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.
Most people 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.
Not too 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
There's a 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.
1. "Night boat to Cairo" -
2. "Special brew" - Bad Manners
3. "The selecter" - The Selecter
4. "Mirror in the bathroom" - The
5. "Ghost town" - The Specials