Former The Specials front man Neville Staple
Announces Brand New Studio Album
“THE LEGENDARY & ORIGINAL RUDE BOY NEVILLE STAPLE CONTINUES TO DELIVER 2-TONE INFUSED WINNERS OVER AND OVER AGAIN”
VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE
The UK Two-Tone Ska legend Neville Staple, who also pioneered the Los Angeles Two-Tone/Ska movement, celebrates his origins on a brilliant and energetic new studio album, From The Specials & Beyond! Not only does Staple enlist his usual band of stellar players and musicians, including his wife and co-vocalist Sugary Staple, to recreate two smash hits by Staple’s former band, The Specials, “Ghost Town” and “Monkey Man,” but he’s also gone back even further into his roots. The Jamaican-born Staple has invited legendary foundation deejay Clint Eastwood and ska/rocksteady icon Derrick Morgan to guest on the album, and the presence of those veteran artists elevates the entire project to new heights. Additionally, Neol Davies of the Two-Tone revivalist outfit The Selecter and British actor/musician Gary Shall join in the fun. It’s an incredible group effort that could only be led by enormously talented Neville Staple.
Dr. Neville Staple, awarded an honorary Arden University Doctorate of Music in 2019, stated, “This has been one of my favourite albums to work on. Each song has a special and personal meaning to me. I wanted to celebrate the roots of my own music journey, with Two-Tone being at the forefront of each song, in the sound and in the lyrics. Stomping music, with sometimes serious commentary, but all presented in a fun, danceable, singalong spirit. That’s the Two-Tone way. Our way. And the special guests were amazing to work with too, especially Derrick Morgan, one of my early inspirations. With superb contributions from Sugary and the band, plus other star guests, this album is set to be a real ‘stand out’ one, that makes me proud of my career to date.”
From The Specials & Beyond will be available on all formats starting December 10. The CD version comes in a sleek digipak while the vinyl version will be pressed as a limited edition BLACK & WHITE SPLATTER pattern. Hurry and pre-order the album now before they’re gone!
“ACTION PACKED WITH TOTAL GEMS. THIS HAS THE HALLMARK OF A CLASSIC ALBUM”
LOUDER THAN WAR MAGAZINE
Album order links
Neville Staple – From The Specials & Beyond (Limited Edition Splatter Vinyl & CD) Cleopatra Records
Neville Staple – From The Specials & Beyond (Streaming Media Links)
Neville Staple – From The Specials & Beyond (CD, LP black/white/splatter) Banquet Records
Neville Staple – From The Specials & Beyond (Resident Music)
BE FREE BABY
The Staples do it again with another Ska classic that is guaranteed to get you singing along. A good time anthem with happy vibes, [they] really know how to put a smile on people’s faces. I can see this becoming a live favourite.
Dr Pete Chambers BEM, Coventry Observer
The best of two huge talents. Sugary & Neville Staple have not disappointed..! Feel good ska-based melody, toe-tapping and butt-shakingly good!
Trish Adudu, BBC Radio CWR
Brilliant! We’re right behind this song!
James Hanson, BBC Radio Bristol
Hi there fans, friends, acquaintances and family,
We hope you are all doing okay in this very difficult World right now, and are managing to get through any struggles or hardships. We had to miss a whole year of tour work across the UK and several places around the World, with our super band, but have tried to stay positive and do a massive amount of work behind the scenes.
In support of the UK Music Industry, we have released our brand new single on Pickout Records, a UK independent record label, helping keep staffing, production and distribution alive, in the best way we know. We ask that you please order either the download, or the rare and autographed, limited edition 45rpm single.
We have written a song especially for lifting your mood, making you smile, making you happy and maybe even getting you to sing, dance or sway along!
The song is a feel-good party song, or can even be a great gift for a loved one, or someone you have missed.
We have missed a whole year of live shows, so this is our way to bring a party to you this season.
Thank you all so much for your ongoing support.
Any DJ’s who would like to play the song on air, please get in touch. We’d like to thank the BBC Radio presenters and our other music friends for their support so far too.
Please see all the full details below
Blessings and one love to you all from Neville & Sugary.
BRAND NEW SINGLE
Dr Neville Staple / Sugary Staple / Lloyd “Pickout” Dennis
Well known for changing the face of music not once, but three times, 2Tone music legend Neville Staple (From the Specials), also known as the ‘Original Rude Boy’ and his super sidekick wife, Sugary Staple, release their brand new song, ‘Be Free Baby’, on the highly respected, Pickout Records.
A super ska track which mixes the original influences of Jamaican sounds, along with the 2Tone style that this dynamic ska duo, take on tour with them globally, alongside their top band of musicians.
Written by Dr Neville Staple, who has scores of music awards from 40 years of 2Tone & Ska hits and albums, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music Award in 2020, and his super talented sidekick, Sugary Staple and acclaimed record producer Lloyd ‘Pickout’ Dennis this song is a truly happy song, to take our minds away from the difficult days of Covid lockdowns, into a party mood of freedom and dancing. Fans will love the irresistible skanking beat, along with super feel-good lyrics to sing along to.
“After recently writing a song about the Lockdown, which related to the tough days of staying home and following rules and so on, I decided we needed some uplifting music too.” Explained Sugary, Award Winner and Skamouth Festival Founder. “There is so much doom and gloom about in the news and we know how music can really be so good for the human soul. This tune has a lot of love and feeling behind it, as it encompasses all the fun, freedom and thrills that we have on stage, when we perform live. A whole year of global touring has been postponed, so we put the vibrance of a live show into this song.
Neville agrees, “I love writing with Sugary, as we are both on the same wavelength. We feed off each other. We were both in need of getting out there and performing for the masses but have had all our 2020 shows moved to next year, so we decided to bring the party to everyone through this song. We love the traditional sound and the bluebeat vibes too, with a twist of 2Tone magic. It makes me think about our holidays back home in Jamaica and beach parties, street carnivals, gigs and festivals. This is a happy tune for dancing or singing away the blues!”
The ‘Be Free Baby’ track is available for download: https://fanlink.to/BeFreeBaby
Thank you all so much for your ongoing support.
Here is another project you may also be interested in, which includes an exclusive song from us, added to a collaboration of all our agents rostered artists. Again, this is in support of the music industry and is set to save jobs.
One love to you all.
Dr Neville & Sugary Staple x
ORDER EXCLUSIVE & LIMITED EDITION 45RPM VINYL SINGLE GIFT SETs HERE:
From The Specials – Neville Staple Band
Release: 19 June 2020 (delayed release due to ongoing Covid & BLM issues)
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
“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’ single. The 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)
ITUNES DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE
AMAZON DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE
SPOTIFY STREAM: CLICK HERE
PUT AWAY YOUR KNIVES – The 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.