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Special Brew - 2-Tone in monochrome
Special Brew - 2-Tone in monochrome

Pop into the Past

Local music expert Pete Chambers continues his look at pop music with a spotlight on Special Brew. Remember, Pete goes into more detail, and you can hear the music, every other Friday on the Bob Brolly Show.


Special Brew Facts

Special Brew have had the honour of performing with Neville Staple of The Specials and Gappa Hendrickson of The Selecter.

The band were interviewed in 2004 for a documentary on 2-Tone, broadcast on Channel 4 just before Christmas. They were filmed at Coventry's Jailhouse.

Appearing on the new CD, Versions, are tracks including Lip Up Fatty, originally done by Bad Manners, Madness' Embarrassment and One Step Beyond and covers of The Specials' Gangsters, Little Bitch and Rat Race.

Special Brew are Darren, Simon, Jason, Darrell, Simon, Gemma, Mark and Andy also known as Don Nothing, Stan Duppenskank, Jay Walker, Rudy Messenger, Herbert Orange-Street, Sally Brown, Harry H Hammond and Ron Reed. See what they've done there?

In a new feature on the Bob Brolly afternoon show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, local music expert Pete Chambers takes a look back at the best in pop music from the past and present from our area.

Every other Friday from 3pm, Pete will be on air to talk about the bands, singers and songs that made Britain swing during the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. You can also take a trip down memory lane with the songs themselves.

This week, Pete looks at Coventry ska revivalists Special Brew, who are flying the checkered flag for 2-tone into the 21st century.

Special Brew, by Pete Chambers

The 2-tone tradition lives on in the shape of Special Brew. Some may call them a tribute act, I prefer to refer to them as traditionalists. I mean what could be more natural than a ska-influenced band from Coventry?

Their passion for the genre is evident, their enthusiasm immense, Saturday 14 May sees the launch party for their debut CD.

They may have formed just a little over a year ago, but nevertheless it’s an album that long awaited. Time now to show any doubters that this exciting eight-piece can cut it with the best.

Not that there are any real doubters, such is Special Brew’s appeal that ska greats of the stature of Neville Staples and Gappa have guested alongside them.

The album, entitled Versions, will be previewed on the Brolly show of 13 May. Lead singer Stan Duppenskank (AKA Simon Kelly) will be popping in to explain why this microbrewery of a ska band is so SPECIAL!

For more on Special Brew, visit the link on the right to read their Band of the Month entry.

last updated: 10/05/05
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