bit cheeky in copping it from another blog, but its happoened to me enough times...

 For Herr Pauli, Dave & all other Devoto fans.

01. Intro
02. I'm A Party
03. Permafrost
04. The Light Pours Out Of Me
05. You Never Knew Me
06. Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
07. Shot By Both Sides
08. Song From Under The Floorboards
09. Outro

Friday, 23 November 2012

GALILEO 7 : Update

www.thegalileo7.co.uk - the place where'll you find everything you need...



here's a quick update on what we've been doing, are doing and going to do...
New bassist Mole (ex-Embrooks and also drummer for The Higher State) has settled in like a true pro after our recent gigs in Belgium and France. Next stop is a home town gig next Friday 30th November at Live Transmission, Victoria St, Rochester (underneath the Royal Function Rooms). Admission £5


Our single 'Modern Love Affair/Can't Get Away From Myself' is now available on CDR from our website. The two tracks that didn't quite make it onto the recent album were going to be a download and gig-only purchase, but due to overwhelming demand (ie a couple of complaints from people who can't get to gigs and also hate downloads) you can now buy it from our online store. You can also get those horrible downloads from iTunes and our own MP3 store if you're allergic to Apple.
Speaking of our own MP3 store, we've set this up so that you can download all our stuff free from DMR restrictions of iTunes if you so desire...

The lovely 180gm vinyl version of our latest album 'Staring at the Sound is still available, as is the bog standard CD version, on the 'Store' page of our website.

There are plans afoot for a Spanish release of the CD next year.

We've got 2 Christmas party type gigs coming up in December:

Friday 14th - Fiddler's Elbow (Camden, London)

Saturday 15th - Edge of the Wedge (Southsea, nr Portsmouth)

We would most grateful for your esteemed company - either at our gigs or by your virtual presence on our website as you peruse our wares...

The Galileo 7

Thursday, 15 November 2012

THE GALILEO 7 : New Album & Single

Former Prisoner Allan Crockford's latest outfit released an album recently (September 2012), and also have a single on release, via itunes, their own web store & as a cd-r @ gigs. Great stuff & well worth a download / purchase.
URL for their website is below...

Here's "Can't Get Away from Myself" from the single. If you want more then go & buy the CD, vinyl or an MP3...

Friday, 9 November 2012

Dead Kennedys : Classic Footage

You can never have too much of the Kennedys.... here are Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride & D.H. Pelligro in blistering form...

Thursday, 8 November 2012

THE WHO : Live At leeds (1970)

More fantastic Who footage... this is thought to be the pro audio of the 1970 gig spliced to video shot at the same performance. Pity its not all available...

THE WHO : A Quick One While he's Away (1968)

Here's some fantastic footage of The 'oo blasting through "A Quick One..." from The Rolling Stones' Rock & Roll Circus (1968). Best part is the last section of the mini - opera, "You Are Forgiven"... ENJOY. For Herr Pauli

DANCE CRAZE : The Best Of British SKA...LIVE!

Here is all its glory is the Dance Craze movie, which I have had numerous requests for over the past couple of years. Some great footage on here & an essential document of the times...

I apologise again for the lack of blog activity recently - still no pc access @ home regretfully, plus I have had to buy a new car so that's the computer savings spent unfiortunately. Still, enjoy the clips & leave a comment or three !!

For Dean & Lee plus all 2 Tone fans EVERYWHERE !!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

ARETHA FRANKLIN : Running Out Of Fools (1964)

Another great Franklin collection, courtesy of Herr Pauli's link. A great start to the day... just nobody mention Ajax Amsterdam please !!!
This material combines soul & jazz influences...I would even listen to Aretha recite the Manchester South phonebook, she's that good !! 

Apologies to those who have experienced trouble downloading the Franklin stuff via mediafire, as well as for the many deleted links. This is currently beyond my control as I'm still without any web access @ home. If I was able to sit up half the nite in the spare room sharing more musical gems, then i would be, believe me !!!

DOT DASH : The Past Is Another Country (2012) VIDEO

Here's a link for the new Dot Dash video. this is a great track from their current album which I recently reviewed...

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

ARETHA FRANKLIN : A Bit Of Soul (1965)

Danke to our freund Herr Pauli for sharing a link to a load of Aretha Franklin gems. Here is the 1st of several to be posted...

MADNESS : iTunes festival 27/9/12

Many thanks to Phil for the mediafire link to this Madness gig @ the Roundhouse a few days ago. Please leave him a comment or two....

1 One Step Beyond
2 Embarrassment
3 La Luna
4 NW5
5 Misery
6 My Girl
7 How Can I Tell You
8 The Prince
9 Kitchen Floor
10 The Sun and The Rain
11 Never Knew Your Name
12 Bed and Breakfast Man
13 My Girl 2
14 Death of a Rude Boy
15 Chris Foreman BB Showtime
16 House of fun
17 Baggy Trousers
18 Our House
19 It Must be Love
20 Madness
21 Night Boat to Cairo

Monday, 1 October 2012

THE SMALL FACES : Deep Joy 1000th Post !!!

This is going to be the landmark 1000th post for several reasons. Firstly because this is where it all really started for me as a spotty school kid obsessed with the Faces. Secondly in memory of the late Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, and thirdly as its just so fuckin' great.

Thanks to all the regular visitors & contributors, as well as everyone else that has dropped in over the last couple of years or so. So, here's to the next 1000 posts, and the millionth hit, which should be in the next 3 - 4 weeks, judging by current traffic.

Also for Ian "Mac" MacLagan & Kenney Jones.

Radio Caroline, 1966
Track 01. Sha-La-La-La-Lee

Colour Me Pop, June 21, 1968 featuring Stanley Unwin
Track 02. Intro & Stan Unwin (834k)
Track 03. Happiness Stan
Track 04. Rollin’ Over
Track 05. The Hungry Intruder
Track 06. The Journey
Track 07. Mad John
Track 08. Happy Days Toy Town

BBC Top Gear, April 14, 1968, with PP Arnold
Track 09. Get Ready
Track 10. Every Little Bit Hurts
Track 11. Lazy Sunday
Track 12. If I Were A Carpenter

Morecambe & Wise, April 18, 1967
Track 13. I Can’t Make It

Top Of The Pops, September 1967
Track 14. Itchycoo Park

(date unknown)
Track 15. My Mind’s Eye

Beat, Beat, Beat (German) 1966
Track 16. What’cha Gonna Do About It
Track 17. Sha-La-La-La-Lee
Track 18. Hey Girl
Track 19. All Or Nothing

Beat Club, date unknown
Track 20. I Can’t Make It

BBC Colour Me Pop 1968
Track 21. Song Of A Baker

(date unknown)
Track 22. I’ve Got Mine (cut off)

Extracts From LP Gulliver’s Travels - Instant INPL 003 (UK)
Track 23. Filler - Happy Days Toy Town/Journey’/Afterglow

Friday, 28 September 2012

September Review...

Feck, I lurve this time of year... back in College, Halloween on the way & into the final stretch towards Xmas, Birthday & the new year.

Thinmgs are looking up slightly for the blog as I've managed to get a few more posts on this month. We're now approaching fast the millionth hit and the next published post (after this) will be the elusive 1000th !!

Ideas, suggestions & even potential files for this post are urgently welcomed & I look forward to hearing from you soon...

As always, yours in music (bit soppy that !?!?!?), Skamanc.

Mojo Presents... UP YOURS!! PUNK'S NOT DEAD (2003)

Another great compilation courtesy of Mojo...

PSYCH OUT ! (Mojo 2006)

Again, does exactly what it says on the sleeve...

FEED YOUR HEAD : 16 Mind Blowing Classics (2002)

Another Mojo compilation here, and what a track list / selection. I had this CD from the release of the magazine in 2002 and it saw a lot of plays.

BEYOND PUNK! (Post Punk Noise 1978 - 2005)

Marvellous stuff...


Another excellent compilation... Can, Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers... need I say more ???

TROJAN EXPLOSION : 20 Reggae Classics (Mojo 2002)

Does exactly what it says on the sleeve...

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Mojo Presents DESTROY !! (CD, 2008)

Decent compilation from Mojo magazine, released  in 2008. Wire, X Ray Spex, TV Personalities & Johnny Moped... what else do you need ???

For our mate Martin Smith (Doubtless still reeling from Leeds having the Toffees over this week) !!

Mojo Presents the Roots of The Rolling Stones (CD, 2012)

Another Mojo CD I've been meaning to post up... nothing dead rare on here but what a track listing. Bo Diddley's "Cops and Robbers" and Dale Hawkin's "Suzie Q" remain two of my all time fave tracks...

Mediafire (still having a few prob's with Rapidshare)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

MOJO Move On Up Mod Compendium CD (2012)

The new issue of Mojo is out, including a freebie CD entitled "Move On Up". Not bad actually & I'll post it up asap.

THE JAM Just Who Is The Five O'Clock Hero? (Demo, 2.20)
THE YARDBIRDS You’re A Better Man Than I (3:15)
LEE DORSEY Ride Your Pony (2:48)
LAUREL AITKEN Bad Minded Woman (2:40)
THE BEAT Twist And Crawl (2:33)
PRINCE FATTY & HOLLIE COOK And The Beat Goes On Dub (3:03)
ANDY LEWIS (Featuring Keni Burke) (Love Is) Alive In My Heart (3:06)
AARON NEVILLE Hercules (4:11)
PAUL WELLER & TERRY CALLIER Brother To Brother (4:12)
THE MOONS Jennifer (Sits Alone) (3:20)
DEXY’S Nowhere Is Home (4:57)
BRUCE FOXTON Number Six (3:14)
WILKO JOHNSON Down By The Waterside (3:15)
THE JAM The Great Depression (Live) (3:17)

This is aMediafire link - will also be put on Rapidshite when I get time...

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

DOT DASH : Winter Garden Light (2012)

Dot Dash is a four-piece band (two guitars, bass and drums) from Washington D.C.

Guitarist/singer Terry Banks and bassist Hunter Bennett were in punky power poppers Julie Ocean.

Before that, Terry was in The Saturday People (Slumberland label), Tree Fort Angst (Bus Stop label), Glo-Worm (K Records), and St. Christopher.

Guitarist Bill Crandall was in the mod/pop band Modest Proposal.

Drummer Danny Ingram began musical life in early Dischord-label punks Youth Brigade before moving on to Strange Boutique and, later, U.K. guitar-wranglers Swervedriver.

www.facebook.com/dotdashdc (band info /photos / gigs / reviews etc)

www.thebeautifulmusic.com (record label)


dotdashdc@gmail.com (contact address)

Regular visitors may recall  reviewed their last LP in 2011, so I was delighted to receive this new CD yesterday courtesy of Terry.

I've had it on in the car for the last 24 hours or so & rate this a lot. The sound / production has improved significantly compared to its predecessor & there are some great tracks on here. (PS I had an irate e-mail from the 1st producer after last year's review !!!)

Some well crafted songs & nifty playing on here.... my current faves are "La La Land" (some nice feedback & a tempo change towards the coda) & "The Past Is Another Country". I am very impressed with bassist Hunter... solid player without resorting to unnecessary flashiness. Top man...

Have a listen, see what you think & buy / download the album. Contact details are above & it can be accessed via Amazon, iTunes & eMusic as well...

Skamanc, September 2012.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

JAH WOBBLE : Live In Europe (1981 - 1983)

The usual MASSIVE thanks to Dave Sez for these gems... featuring the one & only Jah Wobble... founder member of Public Image Ltd & a wonderful bassist...


Jah Wobble - Live in Europe (1981-1983)

And, in thanks for ya recent Shriekbacks and general kindness, a punk-funk-dub post of Jah Wobble compiled from two extremely rare recordings from the Dave Sez archives:

1981 - Jah Wobble's Human Condition - Live in Europe (where?). 1981 cassette-only release, digitalized thanks to pheragan and mutant-sounds

Line up: Jah Wobble – vocals & bass; Dave (Animal) Maltby – guitar; Jim Walker - sax

01 Waves
02 The End
03 The Human Condition
04 Soundcheck
05 [Bad quality, omitted]

1982.11.21 - Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart - Vera, Groningen, Netherlands, Dutch radio show recorded thanks to http://wiels.com/

Line up: Jah Wobble – vocals & bass; Dave (Animal) Maltby – guitar; Annie Whitehead – trombone, Ollie Marland – keyboards, Cliff Venner – drums, Neville Murray – percussion

06 Introduction (1982) [0:12]
07 Hollywood 1 (1982) [7:00]
08 Jam 2 (1982) [7:41]
09 Jam 3 (1982) [8:24]
10 Jam 4 (1982) [6:17]
11 Fading (1982) [4:03]
12 Hollywood 2 (1982) [9:08]

1983.09.03 Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart - Pandora's Music Box Festival, de Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Dutch radio show recorded thanks to http://wiels.com/

Line up: Jah Wobble – vocals & bass; Dave (Animal) Maltby – guitar; Annie Whitehead – trombone, Ollie Marland – keyboards, Lee Partis – drums, Neville Murray – percussion

13 Invaders (1983) [5:15]
14 Hollywood 2 (1983) [5:49]
15 Snake Charmer (1983) [4:40]
16 Brasil (1983) 4:51]

Bonus: How Much Are They from the live double cd viva!eight, recorded at the Town & Country Club, London on September 6th 1992.

17 How Much Are They (1992) [8:10]


Cheers, Dave Sez.

24/9/12: PS...

Most welcome! Slight muddle on the sources there: the Human Condition Live in Europe comes thanks to mutant-sounds who also offers us the excellent Human Condition Live at the Collegiate Theatre 1981, both here:


Phenagen (whose name I mangled, apologies) offers us an alternative download for the Collegiate Theatre here:


Go thank wiels for the excellent Dutch radio shows here:


And Jim Walker was drummer not sax, so who's blowing the horn, anyone?

Cheers, Dave Sez.

25/9/12 : PPS...

Courtesy of our friend Herr Pauli...the Bedroom Album...


password: fuckdmca

Friday, 14 September 2012


If anyone thinks I'm posing like this.....

The nearest I get is actually being an electrician lol

PS This is on no way a cheap attempt at pushing the post totals nearer to 1000...

Hang on though....now I come to think of it !!!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

THE SPECIALS : Hyde Park 5/8/12

Thanks to Steve for sending the link to this file in & apologies for the slight delay in posting it up... Day off today so making good use of my free hour on the net courtesy of Manchester Libraries - underfunded, suffering cuts left, right & centre though still doing a fantastic job.

PS This is published post no 987 & the elusive 1000th creeps ever nearer. Any ideas / suggestions or actual potential files most welcome....

Monday, 10 September 2012

THE JAM : Reading University 1979

More live Jam, from the All Mod Cons era, prior to Setting Sons, judging by the set list.

More Jam including studio outtakes etc to follow in due course...