Ritchie and the Loosers formed in 1981 in Holland and released this 7" in 1982 (or '83 - I don't actually know). They released their next single - a cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her" - in 1983 under the name Rick Nolov and the Loosers. In 1985 "White Shoes" was re-recorded and released as a single, this time without the ska sound. The band at that time was called the Rick Nolov Band. An EP prior to that in 1984, and a full-length later put out in 1986 was released under the name Rick Nolov.
Ritchie and the Loosers - White Shoes
The Rick Nolov Band - White Shoes
This DOWNLOAD includes both different "White Shoes" 7-inches...A and B sides.
The Rick Nolov band version is my own rip. The Loosers version came from the Best of Rare British Ska unofficial compilation (even though the band is not British).
The Rick Nolov Band has been very active in the last few years playing shows, recording songs, celebrating zoological discoveries, and making videos. I don't know if they have an album to be released anytime soon, but I'm sure their Facebook page will keep us posted.
Starpoint [Wiki] was an R&B/dance group from Maryland that released 10 albums between 1980 and 1991 [Discogs]. Their biggest commercial success was the song "Object of My Desire" from their 1985 album Restless. The song "Send me a Letter" was released a year earlier on the album "It's all Yours" and it didn't get any attention. It might have been a hit if it it was released a few years earlier and/or was actually promoted. Just listen to it. This is the only time they attempted a ska/reggae song (I'm pretty sure), but it seems like these guys were listening to 2 Tone records all the while.
This band was from Illinois. There's a new wave-ish rock song on the A side. The B side is ska-inspired new wave. I got this off eBay and the seller described it as sounding like Huey Lewis and the News. I agree.