Last month the original rudeboy and rudegirl treated us to their new album which made my top ten list for the year so far with it’s fresh summery ska sound, and addressing issues we all come across in these pre Brexit times. (review here). Being the massive Specials fan I was in my youth there was no way I was gonna pass up a top ten albums opportunity from the duo themselves. Fuck no! Neville and Sugary give me five of their best each.
Intensified, Original Ska Artists
Reminds me of when I was a kid and I came to England from Jamaica and heard the same songs from over there, the songs on this album, being played right here in the UK. When you’re that young and you get sent to a strange land without your mother, to live with your dad who you didn’t really know well (he had left for England when I was a baby), it was awesome that the music had travelled with us.
The Clash, by the Clash
This album reminds me of when I toured with the Clash in the early days of the Specials. Many of these tracks were on their set list. A great band who became really good friends during the tour and beyond, especially Paul Simonon. These guys had the punk vibe with the reggae attitude and this album has so many anthems to that decade. Brilliant!
Tighten Up, Volume 2 (Various Artists)
I used to play this all the time on my Messenger & Jah Baddis Sound System days in the 1970’s. A super collection of classics. All the Tighten up volumes were essentials on the decks, but this one stood out because this was then the album sleeves became as sexy as f***! You could not help but toast along to these songs or move your feet. Infectious early ska and early reggae classics.<
Handsworth Revolution by Steel Pulse
These guys are great friends and we rolled in the same areas back in the 70’s and 80’s. Their songs hit hard during a time when we were also hitting out at the system, with social and political lyrics. I don’t think you really get this kind of smack in the face from today’s well-known bands and artists and if you did it now, the media would probably shut you down. People should celebrate all artists who put their standing on the line by singing about ‘real life’ issues.
Rude Rebels by Neville & Sugary Staple (feat Roddy Radiation)
I know I probably shouldn’t choose an album that I’m part of, but I’m a rude boy so will do it anyway! Lol. Though seriously, this album means a lot to me. My wife Sugary, has been the strength behind my last 2 successful albums and all music work and appearances. She has written some of today’s most iconic tracks on ‘Rude Rebel’ and every single song has a big meaning to it. We have dealt with some really devastating issues during the making of this album, so I know how hard it was to find the time to complete it. We even had to deal with my grandson being stabbed to death during the launch week too! So this album means a lot to us both and I love how we worked together in such unity during the studio production. I love it!
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
The Story of Trojan Records
1000 Volts of Holt by John Holt
Sep 22 Minehead – Butlins
Sep 29 Ware – Drill Hall
Oct 06 Cardiff – The Globe
Oct 13 Norwich – Epic Studios
Oct 20 Chesterfield (TBA)
Nov 10 Bognor – Butlins
Nov 16 Llangollen – Sun Inn
Nov 17 Bristol – Fleece
Nov 23 Skamouth – DJ Party
Dec 01 Hastings – Black Market VIP
Dec 08 Devon (TBA)
Dec 21 Frome – Cheese & Grain
Dec 22 Swansea – The Garage
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Words by Wayne Carey who writes for Louder Than War. His author profile is here and you can catch his blog at wayneacarey1970.blogspot.co.uk Photo credit : John Coles.