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The Untouchables - Cool Beginnings 1981-1983dotdotdot
artworkThe Untouchables were a vital and important ska band of the eighties. Their music ranged from generic ska to driving rock. I still like to pull out their great version of "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" from time to time. This CD of rare, live, and unreleased early tracks from the Untouchables includes the demented vocal peon "The Great Kahuna" and the fiery ska instro "Tropical Bird."
Picks: The Great Kahuna, Tropical Bird

Track by Track Review


The Great Kahuna dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

"The Great Kahuna" was recorded live in a backyard just east of Malibu. These were the very first recordings made of the band. The fidelity is "shaky" at best, but the pure homage to the waves is an undeniable surf epic. It's a vocal, but there are as many instro verses as voice, and they use significant surf influences, particularly in the ghostly surf guitar work.

Tropical Bird dotdotdotdot
Ska Surf (Instrumental)

This is a spectacular blend of surf and ska. Where the Halibuts were using ska to underpin their surf instros, the Untouchables use surf to augment their ska. The infectious ska rhythm and great drums compliment reverbed guitar and an aquatic melody. "Tropical Bird" is a totally fun track with great expression and sound.