Thursday, July 21, 2011
A man named David Storey was just one of a team who created the fantastic 2-Tone style. The hands-in-pockets version of “2-Tone Man” (also named Walt Jabsco, after a bowling shirt) was originally drawn by Jerry Dammers, keyboard player of The Specials.
John Teflon” Sims designed many of the most iconic 2-Tone graphics, under Jerry Dammers’ creative direction. Examples include the Walt Jabsco “Nutty Dancer” version and The Specials “Rat Race” single graphics (for which he won a D&AD Award in 1981).
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Then And Now is a Rare 1999 Japanese-only 16-track promotional sample vinyl look CD album featuring 8 tracks recorded by Coventry Automatics aka The Specials in 1978 and 8 tracks recorded by The Specials with Desmond Dekker in 1993. Includes early studio versions of Little Bitch and Nite Klub.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
A handy little file put together some time back,it includes 3 rare demos that members of The Specials recorded in 1981. One is a muzak inspired version of '96 Tears' with Terry Hall on vocals. The other two tracks are dubbed out versions of 'Why?' featuring Lynval Golding on lead vocals.