Sunday, September 13, 2009

I Heart Unicorn (Records)

My friend John at Hoi Polloi Skazine, who has a terrific Unicorn Records discography page up on his site, has kindly posted this article I wrote back in 1998 about the UK-based label and several its many incredible releases (from such stellar acts as Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan, The Toasters, The Busters, The Deltones, The Potato 5, No Sports, and more). The history of this label is particularly significant as it provided an international home and focal point for ska after 2 Tone gave up the ghost and while the third wave ska scene found its collective sea legs (yes, there were other good ska labels at the time, particularly in the US, UK, and Germany, but none of them had such a world-wide reach and A-list roster).

The article was originally printed in The People's Ska Annual (on newsprint!) and I believe this is the first time it has been available on-line.

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