The World of Reggae Music: Two-Tone Ska

The World of Reggae Music

Two-Tone Ska

The Jam-Tex selector presents a new chapter in the Wolrd of Reggae Music Collection on the second wave of Ska Music called “Two-Tone Ska” or “2-Tone.”

The Jam-Tex selector has been working on a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music called The World of Reggae Music Collection.” The selector invites others to comment on the selected tracks and to join in on the conversation about the history of reggae music.  This collection of singles began with the greatest roots reggae hits in categories entitled: “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah” and “Reggae’s Superstars: The Lion Youth.”

Now the selector moves back in time to the roots of reggae, exploring the greatest singles from the ska tradition. Please feel free to suggest your favorite singles. The examination of the ska genre included a focused study on the founders of ska music from the late 1950s to the 1960s called: “The Ska Originals.” This posts explores the Two-Tone Skamovement of the 1970s and 1980s often called the second wave of ska music. A future post will focus on Third Wave Ska music that fused ska and elements of punk rock music.

Two-Tone (2-Tone) ska music emerged  out of Great Britian during the 1970s and 1980s. English lads played Jamaican music, including ska, rocksteady, and early reggae music, often immitating, adapting, and appropiating the music of the Caribbean islands. It reminds me of the ways in which Southern white Americans (Elvis “The King” Presley, Jerry Lee “The Killer” Lewis, Johnny “The Man in Black” Cash, etc.) and even British bands (The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc.) immitated and transformed the rhythm and blues of African-American musicians. In a similiar fashion the working-class kids of England found something compelling about Afro-Caribbean musical forms, especially ska and reggae music. I personally think they found something honest and soulful in the music. But most importantly it moved them in new and interesting ways.

The Specials stick out as the prime example of this Second Wave musical movement. Some Jamaican artists crossed over into this genre riding both the original and first wave, and also the second wave in England. Desmond Dekker, one of the orignators of ska music, found himself participating in the second wave touring throughout the UK. The Untouchables, the Bad MannersBig Five, the Toasters, King HammondSelecter, and Mark Foggo’s Skasters are all representative  artists of the second wave. Some big U.K. pop stars participated in this second wave ska movement including the Beat, Madness, and even the legendary Elvis Costello cut a few 2-tone ska tracks.

The Jam-Tex selector proudly presents…

The World of Reggae Music Collection

Two-Tone Ska

The Specials – Rudi, A Message To You

Maroon Town – Average Man

Madness – Our House

The English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom

Riffs – These Things

Selector – On My Radio

The Loafers – Everyday

Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Watching the Detectives

Rico – Sea Cruise

Madness – One Step Beyond

Big 5 – Live Injection

Maroon Town – City Riot

King Hammond – King Hammond Shuffle

Madness – The Prince

Judge Dread – Reggae and Ska

Selector – James Bond

The Specials – Ghost Town

Madness – Madness

Ska Boys – Norwegian Wood Disco

Selector – Train to Skaville

Rico – Carolina

The English Beat – Ranking Full Stop

Madness – Bed and Breakfast Man

Bad Manners – Wooly Bully

King Hammond – Skaville UK

The English Beat – The Tears of a Clown

Judge Dread –  Big 8

Laurel Aitken & Potato 5 – Blue Beat Suit

Madness – Night Boat to Cairo

Special Beat – Rough Rider

Big 5 – Skinhead Love Affair

The Specials – Monkey Man

Madness – Rockin’ In A Flat

Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down

The English Beat – Save It For Later

Mark Foggos Skasters – Hello

Judge Dread – Big 9

Madness – Swan Lake

International Beat – Magical Feeling

Potato 5 – Do The Jerk

The Loafers – Laughing Loafer

Madness – Grey Day

Riffs – One Egg (Nevilles Breakfast)

The Specials – Too Hot

The Toasters – Flight of the Bumble Bee

Bad Manners – Lip Up Fatty 

Madness – House of Fun

Mark Foggos Skasters – Skadansk

International Beat – Hands Off She’s Mine

Madness – My Girl

Bad Manners – Can Can (Live)

International Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom (Version 2)

Madness – It Must Be Love

Special Beat – Ranking Full Stop (Live)

Madness – Cardiac Arrest

NEED

  1. The Specials Maggie’s Farm
  2. Rico – Jungle Music
  3. BodysnatchersPeople Do Rock Steady
  4. Swinging Cats – Montavoni
  5. Apollinaires – Envy the Love
  6. SelectorThe Whisper
  7. UntouchablesFBI (I Spy For The)
  8. Bad Manners My Girl Lollipop
  9. Desmond Dekker & the Specials Take It Easy
  10. LoafersIt’s So Easy
  11. Selector – Too Much Pressure
  12. The Riffs Blind Date
  13. The UntouchablesBe Alright
  14. Judge Dread – Big Seven
  15. Mark Foggos Skasters – Captain Skarlet
  16. Coventry Automatics – Concrete Jungle
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The World of Reggae Music: Two-Tone Ska

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah (125 Songs from Reggae’s Finest)

The Jam-Tex selector will post a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music. The selector invites others to join in on the organization of these tracks.  Thus Jam-Tex presents The World of Reggae Music Collection.” This collection of singles begins with the greatest roots reggae hits in a category  entitled “Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah.”

The Reggae Superstars category includes the section: “The Lions of Jah.” The Lions of Jah section includes the pillars of reggae music, such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & the Maytals, Jacob Miller, Peter Tosh, Max Romeo, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bunny Wailer, Desmond Dekker, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy, Barrington Levy, Beres Hammond, and features supergroups like  Third WorldBlack UhuruSteel Pulse, and Culture. The grouping of songs includes classic vocal groups like the Mighty Diamonds, Wailing Souls, and the Itals, and early deejay and singjay sensations like Big Youth, Tenor Saw, and Trinity.  Yet overall this category relies on the heavy hitters of reggae music like  John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Lucky Dube, Johnny Osbourne, and Cornell Campbell.

Please feel free to comment. The selector is open to suggestions and changes. Feel free to comment on the selections, categories, genre headings, and section headings. The selector will consider track additions and removals and even the renaming of categories, sections, and genres. Without further ado…

The Jam-Tex Selector presents…The World of Reggae Music Collection

Reggae’s Superstars: The Lions of Jah

Ini Kamoze – World-A-Music

Bob Marley & the WailersGet Up, Stand Up

Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)

Toots & the Maytals54-46 That’s My Number

Peter ToshSteppin’ Razor

Jimmy CliffThe Harder They Come

Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey

Burning Spear – The Ghost

Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come

Third World Reggae Ambassador

Black Uhuru & the RevolutionariesGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner

CultureTwo Sevens Clash

Barrington Levy Too Experienced

Lee “Scratch” Perry Chase The Devil

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Disco Devil

Steel PulseHandsworth Revolution

Steel Pulse – Revolution Dub

Gregory Isaacs & Roots RadicsNight Nurse

Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse Dub

Dennis Brown – Wolves and Leopards

The Wailing Souls Shark Attack

The Mighty DiamondsRight Time

Johnny Ousborne – Truths and Rights

Chalice – Good to Be There

Jacob Miller & Inner CircleWestbound Train

Horace AndySkylarking

Freddie McGregor Big Ship

Max Romeo & the UpsettersWar Ina Babylon

Israel Vibration – Get Up and Go

John Holt – Strange Things

Lucky Dube – We Love It

Toots & the MaytalsFunky Kingston

Jacob Miller & Inner Circle We A Rockers

Bob Marley & the WailersRebel Music (Three O’Clock Roadblock)

Burning Spear Columbus

Jimmy CliffYou Can Get It If You Really Want

Barrington Levy Saw Red

Peter ToshWhatcha Gonna Do

Steel Pulse Uncle George

Dennis Brown – Here I Come

The Heptones Book of Rules

Cornell Campbell The Gorgon

Mighty DiamondsIdentity

Beres Hammond & Zap PowLast War

Toots & the Maytals Time Tough

CultureIron Sharpening Iron

Dennis Brown Stop the Fussing & Fighting

Steel Pulse Ravers

Half Pint Level The Vibes

Beres Hammond They Gonna Talk

John Holt & the Aggravators You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine/Version

Jacob Miller & U-BrownKeep On Knocking

Bunny Wailer Blackheart Man

The HeptonesParty Time

Bob Andy – I’ve Got To Go Back Home

Burning Spear The Invasion

Burning Spear – Black Wa Da Da

The ItalsIn A Dis Ya Time/ Harbour View Rock

Bob Marley & the WailersIs This Love

Johnny Osbourne & the SensationsCome Back Darling

The Pioneers Long Shot (Kick the Bucket)

Toots & the Maytals Pressure Drop

Black Uhuru Party Next Door

Gregory IsaacsSad To Know (You’re Leaving)

Peter ToshWanted Dread And Alive

Beres Hammond – I Feel Good

Cornell Campbell Queen Of The Minstrel

Big Youth – Livin’

Burning SpearRise Up

Tenor SawLots of Sign

Tenor Saw – Lots of Dub

Black UhuruBlack Uhuru Anthem

Jacob Miller Mixed Up Moods

Steel PulseBlues Dance Raid

Barrington Levy, Kojak & LizaMy Woman/ Ten Thousand Woman

Bob Marley & the WailersRat Race

Jimmy Cliff Struggling Man

The HeptonesFattie Fattie

Horace Andy Nice And Easy

Horace Andy – Nice and Easy Dub

Mighty Diamonds Have Mercy

TrinityAll Gone

Gregory Isaacs – Cream of the Crop

Black Uhuru Rent Man

Sammy Dread My Princess

Beres Hammond – Rockaway

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Rebel

U-Roy – Natty Rebel

Culture & Shorty the President See Them A Come/ Natty Pass Him G.C.E.

Cornell CampbellBoxing Around

Glen WashingtonRockers (Nuh Crackers)

Dennis BrownWhat About The Half

Jimmy Riley Love And Devotion

Ronnie Davis – Writing on the Wall

Burning SpearJordan River

Third WorldRoots With Quality

The ItalsBrutal Out Deh

Peter Tosh Why Must I Cry

CultureLion Rock

Barrington LevyMy Time (Rights of Man)

Steel Pulse Back To My Roots / Dub To My Roots

Gregory IsaacsStranger In Town

Dennis BrownGhetto Girl

The Wailing SoulsWar Deh Round A John Shop

Jacob MillerChapter A Day

Beres HammondWhat One Dance Can Do

Max Romeo One Step Forward

Lucky Dube Prisoner

Israel Vibration Back Staba

Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Heptones – Why Must I (Version)

Ed Robinson – Rude Awakening

Aswad – Love Fire

Aswad – Dub Fire

Jimmy Cliff – One More

Gregory Isaacs – Innocent People Cry

Delroy Wilson – It’s A Shame

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Pimper’s Paradise

The Wailing Souls – Bredda Gravalicious

Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up

The Viceroys – Brethren and Sistren

Freddie McGregor – A House Is Not A Home

Lucky Dube – Julie! Julie!

Beres Hammond – Pull Up

The Wailing Souls – Stop Red Eye

Israel Vibration – Reggae on the River

Jimmy Cliff – Treat The Youths Right

 

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae’s Superstars – The Lions of Jah (125 Songs from Reggae’s Finest)