2 TONE RECORDS: records played


Our thanks to John Walmsley for a fantastic night of music and stories all drawn from the 2 Tone label. After starting with a selection of 45s that were all in the top 40 the week The Specials (and 2 Tone) first hit the charts, John took us through the ‘rise and demise’ of the short-lived but hugely influential label, with a mix of A sides, B sides, album tracks and live cuts from The Specials (and variants of, including their pre-fame incarnation The Coventry Automatics), Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Elvis Costello, The Bodysnatchers and The Apollinaires. You can listen back to all the 2 Tone records played here (or click the player at the bottom of this post).

We’ll be back on Thursday 14th June for PSYCHEDELIC SOUL, full details soon.

A very Specials night of Two Tone at from I was tempted to dance at several moments but thankfully thought better of it. Timeless music, great to hear it played loud on those speakers.

Great night with giving us the insight to the rise and fall of Two Tone records

Great night great tunes. brought back so many memories. Thanks John & Simon.

Brilliant night Thanks toe tappingly brilliant

Fabulous 2 Tone night on Thursday  really enjoyed myself, brought back some good memories. Thanks John.


A selection of top 40 singles from the week ‘Gangsters’ by The Special AKA first entered the charts (28 July 1979)

Teena Marie – I’m Just A Sucker For Your Love (Motown)
Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Beggars Banquet)
Squeeze – Up The Junction (A&M Records)
Undertones – Here Comes The Summer (Sire Records)
Blondie – Sunday Girl (Chrysalis)
Buzzcocks – Harmony In My Head (United Artists)
Sex Pistols – C’Mon Everybody (Virgin)
The Knack – My Sharona (Capitol)
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (Ensign)


The Coventry Automatics – Rock And Roll Nightmare (from Dawning Of A New Era, Free Range Product, 2018)
The Specials – It’s Up To You (from Live At The Moonlight Club, TT 5011, 1992)
The Special A.K.A. – Gangsters/The Selecter – The Selecter (TT1, TT2, 1979)
Madness – The Prince (TT3, 1979)
The Selecter – On My Radio (TT 4, 1979)
The Beat – Tears Of A Clown (TT 6, 1979)
Specials – Do The Dog/Stupid Marriage (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Special A.K.A – Too Much Too Young (live) (TT7, 1980)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (TT 7, 1980)


The Bodysnatchers – Easy Life (live)/The Specials – Nite Klub (live) (from Dance Craze, TT 5004, 1981)
The Specials – Stereotypes/Stereotypes Part 2 (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
The Specials ‎– Ghost Town (TT 17, 1981)
The Apollinaires – Envy The Love (TT 22, 1982)
The Special AKA ‎– Nelson Mandela (TT 26, 1984)
Rhoda with The Special A.K.A – The Boiler (TT 18, 1982)
The Special AKA – What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (from In The Studio, TT 5008, 1984)
The Specials – Enjoy Yourself/Pearl’s Cafe (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
Specials – You’re Wondering Now (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Specials – Why?/Friday Night, Saturday Morning (from Ghost Town 12″, TT 1217)
Specials – A Message To You Rudy (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)

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Elvis has left the building

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Firstly, a big thank you to Quiet Loner for sharing two of his favourite albums with us and introducing them with keen insight. It was a special moment when the stylus got stuck during Elvis Costello’s ‘Indoor Fireworks’, a true reminder that we really were playing music from vinyl.

Thanks also to Peak Sounds, The Radio Shed and Quiet Loner (again) for kindly donating prizes for the ‘Elvis Vs Elvis’ quiz. Who knows when Evil Elvis will strike again!

And finally, thanks to everyone who came along and making our second session a big success. I had to bring in more tables and chairs so there must have been more people than last time! Lots of great suggestions for future sessions too.

Thanks to Rich for the photos. Below is a complete list of the songs played.

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We’ll be back at the labour club on Sunday 20th October from 1-4pm as part of the Oktoberfest. It’s a BRING YOUR OWN VINYL session, so root out your records and bring them down. We’ll be having just one featured album (to be decided on the day, but likely to be a choice of The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed, Who’s Next by The Who and Led Zeppelin III).

The next Thursday session is November 14th, which will be ‘Cult Heroes’. More details on that to come, but in the meantime here’s a little teaser.


Elvis Presley – From Elvis In Memphis (RCA Victor, 1969)


Side One: Wearin’ That Loved On Look/Only The Strong Survive/I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)/Long Black Limousine/It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’/I’m Movin’ On

Side Two: Power Of My Love/Gentle On My Mind/After Loving You/True Love Travels On A Gravel Road/Any Day Now/In The Ghetto

The Costello Show – King Of America (F-Beat, 1986)


Side One: Brilliant Mistake/Loveable/Our Little Angel/Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood/Glitter Gulch/Indoor Fireworks/Little Palaces/I’ll Wear It Proudly

Side Two: American Without Tears/Eisenhower Blues/Poisoned Rose/The Big Light/Jack Of All Parades/Suit Of Lights/Sleep Of The Just

Elvis Vs Elvis – The Mix

Nick Lowe – So It Goes

Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Cruddup – My Baby Left Me

Specials – Do The Dog

Rufus Thomas – Tiger Man

Jerry Reed – Guitar Man

Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding

Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine

Smiley Lewis – One Night

Squeeze – Tempted

Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

The Pogues – The Sick Bed Of Cuchulalln

Little Junior’s Blue Flames – Mystery Train

Sam & Dave – I Can’t Stand Up

Hank Williams – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

Chuck Willis – I Feel So Bad

Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Hot Burrito No. 1 (I’m Your Toy)

Jimmy Reed – Big Boss Man

James Carr – Pouring Water On A Drowning Man

Kris Kristofferson – For The Good Times

Ray Charles – I Got A Woman

Tommy Tucker – Hi Heel Sneakers

Little Willie John – Leave My Kitten Alone

Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk

Huey Lewis & The News – Do You Believe In Love

Stan Freberg – Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis Vs Elvis… let battle commence

The second Glossop Record Club session is this coming Thursday (10th October). We’ll be at Glossop Labour Club from 8pm. Entry is free, although a donation to the labour club is welcomed. Full venue and travel details here.

Quiet Loner is curating the session, with an evening of music from (and relating to) Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello. We’ll hear an album by each played from vinyl and in full (read more about the albums here), and we’ll also be doing a little ‘Elvis Vs Elvis’ quiz, with prizes including a pair of tickets for any Radio Shed Promotions gig at The Oakwood in Glossop and a ukelele very kindly donated by Peak Sounds.

Here’s (roughly) how the evening will run:

8-8.30pm: Elvis Vs Elvis – The Mix

8.30pm: 1st album

9.30pm: Elvis Vs Elvis – The Quiz

10pm: 2nd album

The ‘suggestions’ sheet will be there for anyone who wishes to make a suggestion for a future session. We’ll also be announcing the theme for November’s session along with more details of the Oktoberfest Sunday afternoon session on 20th October.

To get you in the mood, here’s Elvis singing Elvis.

Hope to see you there.


Elvis Vs Elvis – Quiet Loner Speaks

For October’s Glossop Record Club session, Quiet Loner (aka Matt Hill) presents two of his favourite albums – Elvis Presley’s ‘From Elvis In Memphis’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘King Of America’, which we’ll listen to in full from vinyl. Here’s why he chose them.


In 1977, one Elvis died and another was born. As Presley finally succumbed to years of drug abuse, Costello released his debut album. In my mind these two artists are inextricably linked. Both have been huge influences on my own music. To me they share more than just a name. They mine the same seam  – country, soul, gospel and blues – all influence their respective styles. They even shared musicians. So here are two of my favourite albums from two of my favourite artists.

‘FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS’ by Elvis Presley (1969)

This album stems from a recording session that marked a milestone in Elvis Presley’s career. At Chips Moman’s American Studios in 1969, Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time since 1955 and his days at Sun records. It took a lot to get him there.

His 1968 TV special had been the ‘comeback’ that relit the fire in his belly. Finally, Elvis was standing up to his manager, picking songs that he loved and shunning the Nashville and LA session studios. In just three weeks, Elvis made some of the greatest recordings of his career.

The singles culled from these sessions – Suspicious Minds, Don’t Cry Daddy, In the Ghetto – put him back at the top of the charts. ‘From Elvis from Memphis’, the first album released from these sessions, was by far his strongest LP for years.

‘KING OF AMERICA’ by The Costello Show (1986)

After a staggering run of eight albums in seven years, Elvis Costello decides to ditch his long-serving backing band – The Attractions – and try something new. Step forward Elvis Presley’s legendary TCB band.

The resulting album by The Costello Show, is a stunning collection of what would now be called Americana. Featuring some of the best songs of his career, Costello explores country, rockabilly, blues and jazz to create an album that puts him back in favour with the critics and gave him a confidence to follow his muse wherever it might take him.

Elvis channelled Elvis. And the results were stunning.


Join us at Glossop Labour Club on Thursday 10th October at 8pm. Entry is free, although a donation to the club would be appreciated.

Full venue and travel details here – https://glossoprecordclub.wordpress.com/venue-and-travel-details/


October’s Glossop Record Club session – Elvis vs. Elvis

The next Glossop Record Club session is on Thursday 10th October, once again at Glossop Labour Club. The evening will be curated by local singer-songwriter Matt Hill, aka Quiet Loner, and he’ll be pitching Elvis Presley against Elvis Costello, playing an album by each on vinyl and in full. His chosen albums are Presley’s From Elvis In Memphis (1969) and Costello’s King Of America (1986). Plus there’ll be music relating to both artists throughout the session. Full details to follow.

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