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CLIP 12038

A Message to you Rudy - performed by The Specials

A Message to you Rudy -  performed by The Specials
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Key Info
  • A Message to you Rudy - performed by The Specials
  • Duration: 02:54
  • The Ska anthem 'A Message to you Rudy' is performed live on the BBC television show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' in 1979 by British two tone group The Specials. Captions over the performance explain how the band's founder member Jerry Dammers also formed the Coventry based two Tone label that made The Selector, Madness and The Beat famous. The Special's 1979 hit was a cover of the 1967 Rocksteady classic composed by Dandy Livingstone.
  • Subject:

    Music

       Topic:

    Pop Music

  • Keywords: ska, 2 Tone, Specials, Jerry Dammers, message to you Rudy, rocksteady
Ideas for use in class
  • Ska/Two Tone relative viewing, analysing and evaluating popular music, music in context, stimulus for live performing, tracing the roots of reggae, citizenship - popular music's ability to convey political and social comment
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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