Los Angeles Ska and Soul legends The Untouchables have recorded a song exclusively for The Specialized Project. This great Ska version of Hooked on a Feeling will be avaliable from our Bandcamp page later this year.
We’ll be streaming a special Untouchables night that will include interviews, old footage on the premier of Hooked on a Feeling by The Untouchables
Formed in 1981 amid the burgeoning Los Angeles mid/ska scene. The Untouchables achieved international renown with the single Free Yourself, which was not only the beginning of a new West Coast Ska scene in the US but also sparked a brief resurgence in ska here in the UK.
The Untouchables signed to Madness’s label Stiff Records and employed The Specials founder Jerry Dammers to produce their 2nd UK release “I spy the FBI”. International tours followed and the band cemented their status as the new vanguard of post two tone ska Their logo of the kicking ska man is band founder Clyde Grimes, who’s image has since become an iconic symbol. They released the critically acclaimed “Wild Child” album and have been in and out of the scene ever since.
This year The Untouchables have recorded a song exclusively for The Specialized Project.
“Hooked on a Feeling” is a 1968 pop song about unrequited love, written by Mark James and originally performed by B.J. Thomas. Thomas’s version featured the sound of the electric sitar (played by Reggie Young) and reached No. 5 in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been recorded by many other artists, including Blue Swede, whose version reached No. 1 in the United States in 1974