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Tribute To Two-Tone: RIP John Bradbury Playlist

Tribute To Two-Tone: RIP John Bradbury Playlist

by Joshua B. Hoe

About a week ago, John Bradbury passed away, he was the drummer for a band that really mattered to me "The Specials" passed away.

The Specials were part of a music movement called Two-Tone that were about many of the things this blog is about - celebrating the integration musical styles, cultures, and people.

I am certainly not saying everyone in this playlist is Two-Tone, but they all speak to the influences and styles you could hear in The Specials (except for Metz - Metz is in there for juxtaposition and because I like Metz).

My quick tribute to John last week got likes from both The Selecter and The English Beat as well as other musicians (the drummer Garret Goodwin who plays for Carrie Underwood for instance), and a personal message from The English Beat (or The Beat).

@OnPirateSat cheers, Joshua. Read your article, feel the same sense of loss. We are all one in the spirit of Jah, that never ends!!

— The English Beat (@TheEnglishBeat) January 2, 2016

Very cool to be able to celebrate a great drummer from a fan through (and with) the musicians who knew him.

Viva Specials!

1. A Message To You Rudy - The Specials - The Specials 2. I Heard it Through the Grapevine - The Slits - Cut 3. Rudie Can't Fail - The Clash - London Calling 4. One Love - Massive Attack - Blue Lines 5. Eyes Peeled - Metz - II 6. Police On My Back - Eddy Grant and the Equals - Viva Bobby Joe 7. Man In A Suitcase - The Police - Zenyatta Mendatta 8. Three Minute Hero - The Selecter - Too Much Pressure 9. Save It For Later - The English Beat - Special Beat Service 10. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come

If you like this playlist, remember there is a new free Spotify playlist every Thursday and they are all indexed on the menu.

Here is last weeks playlist.

The Specials by The Specials uploaded by Joshua B. Hoe

The Specials by The Specials uploaded by Joshua B. Hoe

Did you enjoy my tribute playlist? Who else would you have included? I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment!

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