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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by chemobrain, Jun 28, 2018.
Stone ****ing classic.
I’ve played that a lot in my bands and heard it a huge number of times but it’s still great to hear. Musically based on Al Capone by Prince Buster.
I’ve had Live at the Moonlight Club on in the car today. All that energy and intensity before they added horns, worth seeking out.
And Roddy Byers is a criminally under rated guitarist and songwriter.
Gotta love The Specials.
Sir Horace is the reason I started playing bass (in 1983). He just makes it so fun.
I finally got to see them live in 2016 at First Avenue here in Minneapolis and got this video:
My fave is Do Nothing
Reminds me of working in London - not that a policeman smacked me in the teeth
Love em, always have!
A few years back, I saw Dave Wakeling fronting a sort of “temporary” version of the English Beat, with Lynval Goulding of The Specals on guitar and vocals.
Great show, but Dave apologized that they hadn’t yet got round to learning “Too Nice To Talk To.”
any body like the english beat? stay tuned
we must pay homage to jerry dammers...set off the two tone movement
There’s a film interview somewhere of Dammers in the early days of the band with him waving a ska compilation: wonderfully enthusiastic/ naive. But, yes, so much of it was his baby.
I recommend Horace’s book, very good warts and all story about The Specials.
I lived in Coventry from about 1981 to 85. This was a bit after The Specials’ time but it was still quite a grim city. The song Nightclub reminds me a lot of some of those dodgy nights out.
There is a 2 Tone Village including a small music museum on the outskirts of Coventry. Probably not worth a long trip but if anyone is ever in the area worth popping in. As well as the 2 Tone and other pop stuff they have an exhibition about Delia Derbyshire who was a bit of a synth pioneer and played the music on early episodes of Dr Who. When I was there Neville Staple was there, he’s a patron of the museum and apparently visits a lot and I said hello.
They are why we had a dog named Rudy.
...who, from what I recall, was inspired to do so after hearing Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives".
EC would go on to produce the first Specials record, my favorite and a true classic.
p.s. Why in the world is "Dance Craze" not available on DVD??? Criminal.
My band opened for them once in '79. We were floored by their intensity and energy. And Horace Panter's bass playing.
Well, at least it's on YouTube:
there are ways to download that to your pc