Weekends were invented for ska. Croissants on the balcony; orange juice, and the Review sections of the Saturday, Sunday papers. A large cafetière of strong, black coffee – if you smoke: Gitanes, lit by match, not lighter – and strutting from the stereo, reams of reams of ’60’s Jamaican ska.
My current abode inexplicably lacks any form of verandah or roof terrace – but no matter; the weather in this part of the world is reliably grim, whilst the neighbours are simply frightful. Instead, I’ll play the below track at top volume, and hang out the window with the coffee and the croissants and the relentless rain.
Your first encounter with “The Tide is High” is probably the version that bounced to #1 in the hit parade in 1980 – Blondie at their most pedestrian (if you first met the Atomic Kitten version, there’s little hope for you). However, the original (and in my humble opinion, easily the best) arrived courtesy of Kingston band The Paragons, released in 1967, and dripping with sunny, laid-back swagger.