DANCE CRAZE (1980 LP) the original soundtrack to the Two Tone movie POLL

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This is a classic all around, but which track is most loved in this modern era?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVexewVb2B4

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom 6
The Selecter - Too Much Pressure 4
The Specials - Man At C & A 4
The Selecter - Three Minute Hero 2
The Specials - Nite Club 1
The Selecter - Missing Words 1
The English Beat - Ranking Full Stop 1
Madness - One Step Beyond 1
The Bodysnatchers - Easy Life 1
Bad Manners - Lip Up Fatty 1
The English Beat - Big Shot 0
Madness - Razor Blade Alley 0
Bad Manners - Inner London Violence 0
Madness - Night Boat To Cairo 0
The Specials - Concrete Jungle 0


Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Monday, 25 October 2021 22:54 (one month ago) link

Three Minute Hero or Too Much Pressure are most loved by me in all their frantic amphetamine frenzy

maybe these baps are legends (Noodle Vague), Monday, 25 October 2021 23:06 (one month ago) link

<3

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Monday, 25 October 2021 23:08 (one month ago) link

IDK, maybe Ranking Full Stop.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 01:43 (one month ago) link

Too Much Pressure

stirmonster, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 01:54 (one month ago) link

I went for “Man at C&A”, somebody had to

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 09:32 (one month ago) link

The Beat were so great.

Starmer: "Let the children boogie, let all the children boogie." (Tom D.), Tuesday, 26 October 2021 09:49 (one month ago) link

Yes they were. Calling them “The English Beat” is so bad, “The Beat UK” would have been better, but it’s a bit late now.

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 09:53 (one month ago) link

Everyone had this album when I was 11/12 it felt like. Was it bargain priced? Or maybe we all had second hand copies. Even at that age I realised Bad Manners stuck out like a shit thumb, but I guess inclusivity was Dammers's thing.

fetter, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 14:59 (one month ago) link

wasn't it disappointing because they were mostly live versions? but yes, cheap.

koogs, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 15:15 (one month ago) link

It would have been disappointing it it wasn’t all live tracks in this case.

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 21:07 (one month ago) link

yeah that's what's great about it! None of these takes are anywhere else iirc

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 19:04 (one month ago) link

The Beat are far and away my favorite band from this era. The Specials took some time for me, even moreso with Madness (I disliked them in the beginning, though not as much as Greil Marcus who called them a minstrel show and "the Blues Brothers of ska").

birdistheword, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 19:18 (one month ago) link

Kind of depressing how two of the Beat's key members and their producer died in the last few years. Wakeling's new "Beat" album is surprisingly fine - I guess they were wary of being tied to a movement that was already considered old news, but had they stuck it out and not cared so much about trends, they could've continued making excellent albums in the long run.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 19:21 (one month ago) link

"The Blues Brothers of ska" seems like a valid criticism of early Madness, tbh. Such are the perils of going all-in on "the nutty sound."

enochroot, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 19:23 (one month ago) link

Madness are absolutely the least fashionable, but also the group I have the longest, deepest connection with. I could do without hearing Our House or Baggy Trousers or Driving In My Car again, but Embarrassment, Grey Day, Cardiac Arrest, even Night Boat To Cairo are all-time for me, as is their version of It Must Be Love.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 19:30 (one month ago) link

I dislike most Madness music (love 'The Prince' though) but like them as an institution and am glad they exist. I really enjoyed the recent - Madness: Before We Was We series.

I only really know The Beat's singles, all of which are great. Stand Down Margaret forever!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFaFVhyjb5Y

1st 2 Specials and Selecter albums are eternal.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 19:52 (one month ago) link

like the first Specials lp a lot, but not a fan of the second, just seems undercooked.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 19:57 (one month ago) link

1st one is best but 'Enjoy...' grew on me over the years.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 19:59 (one month ago) link

My stepdad had the Special AKA Live! EP / Ghost Town / Free Nelson Mandela singles only, kind of the best and worst introductions to the band.

Have never heard anything from 2nd Selector lp, worth checking out?

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:04 (one month ago) link

I dislike most Madness music (love 'The Prince' though) but like them as an institution and am glad they exist. I really enjoyed the recent - Madness: Before We Was We series.

I've grown to enjoy their singles (if not their albums), but this isn't far from how I feel about them. I still have mixed feelings about their music, but as a massively popular act (at least outside of the U.S.), I'm glad they've attained that status given what they've stood for and addressed through their work.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:07 (one month ago) link

So I guess I like Madness the way I like Pearl Jam - more as institutions than recording artists.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:10 (one month ago) link

Have never heard anything from 2nd Selector lp, worth checking out?

yes, Celebrate The Bullet is well worth a listen! I like it a lot.

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:15 (one month ago) link

Everyone had this album when I was 11/12 it felt like. Was it bargain priced?

massive free poster included.
mine has been long gone of course, albeit with its blu-tak stained corners.

I could do without hearing Our House or Baggy Trousers or Driving In My Car again

this is me.
Madness will always be my all time fave band that i no longer listen to due to how deep their groove hit me at a time when things were important.
i could quite happily live the rest of my life without hearing these 3 tracks.

mark e, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:24 (one month ago) link

Growing up near Camden Madness were the local lads but I've been playing the first Beat album a lot and it's non stop fantastic of course. Such vital, sounds incredibly good. Spent a very good NYE watching Special Beat in the early 90s some time having been too young first time round.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:42 (one month ago) link

I think I've seen this film but too much of a boomer right now to get round the region lock.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:53 (one month ago) link

Of course as fun as it was, Special Beat clearly felt like a cabaret / legacy thing at that time, barely ten years after the bands' initial breakout.

Noel Emits, Thursday, 28 October 2021 08:42 (one month ago) link

I only really know The Beat's singles, all of which are great

stirmonster, do you know 'psychedelic rockers'? was the b-side to 'too nice to talk to'. worth checking if you like weird dubby stuff and know you do do! this is a live version that just popped up on youtube, but it's worth checking the studio cut as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2mTYjyohGw

and obviously 'twist & crawl' is one for the ages:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbyzaIBvitY

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Thursday, 28 October 2021 11:14 (one month ago) link

i had never heard 'psychedelic rockers' before - thanks! 'twist & crawl' sounding even better than i remembered.

i wish there was a high quality version of the ranking roger version of 'rock the casbah'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nSrKBFWviU

stirmonster, Thursday, 28 October 2021 15:59 (one month ago) link

I DJ-ed a monthly Northern Soul/Motown event for a couple of years pre-Covid, which usually finished with some 2-Tone. Of all the 2-Tone tracks, easily the best loved and most requested was "Nite Klub" - it pre-dated my taking over, and had already reached anthemic status.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:09 (one month ago) link

interesting. In my experience, pretty much any UK crowd who might not consider themselves 2-Tone fans will lose their shit to "Gangsters", "Ghost Town" or "A Message To You Rudy" on the dancefloor. Dandy Livingstone OG of "Rudy" will work equally as well.

stirmonster, Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:25 (one month ago) link

Definitely a venue-specific thing for me. It was the former landlady's favourite tune, and everybody took great delight in screaming "and the beer tastes just like PISS!". The other fail-safe was Bad Manners "Special Brew". You're probably getting the picture of what I had to deal with.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 28 October 2021 18:27 (one month ago) link

The Selecter are the best in the movie!

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 28 October 2021 18:30 (one month ago) link

Bad Manners are very bad

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 28 October 2021 18:30 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

OK I voted for "Missing Words" on impulse but I probably should have voted for a Beat song

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:12 (one week ago) link

great selection, but it has to be Mirror In The Bathroom

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 11:37 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link


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