The first recording the readymen actually released was (as with most
bands) a DIY demo tape. A year or so later, they were on one side of
a split 12" with a canadian hardcore band called The Chitz. Neither
of those is avaliable anymore. Currently, The Readymen have two CDs
out and a 7". They've also got songs on a bunch of comps. I've
just (as of 02/23/03) replaced the severely damaged RealAudio samples
with low bitrate MP3's - you can actually hear the songs, now! And there's
at least one complete song from every Readymen release here for your
listening pleasure. Check them out!
Anytime the album cover is a link (if it's got a colored border around
it) you can click on it to see a larger version of it.
this stuff was made in such a small quantity, it's nearly
impossible to find.
The first recording The Readymen made is absolutely unavaliable - A 4
track recording containing 6 songs. When they recorded it, they hadn't
been together very long, and several of the songs weren't even in their
final stages yet. The songs were Time Bomb, That's Right, Nah Nah (which
eventually became Old Days), Spineless, Out on a Limb (later to be rewritten
as Waste Away) and After Dark.
This split LP featured The Readymen on one
side, and a Canadian hardcore band called The Chitz on the other.
It was recorded in Canada in 1994, and only 511 of them were pressed
(and only about 250 of those made it to the US) - if you've got
one of these, take very good care of it. To make the sleeves,
they went to second hand stores, bought old records, turned the
sleeves inside-out and screened the graphics on by hand. Although
this is unavaliable, some tracks from it have been released on
the new JumpStart Records release, Discography.
I'm pretty sure this stuff is all out of print, but you may be able
to find a used copy out there someplace.
Show Hall Bound is their first CD, recoded
in '95. It was originally released on Mr. White Records, and
then on Kingpin. 13 studio tracks and two rockin' live tracks.
Out of print, but some of the best tracks are on the new Discography
Factory was recorded in '96, but soon after
recording it, Solomon (the Bassist) left the band to pursue
a career in video game testing. For a while they considered
breaking up completely, then tentatively re-formed with a new
name, "The Shot-Downs". When they finally decided
to officially reassemble the Readymen (with J.P.'s brother,
Alex playing Bass), Michael Liu of Illumination Records breathed
a sigh of relief and released the album in '98. This transparent
green vinyl has three songs on it, and is the last recording
made with Sol on bass. Out of print.
Restless is the band's second CD, and in
my opinion, it kicks Show Hall Bound's butt. This is the first
release to feature Alex on Bass. Released slightly behind schedule
in early '98 on Kingpin Records. I don't know if Kingpin is
still out there, but there are copies out there on Amazon.com
and other places as well.
As of this writing, this stuff is in current release, and you should
have very little trouble finding it.
"Discography" was released in 2005 by Jump
Start records, and contains some of their best tracks -
it's really a sort of "The Best Of" album, featuring
all of the songs they recorded before Restless, including stuff
from the Chitz split, the factory 7", and Show Hall Bound
(all out of print now). Well worth a look.
The Readymen also have songs on some of the finest Ska/Punk Comps,
Check 'em out!
This Aren't Two Tone, on Too Hep records.
This album doesn't seem to be avaliable anymore, I can't find
any info about it. Anyone have info (like a cover scan) let
me know. Thanks.
Dillinquents, available from Dill
Records, is a two volume compilation with 39 bands on it,
including The Readymen on Disc 2.
Punk Goes Ska is a comp from Stiff Dog Records featuring
(besides The Readymen) Cousin Oliver, Save Ferris, Link
80, Five Iron Frenzy and others, 28 songs in all. I'm not
sure if this is still avaliable, you can try to e-mail
Skanarchy III, released on Moon Records.
23 tracks, including bands like Easy Big Fella, Supermarket
All-Stars, Against All Authority, Skoi!dats, and many more.
This one is avaliable all over the place, I happened to find
it at Elevator Music.
Ska from Bigfoot Country has 22 tracks - also featured
are Franceska, Two Tonne Bowlers, Easy Big Fella, Cherry
Poppin' Daddies Engine 54, and many more. Avaliable from
Start Records' 2 Sugar Sampler, Vol. 2 - 26 songs featuring
Belvedere, Smackin Isaiah, The Commercials, Fonzie, Deville,
M-80, No On 15, and more.
Any more comps?
If you know a comp that isn't listed here, let
me know, I'd appreciate it.
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