The Skapones Soundoff Podcasts
EPISODE 22 - AN ODE TO A SWINGING CAT

EPISODE 22 - AN ODE TO A SWINGING CAT

June 11, 2021

Willo from The Skapones is joined by 2Tone member and virtuoso from The Swinging Cats, Mr Paul Heskett the most unique of the 2Tone bands.

Reminiscing about his times in the band, his time as part of The Specials and life on the road with music from the Swinging Cats, The Specials and more PLUS!

hear a clip of a long lost track called "Greek Tragedy" a 2Tone min megaband soon to see the light of day!

EPISODE 21 - FAMILY ALBUMS PART 3 - BAD MANNERS

EPISODE 21 - FAMILY ALBUMS PART 3 - BAD MANNERS

May 14, 2021

Willo from The Skapones is joined tonight by co-founding member of UK ska legends Bad Manners and original guitarist and songwriter Louis Alphonso and also Andy Laidlaw of Big Fat Panda, Edinburgh's top ska outfit. Tonight's Family albums takes a look at the first 2 Bad Manners albums " Ska'n'B" and "Loonee Tunes"

Plenty of great anecdotes from Louis, chat and stories with music from The Skapones and of course the incomparable Bad Manners 

 

Was Ne Ne Na Na Na Nu Nu written by a 1 year old? Tune in!

EPISODE 20 -  FAMILY ALBUMS 2 -  MADNESS

EPISODE 20 - FAMILY ALBUMS 2 - MADNESS

May 7, 2021

Another top pod in store here as Willo from The Skapones is in conversation with nutty legend Chris Foreman of Madness and Jon Young from the Madness Information Service to talk about the first 2 Madness albums "One Step Beyond" and "Absolutely" and more nutty based things.

Music from The Skapones  and of course MADNESS!

 

 

 

EPISODE 19 - FAMILY ALBUMS 1 - THE SPECIALS

EPISODE 19 - FAMILY ALBUMS 1 - THE SPECIALS

April 9, 2021

An epic podcast on this episode as Willo and Mark Wilson of The Skapones are joined by the talented Erin Bardwell, of The Erin Bardwell Collective, The Skanxters, The More Specials as they discuss the merits of the first two albums by The Specials.

Music of course from The Specials

What did Erin's uncle do when "Pearls Cafe" blasted out at a family get together? 

 

EPISODE 18 - ” A KINGSIZED READ “

EPISODE 18 - ” A KINGSIZED READ “

April 2, 2021

Join Willo from The Skapones as he chats with the multi talented, multi-instrumentalist musician Mr Jon Read. Jon has spent all his life in and around the UK ska scene as well as having some real highlights moments with his own bands away from the scene. They talk about all things Specials with Jon being a trumpet player for the band, the Leicester scene and his current project Project Blackbird- all topped off with some great tunes.

 

Can you guess which legends he's played with? Tune in and find out...

EPISODE 17 - CREW OF TRAITORS

EPISODE 17 - CREW OF TRAITORS

March 19, 2021

Join Willo from The Skapones as he delves into conversation across the pond to Detroit USA to chat with Eric Abbey from J.Navarro & The Traitors, the Detroit Riddim Crew , formerly of Superdot and more as they discuss music, music, more music , a love for the offbeat and ting!

 

What's the best way to hear Reggae? Eric will tell you...

EPISODE 16 -  GUILTY TIL PROVED INNOCENT

EPISODE 16 - GUILTY TIL PROVED INNOCENT

March 12, 2021

This week Willo from The Skapones is joined from the USA by ADAM BIRCH formerly of the Laurel Aitken Band, Skaboom (Leicester), and The Specials who is joined by producer/writer Stoker , formerly of Dexys Midnight Runners and General Public and Bobby Rubin pops in with them to chat about their new album. 

Music from Birch & Stoker, The Specials, General Public, Adam Birch & The Vershons, and of course The Skapones.

 

Did Adam really join 2Tone band The Apollinaires aged 13? 

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EPISODE 15 - SAY THE MAGIC WORD- “BIMSKALASKATELLITE!”

EPISODE 15 - SAY THE MAGIC WORD- “BIMSKALASKATELLITE!”

March 5, 2021

Join Willo from The Skapones as he chats the usual shit with two huge names in ska music, Dan Vitale of USA legends Bim Skala Bim and Ken Stewart of ska music founding fathers The Skatellites. From their beach front spot in Bastimentos,Panama to Willo's cold dark room in a cold north east England hear about how life is for the guys at the moment, hear tunes from both bands including one from the forthcoming brand new Bim Skala Bim album "Sonic Tonic".

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPISODE 14 -WHY HAVE YOU GOT THE SAME ALBUM 17 TIMES?

EPISODE 14 -WHY HAVE YOU GOT THE SAME ALBUM 17 TIMES?

February 26, 2021

Join Willo from The Skapones and his snoring bulldog as he witters his way through his vinyl collection and tells you about his 17 versions of the first Specials album and more plus his general gush about vinyl and its relatives. Features tracks and 12 inch versions from The Specials, The Selecter,The Beat, Madness and the new Skapones single (as of 26-02-21)

 

EPISODE 13 - I AM 2TONE

EPISODE 13 - I AM 2TONE

January 29, 2021

Todays episode sees Willo from The Skapones deliberating about the legacy of 2Tone,that delightful little label from the midlands and creator of the last true great youth movement on a massive scale. With added contributions from friends who reflect on their 2Tone affiliations  and lots of 2Tone related tunes. 

Yes, that noise in the background is a loud fridge lol... 

 

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