Formed in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, the Planet Smashers
The Specials are a British band formed in 1977 in Coventry, UK. Their founder, Jerry Dammers, based on his knowledge of 60's mod and ska cultures, formed the label "Two Tone", releasing a number of seminal singles by seminal bands with the same passion, outlook and style. The Specials assault on both the charts and popular UK culture began with their debut, "Gangsters", closely followed with a cover of "A Message to You Rudy"...
The Skamonics are a London based jazz meets ska collective, playing a unique mix of authentic 60s ska, jazz, two-tone and completely unexpected covers. The band have been together since 2007 and have performed at London clubs, pubs and festivals - as well as many function gigs. A driving ska rhythm section provides a firm foundation for blazing horns and a female vocalist, blasting out a wide repertoire of ska favourites and tunes given a ska treatment for the very first time.
Bad Manners are an English 2-Tone Ska band fronted by Buster Bloodvessel and formed in 1976 at Woodberry Down Comprehensive School,North London, where the members studied.
At the beginning, none of the eight members played any instrument.
The members are :
Buster Bloodvessel - Vocals
Simon Cuell - Guitar
Lee Thompson -Bass
Richie Downs - Keyboards
Matt Goodwin - Sax
Matt Bane - Drums
Colin Graham - Trumpet
Russel Wynn - Percussion
The Selecter were a British ska revival band from Coventry, formed in the late 1970s as one of the essential bands of the British ska movement. Much of what set apart The Selecter from many of the other ska bands at the time was the voice of Pauline Black. She had to disguise herself as a man in order for the band to get gigs, but once they did, there was no disguising her voice. Like other ska bands of this movement, The Selecter featured a racially mixed line up, and songs about violence, politics, marijuana, a fictional spy's theme song, James Bond, and reggae classics.
There were two bands named The Beat, both active at the same time in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Both also worked under other names as a result of the name conflict. 1) The English two-tone ska band The Beat were known as The English Beat in North America. Official Website 2) The American power-pop band became known as Paul Collins' Beat.