Archive for the ‘Ska’ Category

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Andy McCaroll and Moral Support

June 2, 2006

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Coming out of Northern Ireland, Andy McCaroll and Moral Support made a little splash with a new-wave Christian album in 1980. Well ahead of it's time, Zionic Bonds draws on such influences as The Police and The Clash to present a sound that is both melodic and raw. "living a lie" is about prejudice, drawing specific inspiration form religious strife in the artist's homeland. "How the Kids Are Feeling" is a driving song about the confusion of adolenscence, made more complicated by having "parents who need Jesus." Other topics include abortion ("I Am Human" – sung from the perspective of a fetus) and the hope for world peace ("20th century").

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Ishmael United

June 2, 2006

Ishmael.jpgThe many incarnations of Ishmael were all projects of the zany British rocker Ian Smale, who adopted that stage name in the eary 70's. Ishmael and Andy were a duo consisting of Smale and Andy Piercy (who later fronted After the Fire, best known to Americans for their 80's hit "Der Komissar").

Ishmael United's album "If You Can't Shout Saved!" broke boundaries, especially in the United States (where it was released on StarSong). CCM regard it as "the first new-wave Christian record", prefiguring the work of David Edwards, Steve Taylor and Sheila Walsh. The band takes a sarcastic look at smug Christian attitudes in songs delivered with raw power.

Similar artist : The Specials 

www.ishmael.org.uk

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