October 2007 - TWO TONES: More than just a
label. The Two Tones were Black and White.
Two Tone Ska incorporated Reggae, Jamaican
Ska and even Punk with the sole intention to
chant down racism.
will associate skinheads with white racists
having more hair than brains. The bomber
jacks, army boots: they're a too familiar
sight in Europe and elsewhere.
many people know, that the very word
"skinhead" was used in Jamaica
years before white racists would adopt a
name of which they themselves do not even
know the roots of. A 1960's track by Desmond
Dekker called "Hippopotamus" makes
a mention of them...
similar thing going on with the word SKA.
Reggae lovers will know, that the word
refers to one of the predecessors of Reggae
Music. Ska is Jamaican Music from the
Ska is also
music from the 1980's, centered around a
label called TWO TONE. The name of the label
was soon to become the name of a Movement,
wherein a large part consisted out of
anti-racist Skinheads who, you could say,
knew their Roots.
"Night boat to Cairo" - Madness
2. "Special brew" - Bad Manners
3. "The selecter" - The Selecter
4. "Mirror in the bathroom" - The
5. "Ghost town" - The Specials