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Patti Smith Group: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, May 1976

Energy is back in fashion ...

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

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 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 Selecter: They Still Bear The Skas

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 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 ...

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

Report by Garry Bushell, Sounds, October 1979

GARRY BUSHELL CHECKS OUT 2-TONE ...

The Specials: Specials (Two Tone)

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

Blue Feat ...

Madness: Nice Band, Shame About The Fans

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

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

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

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, January 1980

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

The Specials: Hurrah, New York NY

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Melody Maker, February 1980

Up to you ...

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

Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 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: Survival Inna Suburbia

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, 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, ...

The Specials: Stanford University, California

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 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, 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, 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 ...

Battle Of The Sound Systems: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 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, 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 Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Go-Feet)

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

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

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 ...

Madness

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, Face, The, 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 ...

The Beat Scene

Interview by Mike Stand, Face, The, 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, 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 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, 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. ...

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: Jerry Dammers: Booted Out of the Band I Founded

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

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

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