Ska-ing The West Country Show

Boots and Braces; My Newfound Adventures in Radioland!


It’s been a funny ol’ week, but I suppose doing Devizine keeps me out trouble. Tends to open all manner of doors, you see; I’ve lots of interesting stuff to dig myself into, things I cannot mention until they come to fruition, don’t want to jinx them. Needless to say, I’m excited about all these prospects. One, which got underway in the matter of last week was when Ollie Greene, aka Ya Freshness of The Big Boss Band, put me in touch with Geoff Longbar.

Geoff runs Boot Boy Radio, an internet station dedicated primarily to ska, rock steady and reggae. While I’ve an eclectic taste in music, my love of this genre, from its Jamaican roots, the English reinvention as Two-Tone, to the modern international scene known as third generation ska, is paramount.

So, well up for the experience of hosting a radio show from the boots to the braces, I set about creating a pilot. Radio is a funny old thing I often ponder, while I confess, I shy to the spotlight, broadcasting in this manner is surely more akin to talking to oneself; I can do that, often it’s the only way to insure intelligent conversation!

Considering this aforementioned shyness, I decided if I’m going to attempt this it’d have to be the only way I know how; hidden behind a character. Therefore, I dreamt up the kind of well-spoken voice which would be the most unlikely to have any appreciation of ska and reggae, you know, for the joke of it. Perhaps influenced by Peter Cook’s character in the punk/new wave show of the 1970s, Revolver. If you’re old enough to recall, he introduced the acts under the guise of the aristocratic ballroom proprietor, often with reproachful comments towards the acts. While most of the adolescent punk audience got the joke, a few didn’t and inhospitably lashed out.

Click here to tune into Boot Boy Radio

This immediately gave concern, would Geoff, and the listeners accept this unorthodox angle? For if I don’t have the freedom to do whatever I want to do, then I simply don’t. A motto which caved a previous opportunity to host a show on local radio. Nervously then I sent the file Friday morning, and on milkman hours I took my mid-morning nap.

Not only had a positive response been returned, but with it the news I was on tonight at 10pm, as would be the rota. I hadn’t expected it all to sprint like that, and now, I’m the DJ of a show called Ska-ing the West Country, so please tune in every Friday. If you cannot make it, a podcast becomes available the very next morning, least it did the first time.

In the show, sprinkled with my unamusing clips, you’ll find a selection of the finest ska, reggae and rock steady, but I’m not ruling out playing tunes which vaguely relate. So, anything mod-rock, soul, blues, will be slid in, and offering other Caribbean styles from mento to soca; perhaps the latter will have to wait until it’s a bit warmer! I also have the advantage of mentioning devizine, plus any local bands and acts which suit the criteria, and will run through related local events straight off the Devizine calendar.

I’m delighted Geoff has allowed me the freedom to do this how I’d like to, and I was immediately welcomed into an international “family” of ska aficionados. I’d like to thank them all for their messages and comments of approval, seems to have gone down a storm. Only now, I need to bash on with a second show rather hastily; I’m like Ken Bruce on a sugar-rush.

So, mek sure you tune into Boot Boy radio rude boys and girls, anytime, especially on Friday nights from 10pm! And, I’ll add links to the podcasts below.

Ska-ing The Westcountry Show 6th Show: 22nd March 2019; click to download podcast!



Ska-ing The Westcountry Show 6th Show: 15th March 2019; click to download podcast!

I pretend I’m Robin Williams, quote fairy tales with a skinhead twist, and generally piss about. Meanwhile there’s some serious tunage; from the likes of Reel Big Fish, Stretch Armstrong , The Specials, The Delegators, The Upsetters, Ansel Collins, Skatalites, The Beat, The Upstarts, and many more.
Plus of course, it’d be no show without Ya Freshness & The Big Boss Band.
Local tracks from Boom Boom Racoon, The Delegators Little Geneva, Jon Amor and Subject A.
And I ride the wayback like Mr Peabody and journey to a time of the earliest ska recordings and pre-ska Jamaican Rnb and doo-wap.



Ska-ing The Westcountry Show 5th Show: 8th March 2019; click to download podcast!


Ska-ing The Westcountry Show 4th Show: 1st March 2019; click to download podcast!


Ska-ing The Westcountry Show 3rd Show: 22nd Feb 2019; click to download podcast!


Ska-ing The Westcountry Show 2nd Show, 15th Feb 2019; click to download podcast!




Ska-ing The Westcountry Show 1st Show, 8th Feb 2019; click to download podcast


The Show Track Listings:


Sun is Shining – Bob Marley & The Wailers
The Ska – Jackie Estick
Keep on Dreaming – The Cherry Pies
What a Weeping – Lauren Aitken
Carry go Bring Come – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
Your Wife & Mother – The Virtues & The Ambassadors
Last Time – The Sensations
Trouble in Here – The Frightnrs
Hold me Tight – Johnny Nash
Hound Dog – Diane Lawrence
Kingston Town – Lord Creator
Blessings of Love – Alton Ellis & The Flames
Jackpot – English Beat
My Sharona – Skaos
Rebell Yell – Ya Freshness & The Big Boss Band
Ghetto Organ – Jackie Mittoo
Don’t Let me Down – Marcia Griffiths
It Mek – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Airbus – Boom Boom Racoon
You are the Void – 2000 Tons of TNT
Train Tour to Rainbow City – The Pyramids
Do I Love You – Frank Wilson
Puss in a Bag – Lee Scratch Perry & The Soulettes
Koo Koo Do – Stranger Cole, Leon Owen & The Baba Brooks Band
Get Up Edina – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Storm Warning – Lyn Taitt & his Comets
I Won’t Let You Go – Keith & Ken
Artibella – Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole
Silver Dollar – Tommy McCook & The Skatalites
Renegade – The Zodiacs
Jet 707 – Prince Buster Allstars
Gangsters – The Specials
Blazing Fire – The Dualers
Inner London Violence – Bad Manners
The Feeling Gone – The Appolinaires
Change – The Erin Bardwell Collective
Is This Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers (Sam Redmore’s acoustic takedown)
Looking for Real Love – Hollie Cook


Show 2

Little Child Running Wild – Curtis Mayfield
Miss Fortune – Dave’s Big Deluxe
Spy’s world – Court Jester’s Crew
Come Dancing – Skarsoles
Don’t Darken my Door – The Tremor Tones
Driving in My Car – Madness
Right the Wrong – Fabulous Lolo & King Kong Girio
Hungry Heart – Bluebeaters
Del Gago – The Jay Boys
Be My Baby – Ruth Augilera
Mr A – Le Birrette
Feel so Lonesome – The Three Tops
You’re Gonna Need Me – Errol Dunkley
Cry for Another – Claude Fontaine
Silent River (Runs Deep) – Gaylads
All my Tears – Alton Ellis
Just Tell Me –The Maytals
Cherry oh Baby – Eric Donaldson
Breakfast in Bed – Lorna Bennett
Gonna Make Time – Frightnrs
Everything I Own – Ken Boothe
Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon
Piece of my Heart – Mahalia Saunders
The Tracks of my Tears – Pat Kelly
It Must be Love – Madness
Can’t Get Used to Losing You – English Beat
Special Brew – Bad Manners
All My Loving – Prince Buster
Baby I Love You – Carl Dawkins
The Tide is High – The Paragons
Darling Patricia – Owen Gray
You Belong to my Heart – Lord Tanamo
Teardrops Falling – The Verstaliles
My Conversation – The Uniques
It Hurts to Be Alone – The Wailing Wailers
Beautiful – Hepcat
Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
We Know – Knaty P
Urban Lions – Forward to the Sound

Show 3:

Mama No Want No Rice and Peas – Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians
Suikinkutsu – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Lord Comic & The Cowboys – Ska-ing West
Let George Do It – Don Drummond
Rough and Tough – Stranger Cole
Everything Crash – Ethiopians
Barbwire – Nora Dean
Fatty Fatty – Clancy Eccles
Burnette – Derrick & Patsy
Phoenix City – Roland Alphonso
I Can’t Do the Ska – The Zodiacs
Girls Town Ska – Baba Brooks Band
Bored Reality – Skabrot
Susan, Never Never Wrong – Skanxters
Silent River Runs Deep – Lollipop Lorry
Heatwave – Pama International
The Ska’s the Limit – The Bees
Pecklings – Ballistic Brothers
Skanking in the Way of Control – DJ Shepdog
Mentally Ska’d – Stop Experience
Prophecy Reveal – Ballistic Brothers (45 Disco Mix)
Ska Train – Beatmasters
Ska, Ska, Ska – Dirty Dubsters
This is Ska – Queen Vs Bad Manners
We Don’t Care – Audio Bullys
Push -Salt n Peppa Vs Skatalites
Bonanza Ska – Carlos Malcom
Broadway Jungle – Toots & the Maytals
Night Boat to Cairo – Madness
Ghost-Busters -Mustard Plug
What is Love? – Skameleon
Two Tone Party – Skaterrestres
Russian Ska – The Ventilators
Boys Don’t Cry – Alpha Boy’s School
Little Bitch – The Specials
Too Much Pressure – The Selecter
Open the Gate – The Emeterians
Underneath it All – No Doubt feat. Lady Saw
The Flintstones – Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Show 4

Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow – Jimmy Cliff
RGV – Liquidizer Sound
Gimmie some Juice – King Hammond
Guns Don’t Argue – Koncrete Roots
Al Capone – Prince Buster
Atlas – Val Bennet & his selected Group
Ska Almighty – Roy Ellis
Delegators – Minus One
Burnt Toast & Black Coffee – The Prize Fighters
Monkey Man – Toots & Maytals
Fat Guys Revolt – Model Citizen
Get Lost – Jankfoot
The First Date – Luke Skawalker
Proud – Flying Racoon Suit
Pink Armadillo – The Soulutions
Ignorance is Strength – Bolshy
Night Bus to Highworth – Erin Bardwell Collective
Low Profile – Marina & The Radiators
Easy Groovin – The Delirians
The Ten Commandments of I, Geoff Longbar – Geoff Longbar & Ya Freshness
V’s Version -UB40
A Version I can Feel with Love – Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators
Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth
Cockney Translation – Smiley Culture
Girlie Girlie – Sophia George
Reggae Fi Peach – Linton Kwesi Johnson
Herb Man Dub – The Skatalites
Manifesto Ska Jazz – Dub Manifesto feat Patagonia Dub
Belly Ska Dub – Mungo’s Hi-fi & MC Ishu
Sir Niney’s Rock – The Observers
Lonely Dub – Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation
Skarada Dub – Toyko Ska Paradise Orchestra
The Soul Train – The Upsessions
One in Ten (astrop version) Ali Cambell, Astro & Mickey
Our Heartbeat – Mayyadda

Show 5

Embarrassment – Madness
Happy Birthday – Altered Images
Happy Birthday Ska – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
This is England – Ya Freshness & the Big Boss Band
Snoopy Versus the Red Baron – Hot Shots!
Guns of Navarone – The Skatalites
Next Door Neighbour – Owen & Leon Silvera
Congo War – Lord Brynner
Tom Hark – The Piranhas
Sally Brown – Bad Manners
Do the Dog – The Specials
King Arthur – The Skanxters
Mars Rover – The Prizefighters
El Bang Bang – Jackie Mittoo & the Skatalites
Pink Panther Theme – Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Im Gonna Be – Spunge
Ali Skaba The Soulutions
Mayday – Citrus Circuit
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson/Black Market
My Favourite Heart to Break – The Fabulous Lolo Meets King Kong Girio
Cuban Missile – King Hammond
I Didn’t Mean to Break Your Heart – The Delegators
No Illusion AKA Skafusion – Liquidizer Sound
Elevate – Dreadzone
But I Feel Good – Groove Armada
Time – Easy Star All-Stars feat Ranking Joe
Tyler – Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey
Arrival – Knatty P, RDK & The Disciples
All Night – Damien Marley
Garden of Love – Don Drummond
Chatty Chatty Woman – Amos Clarke
What a Fire – The Ethiopians
Jump Around – House of Pain (Maars Reggae Re-Fix)
Move It – Balkan Beat Box
Follow the Herd – Rocky Leon
Tomorrow People – Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers

Show 6

Brown Eyed Girl -Reel Big Fish
Borisoglebska – Stretch Armstrong
Heist! – Boom Boom Racoon
One Beat Behind – A Fish Called Bastard
Skankin Joe – Be Like Max
Skamouth – Ya Freshness & The Big Boss Band
A Message to You Rudy – The Specials
Crying – The Delegators
Key to Love – Little Geneva
Pied Piper – The Decatonics
Wildcat -The Upsetters
Just One Little Girl – The Four Aces
Kansas City – Joya Landis
I Shall Sing – Judy Mowatt
Nuclear Weapon – Ansel Collins
Tears of a Clown – The Beat
Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna
Rapunzel – The Skluttz
Carry This Load – The Upstarts
Skies Are Blue – Pama International
Be My Guest – Fats Domino
Twist Baby – Owen Gray
I’ll Go – Derrick Harriott
Downbeat Special – Rolando Alphonso & His Group
I Love My Teacher – Chuck & Dobby
Are You Mine? – The Echoes Celestials
It’s Raining – R Willis
One Cup of Coffee – Bob Marley
Brother David – Laurel Aitken
If I Didn’t Love You – Eric “Monty” Morris
Six and Seven Book of Moses – The Maytals
The Hop – Derrick Morgan
Simmer Down – The Wailers
Honky Tonk Ska – Granville Williams
Hey Bartender! – Laurel Aitken
Roll on Sweet Don – Don Drummond
Now You Want to Cry – Prince Buster & The Charmers
Nite Life – Subject A
Outback Dub – The Skatalites
Red Telephone – Jon Amor

Show 7

The Strong Man – The Willie Marshall Band feat Kass
Nuclear Weapon – Ansel Collins
Double Barrel – Dave & Ansel Collins
Draw Your Brakes – Scotty
Biafra – Rico Rodriguez with The Rudies
Wreck a Buddy – The Soul Sisters
Cool Hand Luke – King Cannon
Another Scorcher – The Tennors
Brixton Rocket – The Rudies
54-46 (That’s My Number) – Toots & The Maytals
Run – The Kingstons
The Trojan March – Lord Skaman & The Magnificent 7
Easy Loving – King Hammond
Always Something There to Remind Me – Rude Boy George
Apollo 11 – The Punchers
Morning Sun – Al Barry & The Cimerons
Staccato – Ansel Collins
Pied Piper – Marcia Griffiths & Bob Andy
Loving Reggae – The Maytones
Reggae in Your Jeggae – Dandy
Watch This Sound (For What It’s Worth) – The Uniques
Pressure Drop – Toots & The Maytals
Standards – The Decatonics
The Sun and the Rain – Madness
Millions Like Us – Purple Hearts
Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
On My Radio – The Selecter
Stay with him JJ – The Pyramids
Destiny – The Wailers
Gruma – King Scratch & the Dynamites
Madness – Prince Buster
Confucious – Don Drummond
Popeye Ska – Granville Williams Orchestra
Don’t Hold Me Back – Cosmic Shuffling
You Wish Me Bad – The Spanishtonians
Baby Come Back – The Equals
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Party Like It’s…
Rock with You – Michael Jackson/Black Market
My Reward – Desmond Dekker
Paparazzi – Stranger Cole & The Steady Tones
Rocksteady Rub – Erin Bardwell Collective