May 17, 2015 – 3:26 pm

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Venice, CA 2014 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Venice Beach Music Festival, Windward Plaza Park, Venice, CA; August 23, 2014. Very good audience recording.

“Mods who played ska music,” The Untouchables are credited with being America’s first ska band.

From The Untouchables’ Facebook page:

In the beginning there were only a few of us, we would dress up in our vintage mohair suits, sit around in local cafes and talk about how great it would be if the entire city were full of mods and modettes, rude boys and rude girls. The clubs would be filled with sweaty dancers and their parking lots with shiny scooters… This year was the summer of 1980. We didn’t realize that by 1981 we’d be in the middle of our dream come true. All of a sudden there were hundreds of us everywhere. MODS ARE GO…

Their first full-length LP came in 1985 - Wild Child. Interestingly enough, Wild Child - the song - was written by Tony Rugolo, lead singer of The Question, and was intended for The Question’s own LP which - for various reasons - never saw the light of day. So, UTs stole, borrowed, grabbed, bought (depending on who you talk to) the song from Tony and it became the title track as well as one of their best live numbers… The Untouchables were the impetus for bands such as Fishbone, and later for numerous California ska acts like (early, early, early) No Doubt, Donkey Show, Skeletones and Let’s Go Bowling.

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Thanks to ijwthstd for sharing the show at Dime.

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Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Be Alright 5:30 (9.2MB)
Track 02. (I Spy For The) FBI 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 03. Johnny 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 04. Live & Let Dance 2:03 (3.5MB)
Track 05. Mandingo 2:55 (4.9MB)
Track 06. Twist ‘N’ Shake 1:29 (2.5MB)
Track 07. Whiplash 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 08. Soul Together 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 09. What’s Gone Wrong 12:09 (20.4MB)
Track 10. Free Yourself 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 11. Wild Child 7:10 (12.0MB)
54 mins

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  1. 3 Responses to “THE UNTOUCHABLES - VENICE, CA 2014”

  2. What a great surprise, thank you! Curious to hear this as their Live and Let Dance EP in 1984 was exceptional–and, unfortunately, it seems never issued to CD.

    By Formosa Coweater on May 17, 2015

  3. Thanks for the show. Brings back old memories when they first came around

    By natel nawami on May 18, 2015

  4. @Formosa: Live and Let Dance was great!

    By natel nawami on May 18, 2015

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