From The Specials- Neville Staple Band LOCKDOWN...

From The Specials – Neville Staple Band releases timely ‘LOCKDOWN’ single

Written by Neville Staple, Sugary Staple & Stephen Armstrong
Photos by John Coles

Artwork & Video by Sugary Staple

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“A strong, edgy song that hits in a similar way to Ghost Town, the slower rhythm and minor chords creating a tense, ominous atmosphere. There’s almost a Linton Kwesi Johnson feel here too. Neville Staple has 2-Tone running through his veins. He and his steadfast sidekick Sugary have created the perfect paranoid soundtrack for the dark days of Lockdown 2020” – Garry Bushell, Sunday Express Review Editor (ex-Sounds)

From The Specials – Neville Staple Band presents their new ‘LOCKDOWN’ singleThe Original Rude Boy Neville Staple – founder and co-frontman of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat – teams up with his ever-talented wife Sugary Staple, to pump out a super 2Tone-style single that is both timely and relatable for people everywhere, who have been experiencing similar developments in countries around the globe.

Reggae and ska fans can relish in ‘LOCKDOWN’, which is about being made to stay home during the 2020 Covid-19 Lockdown. Written by Dr Neville Staple, Sugary Staple and Steve Armstrong, the lyrics reflect how many people feel about the virus and about staying safe and in one place.

“Sugary came up with the idea to write a song about the lockdown, which, at first, was a very fast-stomping ska track. We then realised that it was too fun and happy a tune for the theme. Most of us have been quite down about the whole virus thing, so we decided to take it on a more sweet but moody 2Tone reggae route, in a similar vein to ‘Ghost Town’, with some music we had worked on previously with Sledge (Steve Armstrong),” says Neville Staple.

The dynamic ska duo used the internet to send files back and forth amongst the band members – from home to home to home. Due to social distancing rules, the video for this song was recorded and filmed on band members’ regular home equipment.

“It wasn’t easy. I had to collate a whole bunch of recorded snippets from the band, mostly done via phones and tablets. But as a part-time actress and filmmaker, I really do enjoy editing and producing videos and this one was great fun,” says Sugary Staple.

“Even Neville, who’s more used to being in front of a camera, got involved in some lighting and camera filming techniques. We do not have a professional recording studio set up in our new home or anything, so it was quite funny doing the vocals. We had all kinds of distractions and interruptions going on, with deliveries arriving, my disabled son to look after, mum calling out for cups of tea and even a neighbour hack-sawing in his garden, lol! But we got it after a few retakes.”

Neville, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Arden University last year, said the couple and their band had so many shows and tours postponed due to Covid-19, including UK Festivals and a European and South American Tour, along with Sugary’s acting work and her own ‘Skamouth Festival’ dates being moved. Hence, they decided to do a lot of extra charity work and some new songwriting. They’ve also been doing some special DJ recordings for people sick in hospitals or in isolation, personally dedicated to them.

Flooded with thousands more requests from people and charities than usual, Sugary and Neville decided that this Lockdown song would be used to highlight the work of Zoe’s Place, a charity run for terminally ill babies and toddlers. As ambassadors for this charity, Sugary said, “charities like these really do suffer at a time like this, as the focus is on other things. But the work they do at Zoe’s Place is like one of a kind and so very special. They step in when families really do need the support, providing 24-hour high quality, one-to-one palliative, respite and end-of-life care for children aged 0-5 years. A heart-breaking time for anyone involved. We must not lose a charity like this – it is too important and so we will be supporting this, along with other charities we are patrons or ambassadors to, with this single. We also dedicate this song to all those who have been affected by Covid-19.”

As of June 19, ‘Lockdown’ will be available everywhere digitally, including Spotify.

(the release was delayed from its original release date, due to ongoing Covid issues and BLM issues)

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PUT AWAY YOUR KNIVESThe Neville Staple Band

Neville Staple/Sugary Staple/Dandy Livingstone

Check out this amazing song, ‘Put Away Your Knives’, by the Neville Staple Band, with its 2Tone influenced punky ska and reggae mix, along with the on-point lyrics that focus on the current knife crime problem sweeping the Nation!

The Legendary Neville Staple (ex The Specials, Fun Boy Three, Special Beat, Judge Roughneck and more) and wife, SugaryStaple (who recently co-wrote the highly acclaimed ‘Rude Rebel’s Album with Neville), both collaborated with Dandy Livingstone, another legendary ska figure and originator of Rudy, A Message To You, to produce this lyrical and musical cry to the young people involved in knife crime. This follows the fatal stabbing, just 6 months ago, of Neville’s 21-year-old grandson Fidel Glasgow.

Neville and Sugary are using the song to highlight the great work of Victim Support too, promoting their services to encourage more support and donations, especially for what Victim Support do for families affected by knife crime. Please download the song and donate to VS today.




PUT AWAY YOUR KNIVESThe Neville Staple Band

Neville Staple/Sugary Staple/Dandy Livingstone