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The Donkey Show

Kym Clift: Vocals | Ray Campbell: Vocals | Dave Hillyard: Saxophone | Stanley Farwell: Trombone | Rob Dominguez: Percussion | Matt Parker: Organ | Tom Zambrano: Bass guitar | Kent Graves: Drums | Creedy Bates: Guitar (electric)

Genre: Reggae & Ska, Rock

RIYL: Buck-O-Nine, Unsteady, Skatalites, Hepcat, the Slackers, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady Seven, Unsteady, the Adjusters, Hoodlum Pharaohs, Stubborn All-Stars, Madness, the Specials, Bad Manners, Slackers, the Amalgamated, Fearless in Fairweather, Self-Made Men, the Gangbusters

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Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 1985

Influences: The Untouchables, Fishbone, Bad Manners, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Specials, Citizen X, Bim Skala Bim, Skatalites, Oingo Boingo

Background:

The Donkey Show was a ska band that played Caribbean-sounding rock, later cited as an early "third wave of ska" act. Sporting male and female lead vocalists with Kym Clift and Ray Campbell, the definitive lineup also included bassist/songwriter Thomas Zambrano, Bronco Farwell on trombone, and Dave Hillyard on sax.

In 1989, they supported Fishbone's Truth and Soul Tour. Some members of the band backed Buster Bloodvessel of Bad Manners on a California tour as Buster's All-Stars, and Skatalites saxman Roland Alphonso made his first solo trip to California in 1989 to record and perform with the Donkey Show. They played their last concert in 1990 at Berkeley International Ska Festival, in front of nearly 15,000 people.

Their 1988 7-inch "Mr. Brown" was followed in 1989 by the Bali Island EP. A compilation was released in 1998, Just Can't Get Enough of....

Dave Hillyard went on to play with Hepcat, the Slackers, Stubborn All-Stars, and his own Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady Seven. Drummer Kent Graves and guitarist Chris "Creedy" Bates later played with Unsteady. Matt Parker moved on to Chicago political soul-ska band the Adjusters, while Thomas Zambrano ended up in L.A.'s Hoodlum Pharaohs.

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