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Punk Rock Bowling announces daily lineups / Club shows

Punk Rock Bowling just published their weekend itinerary. Each day is spread evenly with legendary punk acts and fast, loud newcomers sure to keep you up all night until you’re begging for sweet continental relief. Who’s up for mimosas? Ticket sales here and club show fliers below.



Tickets on sale for Punk Rock Bowling (Asbury Park)

Alright East Coasters, tickets are officially on sale for the 2017 installment of Punk Rock Bowling East at Asbury Park. Snag those suckers here!

The two-day festival at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park takes place June 10th and 11th. The Saturday lineup includes The Specials, Dillinger Four, The Explosion, PUP and more, while the Sunday lineup features headliners NOFX playing alongside the likes of heavyweights like the Buzzcocks, Leftover Crack, the Pietasters, (the New) Darkbuster, Bigwig and more. You can see the full lineup up above.



Lineup Announced for Punk Rock Bowling East (NOFX, Buzzcocks, The Specials and more)

The lineup for the 2017 installment of Punk Rock Bowling East has been announced, and it’s a legend-filled doozy!

The two-day festival at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park takes place June 10th and 11th. The Saturday lineup includes The Specials, Dillinger Four, The Explosion, PUP and more, while the Sunday lineup features headliners NOFX playing alongside the likes of heavyweights like the Buzzcocks, Leftover Crack, the Pietasters, (the New) Darkbuster, Bigwig and more. You can see the full lineup up above.

Single-day tickets for PRB-East go on sale March 3rd, but two-day passes are on sale this Friday (February 17th) right here!



John Bradbury of The Specials passes away

It has been reported that John Bradbury, drummer for The Specials has passed away. John Bradbury joined the group in 1979 and continued to play with The Special AKA and on the bands’ 2009 reunion tour.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends.



Roddy Radiation (The Specials) announces US tour dates w/ The Scotch Bonnets

The Specials guitarist Roddy Radiation has announced he will be embarking on a 2-month tour of the US in late April. Baltimore 2-tone band The Scotch Bonnets will be opening for Radiation, in addition to acting as his backing band. Check out all the dates/locations below.

The Specials recently announced plans to reissue their first three albums – 1979’s Specials, 1980’s More Specials, and 1984’s In The Studio – with b-sides, non-album singles, and other rare tracks. They’ll hit shelves on March 30th through 2 Tone Records and Warner Records.



The Specials reissuing first 3 albums with rare tracks, b-sides, and more

English two-tone pioneers The Specials have announced they will be reissuing their first three full-length albums 1979’s Specials, 1980’s More Specials, and 1984’s In The Studio. Each release has been curated by founding member Jerry Dammers, and will feature b-sides, non-album singles, and other rare tracks.

All three reissues will be released on March 30th through 2 Tone Records and Warner Records. The band hasn’t stated whether they will be reissuing any of their later albums, but we’ll keep you posted as more details come to light.



The Specials announce UK tour

English two-tone pioneers The Specials will be touring the UK this November. Details on when and where they’ll be playing can be found below.

The band’s last full-length release was a cover album entitled “Conquering Ruler,” which came out in 2001 through Receiver Records.



The Specials Cover Week Wrap-Up (Goldfinger, Big D, Everyday Prophets, The Prodigy)

For no real reason other than that we can, this week we’ll be showing you five great songs from various bands covering 2-tone icons The Specials. The band, who formed in 1979, was among the forefront of musicians to push ska music outside of the Caribbean, and their music became a unifying force among racial tensions in the UK in the 1980′s. Click to watch all of this week’s installments by The Ordinary Boys, Reel Big Fish, Top Soil, and The Dead Milkmen.

To play us off into the weekend, here’s a slew of covers by Goldfinger (Nite Club), Big D & The Kids Table (Little Bitch), The Prodigy (Ghost Town), and Everyday Prophets (A Message To You, Rudy; free download here). Skank your heart out here.



The Specials Cover Week: The Dead Milkmen – “A Message To You, Rudy”

For no real reason other than that we can, this week we’ll be showing you five great songs from various bands covering 2-tone icons The Specials. The band, who formed in 1979, was among the forefront of musicians to push ska music outside of the Caribbean, and their music became a unifying force among racial tensions in the UK in the 1980′s. Watch our previous installments by The Ordinary Boys, Reel Big Fish, and Top Soil here, here, and here, respectively.

Today it’s The Dead Milkmen covering “A Message To You, Rudy,” once again off The Special’s self-titled debut. Click here for both versions of the song.



The Specials Cover Song Week: Top Soil – “Concrete Jungle”

For no real reason other than that we can, this week we’ll be showing you five great songs from various bands covering 2-tone icons The Specials. The band, who formed in 1979, was among the forefront of musicians to push ska music outside of the Caribbean, and their music became a unifying force among racial tensions in the UK in the 1980′s. Watch Monday’s installment by The Ordinary Boys here, and Tuesday’s by Reel Big Fish right here.

Today’s cover is coming to you from New Jersey’s self-described ‘river punk’ band Top Soil who have taken on The Specials song “Concrete Jungle” off their 1979 debut, self-titled album.  Top Soil’s version is pretty different and maybe even a little weird, but the crowds at their live shows love it.  Check it out below.

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The Specials Cover Song Week: Reel Big Fish – “Monkey Man”

For no real reason other than that we can, this week we’ll be showing you five great songs from various bands covering 2-tone icons The Specials. The band, who formed in 1979, was among the forefront of musicians to push ska music outside of the Caribbean, and their music became a unifying force among racial tensions in the UK in the 1980′s. Watch Monday’s installment by The Ordinary Boys here.

Alright, alright, it’s a cover of a cover, but The Specials version of Monkey Man proved to be just as popular (if not more so) than the original by Toots and the Maytals some 20 years earlier. 20 years later still, Reel Big Fish covered the song as a single music video, and recorded it again for their 2009 cover album “Fame, Fortune, and Fornication.” Check out all three versions here.



The Specials Cover Song Week: The Ordinary Boys – “Little Bitch”

For no real reason other than that we can, this week we’ll be showing you five great songs from various bands covering 2-tone icons The Specials. The band, who formed in 1979, was among the forefront of musicians to push ska music outside of the Caribbean, and their music became a unifying force among racial tensions in the UK in the 1980’s.

Today’s random cover comes from Britpop/indie rock band The Ordinary Boys paying their tribute with “Little Bitch” of of the 1979 self-titled album by The Specials. Check out their cover as well as the original here.



The Specials to headline Olympic Closing Ceremonies, supported by Blur and New Order

English 2-tone pioneers The Specials, one of the first bands to carry the ska genre outside the Caribbean, are in the headlines again as they prepare to headline the closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Joining them for the gig will be two other UK superstar bands, mod rock icons Blur and the post-punk/alt rock hits New Order.

The show will take place August 12 in Hyde Park. Ticket information is not available yet.



Random Cover Song: The Pogues cover The Clash’s “London Calling” (With Joe Strummer)

Perhaps the best part of a good cover song is hearing the switching, mixing and molding of different genres of one song, perhaps genres that normally aren’t seen together all too often. If you’re looking for your fix of celtic punk, ska, and proto-punk, look no further.

Here’s a cool video of Irish punk pioneers The Pogues covering The Clash’s song “London Calling” with iconic Clash member Joe Strummer on vocals and guitar. This recording was taken on St. Patrick’s Day 1988, when Strummer was acting as a fill-in touring guitarist for the ill Philip Chevron. After the 1987/1988 tour was complete Strummer and The Pogues had a strong relationship, playing together often until Strummer’s death in 2002.

You can find the original and the accordion/violin/bouzouki-infested version here, as well as another related rarity: In case The Pogues covering The Clash wasn’t weird enough for you, here’s a video of The Pogues covering two-tone ska legends The Specials, featuring Joe Strummer and many of the day’s top ska artists, including, yes, The Specials themselves. Enjoy.



Watch The Specials perform two songs on Jimmy Fallon, first US performance in 30 years.

the-specialsA reunion performance by British two-tone ska act The Specials on Jimmy Fallon marked the first time in 30 years that the band has performed in the US with the original lineup. The band performed A Message To You, Rudy as well as Little Bitch, off of their debut album Specials.

Click here to watch A Message To You, Rudy and here to watch Little Bitch.

The band will be playing Friday at Coachella and then on April 20th and 21st in New York City