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Podcast number 55

Finally, the wizards break their silence to launch their first podcast of 2016, and it’s a (safe) cracker.

On the show, there’s a proper exclusive from deep inside the vaults as well as eyewitness reportage from Rough Trade East, and a doffing of the pointy wizards’ hats to the recently departed. 49 more words


THE SPECIALS ! 'Too Much Too Young' - The Special A.K.A. Live EP...

2 February 2016

The Coventry ska legends THE SPECIALS released a 5-track live EP in January 1980 with
the dazzling TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG – based on a 1969 tune, titled… 101 more words

Back In Time

Significant Songs (111)

Rudy, A Message To You

In 1967, I heard a Jamaican Ska/Rocksteady record, and liked it immediately. I discovered that it was by Dandy Livingstone, and soon had the single in my possession. 337 more words

Nostalgia And Reflections

08/10/1980 - The Specials/The Apollinaires...

Another gig that makes me rather envious of those who were lucky enough to go. In the late summer of 1979 I …er hem…”obtained” the first 2-Tone record, ‘Gangsters’ b/w ‘The Selector’ from the local Woolies in Twickenham and the Specials’ first, eponymous LP was one of the first contemporary long-players I remember buying (well, the albums were harder to lift…) 478 more words

Glitz And Gloom: Ghost Town Versus Eurovision '81

It was the year 1981. The recession-blitzed United Kingdom exports across the channel one of its most glam, cheerful, neon, peachy, razzle-dazzle, soulless, disingenuous, migraine-inducing pop-group it had ever birthed from it’s pale shores: “Bucks Fizz.” Named after a slightly stiffer version of a mimosa (because even in excess they were gutless teetotalers), this vocal group was formed for the explicit purpose of winning the ’81 Eurovision Song Contest through the contemptibly bright ABBA-inspired… 802 more words

Nine Nifty Lesser-Known and Overlooked Superpowers That Kick Ass

The ultimate superhero question; What’s the greatest superpower?

Super-strength? Super-speed? Mind control? It’s a debate that can never be settled since there will never be a consensus, and really, it depends on who’s writing the character*.

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