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Strange Tenants

Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981, by the Hearn brothers (Bruce and Ian), Strange Tenants are widely recognised as the Godfathers of Australian Ska. The...

Ska

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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Flares

Move over bellbottoms, here comes something that looks . . . the same? Many people consider the slow spread of the pant leg to...

Bill Collins’ Golden Years Of Hollywood

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 9 5 (Australia) Bill Collins has been described as "Mr Movies of Australia". He presented films on television and...

Beauty Jungle, The (1964)

On a seaside holiday in Weston-Super-Mare, pretty young Bristol typist Shirley Freeman (Janette Scott) enters a beauty contest. When she wins, local journalist Dan...

Nixon (1996)

This biographical drama from director Oliver Stone stars Anthony Hopkins as Richard Milhous Nixon. From a humble Quaker upbringing, Nixon rose to became the 37th...

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures

1 9 9 0 (USA) An animated spin-off from CBS inspired by the 1989 feature film of the same title (which also inspired a live-action spin-off). All three principals...

Caine Mutiny, The (1954)

Nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1954 (including Best Picture and Best Actor), The Caine Mutiny is a classic film (based on a novel by Herman...

Honeymoon Killers, The (1970)

A true-crime movie about oily gigolo Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco) and his overweight sidekick Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler), who prey on lonely women...

Wizard of Wor

“Fight me! I am the Wizard of Wor!” Part Pac-Man, part Alien, part Dungeons and Dragons, Bally Midway’s Wizard of Wor took gamers down into...