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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

 

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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.

BE FREE BABY

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 on 7″ vinyl single:  http://www.fromthespecials.store/

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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

YouTube https://youtu.be/srD55hns0gE
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(Available across the web and via the special exclusive Kickstarter pre-order vinyl link)
“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

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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.

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Check out this amazing song, ‘Put Away Your Knives’, by the From The Specials, 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, Sugary Staple (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.

FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

Ska royalty Neville & Sugary Staple announce ‘Rude Rebels’ album

Rebel Down feat. Roddy Radiation https://youtu.be/8iR4gCp24-E
Original Rudegirl Sound https://youtu.be/LkacQzNWtFU
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ALSO AVAILABLE ACROSS THE WEB AND AT ALL GOOD RECORD SHOPS
Photos by John Coles. Photos and artwork by Sugary Staple

“Always the life of the party, Neville and Sugary Staple once again show that fun and excellence indeed can go hand in hand. Pure pleasure of listening from beginning to end and a vibrant sight to see. Ska doesn’t get any better than this” – Big Takeover Magazine

Ska royalty Neville and Sugary Staple have announced their new collaborative album ‘Rude Rebels’. It will be released via Cleopatra Records on both CD and special clear vinyl with black and white splatter in time for celebrations for the 40th Anniversary of 2Tone Records.

‘Rude Rebels’ is full of original upbeat music with vocal statements on life, fashion, love and morals, plus some smooth reggae vibes. It features brand new songs and recordings from Legendary Specials and Fun Boy Three singer & toaster Neville Staple and his partner-in-crime Sugary Staple, as well as former Specials’ guitarist Roddy Radiation (a.k.a. Roddy Byers).

With 2019 being the 40th Anniversary of The Specials and 2Tone Records, this is a timely release. This album follows Sugary Staple’s sold out ‘Rudegirl Sounds’ EP and Neville Staple’s ‘Return of Judge Roughneck’ double album, also released via Cleopatra Records.

The Staples are a permanent fixture of the widely regarded and enormously active ska scene in the UK and overseas, performing regularly at both venues and massive festivals. In the Neville Staple Band, who have been actively touring both at home and abroad, Sugary joins Neville Staple to front the band.

Sugary and Neville wrote and produced this rebel-lishious offering, alongside Tom Lowry (The Specials, Neville Staple, Spectrum) at Planet Studios in Coventry, which brings a super blend of punked up anthems, dancehall ska and sweet rebel reggae and bluebeat.

“The album was produced with our love of punk, ska, 2tone and reggae, which we mixed into an indulgent sub-culture blend. A bit like me,” says Sugary Staple.

“Working alongside Neville on the production was just perfect. He gets me, and he understands where I am at musically and about my promotion of women going for it, regardless of age and situation. We both still have something to say in our productions, while still creating a dancing beat or a sing-along vocal.”

Tracks like ‘Rebel Down’, ‘Way of Life’, ‘Be As One’ and ‘Original Rudegirl Sound’, are reminiscent of 1970’s & 80’s fun punky ska with 2Tone echoes, while ‘Tattoo King’ and their reworking of Stranger Cole’s ‘When I Call Your Name’ celebrates long-standing traditions of ska. Roddy Radiation features on three tracks – ‘Rebel Down’, ‘Way of Life’ and ‘Be As One’.

“I felt really free on this production. Having the freedom to be creative with someone on your wave-length is really refreshing for me. I love how we celebrate the great musical genres of my 40-year career. There’s a little taste of The Specials in there, a Clash type of punk vibe and even Trojan Records styles. We’ve been touring some of the songs and the fans have gone nuts for it. Great to have my buddy Roddy on board too,” says Neville Staple.

Apart from Roddy Byers’ excellent guitar arrangements by Roddy Byers (currently with the Skabillyy Rebels), a host of other musical professionals are involved, including the members of the Neville Staple Band (Joe Atkinson, Matty Bane, Steve ‘Sledge’ Armstrong, Spencer Hague, Billy Shinbone), Daddy ‘Nuff Lyrics’ Woody and Alvin ‘Horn-blower’ Davies.

As of September 28, the ‘Rude Rebels’ album will be available on both CD and special clear vinyl with black and white splatter. However, the album can already be pre-ordered digitally via Bandcamp and via Cleopatra Records directly.

“Upbeat, infectious and utterly authentic.. imbued with a deep and genuine love of pop reggae and ska. Top ranking” – Daily Star Newspaper

‘My talented friends.. happy music, just what we need’ – Shane O’Connor, BBC Radio Coventry & Warks

“Stunning legacy and repertoire… all the spunk found in The Specials classic ‘Gangsters’ with more of a feel-good yet critical dose of The English Beat and The Special Beat… delivering the original sound of genuine 2 Tone ska” – Big Takeover Magazine

“Joy. Pure Joy… a testament to how much fun live music can be” – The National Student

“Better for artists of such calibre to release an album every ten years than a run-of-the-mill artist to release something often” – Ox Fanzine

“Nothing came close to the sensational Neville Staple Band who really got the party started and had the masses dancing along” – Exeter Express & Echo

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Return Of Judge Roughneck (& Dub Specials) Album

2017 Release

 

For this King of Ska, a man behind so many revolutions is once more leading the way’ Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound & Vision

His studio releases and live shows prove that he is still at the top of his game’ The Big Takeover

The brand new album from the legendary Specials & Fun Boy Three founding member, featuring brilliant new re-workings of classic Jamaican cuts, some brand new material, plus a few gems from Neville’s past.

Neville Staple recreates his famous Judge Roughneck character, first seen as part of the ‘Stupid Marriage’ song from the Specials debut album on 2Tone Records. Be prepared for a super ride through classic Jamaican early reggae tunes, ska stomping rhythms and new tracks that fit perfectly with echoes of 2Tone and Bluebeat mixed with Trojan music styles. Part 2 of the album takes you on a dub journey with atmospheric vibes, toasting fun and twisted song versions.

A special video release of the lead track ‘Return of Judge Roughneck’ premiers on Vive Le Rock’s online website to coincide with the official album February 2017 release. Shot by Lee Cogswell and Daniel Thompson (production storyline & casting by Christine Sugary Staple, also featured), at various locations in the 2Tone City of Coventry in the UK’s West Midlands, including the heritage building of the historic ‘Coventry County Court’ (now a restaurant called the Establishment), where Neville was sentenced to borstal during his youth. Further locations include Coventry University’s Moot Room, the local Council Chambers, St Mary’s Guildhall and the Belgrade Theatre.

Expect a fun ska dance video filled with Judge Roughneck’s take on the World of politicians, bankers and bullies, along with dancing barristers and cocky jailbirds.

The album features the From The Specials Band musicians, guest musicians and Neville’s wife Christine Sugary Staple, who co-produced the album with Neville and Tom Lowry (Planet Studios), with additional mastering work by Mike Bennett.

Order the album now (available on CD, Vinyl and download) from: Cleopatra Records:

 

 

 

SKA Crazy The Album

Ska Crazy

Neville Staple, charismatic vocalist/toaster for one of the most celebrated 2 Tone ska bands ever, The Specials, reclaimed his place in the spotlight with a triumphant 2014 album released on Cleopatra Records. Entitled Ska Crazy!, the album features phenomenal cover versions of ska/reggae classics by Prince Buster (“Time Longer Than Rope”), The Slickers (“Johnny Too Bad”), and Max Romeo (“Wet Dream”) plus brand new compositions including “Rude Boy Returns,” “Girl,” and the gritty single “Roadblock,” which made its worldwide debut in a professionally shot music video that premiered on the syndicated music/pop culture webzine Something Else!

From the cinematic opening scenes of urban decay filmed in Neville’s hometown Coventry, England, the video bristles with tension as the song’s melodic hook, a killer horn-guitar combo riff, pulsates over shots of graffiti walls and CCTV cameras, like the title sequence to a lost season of The Wire. The dramatic plot of the video, a drug deal that erupts in violence, unfolds as Neville and fellow toaster Daddy Woody act as a Greek chorus warning against youthful hubris. Director Joseph Wallace comments, “I wanted to film a video that approached the subject of street crime seriously, yet still very much retaining the relaxed mood and chilled tone of the music. I wanted Neville walking through Coventry’s cold, empty streets at night singing to the camera as though almost preaching his message; weaving in and out of the narrative itself and blurring the line between performance and social issues.” The video was produced by Rawline Entertainment.

Click here to see the story about the making of this video and the people involved.

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Staple enthuses about the album, “I am so pleased and proud to have put this album together as it includes some old time classic favourites, which I grew up with and which I have added some ‘original rudeboy’ flavour to. My current band are brilliant and they put a lot of time into creating that authentic Jamaican sound with me, that you will hear in the tracks, as well as helping me with the creation of brand new material. You will also hear a lot of vocals from my wife Christine and my good friend and Jamaican DJ artist, Daddy Woody. I hope you all love it as much as I do and I’m dedicating the album to Jerry Dammers and my cousin Alvin who helped me on the way to a career in music.”

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