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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Special Ska


No-one needs me to tell them how great The Specials were, the spearhead of the 2 Tone and ska revival, led by Jerry Dammers vision and organ playing, Terry hall's downcast vocals and presence, Neville Staples energy... in fact they seemed like a band with anything up to seven leaders. Which maybe is they they burned so brightly but so briefly.

Too Hot (live in Chicago 1980)

9 comments:

Walter said...

You might be right Adam. One of the greatest bands of the early 80s and they mean a lot to me.

The Swede said...

Classic stuff from a truly great band.

Dirk said...

I must say, SA, that I enjoy this Ska - series mightily! I did a very nice mix of Jamaican Ska + Rocksteady originals the other evening, soon to be found on Sexyloser ... that's if you're interested ...

Simon said...

A big playlist fave on my ipod this year is my reggae/2 tone list - tons of trojan, dub, The Specials The Beat and Madness. Seems so so long ago.

Simon said...

Although I always think of Weatherall and Basement Jaxx and Massive Attack as the descendents of all of that.

Scott said...

One of the best bands of all time, first band I really got into. Great pic of them to accompany today's post.

Swiss Adam said...

Dirk- looking forward to that mix.

Simon- agree. The Basement Jaxx song that samples The Selector might find its way here.

Everyone else- thanks.

charity chic said...

Keep 'em coming Adam

Artog said...

It is a good pic, they look far more contemporary than I'd have expected. Ska is always cool, but they don't look particularly Ska here.