The undisputed heavyweight champion of skank-driven filth was Judge Dread. Born Alexander Minto Hughes, the late Judge holds the record for having 11 records banned in the UK.
His Big Six and Big Seven were adult nursery rhymes based on the tales of Little Boy Blue (yep, the one with the ‘horn’) and Mary, she of little lamb fame. Some skins love Dread, others find his records a bit creepy. In retrospect, the Judge’s ‘Big’ records were probably a bit tame to deserve a ban, by today's standards at least, although his later release Up With The Cock was just asking for trouble.
For other ska artists with a one-track mind check out the Trojan X-Rated box set. Oo-er!
X is also for… Xmas: Even Jamaican ska has its seasonal classics. While the Wailers (featuring Bob Marley, natch) recorded the brilliant Sound The Trumpet in 1964 (backed by The Skatalites) for our money the ultimate ska Xmas cracker has to be The Granville Williams Orchestra blasting through Santa Claus Is Ska-ing To Town. Eggnog anyone?