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Bloody good drummer, well tight rhythm, but never hear much about him. Don't even know if he lives in Cov or where. Probs just showing my ignorance but anyone know what goes on in the world of Brad?! Question
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After recording The Selecter (Gangsters B.side) with Neol Davies John Joined The Specials until they split up in 1981. he then started his own record label "Race Records" Including artists such as The People and Team 23.

John Continued working with Jerry Dammers, The Special AKA and Rico until 1985 he also had his own band J.B's Allstars going at the same time who had a top 40 hit with Backfield in Motion.

In the late 80's John started another band 2 To The Power who released a couple of 12" singles The Flasher and Make My Body Groove both were House Music (Early Dance)

In 1990 John got involved with The Special Beat Featuring members of The Specials and The Beat playing all the 2 Tone Favorites. a few Demo's were recorded for an Album but nothing became of it the band split in 1993.

After Special Beat John Joined Pauline Black of The Selecter in 1994 playing Live for a couple of years then he left. he then got involved with Computer Programming until The Specials Reunion came about in 2008 John is currently based in London. below is a live clip of John and Horace Panter playing with M.I.A. on Jools Holand 2010 Smile

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He also has a family business he is involved with which takes up a lot of time, and lives in London.
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God I wasn't expecting all that, thanks!!! Some of the music stuff I knew....but ta muchly for all the info, I didn't like him being the only one I didn't know much about, didn't feel right somehow Surprised
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He does lots of work behind the scenes Cool
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I love watching him drum, he always looks really into it...every so often you see a manic grin or him just singing along Smile
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I remember Brad and his family featured on one of those TV programmes (possibly Channel 4's 'Grand Designs'?) where you have your house re-designed by the experts ... I remember thinking it was funny that he was focus of this kind of programme...and that his kid was called Buster (after Mr. Bloodvessel??! Very Happy )

Anyone else see it? It would've been in the early-mid 90s, I think.
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I think it was changing rooms or something, about 97.
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Graham wrote:
I think it was changing rooms or something, about 97.


That's probably it Graham, it would've been around '97 alright, now that I think about it
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That's brilliant, can someone find that for us Question
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Caragh wrote:
That's brilliant, can someone find that for us Question


If anyone has a copy of Brad on 'Changing Rooms', please share! Very Happy
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It was the BBC that aired the Changing Rooms programme and Brad wasn't the main feature of the show during that episode. It was something he took part in because his sister in law`s youngster Calum, nicknamed Buster (nothing to do with Doug Trendle whatsoever!) had asked him to take part. Theres no reference to The Specials etc... and to be honest, he is not in it that much.
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The "completists" will be very interested wink
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It brought a very wide smile to my face, at the time.

But then again, I'm easily pleased Laughing

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Yeah its probably not his best work!! Laughing

I'm loving Brad at the mo, watched the 30th ani tour gig from Wolves last night and I swear I coulda just watched Brad the whole time, he's facinating. Love how he counts in (well he is the drummer!!!) and keeps time, even in between songs. He's a cool looking guy too Cool Cool
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.....really emerged on the reunion tour as the quality drummer he has always been...but has had media interviews this time round that have also shown what decent bloke he really is.....quite obviously relishing the whole experience ,the performances,the crowd reaction,the nostalgia and the fact that they have matured as group of people and been able to resolve all the acrimony (well most of it Sad ) that threatened to blight the groups legacy.

...and I agree he is fascinating to watch on the drums Smile
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Caragh - did you see the "Above the risers" U.Tube posted here by a member? (as I am the member who can't remember where It is?) I think It was Stevo?
That was one of the smartest sets ever Cool
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Thanks Mary, will look out for it Cool


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marigold wrote:
Caragh - did you see the "Above the risers" U.Tube posted here by a member? (as I am the member who can't remember where It is?) I think It was Stevo?
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I reckon it was Paul or Mike, not me. I've nicked this from your recent facebook post of it:
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BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cool Cool Cool Cool
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