Tuesday, 3rd Jan 2012
Dance Craze - Rudeboys on the Road
Writer and musician Garry Bushell has released the book Dance Craze - Rudeboys on the Road following the birth of the Two-Tone movement in the late 70s and 80s. In 1979, pop was getting dull again. Everyone said it was time for a new dance, but no-one expected it to come from Coventry. The 2-Tone revolution, led by the Specials, took the pop world by surprise with their infectious mix of Ska rhythms and punk attitude. Madness and The Selecter followed close on their heels. Within a matter of months the 2-Tone bands had stolen hearts and conquered the charts with a non-stop procession of unforgettable hits: ‘Gangsters’, ‘A Message To You Rudy’, ‘Too Much Too Young’, ‘The Prince’, ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Too Much Pressure’...the list goes on.
“Your last chance to dance before World War Three,” Specials singer, Terry Hall called it. An exaggeration of course, but 2-Tone did serve up the most perfect pop music since Trojan reggae had dominated the UK Top Ten a decade before. And the bands kept coming - Bad Manners, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers. Even Judge Dread came back. Garry Bushell, who wrote the original Dance Craze magazine, was the first rock writer to see the Specials live, the first to interview Madness and the first to watch the bands attempt to export their magic to the USA. This is his funny, informative and affectionate history of the rise and fall and rise again of the Rude Boys.
Dance Craze - Rudeboys on the Road is available now through Acid Jazz Records. You can click to buy HERE