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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 ...

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: 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 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 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 ...

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 ...


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: 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. ...

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