Monday, May 19, 2008
The Skunks - Chaos In Skaville!
Here's the recording: The Skunks - Chaos In Skaville
The Skunks were technically a DC Ska band, but I found out recently that their original singer Joe Hottel currently lives about a mile from my house in Atlanta, and I recently transferred their demo tape to CD, so I thought I would share it. I saw the Skunks with their original lineup twice, both times at the Masquerade. The first was them opening for the Toasters, and some of my friends went up to Athens the night before and caught the show at the Shoebox and were completely blown away. When the Toasters played, the Skunks were dancing in the audience and doing mambo trains - they were real fans of the music. When I saw them the next night, they opened with "Greyhound" and the place just went nuts. They had a huge horn section, even a clarinet player, and wrote some amazing horn lines to their songs. Very few ska bands from that time period wrote horn parts as good.
Later, I saw them again on April 18, 1993 at the Masquerade at a ska/oi fest with Bad Manners headlining (see flyer below). This was one of the last shows Joe played with the band, and I stole the set list (see also set list below). Joe moved down to Atlanta, and they replaced him with a new singer that was not nearly as good. The Go-Steadys played with the new lineup at the Somber Reptile soon after, and I was frankly a little disappointed. They released two albums on Moon with this singer before calling it a day, but this first demo is extremely difficult to find online - that is why I am posting it here. Enjoy.
Check out the lineup! I believe this is also the same day that I first ate at Tortillas.
They covered YMCA