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In the early 1960s, Jamaican producers such as Leslie Kong, Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd and Duke Reid created a new sound to replace American R&B...

Selecter, The

The Selecter are often considered 2 Tone's 'also ran's' behind The Specials. They were a top live draw in their own right, though, and their 1980...

No Nonsense

No Nonsense began as a gang of mates hanging out together from Oak Park High School in Melbourne (Australia). At the time, Ska meant dancing and...

Laurel Aitken

Having relocated from Jamaica to Brixton at the start of the 1960s, it was pretty much right-time-right-place for Cuban-born ska legend, Laurel Aitken, as ska began...

Judge Dread

As a former bouncer at Brixton's Ram Jam club, Alexander Hughes met Prince Buster and Derrick Morgan. As a debt collector for Trojan Records, he...

Tigers, The

The Tigers were a British ska band comprising singer/guitarist Tony Jacks, guitarist Ross McGeeney (Jacks' one-time partner in Starry-Eyed & Laughing), bassist Nic Potter (ex-Van Der...

Trojan Records

Known worldwide as the reggae label, Trojan started in 1967 as an offshoot to Island Records, set up to issue the Jamaican productions of...

Madness

Madness were at the forefront of the UK ska revival at the end of the 70s. They ultimately shed the 2 Tone image and became one of the...

Belle Stars, The

London's Belle Stars came together in 1981 from the ashes of 2 Tone act, The Bodysnatchers, when it was Rhoda Dakar, not Jennie McKeown fronting the band. They...

Beat, The (UK)

Ska revivalists The Beat were formed in Handsworth (a racially mixed area of Birmingham immortalised by reggae band Steel Pulse with their Handsworth Revolution album)...

Untouchables, The

Before California was swamped by a glut of ska-punk, The Untouchables ruled the roost. Emerging from Los Angeles suburb Silver Lake in 1981, they covered tracks...

Desmond Dekker

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Dekker (real name Desmond Dacres) was orphaned as a child. He lived in Seaforth, St Thomas, before returning...

Ska Revival

September 1979. England. The Prince by Madness had entered the British charts on 1 September. The Specials (pictured above) were riding high in the Top...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...

Specials, The/Special AKA

Though short-lived, The Specials Mk I were punk's multi-racial idealism made flesh. The group came together almost by osmosis, gathering together the remnants of...

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Mighty Baby

From the blazing psychedelia of their self-titled debut album (November 1969) to the mellow sounds of their swansong, A Jug Of Love (1971), Mighty Baby combined elements of...

Karate Killers, The (1967)

In this unfunny spy spoof, Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) - the men from U.N.C.L.E - are dispatched to prevent...

Sherbet: Around Australia in 350,000 Girls

Denise is 12 years old. She is stamping her feet outside the 2GZ radio station in Orange, mostly to keep some circulation happening, for...

Days of Hope

1 9 7 5 (UK) 4 x 90 minute episodes The 1975 BBC production Days of Hope presented four plays about events in the Great War and life in...

Twins (1988)

Far from the idiot farce its publicity suggested, this comedy by Ivan (Ghostbusters) Reitman is gentle, sweet, pleasant and highly agreeable. It also catapults...

Salò (120 Days of Sodom) (1975)

Relocating the Marquis de Sade's notorious novel to wartime Italy, this film has become synonymous with sexual deviance and bestial violence. Yet, Pier Paolo Pasolini...

Barley Charlie

1 9 6 4 (Australia) 13 x 30 minute episodes Sisters Joan (Sheila Bradley) and Shirley (Robina Beard) Muggleton inherit a run-down roadside cafe-cum-garage from their Uncle...

Outlaws, The

Southern country rock guitar band The Outlaws hailed from Tampa, Florida and were born in seedy bars where the patrons cared more about the beer...