Thursday, September 8, 2022

Skavoovie & The Epitones Release Back Catalogue with Bonus Tracks!

Members of the band are dressed in suits and pork pie hats, and strike cool poses for the camera.
(by Steve Shafer)

If you missed Ken Partridge's recent profile of Skavoovie & The Epitones, stop and go read it now. It's the best piece ever written about the band (I should know--I used to read and compile all of Skavoovie & The Epitones' press clippings during my Moon days).

But the big news is that on September 14 Skavoovie & The Epitones are re-issuing their brilliant 1995 debut album Fat Footin' in the digital realm (Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify) and are including two bonus tracks: a cover of The Skatalites classic “Beardman Ska” and an alternate version of their track “Riverboat" (both of which I think are from their 1996 Moon vinyl single).

Then in January 2023, they're releasing their sublime sophomore album Ripe (with bonus tracks), followed later in the year by a brand new compilation of live and rare cuts. And that's not all--there are plans in the works to press a 7" vinyl single featuring an unreleased live version of "Nut Monkey" b/w "9 Dragons." "Nut Monkey" cemented my love of Skavoovie & The Epitones--back in the day I was thrilled to feature this song on the first Skarmageddon comp I produced in 1994.

If you didn't know Skavoovie & The Epitones then, you need to know them now.

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(Also, subscribe to Partridge's Hell of a Hat substack feed for more long-reads about '90s era ska acts.)

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