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Wild Child

The Untouchables

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IIn the mid-'80s in Southern California, the Untouchables almost single-handedly spearheaded the ska revival movement. Taking their cue from English bands like the Jam and the Specials, the eight-piece Untouchables also brought in strains of Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, the Skatalites and Madness into the mix, eventually landing themselves a deal with British label Stiff Records. Wild Child, the Untouchables' second album, had already been reissued on CD with bonus tracks before this disc came out in 2002. This is the preferable edition for hardcore fans, though, because in addition to containing all of the bonus tracks on the prior Wild Child CD, it has several more songs. In fact, it contains all of the material they recorded for Stiff — the album Wild Child itself, B-sides, the 7" version of "Free Yourself," the long version of "What's Gone Wrong," and the live version of "Stepping Stone" from the Dance Party EP. There's also a previously unreleased song, "My Kind of Girl." Taken altogether, it still doesn't mean that the group was anything more than a competent, eclectic ska-rock band, but this era of their career will almost certainly never be more fully documented. ~ Richie Unterberger & Cub Koda, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 1984

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An early West Coast ska band which mixed R&B covers with reggae rhythms and recorded with England's Stiff Records, the Untouchables debuted in 1984 with Live & Let Dance. The group comprised of vocalist Chuck Askerneese, guitarist and vocalist Clyde Grimes, bassist Derek Breakfield, keyboard player Brewster, and an alternating crew of percussionists and horn players. They recorded Wild Child in 1985 but after the 1986 EP Dance Party, the Untouchables were silent for several...
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