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The Pioneers were a Jamaican vocal trio beloved by British skinheads.
The band’s greatest moment on record was Long Shot Kick De Bucket, an essential record in any skinhead’s collection. The Specials covered the song live and released a killer version on their The Special AKA Live! EP in 1980.
By the way, Long Shot was a race horse. Apparently, the poor old nag died running its 203rd race… hence the ‘kick the bucket’ reference. The Pioneers, by way of contrast, are still going strong.
P is also for… Policeman: Not to be confused with the Scottish mob, in this case The Silencers were San Francisco’s finest Rancid in disguise. Policeman is a particularly potent slab of Two-Tone era inspired ska.