Key Bands of the 2Tone Era

Emerging from the sounds of ska which originated in Jamaica, 2Tone which was named after the record label began in the late 1970’s. In essence it was a ska revival.

Using a large array of instruments including brass, keyboards and strings with a walking bass line being dominant often in the tracks ska moved across the world from Jamaica to Coventry in England which influenced the 2Tone sound of bands like Madness, The Selecter and in my opinion probably the best band The Beat. Continue reading

The Origins of Ska with Seven Songs

The British Ska (also known as 2Tone) period during the late 1970’s and early 80’s was a time of tense political opinion in the U.K. With many periods like this great music is often the result.

The Ska sound originally from Jamaica predated the sounds of both rocksteady and reggae. Continue reading

Ten Great Mod Revival Bands You Should Know

In my previous post ‘Six songs that inspired the Mod revival’  I looked at bands from the 60’s that influenced the Mod revival, let’s take a closer look at the bands that were part of the powerful Mod scene from 1979.

The late 1970s Mod revival combined musical and cultural elements of the 1970’s pub rock, punk rock and new wave music genres and had influences from the 1960s Mod and beat music bands such as The Who, Small Faces and The Kinks. Continue reading

Six songs that inspired the Mod Revival

The mod revival was a music genre and subculture that started in England in 1978 and later spread to other countries although to a lesser degree.

The revival’s mainstream popularity was relatively short, although its influence has lasted for decades.

It was partly inspired by the 1979 film Quadrophenia (music composed by The Who) and by mod-influenced bands such as The Jam, Secret Affair, Purple Hearts and The Chords
There was also the influence of course from legends like The Who and The Small Faces who some bands tried to imitate not only in look but also sound. Continue reading

My new radio show ‘Time Warp’ on Sine FM

I’m very excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to have a new show on Sine FM, a radio station based in Doncaster, England.

Who are Sine FM?

Sine FM is an award winning Doncaster radio station and has over 70 presenters who offer an array of different shows every day.

To support the station of course you can listen to their shows and also follow them through social media on their Facebook Group or Twitter. Continue reading

British Music Invasion of the 1960’s

The British Music Invasion was probably one of or possibly the most important eras in British music history. There were so many influential bands that literally invaded America in the 1960’s and we are going to be looking at some of them in this post. Continue reading

6 Great Tracks From Scottish Artists

Being a Scot I thought it would be appropriate for me to cover some Scottish bands on my blog.

The tracks in this post aren’t all obvious choices in fact there might even be a couple that you don’t know. I guess you could call them hidden classics. I am a huge fan of Bond films so we have a Bond theme song. We also have a Punk Rock band with a guitarist who would later front one of Scotland’s most loved bands. Continue reading

Songs I never get bored of

For this post I wanted to share some of the songs that I never get bored of listening to. everybody has a list like this whether it’s because the songs have a special meaning or perhaps they remind you of a particular time. Continue reading

The ‘B’ sides of great singles

We all remember the big hits but of course when we bought singles there were at least two songs that we could listen to. The often forgotten ‘B’ side was sometimes a great song in it’s own right. For this list of songs I decided to search out the ‘B’ sides of some of our favorite ‘A’ sides. Continue reading