Like so many other off-shoots of seventies British punk, 2-Tone-style ska migrated to sunny southern California, where it incubated for well over a decade until getting re-unleashed into the post-grunge cultural void.
One of the earliest exponents of this sun-soaked ska was L.A.'s The Untouchables, whose dynamite cover of old sixties soul obscurity "I Spy for the FBI" marked them as closer to The English Beat than The Specials. The band signed to Stiff Records and made a bit of a splash (including appearing in Alex Cox's film, Repo Man!) but never quite broke through to a wider audience. (But thankfully friends like Mr. Suave and Marco never forget!)
1990's Decade of Dance shows the band ripping through a mighty set of their best pop-mod-ska-soul-punk stuff. Enjoy!
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