Sex Slaves

Like virtually all the third wave ska bands, Two Tone may have provided Inspecter 7's initial impetus, but the band had already moved far beyond the British movement's own refracted take on Ska. And while the vocals owe much to the Two Toners, the brass section is taking its cues from the originators, the Skatalites themselves. Unlike that legendary Jamaican group, however, individual Inspecters don't vie for listener's attentions, preferring to arrange their songs so each horn player has the opportunity to shine, with the set's short, sharp numbers boasting wonderfully smooth trade-offs between soloists. The Inspecters are marvelously clean and tight. But what truly sets the group apart are the unexpected elements they throw into their fast-paced jazzy mix, not least of all keyboards that love to careen Madness fashion across the more frenetic numbers; a checkerboard sound further solidified by razor-sharp riffing. However, guitarist Tim Predator Boyce also offers up some superbly surfy guitar leads à la Ernest Ranglin, most spectacularly on the instrumentals "Spy Front" and "Cookin'," and the shift between his solos and the jazz-fired brass passages is irresistible and particularly unique. High-energy songs, superb musicianship, excellent arrangements, and enthusiastic vocals bring three continents colliding, and the resultant tsunami is third wave at its best.

On their second album, Banished to Bogeyland, Inspecter 7 wallow in the seamier side of life, their subject matter concerning substance abuse, mass murderers and venereal disease, in addition to the standard breakup laments. Still, this being ska, the darkness is more cartoonish than haunting. The album also contains re-recordings of two songs that appeared on a 7" split with the Skoidats ("Asbury Park" and "Junior Guzzler").

Giuseppe Mancini - Vocals and Noise Toys
The Lovely Miss Stephanie - Keyboards
The Skootch - Tenor Saxophone
Imran - Alto Sax
Tedford - Tombone
T. Dog the Sinister Minister - Vocals
Jay Boxcar - Drums
3-Toed Skat - Bass
Tim Predator Boyce - Guitar


The Infamous - Rad 70017

1. The Infamous
2. Regret
3. Sharky 17
4. Brother Vs. Brother
5. Spy Front
6. Hub City Stompers
7. Cookin'
8. Channel 7
9. Agent 86
10. Big Slices
11. Popeye
12. Sleeping With The Enemy
13. See Ya
14. Melodie D'Amour
15. The Shape


Banished To Bogeyland - Rad 66627

1. The Game
2. Purgatory
3. Regret II
4. Asbury Park
5. Train Song
6. Molotov Cocktail
7. Junior Guzzler
8. Afro-Blue
9. Quick Work
10. Skootchie's Ruin
11. Reshape
12. Beyond Recognition
13. Banished To Bogeyland

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