Monday, October 1, 2012
Rare Early 80's Fishbone Ska Demo Tracks Surface
A demo of several ska and reggae songs that the then teen aged members of Fishbone recorded in the early to mid-80's before the band had signed to Sony Records are now available on vinyl. [UPDATE: Two eagle eyed readers of the blog and obsessed fans of the band pointed out that these early demo songs and many more are available on "Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin' the Fonkay" a two-CD 1996 compilation album. The first disc contains album tracks (some in edited versions) from the Fishbone albums up to 1993. The second disc contains B-sides, alternate versions, EP tracks, demos, and other non-album items. Though the CD is out-of-print, copies can still be purchased and digital versions of the songs are available for download at Amazon. That said. if you want some cool, color vinyl, then by all means grab a copy of L.A. Ghetto Ska Demos".]
The 10" vinyl bootleg, "L.A. Ghetto Ska Demos" which can be had from a variety of online sources in the U.S. (Jump Up Records) and U.K. (Juno Records), includes nascent versions of "Party At Ground Zero" (originally titled "Pink Vapor Stew") and "Lyin' Ass Bitch" which both appeared on the band's "Fishbone EP" released in 1985, as well as cult classic "Skankin' To The Beat". Of particular interest to fans will be two rare tracks-- "Glow In The Dark" and "What Have I Done" -- that I had never heard before, and to my knowledge have never been officially released. The other track on the demo, "Alcoholic" is quite different from the version that later appeared on "Chim Chim's Badass Revenge" released in 1996.
1.Pink Vapor Stew (aka Party At Ground Zero)
2.Skankin' To The Beat
3.Lyin' Ass Bitch
1.Glow In The Dark
3.What Have I Done
Stream snippets of all the tracks below.