Returning with my takeaway food to the backstage tent, skillfully designed by Jo Monck in a Royal Wedding theme, I found it to be empty except for one other person. And that is how I came to be eating pizza on a sunny August afternoon, as Paul Young snoozed on the sofa behind me. To say that meeting Leo Sayer was a pleasure is an understatement. However, for me, it was the preceding two acts who ranked highest.
Anyone who has witnessed them playing in the side project they founded in , will be familiar with the camaraderie between the pair. Perhaps more used to having underwear thrown at him during the Eighties, Paul looked somewhat bemused when a woolly hat landed at his feet.
I think he must have felt something snap at this point, because when Paul stood up, those of us close to the stage could see his belt had broken. Ever the professional, Mr.
Young left to make a swift costume change, returning sporting a new, shiny belt. Clothing capers and band chemistry aside although the latter is undeniably an integral feature that only serves to enhance the overall performance this was an amazing set of classic Paul Young tracks, which all his fans in the audience including me will treasure. It was only surpassed, by the very tiniest of margins, by that of From The Jam. Totally mesmerised by the band playing just feet away from me, I remained in my photographic vantage point at the front of the stage throughout the whole performance.
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Welcome to Myspace. Just start typing to find music. Play Next. Create a mix. Nick Welsh. King Hammond. City Riot. Maroon Town. Best Friend. Bugsy Malone. Duppy Conqueror. Bob Marley. Track Listing - Disc 2. Long Shot Kick de Bucket. Big 8. These Things. The Riffs. Mirror in the Bathroom. Cocaine on My Brain. Ska'd for Life. Come into My Parlour. The Bleechers. Skin Deep. Dawn Agard. Concrete Jungle. Ska Wars. Wooly Bully. Domingo "Sam" Samudio. Bad Manners. Skinhead Love Affair. Norwegian Wood Disco.
Ska Boys. The Girl Is Mine. Track Listing - Disc 3. On My Radio ' Skaville UK. Cherry Oh Baby. Eric Donaldson. Lip up Fatty. Do the Jerk. Paul David Hickson. Potato 5. Weather Report by The Tennors Ska Wars by Rico Tags: Ska For Life. Everything, Everything Movie — Trailer Songs. Netflix Series: Ozark — Trailer Song. Adidas Commercial Song — Mayra Aguiar. Volkswagen T-Cross Commercial Song. I would've liked more insight to the writing and stories behind the Specials' famed tunes, but I suppose that wouldn't have worked well with the approach this book has taken.
Probably not very interesting to a casual ska fan, but for the die-hard it's certainly worth a quick read it's a fairly short book. Jun 18, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography , music. I would go so far as to say it comes close to my favourite music biog of all time no not a Bowie one! There were the usual poignant and laugh out loud moments and having not known much about Horace Panter or may I call him Alice Pinter before reading this well other than knowing he played bass guitar for the Specials I now find it hard not to like him.
So then, great bloke, great book and why the hell have you not read it yet? Sep 13, Peter O'Connor rated it liked it. They largely come across as naughty kids in a candy store as they hit the road and conquer America all the while enjoying notoriety on their home shores. Punky guitars, horns, ska and sharp suits - what's not to love?
Jan 24, Kate Riley rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , true-story , autobiography , music. As a lover of the Specials at the time and now, this was a 'must read' book for me. Horace Gentleman Panter relays the story from his point of view. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks Horace! Dec 25, Richard rated it really liked it. Three and a half stars really. Feb 07, C M rated it liked it Shelves: music.
The Specials are the quintessential ska band of the ss: edgy, multiracial, political, swinging. Together with Madness and, to a lesser extent, The Selecter, The Specials introduced ska music to the white working and middle class. Horace Panter aka Sir Horace Gentleman , the bass player in the original band, describes the meteoric rise of the band, from a fairly random collection of musicians in the industrial town of Coventry in the West Midlands to a music sensation in Europe and beyo The Specials are the quintessential ska band of the ss: edgy, multiracial, political, swinging.
Horace Panter aka Sir Horace Gentleman , the bass player in the original band, describes the meteoric rise of the band, from a fairly random collection of musicians in the industrial town of Coventry in the West Midlands to a music sensation in Europe and beyond. As so many other bands, particularly loose collections of individual musicians, The Specials couldn't deal with the success and slowly but steadily imploded. While Panter tries to give as neutral an account as possible, mostly based on diaries and hazy memories, he undoubtedly introduces his own biases.
Overall, Ska'd for Life does not realy go much beyond the usual band biographies. Aug 06, Godzilla rated it it was amazing Shelves: biographies , music , A wonderful roller coaster ride through the life of an influential British group, who came from the punk roots, but reflected the growing disaffection in late 70s early 80s Britain.
Whether you're a fan of The Specials or not, this book gives a great insight into how bands are formed, how they develop, and how they can implode. I learnt a lot: I never knew how big The Specials were in the USA, and how poorly organised some of these tours can be! It's not all glamour clearly! Nov 15, Barry Hammond rated it really liked it. Humorous, scary, sad, frustrating and touching by turns it's the story of a great band imploding under its own self-created pressures and the portrait of an era.
Great stuff! Dec 13, Alex rated it really liked it. A very easy to read, unpretentious and personable memoir from one of the "quiet men" in The Specials. I loved it. Sep 08, Jill rated it really liked it. A fabulously honest and, at times, entirely self-deprecating memoir of the life of The Specials during a politically turbulent time in UK history. Loved it. Aug 29, Greenockian rated it liked it. A decent read giving some insight into one of the best bands to come out of England and definitely the best thing to ever come out of Coventry!
Sep 11, Steve rated it really liked it. Interesting account of Horace's time as bass player for The Specials, from meeting Jerry Dammers in the mid 70's to playing small clubs and pubs with The Coventry Automatics and the eventual rise and fall of The Specials, one of the UK's biggest bands from to One of the books strongest points is Horace kept diaries from some of the band's tours, and reproduces the pages here in full.out of 5 stars Ska for life cd. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September Verified Purchase. I like loads on here. A few I don't know and like and a few I don't know and don't like, so a mixed bag for me, but good value for money for the 'likes'!! Read more. Helpful/5().