But then again most Ska-Two Tone bands were having a hard time of it in the early 80,s.. the press and fashion people all must sit down and decide "right time for something new what shall we push next"?
The claws were out for the 2Tone bands as early as 1980!
I think music is that splintered now that if you can create a decent following yourself by hard graft that no one gives a flying fuk about what the papers/journos say. Its gettin bold promoters to book you up and get you back later.I hope The Skabs can go from strength to strength in 2010- the album speaks for itself- stands up against anything out there AND its ORIGINAL.
Puttin' away my workin clothes for the weekend....
That's a valid point there Paul, I can believe it or not. remember thinking on the Thursday night in November 1979 when the Specials, Selecter & Madness were all on the same edition of TOTP (Top of the Pops for the non UK members)
That's it I've lost, what up to that point, I had considered "my bands" to the machine.
I suppose without that "overnight rise to stardom" of the 2Tone bands this year could never have happened for the Specials or us in the way that it has.
But part of me wishes that the press had left them all alone to just get on with it.
It was going to be big with or without the press, but without the press "build them up then knock them down brigade". One set of corrosive pressures would have been removed.
Most music venues count on bar takings.. Its like the Cov Beer Engine a couple of years ago wanted the Skabs to play New Years Eve or Xmas eve, we asked for 500 quid the gaffa said no.. he normally paid us 250 back then..
I've been putting this off till the last few days of the year. Just in case I heard something better, Than "No we don't need to opperate on your back, we can all do it with injections into the spinal cord"!!!
Mucially Hearing The Specials live in my home town for the very first time ever... Hard to beet!
"Dream as if you'll live forever,live as if you'll die today!"