Most of you who read this site know that we've got some mad love for ska, especially the stuff born out of the original 2 Tone era. Many folks forget that No Doubt's early roots stem pretty heavily from ska and 2 Tone - think late 80's/very early 90's No Doubt.
A new bootleg 45 titled No Doubt, The Ska EP, pays homage to the ska side of the band.
The EP features three live covers on the first side; Ghost Town by The Specials, Racist Friend by The Special AKA and Guns Of Navarone by The Skatalites.
The flip side contains two original, out of print, Moon Ska studio tracks; the excellent Up Yours and Everything's Wrong.
The release is limited to 500 copies and comes in a mock 2 Tone style sleeve. Vinyl is colored, we've got grey, but we hear there are other colors out there.
No Doubt, The Ska EP is the third in a series of bootleg 45's focusing on mainstream artists getting their ska on - Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen make up the first two.
We love this release for two reasons. It reminds us of the old school No Doubt days and it sheds a little light back on the original Moon Ska era.
Check out a live version of Up Yours from No doubt's debut record release party back in 1992 - classic clip featuring Gwen in a Snow White outfit.