• Piranhas
  • The Piranhas (UK Sire) 1980 

The Piranhas hailed from England’s south coast — a charming, idiosyncratic quintet with thick accents, funny lyrics and a jaundiced attitude that led to such neurotic numbers as “Getting Beaten Up,” “I Don’t Want My Body” and “Green Don’t Suit Me.” The music is mostly good-natured ska — in the general direction of early Madness or Bad Manners — though a number of the tracks fall well outside the genre, some recalling spy-movie soundtracks from the ’60s. The Piranhas are likable, and smart enough to be a lot more than mere fun.

[Ira Robbins]