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Patti Smith Group: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 22 May 1976

Energy is back in fashion ...

The Clash, The Specials: The Clash/The Specials: Friar's, Aylesbury

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 8 July 1978

FOR PEOPLE who like to put things in neat little pecking orders – and because of our conditioning there's a lot of them – the ...

The Specials: Moonlight Club, London

Live Review by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 24 March 1979

Speciality of the house ...

The Specials: Rude Boys in the Jungle

Profile and Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 7 April 1979

DAVE McCULLOUGH REJOICES AS THE SPECIAL AKA (MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE SPECIALS) BREAK FREE AND GAIN COMPLETE CONTROL. ...

The Specials: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 19 May 1979

Tighten up: Long Shot Kick The Bucket (Slight Return) ...

Delta 5, Gang of Four, The Mekons, The Specials: Gang Of Four, Mekons, Specials, Delta Five: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 9 June 1979

"ROOD BOIZE" Yeah! "ROOOOODD BOOIZZZZ" Uh huh! ...

Madness: Moonlight Club, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 14 July 1979

TOO 'OT, MUCH TOO HOT... Prince Buster had it sussed yonks ago. Tuesday night down the Moonlight and people are evaporating just standing still. Feverishly ...

Madness, The Selecter, The Specials: The Specials, Madness, The Selecter: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 4 August 1979

In the heat of the night ...

The Specials: Don't Call Me Ska-Face!

Profile and Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 6 September 1979

SO WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT THE SPECIALS? David Hepworth is the man with the answers ...

The Selecter: They Still Bear The Skas

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 8 September 1979

BLACK SHOES, bright socks, black shades, white shirt, black trilby, irridescent trousers a tad too short and chest-hugger jackets...Stepping down from the inter-city train to ...

The Specials: A/K/A The Specials

Interview by Deanne Pearson, New York Rocker, October 1979

THE SPECIALS A.K.A., a.k.a. the Specials. They are contracted under both names, adding to the confusion already created by billings under one name or the ...

Madness, The Selecter, The Specials: 2-Tone: Ska Authentic And More.

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 6 October 1979

GARRY BUSHELL CHECKS OUT 2-TONE ...

The Selecter: Pressure Group

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 20 October 1979

SKANKING AND BACON SANDWICHES WITH THE SELECTER BY GARRY BUSHELL ...

The Specials: Specials (2 Tone CDL TT5001)***

Review by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 20 October 1979

Rudies in a rut ...

The Specials: Specials (Two Tone)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 20 October 1979

YOU JUST can't shake the tunes out of your head, can't stop beating your feet to the heat as The Specials' unique excitement surges through ...

Madness: One Step Beyond (Stiff)

Review by Deanne Pearson, New Musical Express, 27 October 1979

Blue Feat ...

The Beat, The Human League, The Teardrop Explodes: Human League, Teardrop Explodes, The Beat, Flowers: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 17 November 1979

HAIRCUTS, HAIRCUTS everywhere and 70p a drink. ...

Madness: Nice Band, Shame About The Fans

Report and Interview by Deanne Pearson, New Musical Express, 24 November 1979

Deanne Pearson puts the cat among the pigeons and scotches some nasty rumours. ...

Madness: They Call It Madness

Profile and Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 29 November 1979

Dr. Hepworth dons a white coat and investigates... ...

Dexys Midnight Runners, The Selecter, The Specials: Specials, Selecter, Dexy's Midnight Runners: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 8 December 1979

Top skanking inna Lewisham ...

The Beat: Don't Call Me Ska Face

Interview by Deanne Pearson, New Musical Express, 8 December 1979

"It's just The Beat having a Punky Reggae party," says Deanne Pearson of the latest 2-Tone tornadoes. 'Check' them out... ...

The Selecter, The Specials: The Specials, The Selecter: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 15 December 1979

TWO TOP FIVE two-tone bands in one night. The message comes through loud and clear: rude bwoy can't fail. ...

The Selecter: 'Two Tone, Black And White, That's The Whole Thing'

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, 10 January 1980

Mike Stand (a sort of grubby grey) checks out The Selecter ...

The Beat: Rankin' to Riches

Report and Interview by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, 19 January 1980

MARK WILLIAMS explodes the 2-Tone myth with the Beat ...

Madness: Bluebeat and Sax

Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 2 February 1980

GARRY BUSHELL takes advantage of a brand new page logo to talk technical turkey with LEE 'KIX' THOMPSON and discovers that madness is a Selmer ...

The Beat: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 2 February 1980

Ranking dead stop ...

The Specials: Hurrah, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Melody Maker, 2 February 1980

Up to you ...

The Specials Are Ska High

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 3 February 1980

MADNESS PROVIDED the L.A. rock audience with its first tantalizing taste of the ska sound that has taken off in England in the past six ...

The Selecter: Too Much Pressure (2 Tone TT5002)*****

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 9 February 1980

FIRST TIME I heard 'Three Minute Hero' I was convinced it was gonna be the single to bust the 2-Tone flush. Third time I heard ...

The Selecter: The Selector: Too Much Pressure (2-Tone CDLTT5002)

Review by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, 9 February 1980

A GENT FROM a reggae shop asked me what I thought of 2-Tone. He informed me that since the advent of the checkerboard whirlwind, the ...

The Selecter: Survival Inna Suburbia

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, 23 February 1980

IT TOOK HIM ages to get the lapel of his jacket off. The scissors kept on cutting the cloth instead of the bits of stitching, ...

Madness: One Step Beyond (Sire Records 0085)

Review by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 February 1980

The Nutty Sound ...

The Specials: The Specials (Chrysalis)

Review by Don Waller, New York Rocker, March 1980

BY THE END of side one, I found myself plastered spread-eagled to the ceiling, tongue and eyes bulging, my face frozen in a delirious grin. ...

The Specials: Stanford University, California

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 1 March 1980

THE SPECIALS' mini-tour of California has, predictably enough, been full of incident. Three sold-out nights at the Whisky in LA, the club all decorated in ...

The Beat: The Mad Hatters

Interview by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, 15 March 1980

They don't all wear hats and they're not all mad but The Beat definitely admit to being reds. ...

The Specials: Rude Boys Can't Fail

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 15 March 1980

THEY DON'T muck about, the Yanks. These buildings go all the way up like the architect was getting paid by the cubic foot although exactly ...

Madness, The Selecter, The Specials: Ska Jump: England to America

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 16 March 1980

ROCK MUSIC'S vitality depends on a constant influx of new sounds. Just when American audiences are catching on to the three-year-old British punk/new-wave movement, a ...

The Specials: The Specials (Chrysalis)

Review by Jim Farber, Creem, April 1980

BRITISH PEOPLE have given the world plenty of jerky things over the course of history: mercantilism, the white man's burden, Mary Poppins. But perhaps the ...

Battle Of The Sound Systems: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 5 April 1980

PERSONALLY, I have seen more wonderful sound system contests playing out of a freezing November evening at the Stratford Municipal Hall. ...

The Specials: Scam & Scandal In The Family

Report by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, May 1980

IN THE LAST issue of NY Rocker (#27/March '80), we printed an "Emergency Editorial" decrying the $10.00 price of tickets to the Specials' show presented on March ...

The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Go Feet)****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 24 May 1980

A JOURNALIST of this periodical on being asked if he fancied interviewing the Beat remarked that, although he'd nothing against the idea in principle, he'd ...

The Specials: Today Coventry, Tomorrow — Coventry

Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 29 May 1980

Terry Hall treats David Hepworth to a short course in TwoTonics and explains how to keep out of the Rat Race. ...

The Specials: Warfield Theater, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Downbeat, June 1980

IT WAS AN incredible scene. As England's Specials — a racially-mixed rock band that is doing for ska (pre-reggae Jamaican music) what the Rolling Stones ...

The Beat: Off The Beaten Track

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 7 June 1980

Dave McCullough suddenly discovers unexpected subtleties, lurking within 'the tatty tinkle of rude boy muzak'. And not because he's just found out that the Beat ...

Bad Manners: Roll Over Yul Brynner... ...And Tell Bad Manners The News

Interview by Mark Ellen, New Music News, 14 June 1980

MARK ELLEN Meets The UK's Answer To The Fordham Baldies. ...

The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Go-Feet)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 June 1980

Are you ready for post-2-Tonism? ...

The Specials: Too Much Too Young

Report and Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, 21 June 1980

PAULO HEWITT joined the Specials Seaside Tour expecting fun and frolics. He found a band grappling with self-doubt and the 2-Tone monster. ...

The Beat: Beat Crazy: Can't Stop It Now...

Interview by Deanne Pearson, The Face, July 1980

This time last year the Beat had just started their first one-night a week pub residency in Birmingham, after playing only six gigs. DEANNE PEARSON ...

The Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Sire SRK6091)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, August 1980

BIRMINGHAM, England has been the birthplace of several major musical trendsetters: the Move, Moody Blues, Black Sabbath. Unlike a number of other large cities in ...

The Beat, The Pretenders: The Pretenders, the English Beat: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC

Live Review by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 20 September 1980

IF THE Pretenders proved nothing else at their sold-out concert at Lisner Auditorium last night, they did establish that vocalist/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Chrissie Hynde deserves her ...

Madness: Absolutely (Stiff)

Review by Tony Fletcher, The Face, November 1980

PUT SIMPLY, Absolutely takes the sound Madness carved out for themselves on One Step Beyond, forsakes cover versions, and perfects the technique. And if your ...

The Beat: I Love the USA

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 15 November 1980

THE BEAT are beginning again at the beginning. Here they are in Chicago, four or five weeks into their first American tour — much of ...

Madness

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, The Face, January 1981

ON A MONDAY morning so dark from thundery rainclouds it seems as though the sky has fallen in, Graham 'Suggs' McPherson, shoe-less and wearing only ...

Madness: The Return of the Mad-nificent 7

Report and Interview by David Hepworth, Smash Hits, 5 February 1981

Davy, Dav-ee Hepworth (King Of The Wild Frontier) watches Madness ride off into the sunset. ...

The Beat Scene

Interview by Mike Stand, The Face, April 1981

"GOD HOLD you in the palm of His hand," said Saxa pulling the bedclothes up to his chin. "He close it and you are dead. ...

The Beat: Locarno, Birmingham

Live Review by Sheryl Garratt, New Musical Express, 30 May 1981

THE WAY to tell how well a Beat gig is going is by Saxa's smile, and tonight he was grinning so wide the ends nearly ...

The Specials: English Music Scene Like a 'Ghost Town'

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 15 August 1981

This town coming like a ghost town... Bands won't play no more — Too much fighting on the dance floor... Why must ...

The Fabulous Billygoons, The Specials: The Specials enjoy themselves

Report and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 1 October 1981

YOU COULD'VE taken a seat in the Bradford Hotel lobby and gotten a pretty good show for free. Besides all manner of impatient fans milling ...

The Beat (1981)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, November 1981

David Steele and Ranking Roger talk about playing political benefits; their unconcern with breaking America; changing producers; Malu Halasa's book about them; their record deal; their Go-Feet label, and working with the Congos' Cedric Myton; Saxa taking a back seat and his son Lionel taking over; doing cover versions; their new single 'Hit It', and their opposition to nuclear weapons.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.4mb, interview length: 20' 11" sound quality: *****

The Beat, The Specials: The English Beat: Wha'ppen? (Sire); The Specials: 'Ghost Town' (EP)

Review by John Swenson, Musician, November 1981

TWO TONE is not merely the introduction of a black sensibility in British pop for the first time, it's a true melding of the interracial ...

The Beat, Joe Jackson, OK Jive, Tom Robinson Band: The Beat, Tom Robinson, OK Jive, Joe Jackson: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Sinclair, Sounds, 5 December 1981

Higher Ranking ...

Madness: 7 (Stiff America)

Review by Iman Lababedi, Creem, February 1982

I SUPPOSE that the proof that Madness have handled the precarious business of being a teeny-bopper band with a measurable degree of humor, aplomb and ...

Fun Boy Three, Rico Rodriguez, The Specials: Rico Rodriguez: Rastaman

Profile and Interview by Deanne Pearson, The Face, February 1982

From the Wareika Hills to Top of the Pops. A profile of Rico, the Specials trombone ace, with a side order of oaths for the ...

The Beat: For English Beat, Dance Music is the Medium for Tolerance

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 20 November 1982

ANDY COX, a young British lad with thick, wavy hair, plays a choppy guitar riff that's part slam-bang punk and part chinka-chinka reggae. Dave Wakeling, ...

Fun Boy Three: The Message

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 8 January 1983

TERRY HALL reckons the Funboy Three have grown up into a real group. The proof is threefold. First, the release of one of this year's ...

The Beat: The English Beat: Special Beat Service (IRS)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1983

UNLIKE WH'APPEN, Special Beat Service successfully manages the transition from 2-tone to full color, giving the English Beat a sound that is at once more ...

The Beat: The English Beat: 2-Tone Survivors Make a Joyful Noise

Interview by Bill Holdship, Musician, February 1983

"THE CIRCUMSTANCES that brought the Beat together make us tenuous, in a way," observes singer/guitarist Dave Wakeling. "With any one set of musicians, sooner or ...

Madness: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 7 January 1984

"ON A serious note...": these days beneath the party hats Madness wear a worried frown. In spring they played for CND; tonight the proceeds go ...

The Special AKA, The Specials: The Special AKA: The Skars Have Healed

Interview by Tony Fletcher, Jamming!, March 1984

"WHO IS he anyway?" enquires one of the tastelessly coiffeured punkettes of Jerry Dammers as the main man poses for photos in Soho's Chinatown. Jerry ...

Madness, The Selecter, The Specials: The End of 2-Tone: Madness/The Specials/The Selecter

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1986

Farewell, Madness – the last of the 2-Tone tribe. Phil Sutcliffe follows the fate of the three groups that pioneered the ska revival. ...

Harry Crews: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Barbara Ellen, New Musical Express, 1 October 1988

TONIGHT — If past reports of her live shows are to be believed — Lydia Lunch is not quite herself. Nor is she alone. Harry ...

The Specials: The Making of 'Ghost Town'

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, October 2007

Spring 1981: the Coventry boys' eerily funky hymn to their home city nailed the spirit of the times, and remains the best piece of political ...

Madness: 30 Years of Madness

Retrospective and Interview by Jon Wilde, Mail On Sunday, Spring 2007

"THIRTY YEARS of getting away with it," is how vocalist Suggs describes the pop career of Madness. "Thirty years of good-hearted mischief and a little ...

The Special AKA, The Specials: The Specials: Original Gangsters

Retrospective and Interview by Lois Wilson, MOJO, May 2008

Out of the inner-city misery and post-punk experiment of the late '70s came a group of black and white Coventry kids called the Specials who ...

Madness : One Step Beyond... (30th Anniversary Edition)

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 2009

The vaudevillian nuttiness of their debut set hasn't diminished over the decades. ...

The Special AKA, The Specials: Jerry Dammers: Booted Out of the Band I Founded

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Daily Telegraph, 3 March 2010

Jerry Dammers talks about his exotic new project – and why he wasn't part of the Specials' reunion. ...

The Specials: Rude Standards Agency

Report and Interview by Tom Doyle, MOJO, March 2013

The Specials storm the BBC studios, tantalise with talk of new bhangra, Arabic and jazz material. ...

Esperanza: Tragedy, but the band played on

Report and Interview by Peter Ross, The Times, 13 April 2014

Esperanza were playing Glasgow's Clutha bar when a helicopter crashed through the roof. They tell Peter Ross how music helped them and their fans. ...

Madness: An exclusive interview with Madness to mark 40 years of Absolutely

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, GQ, 24 December 2020

To mark the 40th anniversary of Madness' sophomore album, Absolutely, Stevie Chick spoke to Chris Foreman and Lee Thompson, who recall their experiences during the ...

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