The Untouchables - America's first Ska Band and L.A.'s very own.

The Untouchables – In Concert At Glastonbury 1985 – Nights At The Roundtable: Mini-Concert Edition

The Untouchables - America's first Ska Band and L.A.'s very own.

The Untouchables – America’s first Ska Band and L.A.’s very own.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Untouchables – in concert at Glastonbury – 1985 -BBC 6 Music

A band very much around, but in the 1980s they were billed as America’s First Ska band. The Untouchables were from Los Angeles and had come along just at the time the Ska crazy (i.e. The Specials, Selecter, Madness etc. etc.) were hitting the charts in the UK and creating waves over here. But a homegrown scene was new, and The Untouchables, not only having the distinction of being the first of the genre in the States, but also became a highly influential band to many others, particularly in the L.A. area, to follow in their footsteps. One of the best examples is Fishbone, who did a goodly amount of tearing-it-up on their own.

Tonight it’s a concert from the 1985 Glastonbury Festival, where The Untouchables are given a wild welcome by the audience and proceed to give the rainy festival a taste of warm California Soul n’ Ska.

Only one original member is still in the group, but they’re still gigging and recording, still America’s first Ska Band.

Thought you might enjoy this little trip back in time, thanks to the ever-present BBC6 Music

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