When we first had the idea to do a Ska benefit e.p. to raise money for forces’ charities, we were amazed at how easy it was to get people involved. Bad Manners legend Buster Bloodvessel was the first to sign up, and his Ska Battalion swiftly fell in behind him: P45 (then known as the Coverup), The Gonads, Jennie Bellestar, and saxophonist Joe Green, nephew of blues-rock great Peter Green.
The title track ‘Ska For Heroes’ is a medley of songs from The Somme picked and performed by Buster who turned up at the studio with a barking dog and home-made cherry pie for everyone. It was arranged by P45’s Rob Sigston.
Their singer Jack Kendall, of ITV’s Bad Lads Army fame/shame, kicked it off with a mighty “Fall in for the Ska Train!” But we still needed someone with a massive voice to belt out Rule Britannia. The great Kent comedian Dave Lee, R.I.P., suggested opera sensation Benjamin Bevan.
We were taken aback. Would Ben really want to get involved with a bunch of punks, Mods and rude-boys? For the British forces yes he would. He broke off rehearsing for the role of Sprecher in Die Zauberflote at the new Garsington Opera venue to come to South London and do his bit.
- Ska For Heroes (Medley) - Buster´s Ska Battalion
- It's A Long Way To Tipperary - written by Jack Judge
- Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kitbag - George and Felix Powell
- Keep The Home Fires Burning - Ivor Norvello/Lena Gilbert Ford
- Men Of Harlech - traditional
- Keep Right On Till The End Of The Road - Harry Lauder
- Rule Britannia - Thompson/Arne
- Arranged Rob Sigston
- Cheeky Chappy - The Gonads vs The Cover-Up (Bushell/Morrison)
- Long Ska Summer - The Gonads featuring Jennie Bellestar (Bushell)
- Far Away - Resistance 77 & Liberty Hayes
The Rangers Supporters Erskine Appeal (RSEA) was set up to help raise funds for the work of Erskine in looking after ex servicemen and women. Over £500,000 has now been raised for this most worthy of causes.
For more information visit the RSEA website at www.rsea.org.uk
The recording costs of the title track 'Ska For Heroes' was covered by the RSEA - Massive THANKS to Tom Clark & Murray Roxburgh.