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2 TONE RECORDS: records played

Our thanks to John Walmsley for a fantastic night of music and stories all drawn from the 2 Tone label. After starting with a selection of 45s that were all in the top 40 the week The Specials (and 2 Tone) first hit the charts, John took us through the ‘rise and demise’ of the short-lived but hugely influential label, with a mix of A sides, B sides, album tracks and live cuts from The Specials (and variants of, including their pre-fame incarnation The Coventry Automatics), Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Elvis Costello, The Bodysnatchers and The Apollinaires. 431 more words

Post-session Review

The Specials (The '59) #130

The ’59 2018 #130: 180510

The Specials (1979)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. 123 more words

The ‘59

Amy Winehouse (R.I.P)

I’m going to jump right back in here, although it’s been a while since I last wrote.  Since 2018 began, I’ve been exploring ska music fairly heavily, even writing an encyclopedia article about it for one of my MA classes at York University.   267 more words

Fashion Goes for a Ride

Quite liking the Tom Ford edgy spring-summer 2018 campaign as captured by fashion photographer Steven Klein. With a vintage car and scenes of day and night well captured by  70 more words


When Greats Meet - Here Are THE SPECIALS With Super Guest AMY WINEHOUSE...

Feel good vibes for the laziest day of the week…

Magic isn’t something that was invented by greedy marketeers or money-obsessed managers. It’s something that happens when great artists meet and sparks start to… 55 more words

Soulful Sunday

Jukebox jive part 1 - Research and Final piece

I carried out an extensive amount of research to discover what the lyrics of the song Ghost Town, by The Specials represented. It was about the dullness, harshness and difficult times people were facing during the reign of Margaret Thatcher. 683 more words