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if this is in the wrong place please boot it over to where it belongs...

Saturday 12th February @ 12.45 am (or friday night 11th February !!) the beeb (BBC4) have snuck in the live specials show recorded at Colchester Institute in 1979 - From memory this may be where the stage invasion occured at the end, or that may just have been a common occurence by this time...

Its actually reggae night on friday 11th but this has kind of been stuck at the end of the programmes late friday or early saturday depending on your take.....

Dont forget to set your recorders (digital, disc or video.... Confused )
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actually the two prior programmes look worth watching too... Reggae at the barbican has neville and pauline black too....
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Nice one bigdawg.
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That's great news. It's been shown before on BBC4 and was edited with some songs having been cut from the original broadcast. Hopefully this will be the full concert! Fortunately I've got the full length recording. What a concert this was when first broadcast. The attention it got in the school playground the day after it was shown was something else.
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Judging by the Running Time of 12:45 - 1:30 it looks like they are going to broadcast the full show. I have the UK Gold version and the BBC4 Edited version. so looking forward to a Digital recording this time Very Happy

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The student-taunting Specials perform at the Colchester Institute in 1979, playing hits such as Rat Race, Too Much Too Young and Gangsters, throwing tambourines at the bouncers and indulging in a little moon-stomping during a stage invasion.

http://uk-tv-guide.com/programme-details/BBC+4/12+February+2011/00%3A45/Rock+Goes+to+College/Music/
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BBC4 : Friday 11th of February 2011 Very Happy

9:00pm Reggae Britannia
Documentary showing how reggae came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence British music and society, featuring artists and performances from that era including Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and the Specials, the Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers such as Boy George and Paul Weller. The programme celebrates the impact of reggae, the changes it brought about and its lasting musical legacy.

10:30pm Reggae Britannia at the Barbican
Celebrating the influence of reggae on the UK's music and culture with a live concert featuring Big Youth, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Ali Campbell, Dave Barker, Brinsley Forde, Dennis Alcapone and Winston Reedy, Pauline Black, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Rico Rodriguez. The concert commemorates the journey that captured the turmoil and channelled the dreams of Jamaicans who came to Britain, those who were born here and the white kids who grew up alongside them and embraced their culture and their roots.

12:00am The Old Grey Whistle Test
Live performance specially recorded for Whistle Test from the Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival in 1973, featuring the Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers.

12:45am Rock Goes to College The Specials.
The student-taunting Specials perform at the Colchester Institute in 1979, playing hits such as Rat Race, Too Much Too Young and Gangsters, throwing tambourines at the bouncers and indulging in a little moon-stomping during a stage invasion.
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MARVELOUS Very Happy Thanks Lads
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Let the world see just how fuckin electric this band are!
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I'm not sure if the band themselves would have regarded this as one of their best gigs, but would it be fair to say that this concert did give them massive tv exposure in terms of just how brilliant they were? They were already well established but this was the first time for many to actually see just how brilliant they were live. As a 13 year rude boy waiting for this concert on TV!! I can remember recording an audio version by placing a tape recorder next to my tv speaker. Can't have had a video player at the time. It was simply fantastic. It was just one of those moments. I don't think a lot of the bands particularly liked the Rock Goes To College thing and playing to a student audience. Got 'em on tv though.
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phil wright wrote:
I'm not sure if the band themselves would have regarded this as one of their best gigs, but would it be fair to say that this concert did give them massive tv exposure in terms of just how brilliant they were? They were already well established but this was the first time for many to actually see just how brilliant they were live. As a 13 year rude boy waiting for this concert on TV!! I can remember recording an audio version by placing a tape recorder next to my tv speaker. Can't have had a video player at the time. It was simply fantastic. It was just one of those moments. I don't think a lot of the bands particularly liked the Rock Goes To College thing and playing to a student audience. Got 'em on tv though.


glad Im not the only one that did that - shame my mum walked in and knocked it over though... Rolling Eyes

the rock goes to college series was watched in my house every week as my dad was into his rock - particularly remember the acdc one with a sikh in the front row... Confused I think my dad was quite disapointed when the specials one came on... but musically it set me down a road Im still travelling...

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It wasn't just me who recorded this with a very non-state-of-the-art recording system. Fortunately my mum didn't knock mine over, but I do remember telling people to be quiet.

Does anyone know when this actual concert took place? As far as I'm aware it was broadcast on 21 January 1980, but the actual performance and recording? I have contacted what was Colchester Institute way back then to see if they had any archive photos or memories of The Specials performance but they didn't seem to have. Perhaps someone on this forum was actually there?! Jett: do you have any memories of Rock Goes To College?
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a fair bit of goggling says it was 24th dec 1979 :

http://thespecials-bootlegs.freevar.com/audio.html

but thats the only place I can see it listed on so could be wrong...
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bigdawg wrote:
a fair bit of goggling says it was 24th dec 1979 :

http://thespecials-bootlegs.freevar.com/audio.html

but thats the only place I can see it listed on so could be wrong...

nah, the date is fake Rolling Eyes
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Thats right the gig was indeed on 24th December 1979. My mates older sister was at the gig.

If I recall i'm sure Horace mentioned the gig in his book and the fact that some NF cretins put a brick through their coach window - resulting in a very cool / drafty journey back to Coventry Confused
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Guns of Navarone wrote:
Thats right the gig was indeed on 24th December 1979.

that's good to know Rolling Eyes

Exclamation would be nice if someone recorded the show on dvd
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briliant gig, have got it on my sky box, has any clever person managed to convert it to something that can be put onto dvd?
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kennybacon wrote:
briliant gig, have got it on my sky box, has any clever person managed to convert it to something that can be put onto dvd?


I have it on SKY+ ....if you want me to put it on a dvd for you just let me know
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They sound better now musically if not a bit worn looking Twisted Evil
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They sound better now musically if not a bit worn looking Twisted Evil


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JETT RINK wrote:
They sound better now musically if not a bit worn looking Twisted Evil

The Specials like a fine wine have definately got better with age,great musicians and tight as a nuns nudger Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink
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