Two hard hitting undisputed heavyweight champion Lords Of The Skank combine for us in The Dublin Castle on Friday 12th December for what will be the ska and rudeboy reggae Christmas Party of the year. So we say Fuck Off Christmas, but grab yer gal and put yer dancing shoes on.
King Hammond is Grammy award winning musician Nick Welsh. From early beginnings rocking the bass with Bad Manners, Nick moved on to do likewise for The Selecter, and went on to work with some of the genre’s legendary artists like Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Rico Rodriguez, Dave Barker, Judge Dread, Lee Perry- and in 2002 won a Grammy award for his work on Scratch’s “Jamaican ET” album.
His other writing & production collaborations have included the classic 1989 hit single “This Is Ska” with Longsy D”, former Bodysnatchers/Special AKA singer Rhoda Dakar’s albums “Cleaning In Another Woman’s Kitchen” and “Back To The Garage”
and as a founder member of acoustic ‘supergroup’ 3 Men & Black alongside Jake Burns (SLF), J.J.Burnel (The Stranglers), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), Dave Wakeling (The Beat), Roddy Radiation (The Specials), Eric Faulkner (Bay City Rollers)
and Pauline Black (The Selecter) plus he produced the bands’ only album “Acoustic”.
What is not so well known is the Ska & Reggae music he has produced for TV (Peep Show, The Osbournes, Ugly Betty, LA Ink, Malcolm In The Middle, Desperate Housewives, Pimp My Ride, My Super Sweet 16, Date My Mum)
Computer games (Smackdown Vs Raw, Day Of Reckoning) and films (Domino, The Magic Roundabout)
Nick began the King Hammond project in 1987 and in 1989 the debut King Hammond album “Revolution 70″ was released on Bluebeat Records.
After 15 years in The Selecter Nick left the band in 2006 to form Skaville UK with fellow Grammy winner Drummer Al Fletcher. So far they have released 3 albums “1973″, “Decadent!” and “Devil Beat” but in 2010 Nick decided to take a ‘Skabbatical’
from the band to record the first new King Hammond material in 21 years.
Within 8 weeks his ‘comeback’ album “The King and I” was written, recorded and released on his own N.1. Records label.
Since then there has been 4 more superbly varied, witty, dance friendly and genial albums “Jacuzzi”, “Showbiz!”, “Dancing In The Garden Of Evil” and most recently “Hot Skin Music” and a myriad of great EPs.
There have also been vinyl only 45 collaborations with Argentina’s The Crabs Corporation (“Bring Down The Birds”) and The Sound Syndicate from Spain (“Skaville Ole”)
To celebrate 25 years since their inception Nick has put King Hammond and Skaville UK together for the first time to play some live shows. So here we are…. add former Specials and Skabilly Rebels guitar slinger Roddy Radiation (the man that brought us Rat Race, Concrete Jungle and Holiday Fortnight) into that skiddly dip whine up yo hip equation and you know we have a Yuletide treat for you tonight hotter than a Death Valley Xmas turkey stuffed with jalapenos. No wonder the tickets dem gone like hot mince pies at a collyweed smoking convention. Merry Fucking Skankmas…..