Formed in 1981 in Berkeley, while they were still in high school. The Uptones were the one of the first bands devoted to playing Ska on the West Coast. The Uptones played to skanking crowds all over the West. Several of their recordings were regional hits, and for a time they were the most popular band in the Bay Area.
Major publications of the time raved about them:
"It is a sight to behold, The... Uptones tearing up the stage and the audience tearing up the dance floor." - San Francisco Chronicle
"The Uptones... without a doubt the...