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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May’s Record Club: 2 TONE RECORDS


Glossop Record Club is back on Thursday 10th May for a session dedicated to 2 Tone Records.

Short-lived but hugely influential, the label was started by Specials keyboard player Jerry Dammers in 1979. Inspired by labels such as Tamla Motown and Stax , it released not just music by his own band but also other bands on the late 70s Coventry scene and beyond, who fused reggae, ska and punk.

Our guide for the evening will be 2 Tone completist John Walmsley, who will be winding the clock back to 1979 and picking out choice cuts from the label’s impressive run of 32 singles and 13 albums.

See you there!


Thursday 10th May, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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JUMP JAMAICA WAY: Post-Session Review


The sun was out. The bass was up. And the music flowed.

With two turntables, the Jamaican flag and a box full of amazing records, Rick entertained and informed as he kept to his promise of taking us on a voyage through Jamaica’s golden age of music. Starting with the birth of Ska in the early 1960s and its evolution into Rocksteady, Reggae and beyond, he also took in Dub, Dancehall, Lovers Rock and even a few British acts for good measure. All in around three hours.

And yet Rick says he’s only scraped the surface! So, good news is, he’ll be doing another session at some point in the future.

In the meantime, a full list of the records played is below, along with links to the podcasts (a two-parter no less).

Here are a few comments posted after the session:

Today’s hot weather is the perfect backdrop for Club’s trip through the history of Jamaican music.

Great night, top tunes. Beer went down far too easily.

Really enjoyed Jamaican vinyl night. Great music, great atmosphere. Thanks to Rick for an interesting + entertaining night.

A class night of learning and musical delights. Brilliant.

We’ll be back on Thursday 9th July for the SUMMER OF ’85, looking back at a pivotal year in music and also marking 30 years since Live Aid. Full details soon.



Toots and The Maytals – Bam Bam
The Jamaicans – Ba Ba Boom
Desmond Dekker – Intensified
Toots and The Maytals – Sweet and Dandy
Hopeton Music – Boom Shacka Lacka
Techniques – You Don’t Care
Justin Hinds – Here I Stand
Rico – Take 5
King Stitt – Four Corners
Skatalites – Passing Through
Paragons with King Stitt – On The Beach
King Stitt – Scandal

JUMP JAMAICA WAY – 1st set (Ska to Rocksteady)


Laurel Aitken – Going to Kansas City
Count Ossie and Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
Don Drummond and Skatalites – Addis Ababa
Skatalites – (blank)
Desmond Dekker – Get Up Edina
Eric Morris – I am The Greatest
Baba Brooks – One Eyed Giant
Dandy – The Operation
Jimmy Cliff – Gold Digger
Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
Roy Richards – Honky Panky
Heptones – Fat Girl
Joe White – Bad Man
Ken Booth – Feel Good
Gladiators – Train Is Coming Back
Ethiopians – Cool It Amigo
Dandy – Rudi A Message to You
Desmond Dekker – 007

JUMP JAMAICA WAY – 2nd set (Reggae, Dub, Dancehall & Lovers Rock)

Lester Sterling and Stranger – Cole Bangarang
Clancy Eccles and King Stitt – Vigarton 2
U Roy – Behold
The Wailers – To The Rescue
Horace Andy – See A Mans Face
Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket
Chantells – Waiting In The Park
Jah Lion – Soldier and Police War
Jacob Miller – Baby I Love You So
Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
Rico – Soundcheck
Johnny Osborne – Fally Rankin
Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
Gregory Isaacs – Rumours
Cornel Campbell – Nothing Don’t Come easy
Nerious Joseph – No One Night Stand
Thriller Jenna – Madness
John Holt – Time Is The Master

Revolutionaries – Leggo Dub track1
Revolutionaries – Leggo dub track2
Burning Spear – Irie Niya Keith
Desi Roots – Weedfields
Desi Roots – He Aint Coming
Skatalites – (blank)
Dub Specialist – Banana Walk
Sound Dimension – Rockfort Rock
Soul Vendors – Death in the Arena
Sound Dimension – Real Rock

Digital highlights are split into two parts. Part 1. Part 2. Or click on the players below.

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June’s Record Club: JUMP JAMAICA WAY

JumpJamaicaWayresizeGlossop Record Club is back on Thursday 11th June for JUMP JAMAICA WAY – a voyage through Jamaica’s golden age of music with Rick Williams.

I’m sure many of you will know Rick from his years putting on loads of memorable gigs in Glossop as part of The Lift Global Music Club, and these days can be found selling a great selection of records in the Glossop Emporium. He’s been a familar face at record club since it began, and his stints at the turntable are always brilliant.

Breaking away from our usual full albums format and equipped with two turntables, Rick will be taking us on a journey through the evolution of Jamaican music and prove that it’s more than just ska and reggae. We may even shake the foundations of the labour club (or at very least rattle the windows)!

Rick outside Coxsone Dodd's legendary Studio One in Kingston, Jamaica.

Rick outside Studio One in Kingston, Jamaica.

“I’ve been a passionate reggae fan since first hearing The Wailers’ Burnin’ album in 1973. During my years as a Youth Worker in Hulme and Moss Side, my increased fascination with the origins of reggae music and its development led me to become an avid vinyl collector. Working with young Sound Systems and reggae bands became not just a feature of my work but also of my leisure.

Establishing The Lift Global Music Club in Glossop (which ran for 15 years) enabled me bring great reggae artists to the town including Desmond Dekker and The Aces, Iration Steppas, Vibronics and Zion Train.

I’m really looking forward to sharing some of my vinyl favourites at Glossop Record Club so expect ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall.”

A voyage through Jamaica’s golden age of music
Thursday 11th June, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT

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