[Part five of the New Music from the Past 30 Years series]
We’ve hit Friday, and I was thinking a little about weekend music. This brought me immediately to the Dead 60s.
Unlike the other bands I’ve written about in this series – all of whom are still creating music and have been around a long time – the Dead 60s put out their first album only a few short years ago and have already broken up.
But their first album – Dead 60s – which someone recommended on the Joe Jackson list to which I belong, hit me right between the eyes. It is a faithful throwback to early 80s Coventry beat ska with abrupt, from the guts vocals and punk attitude.
They stuck around for one more album – Time to Take Sides – which, to me, lost a little of the attitude, but still delivered on some great alt-rock.
Check out “Riot Radio” here.
The fisheye lens on the video is kind of off-putting, but if you can avert your eyes and just check out the song, I think “Riot Radio” is a great weekend kick-off song and an excellent entry point into their first album.
Meanwhile, the video for “Ghostfaced Killer” could have come right off any Specials album. And the video is truer to the feel of the band…